Got the glow? Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit Review

With ABH recently launching their UK website, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to offer my insights on the highly coveted Moonchild glow kit. 

Prior to the launch of their UK sales website, I had been unable to get my mitts on the Moonchild highlighting palette. ABH was quite easily available on websites such as Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty, however they were often in limited supplies. But that is no longer an issue for us UK ABH fans!
Now on to the palette… The Moonchild glow kit offers an unusual collection of multipurpose powders, with their primary use being highlighters. ABH have a wide range of highlighting palettes and this is definitely the most unusual of the bunch, with a range of blue, green, yellow and pink tone shades. 

Top Row Swatches (L-R): Blue Ice, Star, Purple Horseshoe

Bottom Row Swatches (L-R): Pink Heart, Lucky Clover, Blue Moon

My initial impression of this palette was that it was more of a collector’s item rather than an everyday, do it all palette. However, after experimenting with this kit for a number of weeks, I feel my opinion had shifted somewhat. 

When used with a light hand, I feel that pretty much all the shades in the palette could be used on a day to day basis. Especially Pink Heart, Star and Blue Moon on lighter skin tones. The two I have found to be the least wearable on my skin tone would be Purple Horseshoe and Lucky Clover. However, they may work well on someone with a warmer or darker complexion to mine. 

Bottom line, if you’re a highlight addict like myself then you may want this unique item in your collection. On the other hand, if you’re more of a subtle, ‘glow from within’ type of person you may want to give this one a miss. 

The ABH Moonchild Glow Kit is priced at £39.00 and is available for purchase on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website 

http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk/glow-kit-moonchild/ABH01-18159.html

Stila at TKMaxx Haul

Much to my delight, on recent shopping trip to TKMaxx, I noticed they had stocked up on a considerable amount of Stila makeup products. I probably spent a good half an hour sifting through all the products they had there, and I ended up leaving with some amazing bargains!

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The first thing I spotted was the Stay all day liquid lipstick in the shade Tesoro. I have a few of these liquid lipsticks already, which I have paid the full retail price of £16 for. I managed to pick Tesoro up at TKMaxx for an impressive £4.99!

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A product I had been eyeing up recently for its full price of £30, was the Eyes to the window of the soul palette. So when I saw it on the shelves of TKMaxx for only £12.99 I knew I had to have it.

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I also grabbed a gift box set called Shimmer all night, which I haven’t seen in the UK but I believe it was retailed in the US for $38. This box contains a full size Kitten lipgloss and eyeshadow, two full size smudge sticks in the shades Stingray and Damsel and a deluxe size convertible lip and cheek colour in the shade Peony. I think this box is fantastic value anyway but I managed to get it for the further discounted price of £9.99

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My final and probably most impressive bargain was the Magnificent Metals Foil eyeshadows. I have always fancied trying these but I just couldn’t justify the hefty £33.50 price tag for an eyeshadow I’ll probably only wear on the odd occasion. However, I spotted these in TKMaxx for just £3.99! I couldn’t resist, so I picked up three in the shades Metallic Lavender, Titanium and Metallic Lilac.

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For anyone looking to try out Stila makeup I would 100% recommend popping to your local TKMaxx to check on any products they may have there. Also with Christmas around the corner, these could make some fab gifts that your friends and family would love you for!

REVIEW: Max Factor Lipfinity Lipsticks

I spotted Max Factor’s new Lipfinity lipsticks on a recent shopping trip to my local Boots. I hadn’t heard anything about them previously, however when swatching the testers the creamy pigmented formula definitely appealed to me so I snapped up a few on the spot.

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L-R: Ever Sumptuous, Evermore Sublime, So Vivid

These lipsticks claim to last around 8 hours on the lips and come in a range of colours. Usually long lasting lipstick formulas tend to be of a matte consistency and can be a little drying on the lips. These lippies seemed to have a sheen to them though and were a bit more moisturising than your standard stay all day lipstick.

I picked up the shades So Vivid (a muted rosy red colour), Ever Sumptuous (a vibrant orange, while still being wearable) and Evermore Sublime (an everyday medium pink, perfect for work or school).

I really like the formula of these lipsticks as they are long lasting without being overly drying. I don’t know if they would last a full 8 hours without any top ups, but they do seem to last a long time. I also love the smell of these lipsticks. To me they smell like strawberry sweets, which I can’t get enough of! However, if you’re not a fan of sweet smells you may want to give these a miss.

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The only complaint I would have is the shape of the actual lipstick. The flat top makes it quite difficult to get a super neat edge to the lip line. However, after a few uses I’m sure it will mould to fit my lips, which will make application easier.

These lipsticks retail for £8.99, however Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on all Max Factor products.

Day to Night Makeup

There are often times when I need my makeup to last all day and all night. Transitioning day makeup to night makeup can be simple with just a few additional products. So after a day in the office, spare five minutes to make your makeup cocktail hour ready!

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In the morning, I start by applying a primer to my face. This will make your base last longer and look fresher throughout the day. I like to use my Smashbox Primer Water. Unlike traditional primers this comes in a spray bottle form. This is great because you can also use it to set your finished makeup look.

Following this, it is important to apply a long-lasting foundation so it stays put all day. I used Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, followed by Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to cover any blemishes. To give the face a bit of colour, add your favourite blush or bronzer to your cheeks. I used Milani’s blush in Coral Cove.

When I want my eye makeup to last, I always make sure I apply an eye shadow primer. I like to use Mac Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre as it has a skin like colour that camouflages any redness on the eyelid, while making eye shadows last. On top of your primer apply your eye shadow. I used a soft rose gold colour on the lid, a medium brown in the crease and a cream colour on the brow bone. These shades were from The Balm’s Nude Tude palette.

