After really liking the Pixi Overnight Glow Serum, I tried another serum from Pixi. This time it’s the Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum. Here are my thoughts on the product.
The Pixi Hydrating Milky serum claims to deeply nourish dehydrated skin, restoring natural radiance and elasticity. It is supposed to help the skin heal in the long-term and instantly plump and soften fine lines. It has been recommended for all skin types.
The main ingredients in this serum are:
Jojoba Oil – Helps in moisturization with a light feel.
Vitamin C & E – Antioxidant which fights free radicals, nourish and heal.
Rose Flower Extract – Youth-enhancing.
Aloe Vera – Calms and soothes.
However, the box packaging does mention rosehip oil as their main ingredient. But, I checked the ingredient list on the box as well as the Pixi website, it mentions Jojoba Oil instead of Rosehip Oil as one of the top ingredients. Both these oils do very similar things for the moisturization of the skin, but it was a bit confusing because of the apparent misprint.
I purchased this serum from Sephora and it retails for S$ 36. It is packaged in a beautiful mint green bottle, as most of the other serums from Pixi. The bottle comes with a cap and a dropper. There is 30 ml of product in the bottle and it comes in one size. I think skincare from Pixi has a great value for money, providing high quality products at a fraction of luxury skincare cost.
Now, let me tell you how my experience was. Initially, I was a bit confused with the texture once again. I had the same initial reaction with the Overnight Glow Serum as well. Both these products don’t have a typical watery lightweight serum texture that we are generally used to. The Hydrating Milky Serum has a creamy milky white texture which feels very cooling on the skin. The consistency of the serum is on the thicker side but its not very heavy. It feels like applying a light day lotion.
Although the texture is thicker, the serum gets absorbed into the skin very nicely. It may feel slight bit tacky at first but after a while the tackiness almost disappears and the product gets fully absorbed into the skin. It is also possible to wear makeup over it. I found the serum really hydrating for me and it continues to hydrate for a long time. It has a very cooling and calming effect on the skin because of the aloe vera, which I really like. In addition, it has also helped to even out my skin tone and make my skin feel a lot smoother. Because of optimum hydration, there is a always fresh and supple look to the skin whenever I have used this. So, this product has worked wonderfully well for my dry skin.
I am very comfortable using the Hydrating Milky Serum both during the day and night. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin during the day and it works great for night times too. Sometimes at night, I don’t even top it up with a moisturiser and it still feels quite hydrating on its own. When I wake up in the morning, my skin doesn’t feel dry without the moisturiser. But, if you have very dry skin you might have to wear a moisturiser over it too. Nowadays, I am enjoying using this serum under a sleeping pack and my skin loves it!
Overall, a great experience using this product. Its a great alternative for a lightweight (not texture wise) and nourishing daily serum for AM and PM use. It is packed with some excellent skin loving ingredients. I will highly recommended it to everyone, specially if you dry, very dry or dehydrated skin.
We have seen a lot of new Colourpop eyeshadow palettes being released in the last six months. I am a huge fan of their shadow palettes, as you probably know, but the Colourpop Good Sport palette was the last 12 pan palette I purchased.
I got more interested in the 9-pan eyeshadow palettes from them and that’s what I have been buying recently. But, I have absolutely loved the Good Sport palette and I am extremely happy that I decided to get it. Let me share my quick thoughts on this palette.
This 12 pan palette from Colourpop is a palette which is fit for the fall season. The colour story of this palette is really unique and fun with some really nice warm colours with a mix of neutral tones. I think the colors will work great even for spring/summer. I never thought oranges, purples and olive greens could look so good together. I love the tones of the shadows in the palettes and they are a bit different from other palettes having similar shades. The Good Sport palette has definitely challenged me to think and work more creatively.
The best part about this palette is that the colours are so unique and pretty themselves that you wouldn’t have to make a lot of effort to create a different yet beautiful look. Two or three shadows – that’s all you need to get a quick, fun and pretty eye look. There are 7 matte shadows and 5 shimmer finishes in the palette. I love the range of colours that we get in both the categories.
The matte shadows for the most part are very good quality – very nicely pigmented and easy to blend. Even while blending, the shadows adhere to skin well and they do not blend away. They are very easy to build up as well. I did face a little bit of fall out with some of the matte shades but I am used to fall out from certain Colourpop shadows and I just usually work around them. The only matte shade which I have a problem with is the deep berry shade “Reckless” which is quite dry in my palette. It gets very difficult to pick up on the brush and has a tendency to get patchy. I have to slowly build up this colour with a lot of effort. Other than that, all the mattes perform great.
