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

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.

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!

BH Cosmetics Wild Baked Eyeshadow Palettes

Following my ultra obsession with the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette, I have been desperate to get my mitts on BH’s three new baked eyeshadow palettes. However, as they are relatively new to the states, it means they are practically impossible to get hold of in the UK, unless you are willing to pay the shipping fees over from the US. Well, I caved. The cyber Monday sales meant that instead of the palettes being $19.95 each, they were $7.50 (impossible to resist!) Unfortunately, it was the shipping that tipped the scale at $14.95, but I felt I could just about justify it as I was getting such a bargain on the palettes!

So here is what I got…

Wild & Free

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Wild at Heart

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Wild Child

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Once again, BH Cosmetics has exceeded my expectations and produced three amazing quality, beautifully baked eyeshadow palettes. Each palette provides truly unique shades, which can create a wide variety of looks. Out of the three palettes Wild and Free was probably the palette which I felt would be most out of my comfort zone. However, it contains some of the most enticing colours I have seen in a palette, particularly the bright cornflower blue shade and the deep teal green shade on the top row of the palette. I will be doing my best to use these colours as often as possible! In terms of wearability, you can easily create everyday looks with the three of these palettes, probably the most wearable being the Wild Child palette.
I love all three of these palettes, and I am so glad I invested in them!

You can find these baked palettes on BH cosmetics website: http://www.bhcosmetics.com and also on ebay.

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MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter Review

My new favourite drugstore obsession – MUA Undress Your Skin shimmer highlighter!

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I picked up both shades on a whim, the original neutral pink shade and the recently released white gold shade, for £3 a piece. MUA have some amazing products, so I had relatively high expectations for these highlighters. However, I did not expect them to become my new best friends for glowy, luminous skin.

They are super pigmented (a light hand is needed!) so I expect each pan to last for ages, and it lasts all day on my cheekbones. I apply a light dusting of this using my Real Techniques setting brush, alongside a matte blush or bronzer. The original shade is great for day to day wear, whereas the super intense Iridescent Gold is perfect for making an impact (this one will be great for the Christmas party season!)

L-R Original, Iridescent Gold

L-R Original, Iridescent Gold

MUA products can be found at Superdrug stores and online.

Lyndsey
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