Its Kelle’s Space’s Top 10 of 2018

The past year has been a great one, a reflective one. I can’t believe it has been a year since I launched Its Kelle’s Space. Some of you may know that I started my first blog in 2011 and then left the bloggersphere for a while, but it feels so good to be back. One thing I knew is that I wanted my next blog to be different from Fashion, Love and Life.      I wanted a platform where I could educate, inspire and empower women to be great. Over the past 12 months, I hope I have inspired you all in one way or another.

Here’s a quick recap of what you loved most on Its Kelle’s Space:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Review – This was the first ever product review I did on the blog and I had no idea how popular it would be over the past year. Revlon have done a lot to channel diversity in their campaigns and through their product offerings, so I was glad to let you know what I thought about these wonderful lippies.

Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse and Brow Pencil Review – And another one *DJ Khaled voice* – I reviewed these brow products from Revlon back in January. Brows are definitely a struggle and I think that the fact there are so many new brow products in the market doesn’t make it easy as well. Sometimes, all you need is a pencil, a little bit of mousse and you are good to go!

10 Things You Can Do To Reinvent Yourself After A Break Up – In this post, I teamed up with the lovely Wini Boansi to discuss getting your groove back. Break ups are so hard and at the time we teamed up on this post, I was still struggling with break up trauma so the fact that so many of you were able to relate was heartwarming.

Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio Review – It’s another review! (I think you guys are trying to tell me something). I received these adorable lip bullet trios from Topshop and I just had to let you all know what I thought about them. If anyone from Topshop does happen to read this, please introduce some more colours to the collection.

Signs It’s Time To End A Relationship – Dealbreakers! In 2018, I think everyone had to re-evaluate their expectations, boundaries and everything in between. In this post, I talk about signs it is time to walk away. Women especially tend to ignore red flags in the hope that things will change but the reality is that they never do. I’m glad I was able to share such a powerful message with you all.

MPW Steakhouse Bar and Grill Review  – This was the start of a change for Its Kelle’s Space. I decided to branch out into food reviews. I had the pleasure of going to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in Folkestone in Kent. It is such a beautiful town. It’s a shame my cousin and I didn’t go on a sunny day but as you can see in the review, the food was the biggest highlight.

Juvia’s Place The Saharan II Palette Review – There isn’t an article about makeup for WoC that doesn’t mention Juvia’s Place. Investing in their Saharan II palette was something I had always wanted to do. The colours are so rich, so pigmented and they look amazing on darker skin.

Superdrug Vitamin C Review – Vitamin C has had a few moments this year. If Vitamin C isn’t a part of your skincare routine, you are missing out! I reviewed this serum from Superdrug a few months ago and I used the opportunity to drop a few gems about the benefits of Vitamin C on the skin. I will be reviewing another serum early next year (and yes, one of the ingredients is Vitamin C).

Lessons Women Can Learn From The #FraudBae Story – We all know what we were doing when the Fraud Bae thread started to ignite conversation on the Twitter timeline. Although the events were entertaining, this story opened a lot of women’s eyes to the fact that it is very easy for a man to take advantage. I think the biggest lesson to all women from this story is to get your standards in check and DO NOT lower them for anyone or anything!

Open Marriages: Do or Don’t –  This post was another collaboration with Wini Boansi, who is a YouTuber. The funny thing about Open Marriages was when I promoted this post on Twitter, one user criticised my choice of words and Wini also had to step in because she also got some of the heat. After that, I was so close to deleting the post but I reminded myself that we all come from different walks of life so our viewpoints won’t be the same. Some of you may remember that Wini was for open marriages and I was against them. The moral of this post is that it is possible for two people to have different views without ripping each others heads off. I hope to see more of that kind of energy in 2019.

What was your favourite post on Its Kelle’s Space and why?

Kel xo

 

 

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Juvia’s Place The Saharan II Palette Review

In this post, I’ll be reviewing the Juvia’s Place Saharan II palette.

I purchased this palette around a month ago from Beauty Bay because I’ve heard so many vloggers and bloggers mention Juvia’s Place palettes and how amazing they look on women of colour. I’ll share pictures of the swatches, the palette itself and the look I created. (Please be kind because when it comes to eyeshadow application, I am not a connoisseur. I probably struggle just as much as the majority of women out there do!)

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The Juvia’s Place palettes were specifically created with women of colour (WoC) in mind and this is why I really wanted to do this review.

At first, I was very skeptical about purchasing a eye shadow palette for £20. I definitely read some reviews beforehand and I’d advise any of you who are interested in this product to do the same.

As you can see from the swatches, all of the shades in this palette compliment darker skin tones beautifully. The palette comprises of a combination of metallic, duo chrome and matte shades. I assume that the matte shades should be used as transition shades (something that helps to merge colours together) and the others shades are meant for the lids only.

What I love about this palette the most is that the shades are highly pigmented. A little really does go a long way, so don’t expect to run out of a certain shade anytime soon. I find that with two-three light strokes with a eyeshadow brush, I am able to get a very good coverage so take it from me, less is more.

As mentioned earlier, I’m not amazing at applying eyeshadow but I found it very easy with this palette.With Moroccan inspired influences, the rich patterns will have you feeling and looking like a goddess.

Below is a picture of the look I created. I used the shades Nomad and Fez.

Pros: all shades are easy to apply, not a lot of product is needed to get a good amount of coverage, nice variety of colours which compliment darker complexions, highly pigmented shades, fingertips can be used to place product on lids, good value for money.

Cons: pricing may be an issue if you aren’t crazy about spending a little bit extra on a eye shadow palette but on the other hand, because a small amount of product is needed, this is a product that will last for quite some time. When it comes to makeup, everyone has their preferences: its either high street, in between or premium. Always wear makeup that makes you look and feel your best.

Personally, I’m very glad I went ahead and bought this palette and I’m actually very tempted to buy another one! If you’ve used any other Juvia’s Place palettes, please feel free to drop your recommendations in the comments section below.

The Juvia’s Place Saharan II palette is priced at £20.00 and can be purchased from Beauty Bay.

I hope you have enjoyed this review. I enjoy hearing from you all so please let me know what you think. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and tell your friends about my space.

Kel xo