Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Anastasia subculture - Reviewed and swatched

Oh this palette has kicked up a stink. To be quite honest just to get this our the way I love it and I have seen a lot of other bloggers I follow enjoy it too. I do think that this palette has issues however I think the craziness surrounding it is a little crazy. The shades are super pigmented meaning that there is more fallout than normal, that being said as long as you are careful with them they aren't as bad as some are making out. The biggest issue for me has been that the shimmery shades have sealed which really annoys me as they are so gorgeous, I definitely feel like you really have to dig into the pan which isn't ideal. I feel like this palette is definitely the perfect halo eye palette as it has the pops of metallic and then mostly matte shades which is personally what I want in a shadow palette. So without further ado lets move onto the shades. 

Cube - This is the only highlighting shade in the palette it is one of the three metallic shades. It is a very icy white with a pink/lilac reflect in it. This one looks incredible in the inner corners for a really bright highlight however if you want to reach for something more subtle you will need to go for another palette. 

Dawn - This is my transition shade in the palette, it is a little darker than my skin tone with a more yellow undertone. This one builds beautifully in the crease and is a shade I reach for every time I use the palette. 

Destiny - This one is a Khaki green shade which looks really lovely as a slight deepening shade in a green look or a darker transition shade. I would definitely say out of all the shadows this is definitely one of the shades which has the most fallout. 

Adorn - Another of the metallic shades, I feel like out of the three this one seems to have sealed a lot less than the other two. This is a gorgeous copper gold colour which looks insane in the centre of the lid when I do a halo eye.

All star - I know a lot of people have had a lot of trouble with this shade in terms of the blending however I find I have no issues. I feel like this is just my kind of shade and I have been using it a lot. It is a very warm brown even though it looks more pink in the pan I find once on the lid it is definitely more of a brown. 

Mercury - This is a very cool toned green/grey shade, this one is a good shade to reduce the warmth of some of the yellows however I find if I'm not careful this can make a look incredibly muddy as it is a muddy colour in itself I think out of the palette this is one of the shades I try and avoid. 

Axis - This is the other shade in the palette that I tend to avoid as the fall out is completely insane. Fallout doesn't bother me normally however with this being a deep blue green when it falls under the eyes it stains the skin only adding to my dark circles. (Which are 100% bad enough by themselves) 

Roxy - This is one of my favourite shades in the palette it is a gorgeous pastel orange shade which makes a gorgeous transition for deeper looks and a really lovely crease shade for a lighter look. 

Electric - This is another favourite out of the palette, it makes the most amazing centre to a blue toned look. This is the third and final metallic shade and is probably the one that is sealed the worst which is typical as it is one of my favourite shades. 

Fudge - This is the most basic neutral shade in the palette. I know a lot of people rave about this shade and I can see why. It is just a really lovely basic shade and is one I actually reach for when I am using other palettes and shadows too. 

New wave - This is a stunning deep mustard shade which is perfect for anyone who really loves warmer eyeshadow shades. This is another of the incredibly dusty shades, however it isn't as much of an issue with this one as it doesn't stain my under eyes like axis does. 

Untamed - I prefer to use this shade than axis. It isn't quite as bright however it doesn't have the crazy fallout so unless I do my eyes before my base this is the shade I reach for if I want green. 

Edge - This shade is more of a true yellow than New wave and is much less orange toned. I actually really love this over the lid with rowdy in the crease for something a little different but also kind of neutral. 

Rowdy - The final shade is a purple brown shade. This is amazing to deepen the crease and outer v for pretty much any look I can create with this palette. This is another one which the fallout is quite intense however it isn't on the same league as axis. 

So that's it. I'd love to know what your opinions are on this palette if you have it and if you are wondering about buying it let me know! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The drugstore neutral look

Now I get I'm kind of behind with the whole neutral look as this probably would be more suited to back to school however I thought I would share it with you anyway as I really love all of these products. 

So for foundation I absolutely love the Maybelline Dream satin liquid. This is the most gorgeous satin (as you may have guessed) finish foundation. It looks so flawless on the skin and looks beautifully natural on the skin. If any of you are on the lookout for a natural foundation for school this is the perfect one and I feel like it would work beautifully for all skin types. Concealer wise I really love the Essence Camouflage concealer. This one works nicely both under the eyes and on any blemishes. Although it is very thick and high coverage it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and sits beautifully even on my dry skin. 

