Morphe 35T Taupe Eyeshadow Palette | First impressions

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This Morphe 35T palette has got to be one of the best eyeshadow palettes I’ve tried and at such an affordable price, it’s a steal! The range of colours are stunning and with 35 shades you can really mix it up with the variety of looks you’re going for. In the Dubai Sephora, I finally picked up the TooFaced Shadow Insurance and I can’t believe I hadn’t used this earlier! I’ve never really been a daily eyeshadow wearer but this eyeshadow primer has now found itself a permanent place in my everyday makeup routine! And paired with the shades from this palette you can create a natural everyday look or a more glam evening look – it doesn’t move for the whole day!

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The brand

The U.S. make up brand Morphe Brushes have started to make their mark on the YouTube beauty-sphere, more commonly known for their extensive line of synthetic yet affordable make up brushes, giving some of the higher end brands like MAC and Sigma a good run for their money. As with their brushes, their eyeshadow palettes are becoming more and more popular, with the limited edition Jaclyn Hill palette being a cult favourite.


 

The colours

This 35T palette takes the signature naked eye to the next dimension! It includes 35 shades ranging from neutral, taupe, metallic coppers, brick red shades and more golden and bronze shimmer shades. I have to say, I was a little disappointed by the lack of matte transitional shades to create a complete look. I’d say to pair this palette with a matte palette like the Urban Decay NAKED Basics or theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude for an extra variety of shades to create more dimension.


 

The formula

The application of these shadows are smooth and highly pigmented however I would say the mattes are a little more difficult to build than the shimmers.

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The price

The price of this palette is so impressive, I bought this palette on BeautyBay.com and it retails for £18.25!


 

The look 

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Crease: 5th row, fourth shade from the left

Lid outer V: 5th row, fourth shade from the left

Lid middle: 4th row, third shade from the right & 2nd row, 5th shade from the right

Lid inner corner and tear duct: 2nd row, fourth shade from the right

Brows: ABH dip brow pomade – dark brown

Liner: Kat Von D ink liner in Trooper and set with NYC liquid liner

Mascara: L’Oréal Telescopic Carbon Black


 

The brushes I used

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From top to bottom

Sigma E40 – Perfectly tapered for blending

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease – Crease and transitional shade

MAC 213 – Lid

Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer – Smoothing and defining

Bdellium Tools 716 – Inner tearduct highlight


 

Have you guys tried out this palette or any other Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow palettes? What did you think of them?


 

Sachita x

 

 

 

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Kat Von D | Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks | #obsessed

Hey guys! 

I know it’s been a while since my last post but I promise I have a good reason 🙂 – around three weeks ago I turned 21 and about 4 days after that I was jetting off on holiday to India and Dubai for a couple of weeks, so haven’t really had a moment to pause and breathe until now!

Whilst I was in Dubai (vlog coming soon!), it was of course mandatory to make that all important trip to Sephora! (For all of us beauty loving UK residents who pray for a Sephora store to open here, isn’t a trip to Sephora just what we live for!?)

So you could say I went a little crazy but really I only picked up the “necessities” haha! Most of what I picked up was from Kat Von D as that and Anastasia Beverly Hills were the only couple of brands you can’t get here in the UK. One of my all time favourites from Kat Von D are her Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks and since trying the gorgeous medium-dark pinky-red Bachelorette about a year ago and loving the formula, application and longevity of wear, I knew it was time to pick up a few more shades from the range! Liquid lipsticks have become so popular at the moment and every make up brand has started coming up with their own formulas, but I think the Kat Von D’s are my favourite that I’ve tried so far!

The pigmentation is long lasting and really comfortable to wear. It dries to a true matte finish and lasts for upto 8 hours but I’d definitely say to use a moisturiser on the lips before application, as it can tend to be slightly drying after a little while.

Here’s the shades I picked up:

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Without flash

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With flash 

Bachelorette – described as a  “dark reddish fuchsia” – so great when on holiday to bring a nice pop of colour to the face!

Bahau 5 – described as a “deep raspberry” – I’d say it comes out a little more like a purple-ish berry on my skin tone rather than a deeper shade.

Lolita – described as a “chestnut rose” – the perfect dusty pink/browny-nude, great with any outfit or make up look and perfect on any skin tone!

Nosferatu – described as “blood crimson” – a beautiful burnt orange with brown undertones.

Exorcism – described as “ripe blackberry” – I absolutely love this shade! It such an elegant bold lip shade – great winter colour!


Have you guys tried these cult favourite liquid lipsticks? What shades have you tried and what’s on your Sephora wishlist?


 

Sachita x

Bare Minerals | Ready Foundation | Review

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I’m back on the blogosphere! Sorry it’s been a while since my last post, it’s been a super busy few weeks with Christmas and exams but now I’m back and ready to update you guys with new posts, hopefully every week!