As far as the shimmers are concerned, I have no complains. They are buttery smooth, very intense and apply very nicely on the eyes without looking chunky. I love them and the variety which has been offered in this palette. My favourite is the shade “Rookie” which is a bright orange shade with some tiny blue glitter in it and it just looks stunning on the eyes. My only problem is also this shade because it is a tad but chunky and you might face some fall out from this shade. I carefully pack this shade on the eyes an use an eyeshadow primer underneath which helps the shadow to perform a little better. Rest of all the shimmers are gorgeous and I have no issues with them at all.
Here are the swatches of the palette.
This is how the shades have been described on the Colourpop website.
This palette also retails for $16 as their other regular 12-pan palettes and each pan contains 1gm or 0.04 Oz of eyeshadow. It’s a really good price and value for a beautiful and unique eyeshadow palette. I will highly recommend this palette if you are someone who wants to try out some unique colors.
I have done a video on this palette on my YouTube channel which I will link below, if you want to hear more thoughts.
That’s all for this post. I hope it was helpful.
Colourpop Fall Edit Review, Swatches & Demo | Good Sport Eyeshadow Palette - YouTube
Single eyeshadows are my current favourite makeup products. After coming across some amazing formulas last year, I am really beginning to get very interested in them. The Natasha Denona Chrome Crystal Top Coat is one such super fun formula of single eyeshadows.
These Chrome Crystal top coats from Natasha Denona are cream-like eyeshadows which feel creamy to the touch but on applying on the eyelid they feel like applying a powder shadow. These can be applied directly on bare eyelids or can be used as toppers on other eyeshadows. Both ways, the effect is a really dazzling sparkly finish on the eyes and the eyes look really pretty.
I bought one shade from Sephora and it retails for around S$ 42 here. For a single eyeshadow, that’s a lot of money but I got this when it was on 50% off. But honestly, if I go through this pot then I wouldn’t hesitate to repurchase this for full price. I love this shadow so much. In each pot, we get 6 gm / 0.2 Fl. Oz. of product, so I don’t think I am going to finish this anytime soon. The eyeshadow is packaged in a round airtight glass jar, makes it more environmentally friendly. So, far I haven’t noticed any drying in the pot and it has been around 4 months that I have purchased it.
Natasha’s metallic shade extension of the Chroma Crystal Top Coat. These new shades can be applied on bare lids, on top of eyeshadow, or on top of lipstick for a dazzling effect. Creamy to the touch and on the skin provides a natural lustrous glass effect due to its pure pigments, real crushed pearls and chroma crystals.
The shade which I purchased is called “Full Metal Bronze” and it is a beautiful brownish bronze shade which has some gold glitter infused in it. This shade is just beautiful. It gives a very sparkly glimmer effect to the eyes and I absolutely love wearing this shadow just on it own. I usually apply this on the eyelids with my fingers and then blend a bit of powder eyeshadow in the crease. The application is super easy, smooth and it’s a quick eye look to do but the effect is extraordinary. Specially, in low light settings, the eyes look amazing.
These eyeshadows also claim to be waterproof and crease proof and I agree to a certain extent. The eyeshadow holds up really well against water but if you rub your eyes with water then it will tend to fade away. But, water alone doesn’t have much fading of the eyeshadows, maybe just a bit. The eyeshadow also doesn’t crease at all on me. I have worn this shadow for 5-6 hours and it lasts very well on the eyes without creasing. I also haven’t faced any kind of fall out with this either. I can actually do my eye look after applying the foundation without worrying about fall out.
I think this is a beautiful formula of single eyeshadow. If you like, sparkly or glittery eyeshadows, you should definitely try these out. These eyeshadows will look beautiful for any kind of party, events or special occasions and I will highly recommend them.
I have a quick video here on how I apply these shadows.
I have found one of my all time favorite lipsticks from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte lipsticks range. These lipsticks are standard bullet lipsticks with a matte formula.
Anastasia Beverly Hills is available here in Singapore at Sephora but for some reason these lipsticks are not available in store or online in this part of the world. I usually buy these from CultBeauty or BeautyBay, which are UK based websites. I wish they were available here so that I could swatch them and get some more shades.
