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.
I cannot get over the irresistibly cute Easter collection from Makeup Revolution - I need them all, for sure! These are six colourful Easter Eggs that you open to find five eyeshadows, and two highlighters. PERFECT for travel. Perfect to look cute on your vanity. Perfect to gift someone. Each egg is perfectly coordinated in terms of the shades inside, as well as the external colour of the egg. Get an empty six-egg box from the supermarket, stash these into it, and place on your vanity to grab Insta-eyeballs. These are JUST £5 EACH! So that's £30 for the lot. A steal, what? Rush to get yours here in time for Easter! Stay tuned for my review, swatches, and makeup looks with these - as soon as I saw them, I ordered the lot! Scroll down for details on the Easter Egg Surprises From Makeup Revolution.
Remember the amazing Beauty Egg Collection from LookFantastic for Easter 2017? I had unboxed it here. Their 2018 collection is here, and the eggs look fabulous. There are seven beauty products, just like last time, and there's a total worth of more than £200. Like last time, it contains mostly skincare and haircare products. What is the LookFantastic Beauty Egg Collection? It is an assortment of beauty products that LookFantastic has been releasing for Easter for two years now, packaged in individual eggs, all collected in a beautiful repurposable box. Like last time, it comes in the same gorgeous hatbox packaging, with a similar colour scheme. This one is HUGE, people - make sure you have enough storage space before you buy. This one is priced at £65. I have a code for you further below, towards the end of this page, which will bring down the costs even more. Scroll down for the contents and spoilers of the LookFantastic Beauty Egg Collection Easter 2018, and a discount code.
Sorry I'm a day late with the latest giveaway. To make up for it, I'm having TWO winners this time! I am celebrating hitting 2,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, as well as my upcoming birthday in mid-April. The giveaway is open worldwide, as usual, and closes on May 5, 2018. The first winner gets an assortment of 10 makeup products, while the second name to show up in the Gleam widget gets the one product. 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, and so on will not be published. Enough. Off you go; look at the prizes, rules, and entry form. Scroll down to enter my 2K Celebration Makeup Giveaway.
My apologies for the delay in announcing the results of my fifth blogiversary giveaway. It has been one terribly hectic week, with hospital runs (Thanks, allergies), carpentry work at home (bought a new vanity from an antique shop), and a bunch of other things. I hope to get back to my normal schedule from next week. I've got the results of my fifth Blogiversary Giveaway. The winner needs to send in the following:
Full and correct address (PLEASE re-re-re-verify this; if it gets returned owing to wrong address, I get penalised, and will not be re-shipping; it has happened before).
Telephone number (for shipping purposes only), including international code.
With that out of the way, I'll ship your gift out within a week, depending on when I can nip out to the PO. I will send it through registered post; it will need a signature on delivery. As I said, I will pack as well as I can, and cannot be responsible for damage/breakage, delay, or loss in the postal systems, or for customs duties/taxes/surcharges/fees/tariffs. Scroll down for the winner's name!
Space NK's gifts with purchase are legendary, and their first GWP of 2018 does not disappoint at all. Worth more than £350, there are a whopping 28 pieces in this set - the Founders' Gift. Space NK has collaborated with the founders of 27 beauty brands, to curate this set of freebies. The brands include Oskia, NARS, REN, Rodial, Caudalie, Ouai, Vita Liberata, Omorovicza, Odacite, Kevyn Aucoin, Lipstick Queen, Sunday Riley, 111 Skin, Laura Mercier, Natura Bisse, Eve Lom, Dr Dennis Gross, Chantecaille, Verso, Kat Burki, and more! It is available with purchase of products worth £150 from Space NK's website here, from March 7, until stocks last - make sure you sign up for their N.Dulge programme. Use code BEAUTY18 at checkout. Scroll down for the contents of the Space NK Spring 2018 Founders' Gift Beauty Bag.
Choosing the right foundation shade in-store can be a nightmare at the best of times. All that store lighting, sales assistants with their own ideas, the distractingly huge array of products.... When buying online, the nightmare is all the worse! Different monitors, lighting, confusing online swatches....
