Cosmetopia Digest, formerly known as My Beauty Junction, is a beauty and makeup blog that is your cosmetics utopia on the internet. You will find unboxings of beauty boxes that ship worldwide, makeup reviews, tutorials and looks, skin and hair care product reviews and features, shopping tips, nail art and more.
When I heard that fashion supremo Karl Lagerfeld had collaborated with Australian beauty brand ModelCo to bring out an exclusive, limited edition makeup collection for Summer 2018, I was as excited as any makeup lover. This has been touted as the most anticipated makeup launch of this year. The collection launched on May 14, and is 100% cruelty-free. There is a whole gamut of products in here - eyeshadow palettes, mascara, eyeliners, highlighters, makeup sets, makeup brushes, lip toppers, lip glosses, matte liquid lipsticks... pretty much everything except foundation itself. All products are one-stock-drop only. I have the matte liquid lipsticks to show you. These are called the Lip Lights - as you've probably guessed, there is a light when you open the tube, which means you can apply this lipstick in the dark or in low light without accidentally endowing your ears in scarlet. There are eight shades in the matte liquid lipstick range, and each one costs £22 - for a 6ml tube. Scroll down for the review, swatches, and demo of the Karl Lagerfeld x ModelCo Lip Lights Matte Liquid Lipsticks, and my thoughts on the whole collection.
It has been a while since I did a full-face makeup look or tutorial. A bad breakout - as usual - was the reason. Now that things are slowly clearing up, I've been playing with makeup again. My YouTube and Instagram followers may have seen my first haul of the year, from Sephora, a couple of months ago. I bought quite a bit of Givenchy makeup, including my first cream eyeshadow - a gorgeous purpley black affair. These are the products I used for my makeup look. This is a purpley-black smoky eye makeup look for Summer nights out. Scroll down for a Summer night out makeup tutorial with Givenchy products.
Revolution Pro's Full Cover Camouflage Foundation promises to cover blemishes, scars, and even tattoos. It is a vegan, cruelty-free foundation that costs just £7 for 25ml, and comes in 18 shades, just like other foundations and concealers from the Revolution Beauty range of products. There is also a Full Cover Camouflage Concealer available, in 18 shades as well - review of that to follow soon. I call this one the best drugstore foundation of 2018, and the best drugstore full-coverage foundation. I've live-tested it on VERY severe cystic acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation - as you will see further below. For reference, I have very oily, acne-prone skin. Scroll down for the review, live demo, and swatches of the Revolution Pro Full Cover Camouflage Foundation.
WAIT till you even SEE what the latest free Goody Bag from Cult Beauty contains. TEN full-sized products, including a Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette, an Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, and lots more! For those who came in late, Cult Beauty is a retailer who ships worldwide; they carry a large range of skincare and makeup. They do seasonal Goody Bags as gifts with purchase every quarter, and these are HUGE value for the money. Not exaggerating here - the latest one is a whopping £240 in value, and contains ever so much free makeup! This one is their 10th birthday Goody Bag, containing 10 cult classics - Cult Beauty says this one is their best Goody Bag yet! To get yours, go here, and buy products worth £170 - your Goody Bag is added to your cart with code CBBIRTHDAY. Scroll down for the full contents of the Cult Beauty 10th Birthday Goody Bag.
The Revolution Pro Supreme Matte Lip Pigments are long-wearing cruelty-free liquid lipsticks from the professional range of Revolution Beauty. They cost just £4 each, and are supposed to be dupes for the NARS Power Matte Lip Pigments. They come in a whopping 30 shades. Very impressive - there are foundations out there that don't have half as many shades. The shades range from white to black, and include neutrals, pinks, berries, brights, reds, and corals. These claim to be transfer-proof, fully-pigmented, and long-wearing. Let's see if all that is true. Scroll down for review, swatches, and demos of the Revolution Pro Supreme Matte Lip Pigments.
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As promised, my mid-year makeup giveaway is on - it is open to my YouTube and email subscribers. The giveaway is open worldwide, as usual, and closes on July 15, 2018. The winner - one person - gets an assortment of 12 makeup products. Winners WILL only be chosen by the Gleam widget at random - NOT by me, thanks very much! As usual, comments containing profanity, rudeness, racism, hyper-links, promos of MLM, entreaties to pick you as a winner, and so on, will not be published. Enough. Off you go; look at the prizes, rules, and entry form. Scroll down for my mid-year makeup giveaway, open worldwide.
Whew. There were so many entries for my 2k Celebration Makeup Giveaway that I have bloodshot eyes after going through the entries. Sadly, there was also quite a bit of fraud, with multiple entries, non-subscribed entries, and incomplete information, including profanity in lieu of relevant details I need to contact you if you win. But let's not have any more unpleasantness here. I have the results down below. The next giveaway commences within a week or so - do stay tuned for that; it is my mid-year makeup giveaway. The winners need to contact me with the following details:
Address, including postcode and country
Telephone number, including country code (used ONLY for postal purposes).
One of the most frustrating things about being a makeup addict - irrespective of where you live on this planet - is knowing that a bunch of brands are inaccessible to you, simply because they are unavailable in your country. Similarly, you also tend to miss out on country-exclusive sales and deals. These days, however, thanks to the internet, most brands either ship worldwide directly, or do so indirectly through retailers (Stay tuned for a series on where to buy what brand and get it shipped anywhere around the world). Nevertheless, there are some brands which aren't available outside of their country of origin. Lorac is one huge example - as far as I can see (and I shop extensively), no authorised retailer ships Lorac worldwide; nor does the brand do so directly. This is where you have something called a "forwarding service". Essentially, a forwarding service is someone who, when you sign up, gives you an address in the country where you want to shop, receives packages for you, and forwards them to your address within your country. Neat, innit? Having researched and compared a bunch of forwarding services, I find that a number of them charge you just to sign up and get an address within, say, the US. Others charge to receive packages or to repackage. Yet others refuse to consolidate packages without an additional charge. Even worse, most forwarding services offer only DHL and Fedex as their carriers, and we know what the postage costs for those two are - often exceeding the cost of the items purchased. Ideally, a forwarding service should not charge for just signing up/getting an address within, say, the US, or for consolidating or repackaging your purchases, or for storing them for a couple of weeks. The charge involved must centre around the cost of forwarding the package to you, and not much else - maybe a nominal service charge. And, the carrier options must vary, and include local shippers who don't charge as much as DHL. I've finally found a forwarding service that fulfills all these requirements - 1GrandTrunk. They ship from the US to anywhere at reasonable rates, and offer better value for money than their competitors, and have successfully shipped out more than 5,000 packages last year alone, to more than 45 countries. Scroll down to find out how to shop for makeup from anywhere around the world.
Revolution Pro is the "professional" range of makeup from Revolution Beauty, a.k.a the company behind Makeup Revolution. The moment I heard this range was out, I wanted in. I treated myself to a few goodies for my birthday - this range has everything, from foundations, concealers, brushes, brow products, eyeliners, eyeshadows (singles as well as palettes of various sizes and forms), lippies (bullet and liquid), highlighters, and more. The range is cruelty-free and vegan, and most products are made in Taiwan. My haul doesn't include everything, of course - but there's quite a few interesting products in there. Stay tuned for individual review posts. Scroll down for my makeup haul from Revolution Pro, and my first impressions.