Anti-Haul! AKA What I’m Not Gonna Buy

Anti-haulAnti-hauls are a trend that’s taken off on YouTube thanks to the amazing and socially conscious vlogger Kimberly Clark. If you haven’t checked her out on the ‘tube you really should, she’s one of the few channels I subscribe to.

So these are the products and brands that came to mind as things that for one reason or another I am not going to buy! I don’t have a theme for this selection it’s just what came to mind or is bothering me at the moment. So without further ado, these are what I’m not going to be buying: Continue reading

Vlogger Palettes!

It’s become quite trendy now for YouTube vloggers to release their own palettes with cosmetics companies and there have been a couple of very popular releases. I managed to get my hands on the prized Manny MUA palette so here it is along with the Carli Bybel and recently released Shaaanxo palettes as my top 3 vlogger collaboration palettes.

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Carli Bybel

carli-bybel-bh-cosmeticsThe first of these palettes to be released was the Carli Bybel palette from BH Cosmetics which sold out very quickly on it’s first day of release. Since BH eventually got it back in stock though they’ve done an excellent job of keeping up with demand for this gorgeous palette.

Carli is a New Jersey based beauty and fashion vlogger who has a large and loyal following of fans.
The palette reflects Carli’s elegant tastes and contains 25866536273_a723d7c77e_m10 eyeshadows and 4 larger pans that can be used as
either shadows or highlighters. The palette is well chosen and suits all skin tones from delicately pale girls right through to gorgeously brown girls. I particularly love the plum-purple shades over on the right of the top row and the palest highlighter shade. For the price this is an amazing palette, I’ve never seen it priced higher than about $12.99 (roughly £9.14) although BH say the full price is $20.

Manny MUA

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This has to be the hottest and most wanted vlogger collaboration palette there has been!
It sold out in minutes on it’s first release and pre-orders for the second batch were taken in batches by emailing people who had put their names down. It’s currently sold out again at the moment but apparently more are coming.
Everybody, even people who aren’t huge Manny fans, wants this palette! Makeup Geek have an amazing reputation for high quality make-up at affordable prices 26469916385_534c4cb937_mso it’s no wonder everyone wants to snap up everything Marlena (a vlogger herself) puts out.

Manny Gutierrez is a California based make-up vlogger with well over a million subscribers. He posts some amazing tutorials as well as collaborating with other vloggers and having fun. He designed this stunning palette to contain both everyday and some more bold shades (to match his personality!) and the palette also makes use of all the available finishes from Makeup Geek – matte, shimmer, duo-chrome and foil. This has to be my personal favourite of the three palettes here for colour-payoff and shade choice. I hope that the beautiful deep red shade ‘Mars’ becomes a permanent feature over at Makeup Geek, the world needs that colour. Manny has also collaborated with Gerard cosmetics to create a shade of liquid lipstick named ‘Serenity’.
The Manny MUA palette is priced $45 which is roughly £31.70 at the moment.

Shaaanxo

a2The newest vlogger palette on the scene this was only released earlier this month. Designed by New Zealand vlogger Shannon Harris better known as ‘Shaaanxo’ together with BH Cosmetics this palette is unusually double sided and contains 9 lipstick shades as well as 9 generously sized eyeshadow pans.

I have to admit I wasn’t at all familiar with Shaaanxo before this palette was announced but I really liked the 25865295784_9146fe869f_mlook of the eye shadow side of the palette so I looked her and it up. She is the most subscribed vlogger from New Zealand and has her own online business selling brushes and lashes. She has previously collaborated with ColourPop on a set of 4 eyeshadows celebrating their entry in to the market in Australia and New Zealand.
The eye palette has a good mix of tones and finishes with one shade being a brown/green duo-chrome. I particularly like the terracotta matte on the middle row.
The lip palette has a good range of shades, the formula 26377874562_a6197cee61_mhowever really lets it down as it’s very glossy and sticky rather than creamy and lipsticky and the colour you see in the pan is not the colour you get on your skin.For example
the shade in the middle of the bottom row looks like a lovely red, what I got when I swatched it was more of a fluorescent pink – a little the shade as photographed on the right of the middle row only more fuschia. Quite disappointing on that front even if you never use the lip half of the palette you still have 9 great shadows for a tenner.
The palette is selling for a ‘sale price’ of $14.50 (roughly £10.20) with BH saying the full price is $22.

Other Collaborations

jaclyn-4Ever popular Jaclyn Hill did a collaboration palette with Morphe Brushes a while back, unfortunately you can’t get this palette any more although I believe you can still get some of the shades as individual pans. She has since gone on to collaborate with Becca and create the cult highlighter shade ‘Champagne Pop’ and there’s a rumour that she’s also working with Marlena of Makeup Geek to produce a 9 pan palette.
25790578011_1904431cf7_mShe’s not a YouTube vlogger but worth a quick mention is the recent collaboration between The British Beauty Blogger aka Jane Cunningham and Makeup Revolution, I reviewed ‘Fortune Favours the Brave‘ a few weeks ago so do click over and have a look.

In other news, the autumn will see another huge vlogger collab palette – Nikkie of ‘Nikkie Tutorials’ is working with Too Faced! It’s going to be huge, I want one already and I haven’t even seen it… I hope Too Faced are well prepared for extremely high demand!

If you would like me to do a more in depth post on any of these three palettes with swatches do let me know in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook and I will get right on it!