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 

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Matte Battle: Which of these Topshop lipsticks do you prefer?

As you are all probably aware by now, I’m a huge lipstick fan. I love experimenting with different shades but my only requirement is that any lipstick I use HAS to have a matte finish. As I have oily/combination skin, matte lipsticks draw less attention to it, so if you have oily/combination skin, matte lipsticks are the way to go.

I was sent three lipsticks from Topshop to try out and I must say I was very impressed.

The three shades I received were Inhibition, Depth and Beguiled.

(Swatches – from L-R: Depth, Beguiled and Inhibition)

I’m just going to share my opinion on these lipsticks with you before I show you the pictures:

My personal favourite out of the three is Inhibition. I’m obsessed with pink lipsticks. I own about twenty, I swear. I love how pigmented the colour is and it really compliments by complexion. I’d love to hear from you as to which shade you prefer.

Generally, I like that the lipsticks aren’t glossy and they are long lasting. I always test lipsticks by how they look once I’ve finished eating the messiest lunch/dinner lol and this one barely budged at all. I was so impressed. At £8 each, you are getting your money’s worth because you don’t need to apply a lot of product in order to get full coverage. Inhibition is perfect if you want to start using bright lipsticks or you like the colour pink. Beguiled would be more suited to the ladies out there who love to stand out and make a statement, however, I would recommend that if you do decide to try Beguiled and Depth, you use a lip liner first. I actually don’t own a lip liner so I found it very difficult to perfectly apply all the shades. Other than that, I would definitely recommend these lipsticks to all the beauty junkies out there.

(Left to right: Depth, Beguiled and Inhibition)

Pros – matte finish, good value for money, nice packaging, formula, colour is pigmented

Cons – not 100% easy to apply, some shades more bold than others

Topshop Long Lasting Lipsticks can be found on their website and are priced at £8.

I hope you have enjoyed this very short but sweet review lovelies. Please feel free to comment and let me know which shade is your favourite, I just love hearing from you all. Don’t forget to like and subscribe and tell your friends about Kelle’s space.

Kel xo

 

 

Beauty Focus: Natural Lipsticks

Natural lipsticks are having a bit of a moment. Industry experts all over the world are hailing this new beauty phenomenon. Millions of women apply lipstick every day but many aren’t aware that the majority of lipsticks contain harmful ingredients such as lead. Lead is a neurotoxin and can be dangerous even in small doses. According to Health Line, lead can cause mental and physical impairment.

However, lead is actually not listed as an ingredient on lipsticks so it may be hard to identify which lipsticks have it and which ones don’t. If you do decide to adopt a conscious approach when choosing a new lipstick, here are a few reasons why you are doing the right thing:

1) Safe to use – natural lipsticks use herbal products which make them completely safe for use on the lips

2) Paraben free – it has been reported that parabens can cause hormonal imbalance in women

3) Lead free – as mentioned earlier, lead has been linked to mental and physical impairment so you won’t need to worry about any exposure to the metal when you are eating or drinking

4) Healthier lips – because of the natural ingredients, your lips will look and feel healthier and they will be deeply hydrated too – that’s an added bonus!

5) Not tested on animals – the components of natural lipsticks are actually not tested on animals. Commercial lipsticks are tested on animals unfortunately.

These are some pretty amazing benefits right? So, that’s why I was really excited to try the new 100% natural lipsticks from Burt’s Bees! In addition to the 18 stunning shades, each lipstick is made from natural ingredients including moringa oil, beeswax (community sourced), mimosa flower wax and raspberry seed oil.

I was sent three shades: Doused Rose, Russet River and Orchid Ocean.

(L-R: (513) Doused Rose, (533) Orchid Ocean and (532) Russet River)

Thoughts

If you are after a long lasting natural lipstick, then this is the one for you. It’s easy to apply and I can honestly say that my lips felt soft and hydrated throughout the day. As you know, I tend to prefer matte lipsticks but I’d happily consider using natural lipsticks instead. My only con is that I wish the shades were more pigmented but other than that, I would definitely wear Orchid Ocean and Russet River during the week. Doused Rose is a bit too light for my complexion.

(Orchid Ocean)

(Russet River)

(Doused Rose)

The Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipstick is available to purchase from John Lewis, Boots, Feel Unique, Burtsbees.co.uk and Look Fantastic and is priced at £9.99.

Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio -Review

Today, I’m going to be reviewing the newest additions to Topshop Beauty. I’m going to share my thoughts on the brand new Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio with you all.

I’m going to do this review a little differently, I’m going to share each product claim on the Topshop website and then I will share my opinion. This is because I have reviewed lipsticks on IKS before and I don’t want to repeat the same things over and over…

The three shades that form the trio and the lipsticks that I will be reviewing are Tale (light pink), Lovelorn (dark pink) and Lure (hot pink).