These lipsticks retail for around £15 on the above two websites, which roughly converts to S$26. I think that’s a pretty good price for the lipsticks. In each lipstick bullet, we get 3.2 gm of product, which is pretty standard for a bullet lipstick. I love the black and gold packaging of the lipsticks. They are packaged in a box which has all the details of expiry date, ingredient list and other details.
As per ABH website, these lipsticks claim to be a full-pigment lip color with a velvety-smooth ultra-matte finish and comfortable wear-ability.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick is a full-pigment lip color with a velvety-smooth ultra-matte finish and comfortable wearability.
My experience with these lipsticks have been pretty good but I don’t completely agree with all the claims. Let me break it down for you, so that you can make a more informed decision.
First two things which I will completely agree on is that these are full-pigment lip colors and have an ultra-matte finish. The opacity which we get on a single swipe is amazing and the lipstick bullet is just packed with pigment. You wouldn’t really need to go in with a second layer. In addition, the lipsticks have a true matte finish on the lips. They may not be completely transfer proof but appear really matte on the lips. The transfer is minimal.
The claim which I don’t really agree with is that these have a velvety-smooth formula. The lipstick application is quite smooth but the texture is not as velvety as I would like. The texture is quite dry from the word go. They do tug on the lips a bit because of their dry texture but the application and colour payoff is quite smooth. So, when buying these lipsticks we have to keep in mind that the formula is going to be much drier than other creamy matte lipstick formulas.
Surprisingly, these lipsticks are quite comfortable to wear even with a very dry texture. They do not feel uncomfortable or drying for many hours and can last on the lips for really long time. On my lips, they can last 6-8 hours without much fading. Even when we eat or drink something, the opacity is maintained quite beautifully. However, depending on the oiliness in the food, there may be slight fading from the inner portion of the lips.
I have 3 full sized lipsticks and 1 mini lipstick set (Pinks & Berries). The mini lipsticks are each 1.3 gm / 0.045 Oz. However, I find that the mini lipsticks have a slightly more drier formula. I guess since the mini lipsticks have a more slimmer body, they have been made slightly more drier and stiffer so that they don’t break easily. I am not sure if that is the case but I do find a difference in the formula. So, I will recommend buying the full sized lipsticks.
I have 7 shades with me and here are the swatches of all of them. ‘Rosewood‘ is my all time favourite lipstick shade. I just love this perfect mauve-y pink nude shade on me. I have clearly used it the most and am thinking of buying a backup. The other shades are also really nice and I wear them quite a lot. There are some lighter shades in the bunch which I don’t wear alone and will usually mix with some other shades.
Overall, I really like these richly pigmented matte lipsticks a lot and will recommend them to anyone who doesn’t mind a drier formula in the bullet. Otherwise, the application is quite smooth and feel quite comfortable on the lips. Also, these lipsticks go really well under glosses, which is one of my favourite ways to wear these nowadays.
That’s all for this post. I really hope this helped.
I have done swatch videos for these lipsticks on my YouTube channel, which I will link below.
I haven’t tried too many products from NARS and I have been always interested to try their very popular blushes. I prefer to buy blush palettes over single blushes, so when I saw the NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palettes, I was really interested to try one.
The NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palettes where launched sometime mid last year here in Singapore and I ordered the deeper palette which seems to be more suitable for deeper skin tone. This is a limited edition product but they are still available in Sephora here at a reduced price. Since, then NARS has released a couple of more cheek palettes which look beautiful as well. But, I am not planning to get anymore for now.
These Wanted palettes have 6 blushes and each pan contains 3.9 gm (0.13 Oz.) of product. I purchased this palette when it was S$ 90, however I did use my Sephora coupons and didn’t pay full price for the palette. Currently, this palette has been marked down quite a bit but I don’t exactly remember how much it is for now. The palette is quite expensive and I don’t buy such expensive cheek products often. But, I really liked the colours in this palette and they are not very common colours.
The packaging of the palette is really beautiful and luxe. It feels very sturdy and travel friendly. I have travelled with it and I have even dropped it but nothing happened to the blushes or the palette. However, the open and closure of the palette is not very smooth. I have to put in a lot of effort to open this palette and you might struggle a bit if you have delicate or long nails. I open it only when I am sitting down on the bed or have some cushion underneath because most of the times I am on the verge of dropping it. I really wish that the mechanism was more effortless.
