Riviera – The latest eye pallet by Anastasia Beverly Hills

Image: Cult Beauty

I haven’t been this excited about a new beauty product release in ages. As soon as I discovered the latest eye pallet by Anastasia Beverly Hills I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I actually first saw this on one of Jeffree Star’s YouTube videos and instantly fell in love with it. This release was kind of unexpected too as ABH didn’t really put out a big press release but started dropping hints on Instagram that something new was coming. They haven’t really had a pallet with colours like this before either so it’s great to see something slightly different from the brand.

These pallets are not the cheapest at £46 but you are not just paying for the name with this, you are paying for the quality which is fabulous. I was lucky to get this discounted with online beauty retailer Cult Beauty who stock ABH and other big brands. I was really excited to test this pallet out and to see if it was worth the money or not, so keep reading to find out my thoughts…

The theme

This pallet is all to do with summer, and is giving me pure south of France/St Tropez vibes! The seaside theme runs right through this product, from the names of the shades right down to the sailor inspired striped case. I really like the Insta-worthy chic packaging of this pallet and it’s a pretty addition to any dressing table/makeup collection.

The shades

The pan contains 14 shades. There are 8 soft mattes, 4 shimmering metallics and 2 duo chrome pressed pigments. The shades range from bold pinks, cool neutrals, ocean blues and glittering golds. I was getting to a point recently where I was becoming so bored of neutral eye shadow shades and there were no new releases that were catching my eye, but this is such a gorgeous new colour pallet for the Summer. I get that some of the colours might look slightly scary to some people – in particular the bright pink, but please don’t be put off by this. Bright pinks can be blended with other shades to create a really lovely warm tone eye look.

I’m loving the shade names which as I said are all in keeping with the nautical theme.

Choose between matte white ‘Sails’, eggshell pink ‘Estate’, mustard ‘Cabana’, peachy ‘Coastline’, hot pink ‘Bahamas’, muted pink ‘Monte Carlo’, royal purple ‘Cannes’, chocolatey ‘Palm’, duo chrome bronze ‘Yacht’ , metallic sky blue ‘Seychelles’, warm pink ‘Palermo’, silvery lilac ‘Seaside’, golden ‘Inheritance’ and ocean-hued ‘Mediterranean’

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The quality

Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes are well known for how pigmented their eye shadows are and this is such a winner for me in terms of the quality. I’m so impressed with how beautifully they blend out and the intensity of the pigment – a little really goes a long way! This pallet includes a dual ended brush and the bristles are lovely and soft. This brush gives a sleek professional finish and you don’t need to be a makeup artist to get a good result from using this. My favourite shade has to be the glittery turquoise ‘Seychelles’ as it’s such an intense colour that really pops. I have been wearing this in a few different ways, such as blended under the bottom lash line, in the inner corner of the eye and blended on the lid with other shades.

Plus some of the shades double up as highlighters. Dust Yacht above the brow bone for an illuminating finish. Or for a hint of blush, try Bahamas for flushed and fabulous cheeks.

This is definitely going to be my go to pallet of the summer and I cannot wait to try out lots of new eye looks with this!

Have you tried this pallet yet? What is your favourite shade?

Let me know your thoughts if you have tried it!

I Heart Revolution – The latest Glitter eye Palettes

I can never resist an eye shadow pallet and when I came across the new glitter pallets by I Heart Revolution I instantly fell in love with them!! They reminded me of the Polly Pocket toys that I used to have as a child and the inner girlie girl in me just had to try out this collection.

Packaging and shades..

These eye shadow pallets are a good size and the outer cases have gorgeous sparkly particles and little glittery hearts or stars that swirl around the lid as you move them around. These are a ten out of ten for packaging and I haven’t seen anything like this in an eye pallet before.

There are 3 options available in this collection –

Starry Eyed – this has a pretty turquoise case and inside there are 7 dreamy metallic and 2 matte shades. This option includes a mixture of deep blues and greens intertwined with bronze and golds. This is the option that I loved the most in the range.

One True Love – this is a candy pink case which includes 3 gorgeous matte shades and 6 striking shimmers. These are a sparkly mix of golds, rose golds, deep burgundies and popping pinks.

Fortune Seeker – this is a cute lilac case and has 4 wearable matte shades and 5 stunning shimmers. This option includes a warm mix of bronzes, rich burgundies, light browns, burnt copper and pale lavender.

Quality..

