Thursday, 10 August 2017

Colourpop Cosmetics - Yes Please! Palette review


If your on Instagram, I'm sure you would've seen this stunning little palette floating around the popular page. Colourpop have done it again bringing us the ultimate warm toned palette, with 12 matte and metallic to-die-for shadows - this is the Yes Please! palette

At a ridiculously affordable $16usd you can't go wrong adding this baby to your collection. She's an absolute must-have! You can create a multitude of looks with these shades, go all matte with a pop of yellow or take it in to nighttime with some shimmer and deep brown outer V! Or play around with some sunset shades, you can go day-to-night with this palette. Plus it's perfect to travel with, it's compact and thin so it won't take up space in your makeup bag. And because it's so cheap, it's not the end of the world if it breaks in transit.


Swatches

Top to Bottom 
Full Zip - Matte Warm Ivory
Big Cocktails - Matte Orange
Champs - Matte Pale Peachy Nude
Bling - Metallic Rusty Rose Gold
Louie - Metallic Duochrome Red with Gold flip
Butter Cake - Metallic Light Yellow Gold
Spoiled - Matte Brick Red 
Gno - Matte Burnt Orange
Mischeif - Matte Warm Yellow
Note To Self - Matte Warm Caramel
Chauffeur - Metallic Duochrome Bright Orange with Gold flip
French Kiss - Matte Deep Red Brown

Every shade in this palette is pigmented, smooth and easy to blend with very little fall-out! The shade "Spoiled" is slightly drier in texture than the other matte shades but still performs perfectly on the eye. The metallic shades are so soft they're almost like foiled shadows. And every shade in this palette is new and exclusive to this palette except for "Note To Self" & "Full Zip" which you can buy in single pans. The pans in this palette are a little smaller than their single shadows - each pan has approx 0.85grams per shadow in this palette, whereas the single pans have 1.5grams of product. Still very good value for what you're paying for 12 shades!
There really isn't anything negative I can say about this beauty, maybe besides the fact it's limited edition -.- just like everything good these days! I really hope Colourpop makes this a permanent item or bring the shades from this palette into singles if we run out of a fave (I can see that happening!) and I hope they make more palettes like this one in different colour schemes for everyone, maybe a cool toned palette? Some silvers, blues and greys? What are your thoughts??


** Currently unavailable but always restocking! **
Follow @Colourpopcosmetics or @trendmood1 on Instagram for updates on restock dates and times



- Lucy Maria xx


Thursday, 27 July 2017

MECCA MAX - New brand launching August 1st 2017!

Source - Mecca Maxima/Undertow Media


Something very exciting is coming our way beauty junkies! MECCA are expanding their range with a new signature brand of makeup - MECCA MAX launching August 1st 2017 in stores and online www.meccabeauty.co.nz

"The brand has been created by beauty junkies for beauty junkies to include a range of innovative products across every makeup category at a temping, entry-level price starting from $5" - MECCA

Launching with a massive 206 product line-up, its safe to say Mecca have definitely covered every makeup category in this range! Expect to see products for skin, complexion, eyes, lips, nails lashes and beauty tools. This hot new range will have everything a beauty junkie needs!


FACE TO THE MAX

PRIMER available in 3 different formulas
$20aud/$22nzd each
  • First Base SPF Primer - Prime, perfect, shield and protect! Providing essential SPF whilst prepping the skin for a flawless foundation finish
  • Oh My Matte! Mattifying Primer - Goodbye shine, Hello Matte! Balance out shine and smooth skin with this no-sheen, natural finish primer that stays all day and night
  • Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer - Looking for next-level illumination? This glow injecting primer will ace your base and is the ultimate fast-faker for beam-brighter glam!
GAME FACE BB CREAM available in 5 shades
$26aud/$29nzd each
Light - Light Medium - Medium - Medium Dark - Dark
This tinted beauty balm perfects and protects with SPF 30 for a luminous second-skin finish