There are 6 blushes in the palette. The top row blushes have a glow-y finish and the bottom row blushes are matte. All the blushes work great on tan skin tone and most will work on skin tones even deeper than mine. The glow-y blushes give a beautiful finish to the skin. They are not overly glow-y at first go, so they give a nice sheen to the cheeks. There aren’t chunky glitters or much shimmer. I love using them as highlight or as blush topper.
The matte blushes are very smooth and apply well but I find them to be really pigmented, specially the two deeper shades. I am someone who doesn’t like blushes to be too pigmented and prefer building up the color. So, if you are someone like me then you might face some issues. Pigmentation and colour payoff is really amazing but it’s borderline too much for me. I have to be really careful while applying the deeper blushes since they can get difficult to blend out if we apply too much at one go. While, working with the deeper shades I always tap of the excess product or first apply on my arm. The blush shades are really pretty though and look great on deeper skin tone. It’s also nice that we get a lighter blush which can be used to mix with the deeper colours.
The wear time of these blushes are really good. They haven’t faded away on me so far. I have wore them for around 5-6 hours so far.
Here are the swatches of the blushes on my skin tone. I will try to update this post later with cheek swatches if you are interested.
Overall, I do like this blush and highlighter palette. It works great on my skin tone and I love the colours. The only issue is the pigmentation of the matte blushes, so have to be a bit careful. It’s still a really expensive palette and I will not be comfortable paying full price for it. But, if you like the colours or get a good deal then it is worth a try. It is a really versatile product for sure.
I found a really amazing formula of cream lipsticks that I wanted to share today. This is the Too Faced Natural Nudes Intense Color Coconut Butter Lipstick.
I love finding nude lipsticks and the Too Faced Natural Nudes line has some amazing nude lipsticks for all skin tones. In all, there are 10 shades to choose from and I think for my skin tone there are 3-4 shades to choose from. I have purchased the shade “Girl Code“.
These lipsticks are really creamy and very richly pigmented nude lipsticks. Although, I have just one shade, I have tried most of the shades at the store and all of them were equally pigmented and creamy. They are also infused with coconut butter complex which helps to keep the lips soft and moisturised. The texture of the lipstick is very creamy and while applying it almost feels like applying a richly pigmented lip balm. The color payoff is really good and in one swipe we get a good coverage on the lips. It has a light coconut scent but it is not overpowering.
One USP of these lipsticks is definitely their beautiful packaging. Apart from the delicate lacy floral print on the lipstick cover, each lipstick cover color coordinates with the actual lipstick bullet. So, if one ends up purchasing more than one shade, then it will be very easy to differentiate between them and they will, of course, look really pretty on the vanity.
The Too Faced Natural Nudes lipsticks retail for S$ 32 and we get 3.6 g/0.12 Oz. of product. I purchased mine from Sephora Singapore.
These lipsticks are traditional cream lipsticks so they do transfer, but still they are quite long wearing on me. They can last without much fading for 5-6 hours on me.
Here is a swatch of the lipstick shade called “Girl Code“. I really like this shade for everyday use. Its my MLBB shade.
These are definitely one of the best cream lipsticks I have tried so far. If you are looking for really pigmented and hydrating cream nude lipsticks, I will highly encourage you to check the Too Faced Natural Nudes out. You will surely find something you like.
If you have tried these lipsticks, then do let me know below. That’s all for this post.
I have a new found love for cream lipsticks and glosses. So, when the Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipsticks were launched, I knew I would get atleast one shade. I bought 1, then 2 and now I have ended up with 4 shades.
The Huda Beauty Demi Matte lipsticks are very pigmented cream liquid lipsticks. I will describe them as a very pigmented non-sticky gloss like texture on the lips. In one swipe, we get full color payoff so they are not as sheer as glosses. They work great for my pigmented lips and I get a very good opacity.
These are very different from the Huda Beauty Matte liquid lipsticks. Although, the names suggests that they would be demi-matte but they don’t give any sort of matte effect on the lips. They do settle down after a point but it’s more of a satin glossy finish. So, don’t go for these lipsticks if you are looking for transfer proof matte liquid lipsticks. These lipsticks do transfer. However, it is possible to blot the lips and get a more satin finish than glossy.
Enriched with Maxi-lip that stimulates collagen and hydrates the lips throughout wear, Demi Matte sets to a satin finish that lasts for hours with extreme comfort, without dehydrating the lips.