For the rest of the face I've been loving Soap and glory's Solar powder, this is a split pan bronzer with a deeper and a lighter shade. I tend to do a pretty even swirl in the pan and I just love the way it looks. It has a very slight radiance to it meaning it just makes the skin look so healthy. For blush I have a classic, I feel like Rimmel Santa rose is one of the products everyone has tried. It is a really pretty peachy shade with a slight sheen again like the bronzer giving the skin a healthy glow. For the everyday I don't tend to reach for a bright highlight I prefer something more glowy like the Maybelline master strobe liquid in the light shade. This is a really lovely pinky glowy product which just makes the most beautiful glow to the skin. 

For brows I have been using the the NYX micro brow pencil which is really lovely for a natural but polished brow. I always set my brow with something and I really like the New look brow gel which is incredibly similar to the Benefit Gimme brow. For eyes I have pulled out a long time favourite which is the gorgeous Maybelline colour tattoo in On and on bronze which is a lovely Champagne bronze shade perfect to add a little colour to the lid. Finally to finish off I have been obsessed with the L'oreal Paradise mascara which is the best drugstore mascara I have ever tried. It is so lengthening and just makes the lashes look so gorgeous and fluttery. 

So that's it for today. I'd love to know what your go to budget products are for a neutral look. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

My current favourite foundation - YSL Touche éclat

So if you are a regular reader you will know I have been searching for the best foundation for my skin type (Which is super super dry if you don't already know). On my search a lot of my favourite bloggers and vloggers who have a similar skin type to me seem to love the YSL Touche éclat so I decided to give it a go.

This is the most glorious dewy foundation, it doesn't stick to any dry patches and sits so beautifully on my dry skin. In terms of the finish this is dewy however it isn't the most dewy foundation I have ever tried which I prefer as t almost feels like it sets down a little better. I find a lot of foundations seem to be drunk up by my skin however I find this sits nicely and isn't drunk up. In terms of lasting power as it isn't drunk by my skin I find it lasts incredibly well getting over 8 hours wear out of it before it starts to feel a little dry.

I love the packaging as it is super simplistic and I feel it just reflects the class of YSL. If you are a regular reader you will probably realise that this looks a lot darker than most of the foundations I buy,  this shade is BD10 which is the lightest shade and it is definitely too dark for me. It is also fairly yellow toned so it can look a little orange on my pale skin if I don't make sure it is blended well down my neck.

I'd love to know if you have given this a go and what you think of it. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Androgyny vs Subculture - Are they really dupes?

The Subculture palette - a controversial palette - Jeffree star - a controversial man. 
Its almost as though the dupe is meant to be, this has been floating round the blogosphere recently and today I thought I would do an in depth post so that we can settle this once and for all. 

In terms of the formula, the Jeffree star ones are definitely pressed harder so are much less powdery. The metallics in the Jeffree star are also much smoother and creamy and don't seal once used like the Anastasia ones do which is my main issue with the subculture palette.

First off we have the shades Safe word from androgyny and the shade mercury from the Subculture. Safe word is a much lighter transition shade whilst mercury is a much deeper mushroom shade. I use safe word as a transition whereas from me mercury is definitely a crease and deepening shade. 

Next up is the three oranges in the palettes. First off we have Edge which is a fairly grey toned mustard shade, then we have New wave which is a very orange shade both from the Subculture palette. Then we have Charm from the Androgyny palette which is almost a balance between the two shades in the subculture palette. 

These two shades are probably the two most different from the palette but I thought I would include them anyway. We have De Ja vu from the Androgyny which is a gorgeous red copper shade whilst Adorn from Subculture is a much more golden metallic shade. 

Here we have Domanatrix which is a gorgeous purple toned brown shade against Fudge which is a much more true brown shade. 

These are All star which is a deep burgundy pink toned shade, Rowdy is a deeper purple with a little less red in it these shades are both from Subculture then we have Androgyny from the Androgyny palette which is a much lighter true purple shade. 

Here we have Military from the Androgyny which is a light khaki green shade and then we have Destiny from Subculture which is a much much deeper and more grey toned green shade. 

Here we have Untamed from Subculture which is a very deep blue shade and Poison from Androgyny as you can see in the swatches it is less pigmented and a lot more green toned than untamed. 

Finally we have Swallow from the Androgyny palette which is a stunning very true deep blue and then we have Axis which is a more green toned again. 

So as you can see from the swatches I really don't think these palettes are dupes. Don't get me wrong they are similar but I do generally think that there are perks to having both of the palettes.