I Heart Revolution is a really affordable brand and you can always guarantee a decent price point for their products. For a drug store brand, these eye shadow pallets are really good quality and blend nicely with minimal fall out. The shades in each pallet are really wearable and they work well together to create gorgeous looks for both day and night, so you will get great use out of these. Plus, at £10 per pallet they are a bargain. They remind me of the Huda Beauty obsessions pallets which I featured in my Christmas gift guide HERE although those are double the price of these.

Matching Lipsticks..

To go alongside this beautiful pallet, I also picked up a couple of lipsticks which go perfectly with this range. As I chose the turquoise case option, I decided to get a couple of shades from the mystical mermaid lipstick collection also by I Heart Revolution. This range has two seashell mattes, two glistening metallics and one satin finish. You can use them alone or layer over the top of any lip colour which is great. These lipsticks are in beautiful turquoise packaging with mermaid scales imprinted on the bullet of the lipstick. How stunning are these!


You can purchase any of the products mentioned in this blog post directly from the I Heart Revolution website HERE or at most Superdrug stores throughout the UK.

Do you love the I Heart Revolution make up range? What is your favourite product from this brand? Leave me a comment below!

Christmas Gift Guide part two: Make up & Beauty sets

Welcome back to my Christmas gift guide series! We started off with homewear and lifestyle products in part one HERE. For Part 2 I have picked out my favourite make up and beauty products that will make the most perfect gifts. So here are my recommendations for all of the beauty lovers you will be buying for this Christmas. Although be warned, you will seriously be tempted to keep these items for yourself!

Huda Beauty Obsessions Vault

The Huda Beauty eye pallets are probably the most popular and coveted out there. I absolutely love the gem inspired mini eye pallets and now they have brought out a set which includes the full collection! I am so excited about this and am lusting after this set. Within the striking black diamond-shaped case you’ll find ALL five of the Huda Beauty gemstone-inspired Obsessions palettes – Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire and Emerald. A dream come true for all Huda-holics. Each palette has 9 pigment-packed powders in stunning jewel tone shades. 

The Topaz Obsessions Palette has 4 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 5 creamy mattes – in rich rose gold, amber, burnished bronzes and tangerine orange for the ultimate sophisticated polish.

The Ruby Obsessions Palette has duo-chrome and creamy matte textures in rich raspberry, blackcurrant and copper shades for the ultimate feminine lid looks.

The Amethyst Obsessions Palette has 6 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 3 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from moody mauve and violet to barely there pink.

The Sapphire Obsessions Palette has 5 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 4 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from brilliant blue and vivid turquoise to shining silver and zesty yellow.

Finally, the Emerald Obsessions Palette has 6 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 3 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from mint or golden olive to timeless emerald and show-stopping peacock green.

The Huda Beauty Obsessions Vault is priced at £100 and is available to buy on the Cult Beauty website HERE

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Archive trio kit

This is the most fabulous lip kit and would make someone’s Christmas complete! The kit contains 3 nude pink lipsticks in shades that will flatter literally everyone. These are three of Charlotte Tilbury’s best selling shades and are the most perfect gift idea.

The kit includes the following stunning shades:

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington this is a pretty, English-rose pink inspired by the girls of the swinging ‘60s in Chelsea & Kensington and the pastel hues in Norman Parkinson’s pictures.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Confession is a dusky, tawny nude shade flecked with gold particles inspired by the full lips of super models in a nourishing, moisturising lipstick formula.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets named by Charlotte’s social media followers is a vintage rose petal shade that encapsulates just-kissed, natural lips with a flush of colour.

Priced at £60, you can buy the Charlotte Tilbury lipskit set HERE

The most organised make up bag ever by The Flat Lay Co

When I put on my make up in the morning I like to have it all lined up so I can see what I am using. There is nothing worse than having your make up all piled up in a make up bag that you have to rummage through to get each product out. Whenever I go on holiday or away for a weekend break, I always unpack my make up and beauty items first and get them all organised in the bathroom.

I came across the Flay Lay Company on Instagram and fell in love with their make up bags. They are such a simple concept but so handy! When you open it up it sits as a 50cm wide circle shape. Inside is a zipped compartment and there are 8 brush holders.  I like to put eyeliners and lipliners in these as well as brushes. This make up bag has a drawstring pull, so once you have laid out all of your make up items, you simply pull the string and it bunches everything into the sack for you. It’s as easy as that!