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In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Bare Minerals – Ready Foundation. This is a pressed compact powder, full coverage, SPF 20 foundation. Straying slightly from my holy grail Mac Studio Fix Liquid Foundation in NC44.5, although this is my absolute fave foundation, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect powder foundation and have tried the MAC Studio Fix powder foundation, but found that it started making my skin slightly oily after just a few hours of wear. In search of a better alternative, I decided to try out this one.

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Now I’d never tried Bare Minerals products before this one because I felt my skin wasn’t at the perfect stage where I was happy to just use a powder foundation that would be enough to cover the imperfections. Recently the hormone imbalances in my skin seem to have levelled out and, let’s just say I’ve been seeing more “good skin days” than bad :). I thought this would be the ideal opportunity for me to try the Bare Minerals products and completely on a whim, I decided to go for the full coverage pressed Ready Foundation as appose to the more popular, light to medium coverage, “Original – loose mineral powder foundation“. I’m always going to be a full coverage girl so I knew this was the foundation for me!

My shade is R430 which is just about the perfect match to my skin tone which I think is definitely important when picking a powder foundation in particular. With liquids, if the shade doesn’t match exactly there are always ways around it, like mixing it with a moisturiser or a lighter/darker shade of foundation.

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I’ve worn this foundation for a few days now and so far I’ve been loving it! It leaves my skin looking smooth with a slight glowy finish – perfect for a night out! The coverage is great and immediately counteracts any discolouration or scarring. It’s very long wearing which is definitely a plus for a powder foundation and doesn’t transfer!

In a sleek, black and matte compact packaging with a mirror, it makes this product super travel friendly, although there can be quite a bit of fall out after being used a few times.

Although this foundation applies really well with great coverage, one of the downsides is that it really accentuates the size of pores making them look larger than they are. This has slightly put me off using this foundation all over my face, however I’ve started to apply the foundation in areas where I don’t have many pores, and just stick to my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the areas with slightly more pores – this method has seemed to work really well for me 🙂

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I aslo purchased the Bare Mineral Precision Face Brush which applies the product seamlessly with its dense hairs and think it’s the perfect applicator for this foundation! Slightly on the pricey side at £24 just for the brush, which retails just slightly less than the £26 Ready Foundation, I think it’s still worth it for the unique shape and density of this mineral synthetic brush.

Overall I think this foundation serves it’s purpose well leaving my skin looking bright and youthful, as it claims to. However I’m not sure if I’ve found that perfect powder foundation yet, to leave me with a light and natural feeling to the skin. I would definitely recommend this foundation to those with more oily skin types as it definitely does well in keeping excess oil to a minimum. The shade range is also really great!


Have you guys tried this foundation? What did you think of it and what skin type do you have? I would love to know your thoughts! 🙂


Sachita x

 

 

Charlotte’s Magic Cream | Review

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Since trying out Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation (check out my review here), which I am totally in love with right now, and after hearing so much about Charlotte’s Magic Cream going hand in hand with the foundation, I thought that I would yield to temptation and invest in this magical ‘dew of youth and luminosity‘.

I’ve heard many mixed reviews about the Magic Cream but I was still eager to try it out for myself and after countless visits to the Selfridges CT counter and them never having any samples in stock, I just couldn’t resist but buy the whole jar!

Now onto the cream itself! I’m still uncertain as to how I feel about it exactly, but I have made some conclusions which I feel are pretty accurate considering I’ve been using it for about two weeks now. My skin type is currently normal to dry and as winter is approaching, my skin always tends to become dryer around this time of year.

 

 

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Ingredients

With all of our favourite ingredients including hyaluronic acid, damask rosewater, rosehip oil, vitamin C and spf 15, it can transform dull and lifeless looking skin into a glowing complexion within seconds after application. My favourite ingredient has to be the hyaluronic acid – this stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of pitted scarring and fine lines, smoothing out the skin for a more even finish.

I can definitely say that my skin appears more hydrated and and slightly more plumped around the areas of my imperfections, so for me that’s a plus!


 

Formula

For someone with normal to dry skin, I think this moisturiser works perfectly. However I would not recommend this formula for people with combination or oily skin. The formula is very creamy but absorbs quickly into the skin leaving a soft and pearlescent finish. This may emphasise shine on combination or oily skin which can look unpleasant.

Like in many of Charlotte’s videos, she would always start by using the Magic Cream as a base for make up thus serving really well as, a primer and providing a smooth canvas for foundation. When I use the Magic Cream in combination with the Magic Foundation, the result is incredible!

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Pros:

  • Amazing moisturiser for normal to dry skin types
  • Leaves a soft pearlescent finish to the skin for a rejuvenated glow
  • Works beautifully as a foundation primer
  • Contains Hyaluronic acid to stimulate collage production and reduce appearance of pitted scarring

Cons:

  • The price – Magic Cream retails at £70 which is slightly over-priced IMO, however it does last for a very long time with 50ml
  • Can be quite harsh to the eyes causing them to water for the initial few applications
  • Only has an SPF of 15 which, for the purpose of a sunscreen would need to be paired with an SPF 30+
  • The rose fragrance is quite intense so could be quite unpleasant

 

So, all in all, the pros and cons seem to outweigh each other. I don’t regret my decision buying the Magic Cream, it’s a beautiful moisturiser which I will continue to use however for me, this moisturiser is more of a luxury skin rejuvenator which I would use a 3-4 times a week rather than everyday!


