OPV Yemoja Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

OPV Yemoja Palette

I stumbled across news of this Yemoja palette while watching the ‘Beauty News’ YouTube channel. The same channel that has become famous for destroying make-up but which also does a great round up of new products being announced or released. I had never heard of OPV before but I knew I absolutely had to have a palette dedicated to Yemoja so I paused the video and immediately looked them up. Continue reading

NYX Crystal Liquid Liner

Those of you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram won’t have seen my pictures of this amazing eye liner in action. I’m absolutely in love with this product and would truly wear it every day if I could!

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It’s available in a wide variety of colour options and has great colour pay-off. My favourite shade so far is the gold as it really helps bring out the green of my eyes and works very well with a lot of other colours. Silver is coming in as another favourite for similar reasons.

Here are two different applications I have posted on Instagram of the ‘champagne’ & ‘gold’ colourways, I really wish I had bothered to put some falsies on:

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Applied here in ‘Champagne’ along with MAC Fluidline in ‘Macroviolet’, Barry M Dazzle Dust in the inner corner and on the brow bone with a soft wash of taupe shadow from one of my MUR palettes.

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Applied here in ‘Gold’ along with NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner, Tarte eyeshadows and Benefit They’re Real! mascara.

The product is very long-wearing and stays put all day, I haven’t experienced any flaking or cracking of the product in the several times I’ve worn it all day and have been able to remove the glitter safely and easily with eye make-up remover and pads.
I have’t experienced any irritation at all from this product but I know others have so I recommend trying one shade first to try out rather than going nuts and buying them all straight away! As ever it’s important to very careful with all glitter products around the eyes, ensure that the product is fully adhered and remove carefully so as not to push any particles of plastic into the eye where they could cause damage however small they are.

25913141583_7db57159d2_zIn comparison to the other glitter liners I’ve tried these have to be the best. They come in the widest range of shades, have better colour pay-off and you can layer them up if you do need more product. They outperform the high-end Urban Decay version and make the super cheap Collection version look like children’s make-up.

Are you following me on Instagram? Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to post up a tutorial for the liner shown in the photos.

Soap & Glory Highlight & Sculpt Cheek Sticks

Soap & Glory have a whole host of new products recently! Many of them are additions to the Kick Ass range and are twist-up sticks for use on the face, among them are colour correctors in green (‘All Is Calm’), yellow (‘Fake Awake’) and purple (‘Just Bright’), a silicone pore filler called ‘Super Blur’ which you can use under foundation or on top to touch up (I’m trying that ‘Super Blur’ out at the moment so I’ll be posting a review at some point), and then this new range of highlighting sticks.
sandgsmlThere are three shades available, ‘Glow All Out’, ‘Wonderbronze’ and ‘Love at First Blush’. I’m not entirely sure where the contouring part of their name comes in as ‘Wonderbronze’ is a warm toned sparkly bronzer as it’s name would suggest rather than a cool toned contour stick. Each shade has a subtitle which suggests that S&G are leaving themselves a window to possibly add more products to this line in future.

All three sticks have highlighting shimmer through them and are very dry and soft compared to other similar products I have tried and did become a little too soft to work with when warm – dispensing too much product and even crumbling slightly. You can see where this happened on my swatch of the bronze shade in particular as it left small darker patches of heavier application in the swatch. After playing with these I was covered in glitter, they are loaded with the stuff – don’t be fooled by the fact that it didn’t show up well on my photo!

The Swatches & Shades

  • 25782663000_0f35501660_zThe highlighter shade ‘Glow It All Out’ is subtitled ‘Ice Shimmer’ which is an apt name for this cool toned glow which would look best on paler skin tones.
  • The bronzer shade ‘Wonderbronze’ is subtitled ‘Sundaze’. This is a warm, almost peachy toned bronze shade. I found this was the crumbliest of the three when warm. This shade would look best on medium to dark skin tones.
  • The pink shade, ‘Love at First Blush’ is subtitled ‘Pink Pop & Pearl’. A beautiful rose gold shade. Unfortunately the gold shine doesn’t show up very well in my photo but it’s really quite vibrant – two products in one kind of thing. Would work well as a highlight on darker skin or as a blush on paler skins.

Given the products dryer texture and propensity to crumble when swiping it I would suggest dabbing carefully onto the chosen areas and then blending out with a damp beauty blender. This method will also allow for a slow build up of colour/highlight and make it easier to get it just right for you. They will all produce quite an obvious highlight due the sheer amount of glitter in them so they will be best suited to evening looks for most people although summer, and festival season, is coming!

Are you an S&G fan? What’s your favourite stick highlighter?