 LIFE PROOF LIQUID FOUNDATION available in 8 shades
$32aud / $35nzd each
Porcelain 1.0 - Ivory 2.0 - Peach 3.0 - Light Beige 4.0
Natural 5.0 - Sand 6.0 - Honey 7.0 - Caramel 8.0
This oil-free, waterproof, longwear foundation has a matte finish. Creamy and buildable, ultra coverage that feels like skin

LIFE PROOF CREAM CONCEALER available in 5 shades
$22aud / $24nzd each
Porcelain 0.5 - Ivory 2.5 - Nude 3.5 - Sand 6.0 - Tan 9.0
This creamy concealer will remove redness, blur bumps and blend into pigmentation to erase darkness and cover imperfections

 BLUR VEIL WET & DRY POWDER FOUNDATION available in 5 shades 
$25aud/$28nzd each
Light - Light Medium - Medium - Medium Dark - Dark
This skin-filtering foundation powder gives a blemish-free, luminous finish. Use a powder brush for soft, lightweight coverage or up the anti and use a damp sponge and buff it into the skin for a more flawless finish

SUNLIT SKIN BRONZER available in 3 universal shades
$22aud/$24nzd each
Light - Medium - Dark
This light-reflecting bronzer turns up the temperature for silky, glowing skin

 CHIC CHEEK BLUSH available in 3 different shades
$22aud / $24nzd each
Candy Coral - Gold Glow - Pink Pop
Add a flush of blush with these easy to blend, colour popping powder

 SKIN HALO DIAMOND DUST POWDER available in 3 different shades
$22aud / $24nzd each
Rose Gold - White Gold - Solid Gold
Infused with soft metallic powder, these next level illuminators deliver a heavenly highlight and glowing skin

BANANA BAKE Skin Filter Powder
$24aud/$26nzd
This yellow-toned, matte finishing powder corrects, filters and perfects. Use it to stop concealer creasing, cover spots, light up under-eye shadows and mattify your makeup

PRESS REFRESH ANTI-SHINE BALM Revolutionary Blotting Balm
$24aud/$26nzd
Minimise shine and remove oil to keep skin matte all day. Apply pre-foundation to smooth over fine lines or use throughout the day over makeup for a fresh finsh

SHIMMER SHOT ILLUMINATING WAND available in 3 glowing shades
$25aud/$28nzd each
Pearl - Soft Gold - Bronze
Click and glow with these pens of liquidised light. Wear alone or mix it with foundation for glowing skin. Use the self-filling brush tip to brighten and highlight cheekbones, the inner eye, cupids bow, nose, everywhere you want to pop!

FACE TRIOS available in 3 different shades and finishes
$30aud/$33nzd each
  • Triple Treat Powder Face Shaper - This Bronze, Blush and Highlight combo is housed in a perfect clutch-size compact
  • Triple Treat Cream Face Shaper - These Bronze, Blush and Highlight creams are perfect for serious face-shaping at home or on the go!
  • Bronze-a-thon 3-D Bronzing Trio - This three-in-one collection of bronzing powders have superfine triple-tone bronzers that will gently sculpt, add glow and provide a naturally luminous tan

EYES TO THE MAX

EYE PRIMER available in 3 shades
$18aud/$20nzd each
Nude - Shimmer - Smoke
Prep your lids with these eye primers for a smooth, crease-free canvas

EYE MAX EYELINER PENCIL available in 3 shades
$13aud/$14nzd each
Wide Eyed White - Brown Eyed Girl - Blackest Black
These high-impact line-and-define pencils give your eyes a razor-sharp edge, whilst allowing you to build up the intensity for a smoky, sultry effect! Buildable, blendable and with a smooth clean glide, these are must haves in a beauty junkies collection

EYE WINK LIQUID EYELINER Thick and Thin double ended liner
$20aud/$22nzd
This double ended liner has a combination of thick and thin applicators to line and define eyes or master the feline flick! 