Claim: Easy on the go colour

Opinion: When it comes to lipsticks, I’m obsessed with pinks and reds. Those are the two colours I tend to go for.

Unfortunately, I find the pink lipsticks in this trio way too light for my complexion. If I wore them again, I would definitely have to mix them with a darker lipstick and as I have said in previous posts, I don’t really make such an exception unless I’m going on a night out. I define easy on the go as colours you can wear on any day and at any time. Personally, I felled that all three shades are more ideal for evening/night time wear.

Claim: Precise application

Opinion: I wasn’t able to apply the lipsticks precisely but on the other hand, a little bit did go a very long way. With some lipsticks, you do have to put on a lot of product before it looks like you even have anything on but I didn’t have any concerning application issues with this one. Size wise, the lipsticks are a little bit long in width compared to the usual size of a lipstick so this may take some getting used to. If I had to give the application process a mark out of 10, it would be a 7.

Claim: Soft, blendable formula

Opinion: I think the formula of this lipstick is soft and it has moisturising properties too. The finish was definitely soft-matte and it was really easy to blend.

Claim: Dewy finish

Opinion: The finish wasn’t 100% dewy. The lipsticks do have a subtle sheen though. Having oily/combination skin, I don’t like my lipsticks having too much of a dewy finish so I like that the finish isn’t too shiny. I’d definitely recommend this lipstick if you have oily/combination skin.

Claim: Vivid colour

Opinion: All of the colours are vivid. I also like that they are highly pigmented. My only issue with the colours in this lipstick trio is that they are not inclusive enough. I don’t think Topshop Beauty have actually tested this product on women with different complexions. Lure is my favourite shade because I feel that it definitely suited me best. Lovelorn and Tale would look amazing on fairer or olive complexions. On a positive note, this is a gift kit and it is the first Lip trio that Topshop have produced so hopefully they plan to add different shades to the collection very soon.

Pros: value for money (you can buy one lipstick for £5 or three for £15), packaging, perfect for evening wear, formula, blendable, soft matte finish

Cons: colours aren’t totally inclusive, finish not completely matte.

Top: Lure

Middle: Tale

Bottom: Lovelorn

Conclusion

I love the packaging of this product and I love the look of the product itself, the lipsticks have a very sleek and attractive look which is a bonus. However, the colours are not as inclusive as they could be. I say this because light pinks don’t necessarily compliment a variety of complexions. If Topshop do plan to add more lipsticks to this collection, then I recommend they carry out some consumer research. Women all over the world go to Topshop and they will come across Topshop Beauty. We should live in a time where a woman can visit a department store or cosmetics shop and feel like she is being catered to.

The Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio is priced at £12.50.

I hope you have enjoyed this review.

Do feel free to leave a comment or feedback.

I’d love to hear from you.

Kel xo

Superdrug Three Minute Formula Hair Removal Cream Review

Hi guys,

Today I will be reviewing Superdrug’s Three Minute Formula Hair Removal cream. I’ve been looking for a new hair removal cream for a while now because every time I pop to my local Boots/Superdrug, the 99p Nair sachets I have a fondness for seem to be sold out.

So when I saw that Superdrug had a decently priced alternative I was eager to try it out. Whenever I buy hair removal creams, I make sure that they have been formulated for sensitive skin and contain natural ingredients. I was glad to see this cream contains an extract of aloe vera and rosehip oil.

My thoughtsI really liked the texture of this cream. It was really soft, smooth and very easy to apply. Also, it had a very pleasant smell. Most hair removal creams tend to have an overpowering scent that fills the bathroom within a second but this one has a very lovely smell.

Another thing that I like about this cream is that within three minutes, the hair on my legs was ready for removal. This was very impressive because it does do exactly what it says on the packaging. With most removal creams, you need to leave them on your legs for 7-10 minutes before you start the hair removal process. My skin also felt very soft and even a few hours later, it’s still as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

I will definitely continue to use this product (I bought two packs) and I would recommend it if you want to minimise the hair removal process. It really is good value for money.

Pros: value for money, hair was ready for removal in three minutes as promised, soft and smooth cream made for easy application, cream comes with spatula which facilitates hair removal, contains aloe vera extracts and rosehip oil (both of which are very kind to skin)

Cons: I think the packaging could look better. I know that Superdrug own range products have a simplistic look but for such a good product, a bolder design with a bit of colour wouldn’t be bad.

Superdrug’s Three Minute Formula Hair Removal Cream is priced at £2.99.

(There is currently a 2 for £5 offer on selected Superdrug hair removal products)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review.

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Kel xo

Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse and Brow Pencil Review

Hi guys, welcome to my space!

I have another product review for you. This time, I’ll be putting two products from Revlon’s Colorstay collection to the test: the Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil and the Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse.