 

My obsession with Charlotte Tilbury makeup is still at an all time high and I have next to review the Matte Revolution Lipstick, is this something you’d like to hear about?

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Sachita x

 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | First Impressions

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I know it’s been a while since my last post on my holiday to The Canaries, but I’m back in the game after much relaxation and ready to share my first impressions of one of the most talked about, iconic, luminous and weightless foundations out there – Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation. After walking into Selfridges and collecting a few samples to play around with myself at home, I felt that shade 9 was the perfect match for my skin tone and decided to buy it on my next visit which was yesterday! When I was matched at the Charlotte Tilbury counter, I felt at first that it was slightly more on the warm side, but after wearing it throughout the day, the colour grew on me more and more, and the luminosity that was brought out by the foundation, totally overpowered that slight mismatch in colour – so for me, this is the perfect shade!

Magic foundation is heralded as miracle in a tube with it’s flawless, powerless and long-lasting coverage, I can definitely say, it lives up to it’s promises! As a full coverage girl, who has some scarring – I’m always looking for that extra bit of coverage and after a first buff of this foundation into my skin, I can instantly see my skintone looking more even and with it, a subtle glow, blurring out my pores and covering my scars.

The finish of this foundation is demi-matte on me and I have a combination skin type. I feel like I don’t need to wear any concealer on top of the Magic Foundation to cover up any blemishes or scars, I would just add a touch of my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Caramel to brighten up my undereyes for that highlighted effect. It feels comfortable on the skin and stays on for a long time without transferring. Although the end result is a radiant, luminous finish, it sets into a gorgeous, velvety texture.

One of the reasons, I was so drawn to this foundation was because of one of the main ingredients in the formula – Hyaluronic Filling Spheres – For a long time now, I have been researching a solution for minimising acne scarring and the pitting caused by this, and although hyaluronic acid acts as an anti-aging property, it’s a great product for plumping the skin by increasing the collagen production around problematic areas on the face. This is something that immediately drew me in and I was also very intrigued by Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream also containing hyaluronic acid as well a number of natural magical ingredients. Retailing at £70, I thought i’d try out the foundation before I made the splurge, but I may be enticed to make the purchase very soon.

Previously, I would wear MAC Studio Fix Fluid (SFF) in NC44.5 and this has been my holy grail foundation for so many years now! In comparison to the SFF, Magic Foundation definitely has a deeper and fuller coverage, and minimises the look of pores really well. I feel like SFF can have a slightly drying effect on the face as the finish is matte rather than demi-matte like the Magic Foundation, which can sometimes result in flakey-ness around blemishes. The Magic Foundation is great at preventing a dry look and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and luminous all day!

The swatch above shows the Magic Foundation in shade 9 with no blending and the swatch underneath shows how it looks when blended. As you can see, I’m still rather tanned on my arms from my holiday so the colour of the foundation doesn’t match too well on my arms, however i can assure you it looks like a perfect match on the face haha.


Have any of you tried the Magic Foundation or any other products by Charlotte Tilbury? I can’t wait to get my hands on the Magic Cream!


Sachita x

BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick

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LOVE at first swipe! I received my BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick in Bronze about a week ago as a ‘back to uni’ gift from my cousin Sapna and honestly, I have been using it every night out since!


Uses

A combo of both a highlighter, with the slightly more sheer, lighter shades towards the top of the compact and a bronzer, when fanning your brusk through the bottom few shades. I love how it gives me an elegant glow and elevates my cheek bones.

As an eyeshadow, I spray MAC’s Fix + on my brush and sweep it across the last three shades for a beautiful lid colour. MAC’s Fix + generates vivid colour on the eyes by magnifying the pigmentation. The lighter shades are great for the inner corners and brow bone highlight.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 18.14.54


Formula

The formula is very soft, buttery and the sheen is very subtle leaving a gorgeous glow and build-able for a more intense look.


Packaging

The packaging for me is slightly bulky and I would have preferred a thinner packaging style. Having said that, the mirror is very ideal for popping in your handbag for a night out, on the lid of the generally exclusive feeling, white on black BOBBI BROWN packaging.


My thoughts

This shimmer brick looks amazing on my cheeks and creates a healthy shine, making my skin look and feel hydrated. I’m not usually one for bronzers but I feel that taking my Crown fan brush through this compact a couple of times, is enough for imparting a natural looking bronze colour. The colour is perfect because it is not at all orange or a dark or flat brown. Other brown-based bronzers can make my skin look dirty but this one doesn’t!

You can blend all the shades together for a warm golden glow or what I like to do is first apply the darker shades on my cheeks and then concentrate with the light highlighting shade on the tops of my cheekbones. It photographs beautifully and adds such a great dimension to the skin.


Have you guys tried the BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick? What are your thoughts? Check out all the different colours here.


Sachita x