THE ILLUMINATI METALLIC EYESHADOW available in 5 hyper-shiny shades
$18aud/$20nzd each
Socialite (deep teal) - Showbiz (light gold) - Wait List (deep pink)
Mia (grey silver) - Spotlight (light champagne)
These mega-impact cream powder eyeshadows smooth on like liquidised metal, then set for a lasting foil finish

DOUBLE VISION POWDER/CREAM EYESHADOW DUOS available in 20 shades
$16aud/$18nzd each
One half fine powder shadow, the other a pro-grip, intensifying cream. Mix and match together and create killer looks

WINK WEAPON MINI PALETTE six colour eyeshadow palettes available in 4 shade groups
$30aud/$33nzd each
Flamboyant (luxe blues) - Globetrotter (urban khaki)
Embellished (essential neutrals) - Minimalist (sexy smokes)
A must-have compact of six eyeshadows in four cleverly curated colour edits. Each spiked with a glamour bomb glitter pigment!

EYEPHORIA PALETTE Jewel toned shimmers and mattes
$45aud/$50nzd
This eyeshadow palette is made for mixing and matching with soft nudes and all-out glam hues! Ten shades of metallic shimmers and mattes that blend perfectly to create statement-making eye looks

BROW GURU Powder and cream mixable duo
$20aud/$22nzd
Fill, shade and shape brows. Deepen your natural colour and fine tune a believable new tint with the fine powder and cream mixable duo

BROW GURU Clear control gel
$16aud/$18nzd
Brush up body and define arches with this shape-manicuring hold serum. This formula wont flake or budge and growth boosters give extra goodness to your brows

EYE MAX MASCARA 

  • Double Ended power couple - $38aud/$42nzd

Designed to lift, lengthen and curl every single lash. Use the micro brush first to define and separate, followed by the chubby wand to build volume and length
  • Volumising Mascara - $25aud/$28nzd
The fattest mascara brush yet coats each and every lash with a super-volumising formula to stretch lashes sky high!

LIPS TO THE MAX

POUT POP LIPSTICK available in 3 different formulas
$20aud/$22nzd each
Matte x5 - Sheer x11 - High Definition x13
These bullets of creamy lipstick will be your new addiciton. Available in 29 ultra-wearable shades of hydrating, long-wear pigment in sheer, matte and high def opaque finishes 

GLOSS BOSS LIPGLOSS available in 10 shades
$18aud/$20nzd each
Soft and nourishing on the lips, these polished finishes range from opaque to sheer and shimmer

SHIMMER SHOT LIP GLITTER available in 4 metallic shades
$18aud/$20nzd each
Millionaire (white gold) - Billonaire (rose gold)
Trillionaire (copper gold) - Zillionaire (bronze gold)
Apply this ultra-intense sparkle over lipstick as a top coat or on its own for a hint of shimmer 

A-LISTER LIQUID LIPSTICK available in 7 shades
$28aud/$31nzd each
Hot-To-Trot (strawberry red) - Killer-Instinct (petal pink) - On-Point (plummy mauve) - Power Pink (deep hot pink) - Birthday Suit (pinky nude) - Skinny Latte (mauve brown) - Wham Bam (true red)
High pigment, full-cover, long-wear lip colour. Drench your lips in this matte finish, bulletproof formula

CITY SLICKERS TINTED LIP OIL available in 3 shades 
$16aud/$18nzd
Apricot - Rose - Nude
Leave a hint of tint with this repairing and hydrating lip oil. Wear alone to add subtle colour to your "no makeup" makeup look or glide over richer lip colour for a wet-look lacquer and non-stick finish

AUTO MATTE LIP MATTIFYER 
$20aud/$22nzd
This mattifying lip gel transforms your lip colour to a max matte finish

SKIN TO THE MAX

MAXIMUM SECURITY Makeup setting spray available in 150ml and 50ml
$25aud/$28nzd 150ml
$18aud/$20nzd 50ml
Set, lock and slay all day. Ideal for all skin types, this face-holding spray fuses humidity control with a light hydrating mist to keep your foundation fresh and makeup true to colour all day 

