Colored Raine Queen Of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette Review

In the last few weeks I haven been adding quite a few makeup items to my ever growing makeup collection (partially because I put many of them on my christmas wish list), so after playing with all of them for a while I thought it was time for some reviews. Now the palette I’m going to review today I have really fallen in love with (spoiler alert), so I thought it would be the perfect first review of 2018. I’m aware I’m kind of late to the game because the Queen of Hearts palette by Colored Raine has been around and raved about for quite some time but better late than never, right? Because if you love make up you kind of need this palette. I’m serious! You really need this palette.

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So first things first let’s talk about packaging. The palette comes in this really beautifully designed cardboard cover that you have to slide it out. The actual palette itself has very simple but sleek black packaging with a touch of cold. The material is a slightly velvety cardboard which collects dirt and fingerprints pretty much from the first time you use it (which is why mine doesn’t look as pretty anymore). I don’t necessarily like when companies choose that kind of material for their packaging because it gets ruined so quickly, especially if you use the products frequently. Also I much prefer the design of the cardboard sleeve the palette comes in. The gold, red and purple prints remind me of crown jewels and really fit the Royal theme this palette has going on.

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Although great packaging is very important to some of us makeup addicts let’s move on to what counts the most: the actual product and how it performs. The Queen of Hearts palette comes with 12 beautiful shades including warm neutrals, golds, rich browns, purples, oranges and reds. For me it really was the color scheme that drew me in. For some reason I have been really into oranges, golds, purples and reds (not necessarily all combined) lately, so this palette was basically screaming my name. Plus I love the variety of shades this palette has to offer. You can create soft and neutral looks as well as very vibrant and colourful looks or you can go the middle route and do a neutral eye with just a pop of color.

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6 of the 12 shades are beautiful, vibrant and very intensely pigmented shimmers and the  6 are very nice and also highly pigmented mattes. I know it’s fairly easy to create a decent shimmer eyeshadow but in my opinion these shimmers are on another level. They are so nicely pigmented and shimmery, they feels so soft and buttery and they look so incredibly stunning on the eyes. I’ve received so many complements on how nice my eye makeup looks and how pigmented the eyeshadows are whenever I’ve created a look with this palette, so I believe that says a lot.

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Now compared to the shimmers the mattes almost feel very dry, which was a bit surprising to me because most of the matte eyeshadows I love, especially for their pigmentation, have a very soft and smooth feel to them. But to my surprise these still are very pigmented and blend so easily. Another aspect that blew me away with the palette in general is the lasting power of the eyeshadows. Even after a long 9 hour work day they’re still going strong and almost look like I only just applied them to my eyes.

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(Swatches Top Row Left to Right)

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(Swatches Bottom Row Left to Right)

I feel like these days a lot of products get very hyped up through YouTube and Instagram and it’s easy to fall into the hype and buy every product that’s the rave right now and a lot of times those products turn out to be a slight disappointment. Not even necessarily because they are bad but because they don’t always live up to the hype they get. However, with this beautiful palette I can totally understand the rave and it’s quickly become one of my favorites!

If you love makeup and you like the colors in this palette you should definitely add this to your collection!

What palettes have you been loving lately?

Love,

Sophie

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Smashbox Cover Shot Palette Ablaze

For some reason Smashbox has never been a brand I’ve been drawn to. Yes, I’ve looked at their displays and counters numerous times but nothing ever spoke enough to me to make me want to buy it. I can’t even tell you why because I’ve heard many great things about lots of their products. However, about a month or two ago when I was looking at some of their products in store the little Cover Shot Palettes grabbed my attention. Because I’m generally more into warm tones the Ablaze palette ended up being the one I took home with me. I mean these colors are absolutely stunning and perfect for fall/winter.

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So first off I really like the packaging with the explosion of color on the front part of the palette. It’s definitely unique. I also love the size of the palettes. These are really small and include eight eyeshadows, which are enough to create different looks yet the size is so convenient for traveling or whenever you’re on-the-go. It will fit into any purse.

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Now onto the actual eyeshadows. As I’ve already said the colors are gorgeous because they’re so rich and warm. I have blue eyes and these colors really make them pop. The set up is definitely great for beginners because the colors are grouped together.You can use the four colors on the right for a more berry pink kind of look or the colors on the right for a more terracotta and gold look. But of course you can also mix them together however your heart desires. The palette in general is very cohesive and all of the shades go together well, so you can create all kinds of looks.