The Huda Beauty Demi Matte Lipsticks claim to stimulate collagen and hydrate the lips throughout the wear. I completely agree that these are really hydrating and comfortable to wear. Even if I wear these lipstick for the entire day, my lips don’t dry out or feel uncomfortable. They also have a slightly cooling effect when applied first because of the menthol in it, which feels nice. Along with the cooling effect, there is definitely slight tingling sensation which I suppose is the plumping action of the lipstick. I am not sure if the lips look plump or not, but the tingling sensation is not uncomfortable at all as some other plumping glosses.
These lipsticks are surprisingly long wearing too. I didn’t think these would last on lips for more than 2 hours because they transfer quite a lot. But, to my surprise they can last really well for 3-4 hours and even after that these don’t fade away completely. They kind of stain the lips a bit so it doesn’t look like the entire lipstick has faded away. It may not look as shiny and glossy as before but still there is always some colour on the lips. I really liked that.
There are 15 shades available for these lipsticks and there are lot of shades to choose from for every skin tone. I have picked up four shades and I love wearing all of them. The lipsticks retail for S$ 40 here in Singapore and they are available at Sephora. Each lipstick tube contains 3.6 ml / 0.12 fl. oz. of product and the expiry is 2 years.
The lipstick tubes are very similar in packaging to the matte liquid lipstick packaging but have a glossy finish instead. I really like the applicator on these lipsticks. The applicator has a chair like shape with a slant which makes it very easy to apply the lipsticks, as it hugs the lips while applying an even layer.
These are the four shades I purchased – SheEO, Sheika, Lady Boss and Catwalk Killa.
SheEO is a very light brownish nude shade on me. Its really nicely pigmented and cover all my natural uneven pigmentation of my lips.
Sheikha is my latest purchase and I couldn’t be happier. Its a beautiful rosy pink nude, a shade I have been looking for since months.
Lady Boss is a beautiful berry pink shade and it looks great even when it fades away after a few hours.
Catwalk Killa is a very unique shade. It is a purple with some brown hues and it looks really beautiful and edgy. I love this shade.
Overall, these are some my favourite lip products currently. I love how pigmented and comfortable these lipsticks are and the fact that they last really well on the lips. If you are looking for glosses and don’t like the sticky nature of them then do try these out. These are a gloss and liquid lipstick hybrid which I think you might really like.
That’s all for this post. I hope this was helpful. Do let me know if you are going to pick up any shade.
Huda Beauty Demi Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatches | InfiniteReflections.net | Indian Brown Skin Tone - YouTube
Comparing eyeshadow palettes is always exciting for me, but when two palettes are this close then it is all the more interesting. In this post, we are going to figure out how close are the ColourpopIt’s My Pleasure palette and the Huda Beauty Amethyst Obsession palette.
Both these palettes have my favourite colour story – Purple. One is pretty affordable and the other a more mid range palette. Both of them are 9 pan palettes with very similar colour story which would make many wonder if the Colourpop one is an intentional dupe to the Huda Beauty one. Since, Colourpop has been doing the 9 pan palettes for a while in different themes, maybe a purple palette was in offing too but we would never know that.
Huda Beauty Amethyst Obsession Palette
Let’s take a quick look at the Huda Beauty Amethyst Obsession Palette first. This palette was released last year and I had purchased this almost immediately. It certainly did not disappoint. The colour story and quality of the palette is amazing. The best part of these obsession palettes are definitely their size and compactness, but still not compromising on the quantity. The AmethystObsession palette has 9 shadows with each pan containing 1.1 gm/0.04 oz. o product. This palette retails for USD $27.
The matte shades are really creamy to touch and they blend very well. Compared to the Colourpop palette, the fallout is not much with this palette. The metallic and the duo-chrome shades are more firmly pressed in this palette and work best with the fingers. But, they do provide a nice intensity and they look smooth on the eyes. The duo-chrome shades provide a pretty shimmer and sparkle to the eyes.
Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette
Now, here’s look at the new Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette. The colour story of this palette is very similar to the AmethystObsession palette. This palette has a plastic packaging unlike the cardboard packaging of the Amethyst Obsession Palette. It also has 9 eyeshadows and each pan contains 1 gm/0.o4 oz. of product, which is very similar to the Huda Beauty palette. A nice touch in the Colourpop palette is that all the shadows have names, a feature I always appreciate. But, the best part is that this palette retails for USD $12, which is so affordable.