OFF DUTY MICELLAR WATER available in 50ml and 200ml
$28aud/$31nzd 200ml
$15aud/$17nzd 50ml
This genius micellar water lifts away dirt, makeup and other pollutants from the skin and eye area

FACE OFF Makeup wipes 10 pack 
$5aud/$6nzd
Wipe away makeup, oil and impurities without any hassle or water with these soft, brightening, vitamin C-loaded cleansing cloths

TOOLS TO THE MAX

BLENDING SPONGES available in 3 different shapes and sizes
all $18aud/$20nzd each

  • Blender Sphere - Ideal for use with cream or liquid foundation. Achieve a streak-free natural finish with this no-mess, fuss-free sponge
  • Flawless Sphere - Ideal for highlighter, foundation and concealer. This sponge effortlessly blends and buffs makeup over large areas and hard-to-reach spots using the smooth, pointed tip
  • Perfector Spheres - These micro versions of the flawless sphere manoeuvres into small spaces like inner corners of the eyes, brow arches, and eyes to seamlessly blend concealer, fine-tune highlighters and blur eyeshadows into soft-focus perfection 
BEAUTY BULLET SILICONE SPONGE 
$15aud/$17nzd 
Smooth, simple and hygienic makeup application with a flawless, natural finish and poreless perfection

GLAM SQUAD


  • Touch Up Sponges - $16aud/$18nzd (pack of 5) 
Ideal for blotting away unwanted oil and touching up throughout the day
  • Lash Wand Curler - $28aud/$31nzd
Lift and curl lashes sky high with this pro-approved curl and set tool. The soft silicone padding gently lifts lashes from the roots for maximum eye-opening effect
  • Perfecting Tweezers - $18aud/$20nzd
Primp, preen and pluck to perfection with these precision tweezers
  • Press Refresh Blotting Papers - $10aud/$11nzd
Single-use, shine controlling sheets instantly absorb excess oil and keeps your makeup looking fresh throughout the day, without smudging or moving

OTHER

BRUSHES 8 face brushes and 6 eye brushes
ranging from $24aud/$26nzd to $35aud/$39nzd

BRUSH CLEANING 
Shampoo - $18aud/$20nzd
Refresh Mist - $20aud/$22nzd
Cleaning Pad - $15aud/$17nzd

LASHES available in 10 different styles 
all $15aud/$17nzd each

NAIL POLISH available in 15 shades
$16aud/$18nzd each

NAIL FILES classic file and nail care cube
both $6aud/$7nzd each

HAIR TIES no-crease hair coils and no-snag fabric ties
$10aud/$11nzd pack

MAKEUP BAG $30aud/$33nzd


And that is literally everything they're launching on August the 1st at Mecca Maxima! So many different products and new things to try. I was lucky enough to get sent a few samples to try out and from what I've used so far, this brand is amazing quality for the price point! I will be posting swatches and a review on the blog next week sometime when the brand has launched and I've given everything a good try. For now, keep an eye out on my Instagram - @Lucymaria_x
I know for a fact I'll be picking up a few more products from this range!

What are your thoughts on the products and the prices of everything?
Would you try anything from this brand?



- Lucy Maria xx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wet n Wild Brush Review

Affordable & Cruelty Free Makeup Brushes!

Wow guys, it has been forever since I've written a blog review & I've missed it SO much. What better way to start back up than with a Brush review? And cute, affordable ones at that!
Wet n Wild is a super affordable, drugstore brand with amazing quality products at a good price. Some of you may of heard of their popular highlighters circling social media a few months back, that's just one of the great products they have to offer.
Today I'm reviewing their two-toned, cruelty free makeup brushes! Soft & amazing for the price. These babies are so hard to find & I think they still sell out quickly so check out BeautyJoint.com for the entire collection, that's where I ordered mine & they're always in stock!

I've used each brush a few times to see how well they work with different products & washed them to see how sturdy they are. They're super soft on the skin, blend products well & they don't shed hair! Some of them are a little sparse & don't have enough hairs to apply certain products efficiently, like the flat top foundation brush sort of soaks up more product then it blends on the face.. And the eye crease brush picks up very little product & takes a lot of building up for colour pay off.