I always fill in my brows as they are rather sparse, but (as with all the other steps) please feel free to skip this one if you are lucky enough to have full beautiful brows! I used MUA eye shadow in shade 19 on a small angled brush to fill in any gaps.

To finish off my day look I apply a nude lipstick or gloss. I used Nars Audacious lipstick in the shade Raquel.

For giving your makeup an extra something for the night, I start by spot concealing any areas that need an extra bit of coverage. Following this, I top up the blush I applied earlier on in the day and use a highlighter along the high points of my cheeks. I used MUA Highlighter in White Gold.

I then use a brow gel to set my brows in place and to give them a neater appearance. L’oreal Brow Artist Plumper is a good one to use as it adds a little bit of colour and fullness to brows. To give eyes extra definition, apply eyeliner to the top lash line. I like to use Bourjois Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner, however if you don’t feel comfortable applying liquid eyeliner then use a pencil or dark eye shadow.

To complete my night makeup I use a bright colour lipstick. I feel like this always gives the impression you have put a lot of effort into your makeup without doing a lot! I used Revlon’s Colourburst Lacquer Balm in the shade Whimsical.

At Home Mini-Mani

When I want my nails to look their best, I do an at home mini manicure.This keeps my nails strong and healthy, while looking well groomed.

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I start off by cutting and filing my nails. You can use either clippers or scissors to cut your nails, whatever you feel more comfortable with. I am currently using clippers from the brand Ms Manicure. When my nails have been cut to the desired length I file them into shape.

There are a range of shapes you can achieve (especially if you have long nails) including square, oval or even cat claw. I tend to go for a ‘squoval’ shape (a combo of square and oval!) I have recently started using the S-File by Stylfile, an ‘S’ shaped nail file and buffer that curves naturally around the edge of your nail. This was designed by previous ‘The Apprentice’ winner and inventor Tom Pellereau.

I then follow up with a base coat. I always use a base coat, especially when using brightly coloured or dark nail varnishes. Not only does it stop your nails getting stained, but it also makes your manicure last longer. My favourites at the moment are Sally Hansen Double Duty (£4.99) and Maybelline’s Superstay Forever Strong in Crystal Clear (£4.49). These two are great as the double up as a base coat and top coat.

Now time for colour, I always apply at least two layers of my nail polish to get an opaque, even finish. You may be able to get away with applying one coat of a light, shimmery polish, but you want to avoid that wishy-washy look. My favourite nail polish ranges of the moment are Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine, Maybelline Superstay Forever Strong and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. They each have a good selection of colours available and last around a week on my nails without any major chipping. They also don’t break the bank!

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Try not to apply each layer too thickly, its best using thin layers of polish and build up the colour. Let each coat dry for a couple of minutes before applying the next, as this will mean they are less likely to smudge. Keep a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover to hand if you tend to be a little clumsy with your polish. This can be used to clean up any mistakes or polish that is on the skin around your nail.

When I’m happy with the way my nails look, I apply a top coat followed by Essence’s Express Dry Nail Oil. This has been a life saver when it comes to my nails. I always used to find that even hours after I thought my nails had dried I would end up having some kind of imprint or dent in my polish. However, this dries and sets your nails super quickly.

Do you have any nail polish recommendations?

FOTD: 10 Minute Makeup

Face of the Day

A quick make-up look for busy mornings, featuring a bright lip and simple eyes

FACE

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Milani Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze

EYES

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

Sugarpill eye shadow in Kitten Parade

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara

Mac Charcoal Brown for brows

LIPS

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Urban Decay Naked Palettes

I have a whole range of high street and high end makeup products in my collection, and while most of the time I try to find more affordable alternatives, some higher end products are just worth the investment.

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Some of my favourite eye shadow palettes are from the brand Urban Decay. You may have heard of their famous ‘Naked’ palettes, and if you are looking for a worthwhile and versatile palette they are worth considering. Urban Decay has now released three Naked eye shadow palettes, each centred around a tonal theme while still staying neutral. Each of the palettes contains a combination of 12 matte and shimmer eye shadows that are suitable for everyday use, as well as for more special occasions. They also come with an eye shadow brush and either eye shadow primer (Naked 1 and 3) or lip gloss (Naked 2).

The original naked palette contains warm toned shadows including highlight colours, a variety of shimmery lid shades, matte crease colours and a deep black. One of my favourite shades from this palette is Toasted, a warm pink toned brown. The Naked 2 palette contains cool tone shadows, again with a wide choice of shadows to suit any occasion but more on the taupe end of the spectrum. A fond favourite from this palette is the shadow Pistol, which is a light gunmetal silver shade. The third palette is more focused around rose toned shadows including pink, rose gold and maroon shades. Nooner is a great mauve, matte crease colour in this palette.

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Each palette is of excellent quality and is highly pigmented. You can create a number of looks from just the one palette, which means you don’t need any additional eye shadows. I personally love all three of these palettes, so when making the choice of which one to buy it is all down to personal preference as they are all as good as each other. While I don’t usually opt for a smoky eye on a day-to-day basis, the imminent arrival of Naked Smoky means I may have to purchase in order to complete my Naked collection!

As always, I would recommend using an eye shadow primer with these shadows. The high street offer a great range of affordable options including Essence I love stage primer, Maybelline colour tattoos and E.L.F eye shadow primer. The Naked palettes retail for £38, but Debenhams often do 10% off beauty sales, which is often when I do my high end makeup shopping as you can get a bit of a discount.

A cheaper alternative to the Urban Decay Naked palettes come from the super affordable brand MUA. They have dupes for each of the first two palettes – Undressed (Naked 1) and Undress me too (Naked 2). MUA have really good quality eye shadows at affordable prices. So if you aren’t ready to take the plunge and invest big bucks then check out the MUA palettes for only £4 a piece!