Review: BYS Nude Eyeshadow Palette

If you’ve seen any of my past drugstore eyeshadow palette reviews you’ll know that I’ve been pretty disappointed by what’s on offer. I’m always willing to try a drugstore product in the hope that it will be a near match/surpass one of my high-end products, but when it comes to eyeshadow I’ve never found anything even close. I’d all but given up, and then I heard a rumour that the BYS Nude palette is a pretty good dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, and I gave drugstore eyeshadows one last shot…thank goodness I did.

This palette, guys. I mean, well done, BYS.   I am really impressed and here’s why:

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Price

This bad boy will set you back a whopping AU$19.95, and it is regularly on sale on different websites for far less than that. I got mine on eBay. Either way, in comparison to the AU$83 you pay for the Urban Decay palette, it’s a trifle.

Colour Range

IMG_0011_2The colour range is great, it comes with 3 matte (style, NYC and couture) and 9 shimmer eyeshadows. I use the mattes on a daily basis, especially ‘Style’ but the shimmers are also gorgeous for special occasions/when I want to feel a little bit more glam. This is also the area in which it is most comparable to the Naked 1. With the exception of UD’s Half Baked (which is replaced by a light matte nude in the BYS palette) the other colours are almost identical.

Quality

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You won’t be surprised to hear that the Nude palette doesn’t quite match up to the Naked 1 in quality. Whilst I am seriously impressed by the pigmentation of the BYS shadows (especially the matte colours) they’re no match for the Urban Decay formula. They also don’t blend quite as easily. Having said that, they do still blend very well, especially for shadows in that price point, and if you’re willing to put in a little more effort the results are exactly the same as the Naked 1.

 

All in all, I seriously love the BYS Nude palette and I am considering investing in the other palettes in the Nude range. If you’re not willing to fork out almost $100 for eyeshadow then give the BYS alternative a go. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

http://www.bys.com.au/shop/eyes/eyeshadow/nude-eyeshadow-tin

Would you like to see a makeup tutorial with this look? What are your favourite drugstore eyeshadows? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay happy, N x

Review: BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter palette.


My beautiful sister, N got me the BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel 14 Colour Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette for my birthday in June so I thought I would put it to the test and let you all know what I think about it. So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the palette.

Price: 

This palette is so afordable! It costs $14.50USD and you get 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters! You do have to pay for shipping but I think all up it cost N around $20… Winner!

Formulation:

Hooly dooly, these are probably the most highly pigmented, buttery and smooth eyeshadows I own aside from my three Makeup Forever shadows! They seriously feel like powdery butter! There’s also hardly any fall out because they are so smooth, meaning you can happily apply your face makeup before doing your eyes without having to worry about an industrial size cleanup. They are super pigmented so you don’t have to use heaps but they aren’t hard to blend out at all which really surprised me when I saw how much shadow I picked up on my brush the first time I used the palette! The highlighters have the exact same, creamy formula too and are a delight to use!There are five matte and five shimmery shades – perfect! A lot of our other palettes tend to be either mostly matte or mostly shimmer so I love that this is perfectly centred! The shimmer shades also aren’t chunky or glittery at all which is always a winner in my books!


 Colour Range: 

What I love about this palette is the really catered for a lot of different skin tones, especially with the highlighters! They somehow managed to make four highlighters have the perfect shade range for super light to deep, dark skin tones! The eyeshadows also have a great range of matte transition shades meaning that you will pretty much find your crease shade no matter what skin shade you are.


 Longevity:

This is where things get exciting! I have pretty oily eyelids and my eyeshadows tend to get those gross sweaty blank lines within a few hours normally, especially if I don’t prime my eyes! During my move to Sydney I packed only this palette and completely forgot to pack a primer. I didn’t even know if it was worth wearing the shadows but was going out for breakkie with my cousin one morning at 7am and wanted to look pretty. The next time I looked at my self in the mirror that day was around 8pm (so I had been wearing them for at least 12.5 hours) and MY EYES STILL LOOKED INCREDIBLE! Like I’m talking, freshly applied amazing. These eyeshadows, even though they are super creamy, somehow stay on for hours and hours – probably days if you left them! Winner winner chicken dinner!


 Packaging:

The packaging is definitely a winner for me! Yes it’s big but it’s got 14 powder products in it so that doesn’t bother me! What I love so much is how slim it is! It fits in my toiletry bag so easily even though the actual size of the palette is one of my biggest!

Overall thoughts:

As you can probably tell I absolute love this palette! N and I are actually going to buy another one each for backups haha. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is on the market for eyeshadows or highlighters or generally is alive. Buy it now, thank me later.

Stay Happy,

-M xx

Makeup Look: MAC Winter Makeup – ft. Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

Winter has definitely sunk in so it’s time to stack on our big wooly scarves, coats and gloves, but by far our favourite winter accessory is a bold, dark lip. When I saw the MAC Viva Glam Ariana lipstick at our local MAC counter I knew I had to have it! Luckily enough I still had a Myer voucher from Christmas so I also picked up their Tan pigment that I have been dying over ever since I started getting in to makeup!