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The color selection of this palette also allows you to either do some very neutral and basic looks as well as more glam and dramatic looks. Or you could do a neutral look with a pop of color. I wouldn’t say the combinations are endless but it is a versatile palette. I don’t have much experience with Smashbox eyeshadows but this palette makes me think I should try more because they’re so nicely pigmented, very long-lasting and  they blend perfectly. They literally almost blend themselves, which again makes this palette perfect for beginners or people who don’t wear make up too often. Another huge plus in my book is the combination of mattes and satins in this palette because you get four of each.

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I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone who loves warm eyeshadows. These colors just speak to my soul and are a warm tone lovers dream. Plus this palette is just perfect for traveling or short little weekend trips, when you don’t want to pack a ton of makeup. If you like the look and setup of the palette but aren’t as much into warm tones Smashbox has a bunch of these Cover Shot palettes with different color schemes, so there is definitely something for everyone. I now really feel like I’ve been missing out on this brand and want to try some more products.

What’s you favorite Smashbox products?

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Sophie

Tartelette In Bloom Palette

Last summer I unexpectedly fell in love with Tarte’s Tartelette palette, so the second I found out that they would come out with the Tartelette in Bloom palette I knew right away that I had to get my hands on it at some point. I finally got it around a month ago and have been playing around with it ever since.

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I think I’ve mentioned several times before how much I love glittery and shimmery eyeshadow. The more glitter the better, which is why I usually gravitate towards very shimmery eyeshadow and neglect the mattes, although we all need some good basic mattes in our makeup collection. After all it’s the mattes that help us to really add definition and dimension to our eye makeup! Initially I wanted the Tartelette palette because I figured that having an all matte palette would come in quite handy. What I didn’t expect was how much I would end up loving it. It has become one of my most used palettes in the past 6 or 7 months. Hence I just needed the Tartelette in Bloom palette in my life!

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While the Tartelette palette comes with 12 all matte shades the Tartelette in Bloom includes 9 matte shades but also comes with 3 gorgeous shimmery shades. But before I start talking more about the palette itself let’s take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging! I think it’s so pretty. Every time I look at it I think of spring and sunshine and pretty flowers and it just makes me so happy. Okay now back to the actual product.

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If you look at both Tartelette palettes the first one definitely includes more cool toned shades like soft pinks, lilacs and purples along with your basic neutral matte shades. In contrast the Tartelette in Bloom palette has much more earthy warm toned shades, so they are definitely quite different when it comes to the color scheme.

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What I love about this palette is that there’s not one shade I dislike or not use at all. Of course I have my favorites but I do use them all. I love how soft and buttery each shade is and they are all so nicely pigmented. One minor thing I was not too happy about with my Tartelette palette was that some of the darker pink/purple shades weren’t as pigmented and didn’t apply as evenly as the other shades in the palette. However, I find all the shades in the Tartelette in Bloom palette to be very nicely pigmented and they all apply evenly and are a dream to blend.

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Of course I’m including swatches as always. The shades from left to right are Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel and leader.

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To round off my review I just wanted to tell you which shades are my personal favorites. I love Jetsetter and Rebel for the crease and Flower Child and Sweetheart are lovely transition colors in my opinion. Obviously I love all 3 shimmery shades but Funny Girl is by far my favorite. It’s so stunning I can’t use this palette without using it. I love applying it all over my lid. Lastly one shade I’m also obsessed with is Leader. I don’t even know how to describe this color but it’s a gorgeous slightly reddish deep brown and I love using it to darken the crease as well as the outer V and along my waterline sometimes.

As you can probably already guess I love this palette. I couldn’t tell you which one of the two I prefer because they consist of such different colors but I’m glad I own both and they are currently some of the palettes I reach for the most. I think that about says it all!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie

Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

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Just like most other people probably I definitely have my preferences when it comes to the finishes of specific makeup products. Lipstick-wise I’m all about matte but when it comes to eyeshadow I’m obsessed with shimmery sparkly ones. Nonetheless I know that every makeup obsessed person should definitely own some good matte basics. It’s not that I don’t have any, I do, but when I first heard about the Tartelette matte palette I was really curious to try it out. Getting some good matte eyeshadows isn’t very easy because unfortunately many have a very powdery/chalky formula, which makes them hard to work with and they don’t last as long as I’d like/expect them too.

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Hence the idea of a palette that comes with 12 matte eyeshadows, that you can use as a base, for a more neutral look but still can create a more dramatic one sounded like something I needed to add to my collection. Besides I’ve always wanted to try Tarte as a brand and this is my first product by them.