Now, for the quality of the shadows in this palette. The mattes are really nicely pigmented. They do not feel very creamy but work great of the eyes. But, there is quite a bit of fallout with one or two matte shades, so we do have to be careful with this palette. The metallic and the duo-chrome shades are just amazing. They are superbly pigmented, smooth, intense and are not as firmly pressed in the pan, so they are easy to work with even with a brush. The duo-chrome shades give a beautiful glittery and sparkly finish on the eyes.
Overall, both the palettes are amazing and I will highly recommend both of them. However, you can get very similar looks with both the palettes, so it might be economically more viable to choose the Colourpop one.
But, there are few shades which are different between the palettes, which I am showing here next.
From the swatches, it is clear that there are many similarities between the two palettes. Even if the shades aren’t exact match, many of the shades are very similar to each other. In the Huda Beauty palette, there are 3 matte shades and in the Colourpop palette there are 4 matte shades. All the matte shades seem very similar to each other barring the one extra matte shade which is there in the Colourpop palette. As for the metallic and duo-chrome shades, there are more metallic shades in the Amethyst palette, so we get a bit more variety. But, two of the metallic shades and two of the duo-chrome shades are very similar to each other. So, between both the palettes there are at least 6 shades which are very close to each other.
I always prefer regular swatches, so here are the regular swatches of both the palette. First, a comparison of the matte shadows.
Here is a comparison swatch of the metallic and duo-chrome shades.
So, what do you think about the comparison? I am really interested to know which palette you will choose. I love purples and I am impractical sometimes so I have ended up buying both of them. But realistically, I don’t think you need both. So, which one will it be? Let me know in the comments below.
That’s all for this post everyone. Hope this was helpful.
The Colourpop Zodiac collection in collaboration with Kathleen Lights was released somewhere mid last year. I bought it almost immediately but it’s now after 6-7 months that I have finally figured it out and sitting down to write a review on it.
Colourpop releases so much makeup that it’s really difficult to keep up sometimes. But, I am always interested to get their collaborations with Kathleen Lights. Most of their collaborations with her have been amazing and I really like her as an YouTuber. The Zodiac theme was really popular last year and even this year it’s going strong. But, Kathleen Lights being someone who is deeply interested and learned in Zodiac signs, this collection seemed all the more interesting because its very personal to her and well thought out.
If memory serves me correctly, and trust me its really hard to remember, the Zodiac collection consisted of the eyeshadow palette, few lipsticks, couple of highlighters and liquid eyeshadows. But, don’t quote me on that. I was just interested in the eyeshadow palette so I just ignored the other products and picked up on the palette.
The ColourpopZodiac palette is one of their standard 12 pan eyeshadow palettes and has a very interesting colour story. It retails for $18 on the Colourpop website and that’s where I purchased mine from. Each colour depicts a zodiac sign and a lot of thought has gone behind designing every colour. Kathleen did a very detailed video explaining here entire thought process which I found really interesting.
The packaging of the palette is really beautiful. I really like the blue and black contrast of the palette and the outer box. All the zodiac signs are imprinted on both the packages in gold which gives a really cool visual effect. The palette also comes with a mirror which comes in handy. I always like the cardboard packaging of these 12 pan Colourpop palettes as they are sleek and sturdy, and also environmentally more friendly than plastic packaging.
There are 6 mattes (1 glitter infused) and 6 metallic shades in the palette and each pan contains 1 g (0.04 oz.) of shadow. This is how the shades have been described on the Colourpop website.
The Aries: Metallic firey orange
The Taurus: Matte camel brown
The Gemini: Metallic antique gold
The Cancer: Soft peachy pink with a golden sheen
The Leo: Soft coral with a gold flip
The Virgo: Matte dark chocolate brown
The Libra: Matte light dusty rose
The Scorpio: Rich metallic plum
The Sagittarius: Matte magenta purple
The Capricorn: Black with gold glitter
The Aquarius: Matte periwinkle blue
The Pisces: Metallic aqua
Let’s take a look at the swatches row by row.
Love all the shades in this row. The metallic subtle orange is just so pretty and unique. I love it for creating soft orange eye looks. “The Taurus” is a great matte shade for transition, very pigmented and blends nicely. The two metallic shades are also easy to work with and are very smooth.