So let’s jump straight in to the BASE! My MAC foundations are some of my all time favourites! You’ve heard us rave about our Face and Body foundations way too many times but if I want a bit more coverage I always pick up my Studio Fix Fluid (my colour is NC15, pale girls unite) and today, to make sure my base was perfect, I used the peach shade from my Studio Finish Concealer Duo (shade NW20/NC25) on my dark under-eye circles and the yellow shade on any spots. Then to brighten under my eyes I blended  a little bit of my Select Cover-Up Concealer (shade NW15). My secret for a flawless finish is buffing MAC’s Mineralise Foundation/Loose (shade light) all over my face. The mineralise formula blurs out any imperfections and seriously leaves your skin looking flawless!

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Next up is BLUSH, BRONZER AND HIGHLIGHTFirst I used my all-time favourite MAC 135 brush to buff my Matte Bronze bronzer over the low points of the face (under the cheek bones, under the jaw line, along the hair line on the forward and through the temples) to act as a bit of a contour and also just to warm up my face a little. Then I used my favourite MAC blush, Style, along my cheek bones to add a bit of colour and topped it all off with one of my favourite highlighters, Soft and Gentle, along the high points of my face (at top of the cheek bones, along the bridge of the nose, on the brow bone, on my cupid’s bow and on the tip of the nose) to get that glow and give my face dimension.

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Now for EYEBROWS. MAC makes my two absolute favourite brow products, the Veluxe Brow Liner (shade Brunette) and Brow Set (shade Beguile). This is honestly the best combination of brow products to make them full of volume and nice and defined! Plus they are super easy to use on the go! 10/10!

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Now for my favourite part, the EYES. Before putting any shadows on my eyes I used the 24-Hour Extend Eye Base to make stop creasing and prolong the wear of the shadows. Then I set that with the Mineralise powder foundation. To define my crease I blended shade Wedge from the Sophisticate Look in a Box Face Kit through my crease and also under my eye to give it a bit more definition. Then, I used the Tan pigment on my 233 (a small flat shader brush) on my mobile lid. To intensify a bit more I wet my brush with a bit of Fix+ and dipped it in to the pigment and then packed it on my lid. This also gave it a beautiful metallic look. To highlight my inner corners I used Mac’s Electric Cool Eyeshadow (shade Gilded Thrill) Mascara is the one makeup product I don’t own from Mac (mostly because I’m not sure which one to get – do you have any suggestions?) so instead I used my favourite, Benefit’s They’re Real mascara in Beyond Black. And that’s it for eyes, it’s that simple. I wanted this look to be wearable during the day so didn’t add false lashes but you definitely could if you wanted to wear it on a night out!


Finally for the star of the show, the LIPS! To line my lips I used my Revlon ColourStay Lipliner (shade wine) all over my lips to define them and create an even base for the Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick!


Top it all off with a few sprays of Fix+ and that’s it lovelies! What do you think? Do you think you’ll be rocking this look this winter?

Stay happy,

-M xx

Review: Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen

N and I are lipstick lovers so when I heard about a green lipstick that transforms to a natural rosebud pink on your lips I knew I had to try it out!

Enter Frog Prince by Lipstick QueenIt is an emerald-green lipstick enriched with Vitamin E and Shea Butter that reacts with your bodies pH levels to transform in to your “perfect rose-pink lipstick shade” (or so it claims). If you’re thinking, “woah, that’s a big claim that it will transform in to everyone’s perfect pink shade” then you’re exactly where I was at when I walked in to Mecca and bought it off the lovely sales assistant.

It does sound incredible though, if it does what it claims it could turn in to my favourite every day lipstick shade. After all, we’ve all gone through the struggle of finding our “perfect everyday lipstick shade” so maybe this lippie will help us overcome that. Over the last two weeks I have, almost exclusively, worn Frog Prince and I thought I would tell you what I think.

 

 Colour: 

This is the first thing you’ll notice when you see this lipstick, it really is bright emerald-green! But not to worry, one swipe on your lips and they will literally transform before your very eyes in to a lovely natural pink shade. Now, I know what you’re thinking… “Just because it works for me how do I know it will work for everyone?” The answer is, I can’t, but I did have my mum and N both test it out and it did look beautiful (and very different!) on all three of us.

Formula: 

This is probably my favourite thing about this lipstick! It is an interesting mix between a lipstick and a lip balm. It’s so creamy and hydrating that it basically acts as your lip balm and you definitely don’t need to prime your lips in any way before you use it. One thing I was worried about was the way it would wear off my lips and that was also something I loved! It wears off so naturally and just leaves your lips with a slight tint, but nothing too overwhelming! Love, love, love this formula!

Longevity: 

Now this is where the lipstick will probably divide a few of you. It is definitely, by no means, a long-wearing lipstick. If you’re a lover of uber-matte liquid lipsticks and hate having to re-apply then I’ll tell you now, this lipstick isn’t for you. But if you like creamy finishes and don’t mind a touch up every now and then, I think you’ll love it! It lasts about 2-3 hours before I need to re-apply but the beautiful thing is you can re-apply whenever and wherever you want! Because it’s so creamy and sheer you don’t need to worry about perfect applications or using a mirror, a few smudges of your lips together will do the trick!

Over-all thoughts:

I’m about to start studying again soon and I think the long days in the classroom or days where I can’t really be bothered to do a full face of makeup but still want to look somewhat presentable are exactly when I will use this. It is so easy to re-apply and chuck in your bag, I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this lipstick and will most likely repurchase if I do ever run out!


What’s your favourite lipstick? Do you want to give this transforming lipstick a go? Let us know in the comments below so we can test out some new lippies! We are ALWAYS on the hunt for new lip products!

Stay happy, until next time

-M xx

 

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