I’ve had this palette ever since the beginning of July, so I’ve now used it thoroughly for the past 2 and a half months and it’s become one of my most used palettes to be honest, which I sure did not expect. Since I’m a total lipstick addict and basically never leave the house without something on my lips I’ve loved using this palette for days when I have class or work, because those are two occasions on which I do like to wear makeup but I also don’t want a very dramatic eye makeup and lipstick because for me, personally, that is a little too much. But each to their own.

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In my eyes this palette includes the perfect mixture of cool and warm toned neutral basic matte shades because it includes highlighting shades, browns, taupes, pinks, purples and a very nice black. When it comes to the formula of these matte,s I’d say the different shades vary from average to good. Some of the shades are incredibly silky, soft and buttery. They’re so nicely pigmented and blend like a dream. Other shades, especially the purple ones seem to be a bit more chalky or powdery but there is still no shade in this palette I completely dislike or don’t use at all. As always I have some swatches for you, so you can see how pigmented they are.

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(top row left to right: Free Spirit, Force of Nature, Dreamer, Multi-Tasker)

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(Middle row: Care Giver, Natural Beauty, Best Friend, Bombshell)

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(Bottom Row: Super Mom,Wanderer , Power Player, Fashionista)

Some of my favorite and most used shades are Super Mom, Caregiver, Natural Beauty, Power Player and Multi Tasker. I think all five shades are beautiful, nicely pigmented and the formula is very nice and silky. My two least favorite shades are Best Friend and Bombshell. Although they look so beautiful in the pan they are a bit more chalky than the other shades and less pigmented than I expected them to be.

In my opinion this palette is great for everyone, who prefers mattes over other formulas or anyone who just wants an all matte palette really. I use some of the shades in here almost on a daily basis either when I want a very simple eye makeup or I use them as a base. I think especially Power Player and Multi Tasker make some great transitioning colors for the crease. Overall I’m very happy with this palette and definitely don’t regret purchasing it.

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Thanks so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

A New Obsession For Lazy Make Up Days (or when I’m just in a rush)

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Hey Peeps,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! So today I’m back with another review! Yay! If you happen to follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter ( which you obviously totally should haha) you might know that I recently went on a little shopping trip to Kiko and picked up a highlighter, a lipstick and two eyeshadow products. Okay, so I’m obsessed with all of them but today I want to focus on the eye make up as I’ve been honestly using it almost every single day and I’m just obsessed! Like seriously obsessed!

Okay, the first product I picked up was the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow. Originally, I wanted a different shade but it was sold out so I thought I’d play it save and go for a color I’d love anyway and I ended up purchasing the shade 06, which is the most stunning bronzed shade. It reminds me a lot of Maybelline’s infamous color tattoo in On and On Bronze or whatever it’s called. I always find myself going for taupes and bronzed shades because I love how they emphasize my blue eyes. Anyway.. basically this is a creamy eyeshadow in a stick form. You twist the bottom and the product comes out at the top. Very simple! This product promises that it doesn’t transfer and lasts 8 hours! Now that sure sounds good to me! Firstly I haven’t had any issues with this product transferring or smudging and it really does last long! I haven’t checked if it’s actually 8 hours but I usually put this on in the morning and when I come back home at around 4 or 5 it’s still looking good, so what more could I want?

I love doing my make up! It’s one of my favorite things to do (don’t judge!) and I love playing around with loads of products but then again I also love sleep and my bed. So to be totally honest, on most days when I have to get up early my bed wins over make up and I’d rather stay cuddled up in bed for 5 more minutes than worry about my eye make up. This product is amazing for days like these! Basically what I do is use the other eye shadow which I will come to in a second and apply this over my lid and then I go in with this and I will apply it halfway along my eye lid, within my crease and I’m done! Okay, I usually will use a light shimmery shade to highlight my brow bone but then I’ll be done! Takes me 2 minutes. I’ll put on some mascara and I’m good to go.

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Okay, so let’s move on two eyeshadow number 2 which is called the Kiko Eyetech Look Eyeshadow. Mine is in the shade 117, which is this gorgeous shimmery greyish bronzy taupe shade. (I suck at describing colors. I know) I absolutely love applying this just all over my eye lid because it’s such a nice neutral shade that pretty much goes with anything. This product comes with a sponge applicator and basically you screw off the bottom and then you find the product kind of in the lid of the product. Okay, this probably makes no sense but I hope you get what I mean from the pictures.

This eyeshadow is more of a really finely milled powder and it’s fairly shimmery but I really like this at it is not too over the top and perfect for a neutral every day look in my eyes. Kiko promises that it lasts up to 10 hours. Again I will apply this in the morning around 7.30ish and when I get home after university seminars and lectures my eye make up is still intact and looking good. Sometimes the color has faded a bit but nothing major.