I love the design, the quality white handles & aluminium ferrules, pink/white ombre bristles & the placement for your thumb on the handle is a nice touch.

Face Brushes


Powder Brush - $2.99USD
This is a nice, dense powder brush but not too dense where it will affect any product already on the face. It softly blends powder products for a smooth finish but because it's not as dense as other powder brushes, you won't get as much of the extra coverage from powder foundations.

 
Blush Brush - $2.99USD
This is the perfect brush for picking up a little more blush than say a duo-fibre brush. You will get more colour pay off from your blushes with this brush but it's soft enough to prevent clown cheeks!

Contour Brush - $1.50USD
This brush has the same density of bristles as the blush brush, but is an angled brush with shorter bristles picking up a little more product but blending out softly & not too intense creating a carved contoured cheek. I've been loving this brush with my NYX Highlight & Contour pro palette!

Large Stipple Brush - $2.99USD
Perfect for applying those super pigmented blushes! The duo-fibre bristles pick up just enough product & blend out effortlessly on the cheek creating a smooth, natural flush. You can see the shorter pink hairs & the longer white hairs at the top. I personally prefer these brushes for applying blushes & this one is my new fave! Wet N Wild also have a small stipple brush available, I'm not sure how much smaller but would probably be perfect for applying highlight or contour. 

Flat Top Brush - $2.99USD
This brush is designed for applying & buffing in foundation. I personally think it's not dense enough to create a even, full coverage with foundation, it soaks up too much product & doesn't really buff or move the product & you need to basically drown your skin & the brush in foundation to stop it soaking up & wasting product -.-

Fan Brush - $2.99USD
Used for applying highlight to the high points of your cheeks & brows, but this brush is too stiff & plastic feeling to apply a smooth layer of highlight.. I think it needs to be a little bigger maybe?


Eye Brushes


Crease Brush - $1.50USD
Like I said above, it's quite sparse & doesn't pick a lot of product up. But I guess that could be a good thing when it comes to slowly building colour & transition shades. I don't reach for this brush very often..

Large Eyeshadow Brush - $1.50USD
I like this brush for applying base shadows to the lid or blending & defining the crease more. The length of bristles & density is perfect for picking up more product & keeping the depth of a shadow. It's also good to use with cream base products.

Small Eyeshadow Brush - $1.50USD
This a good flat shader brush for applying eye colours to the lids, like Colourpop super shock shadows. But the bristles are quite short, making it a little stiff feeling with not a lot of movement so I often use this brush for sharpening eyeliner or defining brows with concealer.

Smokey Liner Brush - $1.50USD
Short, dense bristles perfect for smoking out liners or shadows into the lashline. I also like to use this one with concealer for eyeliner or brows but I find the end isn't as tapered as the small eye brush so it doesn't create a super defined line.. Much better for it's intended use

Angled Liner Brush - $1.50USD
This brush is quite dense for a liner brush & like the one above, the bristle tips won't create that sharp line we all want with our liner, so I use this for filling my brows instead :)

Bent Liner Brush - $1.50USD
Designed for applying eyeliner easily with the bent ferrule & pencil like tip. I used this with a few different liquid lipsticks I wanted to use as eyeliners & I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to use! It's good for creative liner but using a black gel liner, it's harder to get a sharp line with. I guess because liquid lipsticks have a runnier consistency they're easier to apply & make the tip sharp, but gel liner have the thicker, gel consistency obviously..




I think these brushes are totally worth buying! They're unbelievably affordable & would be perfect for someone just starting to use makeup. The prices of them will vary depending on where you find them, I think the eye brushes are all $0.99 on WetnWild,com
I wouldn't recommend the Flat Top brush personally, but it's so cheap it's worth giving it a shot & seeing if it works for you! There are a few other brushes in this collection I haven't got like concealer brushes & the new kabuki, but I feel these all do what I want them to do without needing those. 


- Lucy Maria xx