Over the last few years, I've bought eight foundations online without being shade-matched in-store for the brand prior to buying - Tarte Amazonian Clay, By Terry Densiliss, Kevyn Aucoin SSE (advised by MUA friend), TheBalm Even Steven, The Ordinary, Chantecaille Future Skin, IT Cosmetics CC Cream, and Huda Beauty #FauxFilter. I was singularly lucky to have hit the jackpot when it came to shade matching - with the exception of the IT Cosmetics, where Medium is too pale and Tan is way too deep for me, but that is because they do not HAVE a shade for me, rather than because I picked the wrong one. The same is the case with The Ordinary - 2.1Y is too deep, the rest are too pale or too red. Again, not because of my choice, but because of the brand's shade limitations. In all the other six cases, I picked the perfect shade match for me, thanks to intensive googling, comparison with other foundation matches, advice from a MUA friend in one case, and guesswork.
Today, I've got swatches and demos of the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation shades for the warm-yellow/medium-tan/olive part of the spectrum - specifically, shades that cater to South Asian/Indian/Middle Eastern, and Latino skintones. Sorry, everyone else - unfortunately, this blog doesn't get much by way of PR samples (I get, what, FOUR a year? And those are mostly skincare), and I don't buy up things I don't use. Ergo, the shades I chose are in my own range, apart from a few samples I received as GWPs.
So hopefully, this will help those who are warm-yellow, medium to tan, olive-hued, in choosing the right Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation for them. For reference, I've also included the full range of every foundation shade I wear, and a comparison with NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. Scroll down for swatches, demo, and review of the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation Shade For Olive/Warm/Tan Skintones.
As expected, February's LookFantastic Beauty Box has a Valentine's Day design, with a pink-red-gold colour scheme, and a product booklet featuring red hearts. The box is themed Beauty Rendezvous, and contains products that you would need for your "rendezvous". Tryst, if you like! There are six products in the box, and the Elle UK magazine for the month is also included. They've recently taken to popping the mag inside the box itself, having increased the size of the beauty box. This actually makes the products inside seem smaller! Scroll down for my review of the LookFantastic Beauty Box for February 2018.
Cult Beauty's Spring 2018 Goody Bag is here! This is "The Creators'" Goody Bag - it contains products from the best beauty innovators. There are a whopping seven full-sized products in here, and the bag, which contains a total of 17 products, is worth more than £300. It comes free with purchase of £150 or above on Cult Beauty's website. They ship worldwide - free! Scroll down for the contents of the Cult Beauty The Creators Goody Bag for Spring 2018.
Metal and glossy lips may be attempting a comeback, but the matte lip trend is as strong as ever. The latest liquid lipstick on the bandwagon is the INC.redible Matte My Day Liquid Lip Paint, from Nails INC - the nail polish brand, no less. Good to see polish brands such as Models Own, Butter London, and Nails INC venture into makeup territory. The INC.redible Matte My Day Liquid Lip Paints come in a generous 14 shades, covering everything from neutrals to brights. These are just £8, for which you get 3.8ml of product, packaged in a sturdy tube, where you can see both colour and quantity of product left. There's a doefoot applicator which does the job, and the fragrance of the lipstick is very similar to that of Jouer Long Wear Lip Cremes, or the Huda Beauty Lip Mattes - tropical and sweet, but not irritatingly strong. Scroll down for the review and demo of the INC.redible Matte My Day Liquid Lip Paints.
January 2018 marks the start of my 12-month Project Pan challenge. This is a group collab on YouTube, wherein six beauty YouTubers have set themselves individual targets for finishing up products in their stash. These targets vary; in my case, I've chosen the rather ambitious figure of 118 beauty products to be used up in 2018! Of these eight NEED to be makeup products; the rest can be skincare. The other vloggers participating in the collab are Ashley DeVino, Kirstie of Behind the Scenes, Krista Burtner,Kathleen of Rented Fashion, and Tina Maughan - do check out their channels! In January, I've managed to use up 14 products, which means I only have 114 products to go in 11 months. Unfortunately, none of these is makeup, but hopefully I can get some cosmetics used up over the next few months. Scroll down for the beauty products I used up in January 2018, and for my thoughts on each.