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In conclusion I love love love these two products on days I’m either in a rush or just can’t leave my bed! They’re so easy to apply and they last! They don’t move around or smudge and they’re really affordable! I know I will be paying my local Kiko store another visit soon picking up more shades!

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Have you tried any Kiko products lately? Any recommendations?

As always thank you lovely people so much for reading!

XO,

Sophie

A Great Palette For Those Glitter Lovers *

Hey lovelies,

I hope you’re all well. I’m finally done with all my exams for this semester and now have a few days off until my 4th semester starts next Monday. But before I get into today’s post I just wanted to thank you all for reaching 500 followers over here on WordPress. I know this is such a small number compared to other bloggers out there but it really means the world to me because when I first started my blog I only started it with the intention of having a little place where I could just write and I never ever believed that people would actually follow me and come back to read more. Every little comment or like means so much to me and always puts a huge smile on my face, so seriously a huge thank you to all of you who read my little blog! Okay, before this gets even cheesier let’s get into today’s post, shall we?

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When the lovely people over from the Born Pretty Store contacted me a little while ago about whether I wanted to try out some more of their products, I was so excited because I’ve loved all of their products I’ve tried before. As I was looking through their website one item, which immediately caught my eye was this lovely little palette.

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I absolutely adore the design of it and it contains 12 glittery shades. If you’ve read my blog before you know how much I love my shimmery eyeshadows, so a palettes consisting of only glitter eyeshadows sounds pretty damn amazing to me. Now as I’ve just mentioned the palette consists of 12 lovely shades and it offers you a nice range of shades as well. You get a light blue, a mint green (one of my favorite colors), a few different shades of pink and some stunning brown and bronzed shades (my favorites) as well as 3 gorgeous silver/grey shades.

I was really impressed with how pigmented the shadow were and one aspect I really love is that they are glittery but they aren’t too glittery, so that you can only wear them for special occasion. They just have the perfect amount of glitter in them, which makes them wearable for the day as well as for a sparkly night out look.

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My favorite shades are without a doubt the four shades at the very right because I’m a sucker for bronzy shades. They compliment my blue eyes really well and I’m more of a neutrals type of girl when it comes to eyeshadow most of them time. However, I also love the light blue and the mint green shade this palette includes. I can totally see myself wearing these in Spring a lot. I, personally, don’t wear pink eyeshadow too much but if you love pink these are some seriously stunning colors and I will try to incorporate them into my Spring and Summer eye make up this year for a bit of a girly touch.

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In general I think this would be a great palette for everyone who has a weakness for glitter. These are some gorgeous glitter shades that you can either use for a bit of a more glammed up neutral look or a you can go all out and create a sparkly night out look with the silver colors. And you can always add in a touch of color with some of the other shades.

If you like this palettes or are interested in the products the Born Pretty Store offers you can head on over to their website here.  I also have a little discount code for you if you decided to place an order, which is WEEG10.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

XX

Sophie

My Love For NYX Continues

NYX is a brand I’ve been mentioning on my blog more and more frequently as I’ve been trying out and loving more and more of their products. Obviously my best friend knows this as well, which is why she was so kind to get  me two more of their wonderful products for Christmas, one being a palette and one being a lip pencil.

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She gave them two me right before we took off for London or actually more like while we were on our way to London, so I’ve had some time to try them out while I was there.

First let’s talk about this pretty little palette. It’s the Love in Florence palette in the shade 05 Sunsets with Sophia (how very fitting). You get five lovely shades with this stunner and I think each shade is equally gorgeous and they all really compliment each other. It’s nice that you get some more nude and bronzed shades for a more neutral look but it also includes a sparkling black if you want to go for something a bit more dramatic! While in London I’ve been using this for a very neutral but still shimmery eye look and it’s lasted pretty well throughout the day.

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The other item she got me is this Jumbo Lip Pencil in the shade 708 Iced Mocha. I have to admit when I first unwrapped this I thought it was an eye pencil due to the color and because they look exactly the same except for the fact that they come in a white packaging. However, this is a lip pencil even though this isn’t a shade I would chose for my lips, to be honest. The texture is incredibly similar to their eye pencils, so basically you can use them for your lips but you can use them just as well for your eyes. I did try this on my lips and once blended it actually looks really cool but it’s definitely a shade I would prefer using in summer as it gives this bronzed glow once applied.

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Just like every other NYX product I’ve tried so far I love these and I have yet to find a product by them that I dislike.

What do you think of NYX as a brand? Any products you would recommend? Anything you’re not so keen on?

Thank for reading!

Sophie