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Honestly, I have to say that this brow pencil is one of the best I have come across in recent years. I love that it comes with an angled tip. This made filling in my brows so much easier. The pencil bares similarities to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. Another thing that I love about the pencil is that its buildable. When you are doing your brows, always apply any product with light, soft strokes and then increase application when you are happy with the shape you have created. It was so easy to add more product and the spoolie really spread the product evenly. Some spoolies that come with brow pencils/products aren’t all that great.

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Lastly, this product left my brows looking very sculpted and natural at the same time. Cleaning my brows up with concealer was so much easier too and again, that’s thanks to the angled tip. I would definitely recommend this product to you guys, especially if you have shapeless/sparse brows and you are looking for a brow product that is going to stay put throughout the day. Also, at £6.99, you are getting your money’s worth. In order to make it last as long as possible, I would say try to avoid pushing too much of the pencil upwards because there is a risk of the pencil breaking, so just use the bit that you need.

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The Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil is available to purchase from Superdrug and is priced at £6.99.

Now I’m going to talk a little bit about the Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse. I was sent two shades: Dark Brown and Soft Black. I tend to stay away from black pencils and pomades when it comes to my brows because if I take a picture, my brows will look pretty dark so I can’t imagine what they would look like if I used black brow products.

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I really liked the mousse. It was perfect for setting my brows and gave them a bit more colour. I liked that you have to twist the top of the pencil in order to get the product out so again, I’d advise that you twist just enough to get the product that you need. As you can see from the pictures, my brows are a lot fuller, sculpted and defined. I will definitely continue to use both products together on a daily basis (sorry, ABH! I’m moving on for a while) and on make up free days or when I’m going to the gym, I’ll apply the brow mousse because my brows are quite sparse. From afar, you wouldn’t think I had any and also my right brow grows a lot faster than my left so I’m having to constantly apply castor oil to them before I go to bed. Price wise, £7.99 is a good price to pay for a product that is long lasting. If you have fuller brows, you can apply this product by itself for a bit more definition.

Brow Pencil

Pros – angled tip (which speeds up brow application), good value for money, easy to apply, perfect for sparse and shapeless brows.

Cons – possibility for pencil breaking if it is twisted upwards too much.

Brow Mousse 

Pros – gives brows a fuller more defined look, good value for money, also makes the brows look natural.

Cons – it’s only available in four shades.

The Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse is available to purchase from Superdrug and is priced at £7.99.

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My Skincare Routine (2018)

Hi everyone, 

First of all, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 brings you everything you want and more.

Yesterday, I wrote about my hopes, dreams and vows for 2018, check it out.

In my first post of 2018, I’m going to be sharing my skin care routine with you all. Over the past year, I have noticed that my skin has dramatically improved. The most challenging skin issue I have is hyper pigmentation. I have the most stubborn dark spots but on a positive note, with the help of the products I am currently using, my skin has started to clear up.

In addition to my desire for clearer skin, I also want it to look healthy, bright and firm throughout 2018 (claiming this!)

My Skincare Routine

When I’ve had my shower in the morning, I wash my face with Dudu Osun African Black Soap.

I’ve been using this soap to cleanse my face for about three months now and I absolutely love it. My skin looks a lot clearer and I’ve noticed that my skin isn’t as oily as it used to be which is always a good thing!

Three to four times a week, I exfoliate. The scrub that I use is the St Ives Even and Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub.

There’s a page on Twitter called Melanin Mamis and they have an amazing skin care and hair care thread and this scrub kept being mentioned by a number of tweeters so I decided to read some reviews and give it a try. My skin is softer and brighter and I also like that its made with 100% natural exfoliants so it doesn’t feel too tough like some other brand’s exfoliators do.

After I’ve exfoliated, I use a flannel to pat my face dry. Once or twice a week, I will apply my Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Mask. It’s perfect for normal to oily skin and you only need to leave it on for 10 minutes. You do feel a tightening effect but don’t worry, that’s just your pores shrinking. There is also a scrub in the range that’s quite good as well and both products contain Turmeric, which is known for its skin healing properties.

I use a cotton pad to tone my skin with Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Alcohol Free Toner. Whenever I apply this toner, my skin feels soft and looks refreshed. I’ll be the first to admit that for a toner, it is quite pricey but all you really need is a pea sized amount (a little bit goes a long way, trust me). Mine has lasted for over 5 months which is pretty impressive. Another thing that I love about this toner is it does a fantastic job at getting rid of dirt on the skin. If you are looking for a toner to invest in, I definitely recommend this one.

Once my skin is toned, I moisturise. There’s a brand by the name of Irie Rock and they create products specifically for women with oily/combination skin. The Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Replenishing Facial Moisturizer is free from parabens, mineral oils and artificial fragrances. With oily skin, its important to use a moisturiser that is as light as possible as too many ingredients applied at once can provoke the production of sebum (what causes shine). 