I just love the two metallic shades in this row. They are super intense and very smooth. Especially, the metallic plum is just amazing. The soft pink is great blending shade and the brown comes in handy to create some depth in the looks.
“The Sagittarius” is one of the best matte purples I have used. It is not so creamy in texture but has amazing pigmentation and blend-ability. The black and the matte blue are just okay shades for me. The black is infused with some gold glitter but it doesn’t translate that much on to the lid. So, for me it’s like a matte black shade. The matte blue is nicely pigmented and is a unique cool colour but on my skin tone does need some building up. I am a Piscean myself and unfortunately “The Piscean” is not one of the best shadows of the palette. Its quite chunky and difficult to work with. I have to use a fixing spray to make it work and it has quite a lot of fall out. So, it’s my least favourite in the palette.
Overall, like most Colourpop palettes, this palette has also worked out really well for me. The quality is very good and the colour scheme is really unique. Although, one or two shades may be a little difficult to work with and need some effort. Honestly, when I got this palette I was a little overwhelmed with the colour story and could not figure out what kind of looks I wanted to do. But, now I am really comfortable with this palette and have done some really pretty looks. It’s possible to do a wide variety of looks with this palette alone. We can do more neutral everyday looks, simple party looks or go really bold. The shade range is really nice.
The palette does have a little bit of fall out but not with all the shades. I think the fall out level is lesser than other Colourpop palettes I have tried. These are some of the looks of which I managed to take photos of.
So, what do you think of this palette? Do let me know. It’s all about the colour story in this palette. If that appeals to you, then I will definitely recommend this palette as the quality is great.
I must admit, I have a weird fascination with rose scented or rose infused products. So naturally, The Body Shop British Rose line looks really attractive to me and the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is one of the products I have been using since months.
The Body ShopBritish Rose Fresh Plumping Mask claims to be a refreshing gel mask infused with real rose petals, moisturising rose essences, toning rosehip oil and soothing aloe vera which combine to leave the skin plumped with moisture and visibly smooth.
Real rose petals and essences help in replenishing the skin water reserves.
Rosehip oil, rich in Omega 3 and 6 helps tone the skin.
Aloe vera is known for its calming and soothing properties on the skin.
It is 100% vegan and formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil.
This mask remind me a lot of the Fresh Rose Face Mask. I have tried two small sizes of that mask as well and I find the effects to be very similar. Both are supposed to do very similar things and have a similar texture and consistency. But, the Fresh Rose Face Mask retails for S$ 38 for 30 ml of product and S$ 95 for a 100 ml jar. On the other hand, The Body ShopBritish Rose Fresh Plumping Mask retails for S$ 35 for 75 ml of product. So, the Body Shop mask is a less expensive alternative. The packaging of the product is very sturdy. It is a glass jar, so we have to be a little careful handling it but it does feel very luxe and high-end.
I am really enjoying using the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask a lot. It has a very runny jelly like texture with rose petals infused in it and with a delicate rose scent. I usually apply the mask after cleansing my face and when my face is still wet. Then, I leave it for around 10 mins and then rinse it off with warm water. This mask has a really cooling, calming and soothing sensation on the face and it’s very relaxing to apply after a tired day. It doesn’t completely dry down so it doesn’t get too uncomfortable at any point.
After rinsing away the mask, the face actually feels really smooth and clear. The mask is also able to make my skin feel very hydrated and nourished for sometime. But, of course I have a more drier skin type so I have to apply some kind of moisturiser otherwise my skin feels quite dry. So, I don’t think this mask can do a job of a moisturiser but it surely provides a burst of hydration for sometime by replenishing the skin’s water reserve. For some other skin type, these results might vary accordingly and I do think most skin types will be able to use it. Specially, since it’s a water based gel mask, I think any skin type will be able to use. Sometimes, I use the mask after using a brightening mask so that I can get benefits of two masks but on its own it works great too. It claims to give a dewy youthful glow on regular use but I haven’t tried that and I believe a mask alone can’t be responsible for providing a dewy youthful glow since we use a lot of other skincare on a regular basis. But, I have certainly seen positive results from single use and I will recommend this mask just for the experience and the relaxation factor.
Overall, I am really happy with this purchase and will definitely repurchase once I am done using this one. If you are interested in a product like this, then it’s definitely worth a try. Especially, if you want to try something high-end but at a lesser price.
That’s all for this post. Let me know if you have tried this and how was your experience.