All of their make up bags are machine washable and wipe clean which is great. Priced at £19.50 for the larger size or £14.50 for the smaller version and you can purchase these directly from their website HERE

Huda Beauty fragrences

Another Huda product I have to include in this gift guide is the new stunning fragrances. The Huda make up products are such beautiful quality and their fragrances equally do not disappoint. The packaging alone is so elegant. How fabulous will these bottles look displayed on your dressing table or in the bathroom. Ultimate shelfie goals! Here are my top 3 picks from the collection:

KAYALI ELIXIR | 11

KAYALI translates from Arabic to ‘my imagination’ and this fragrance is inspired by the rich heritage of the Middle East. This fragrance is one of the lighter scents in the range, which Huda and Mona Kattan describe as ‘an ultra-addictive scent’.

KAYALI CITRUS | 08

This is the lightest scent in the range, which Huda and Mona Kattan describe as ‘a contemporary twist on innovation.’ A citrus perfume is so nice for the day time or during the Summer months.

KAYALI MUSK | 12

The third fragrance in the KAYALI COLLECTION | 01, MUSK | 12 is the most intense fragrance in the range, which Huda and Mona describe as ‘emanating power and confidence’. This is my personal favourite as I love a strong and long lasting perfume.

Priced at £84 for 100ml, you can purchase these Huda fragrances from the Cult Beauty website HERE

I hope you enjoyed my beauty gift guide. Leave me a comment below if you have tried any of the items listed!

The latest Urban Decay eye pallet – ‘Born to Run’

The ‘Born to Run’ collection is probably one of the biggest launches of the year for Urban Decay and after the huge hype around this I cannot tell you how excited I was to get my hands on one of these eye pallets myself!

Urban Decay already have a great track record of bringing us fabulous eye shadow combinations such as the best selling neutrals from the Naked pallet range but they have really stepped up their game with this latest collection and this is a guaranteed sell out product this Summer. The Born to Run eye shadow pallet is a gorgeous mix of neutrals, rich metallics and sultry deep jewel tones. There are 21 shades to play with in this kit and you can easily create a natural day time look right through to a dramatic evening eye and I am obsessed with the selection of colours available in this range.

Packaging and overall feel

My first impression of this pallet was that the packaging not only looks great but it instantly felt a like a really high end quality product as soon as I picked it up. The box is strong and sturdy and includes a really good full length mirror inside the lid. The theme behind this collection is all to do with adventure, exploring, travel and being on the go, and the case is decorated in a selection a Instagram style photograph snaps of holiday destinations such as Las Vegas, Santorini and London.

The individual shades are not the largest, but you will definitely get a lot of use out of them as a little goes a long way due to how pigmented these shades are. This kit is priced at £39.50 which is towards a higher end price point but this is fair once you get to see and feel the quality of it.

Pigment and texture

The pigment is extremely rich, particularly the metallics and I feel these colours would work well on all skin tones beautifully. The thing I love the most abut Urban Decay eye shadows is how good they are for blending with minimal fall out. The texture of these is velvety and there is no crumbling or creasing with these eye shadows, allowing you to build up a fabulous rich colour quickly and easily.

Colour Range

I love a metallic eyeshadow for day or night and was instantly drawn to the pale rose gold shade ‘stranded’ which I have been blending with the rich brown shade ‘punk’ and this has been a gorgeous mix. However, since using this pallet I have found myself experimenting with colour combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of doing before. My surprise favourite has been using a metallic rose golden tone ‘ignite’ with a dark jewel green metallic ‘wanderlust’ and the result of these blended together is so chic and perfect for a dark smoky eye that is a bit different.

All of the shadows in this kit can be used wet or dry and you could even use them as an eyeliner or the use lighter shimmery shades as a face highlighter.

 

This kit truly is a beauty addict’s pick and mix heaven. Here is a list of the full range of colours:

BREAKAWAY (warm ivory shimmer)
STRANDED (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
WEEKENDER (light neutral beige matte)
STILL SHOT (bright peach)
RIFF (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)
GOOD AS GONE (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
HELL RIDE (deep fuchsia matte)
BAJA (burnt orange matte)
ACCELERATE (reddish copper metallic)
GUILT TRIP (smoky purple shimmer)

IGNITE (rose gold metallic)
SMOG (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
WANDERLUST (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
WILDHEART (bright fuchsia)
PUNK (red-brown matte)
DOUBLE LIFE (metallic rust)
JET (black with deep shimmering purple shift)
DRIFT (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)
RADIO (deep emerald satin)
BIG SKY (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

Additional items available

This eye pallet is part of the Born to Run collection which also includes an all night setting spray, eye pencils in 44 different shades and 3 lipstick colours.

You can view the whole range here at the Urban Decay website.

Image: Urban Decay

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Urban Decay Born to Run eye pallet. Have you used this yet? Let me know your thoughts on it and what your favourite colours are!

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