One skin care lesson I have learnt this year is: always use a serum. Simply cleansing, toning and moisturising is not enough (even if you have been blessed with amazing skin). Serums deliver many anti aging skin benefits and ensure your skin glows all year round. I’d recommend a serum with any of these two ingredients: Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These Vitamins are your skin’s best friend. I live for Palmer’s Skin Therapy Face Oil

Within weeks, my complexion had started to improve and when I told people my actual age, no-one could believe me. The serum is definitely responsible for this because I’ve always been told I looked older than my years.

I’ll apply two drops of lemon oil on my face, ensuring it absorbed into my skin as this helps to prevent your skin getting shiny throughout the day. I talk more about the amazing benefits of lemon oil in this post.

I have the same routine for the evening when I get ready for bed. The only thing that is different is that I apply Liquid Vitamin on my lips (not pictured) to keep them soft and moisturised.

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This skin care routine has really worked for me this past year. In the past, I’ve always followed the crowd when it came to buying particular products but I’m proud to say that I’ve found products that I think work well for me and the needs of my skin.

I hope you have enjoyed the first post of 2018. All links to products are in the post.

Let me know what you think and also feel free to share your skin care routine.

Kel xo 

Review: L’Oreal True Match Foundation and E.L.F Matte Lip Color

Hi guys, 

Welcome to my first ever product review on this blog.

I have decided to review not one but two products in this post: the L’Oreal True Match Foundation (in the shade 9.5 D/W Mahogany) and E.L.F’s Matte Lip Color.

I am not affiliated with either brand. I purchased both products last weekend from my local Superdrug and I wanted to share my thoughts about them with you.

First, I’m going to start with the foundation. When L’Oreal announced that they were launching the True Match foundation range, the beauty industry was taken aback (in a good way) because it seemed like one of the leading beauty brands of our time was finally embracing skin tone, gender and diversity. There are 28 shades in the range and L’Oreal claim that 98% of U.K skintones can find a match within the range.

I have used this particular foundation before. My cousin got married in October and we all had our makeup done and this foundation was used. On the day, I liked that it was long lasting (I didn’t really need touch ups as much), however I found that it was a bit too orange for my complexion. That was the only negative. I have a yellow undertone and if I wear a foundation that’s too orange-y, it’s a disaster.

Here’s a swatch of the foundation (Sorry about the quality of the image)…

And here is a picture of the foundation and lip color…

Pros
– very easy to apply – (as stated on the Superdrug website, the formula is velvety)

– imperfections are well hidden –  (I am currently working very hard to reduce the appearance of dark spots on my face and was surprised that I couldn’t even see them once the foundation had been applied)

– good for oily skin – (I have oily skin and this foundation stayed put for the whole day which was very impressive)

– value for money (£9.99 isn’t a bad price for a product that has so many benefits)

-matte finish (Having a matte finish with any foundation is a must. You don’t want to look like you have been frying bacon on your face)

*I do want to add that I used Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray to keep my makeup in place.*

Cons 

– The shade offering. I think that, along with many beauty brands, L’Oreal still have some work to do in understanding the complexions of a WoC (they haven’t quite got it yet). As you can see from the pictures, I don’t think this shade is a complete match (you should choose a foundation shade that matches your neck) and if I go for the 10 (which is the next shade), it will be way too dark. I do think that L’Oreal need to revise these shades so that they can possibly introduce a shade between the 9.5 and the 10.

In spite of the above, I would definitely wear this foundation again. It’s easy to wear, sets well once a spray/powder has been applied and there’s also a guarantee of an improved complexion within 4 weeks (we will see if this happens)…

Now, here are my views on the E.L.F Matte Lip Colour (in the shade Scarlet Night)

I love a lip pencil, especially a matte one. If you suffer from oily skin, it is best to use lipsticks or lip pencils with a matte finish. E.L.F have a fantastic product offering and every single lip shade in this collection is amazing. The application process is a lot smoother with lip pencils (in my opinion) and I love how pigmented the pink shade is and that you don’t have to sharpen the pencil (you just twist it to get the right amount of product that you need).

My only cons are that it doesn’t last long and you do need to touch it up throughout the day (which is expected when you’re wearing a bright lippy I guess). I do have a product packaging con. Also, on the top of the pencil, there’s a a (almost burgundy shade) and the lip color itself is actually dark pink so this is a bit misleading.

I hope you have enjoyed this review and I will leave the product details below:

L’Oreal True Match Foundation (£9.99, Superdrug) Shade 9.5: Mahogany  

E.L.F Matte Lip Colour (£4.50, Elfcosmetics.co.uk) Shade: Scarlet Night 

 

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