Gigi Hadid x Maybeline Review

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The limited edition Gigi Hadid x Maybelline West Coast Glow Eyeshadow Palette was released in October 2017, so I’m reviewing this many months late. To be honest, I wouldn’t have known about it at all, if it had not been for my boss. Yes, my male boss haha. He reviews items for Amazon and gets sent all sorts of things, so he let me try this eyeshadow palette.

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At first glance, the colours immediately attracted me. I love the mix of golds, pinks and browns, shimmers and mattes – my fave combos to play around with. I am no beauty guru, but this is my review this in a list of pros and cons.

Pros:

  • The colours are very pigmented. You get a lot of pick-up on your brush.
  • The colours can be used separately and I know that they will work well with my other eyeshadow palettes.

Cons:

  • Due to the amount of pick up, there is a lot of fall out. Make sure to tap off the excess eyeshadow, spray your brush with a setting spray before use, or do your eyeshadow first and clean up with concealer after.
  • This palette comes in two shade ranges – warm and cool. This is the cool one. The colours looked like they would suit my skin tone, but using them was a different story. They were muted and faded into each other, rather than blending well. This was the case even when used with primer.
  • For this reason, I can’t use the colours all together to create a look as is the purpose of the product.
  • The palette doesn’t include a mirror.

I had high hopes, but I was disappointed. It may look better on someone with a lighter skin tone, but it didn’t suit me. I’m happy I didn’t have to spend any money on it, otherwise it would have been a wasted purchase.

What do you think of this palette? Have you used it before? Would you?

Mich x

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P.s This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Sorry about the issues with lighting in the pictures. For this reason, the accuracy of the image of the palette is warped a little, but this doesn’t take away from the validity of my review. 

 

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Creme In Your Coffee

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Lipstick really isn’t my thing. There’s just something about it that I can’t stand – lipstick stains on mugs, dry lips (I NEVER EVER buy or wear matte lipstick for this reason), the outline of colour you sometimes get around your lips. It all just makes me cringe inside. I prefer lipgloss, but if I have to wear lipstick, I go for nudes and pinks that look like nudes, so basically nudes haha. You will hardly ever catch me in red. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve worn red lippie or a bold colour.

But… I took the plunge one day and decided to see what Mac had for me. There is a store by my workplace so I popped in during my lunch break. After a little help from the assistant, I settled on Creme In Your Coffee, a beautiful mid-tone pink brown shade.

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What I like the most about it is that it’s from the cremesheen range. It has a creamy formula that provides a semi-glossy finish (mimicking a lipgloss which I love haha). I’ve worn it a few times now and it’s not drying at all. It claims to provide instant and long-term hydration.

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I tried it on when I wasn’t wearing any foundation, and it doesn’t suit me without it. I don’t know why I still bought it, but I guess I was only concerned with wearing it with make-up on.

I’m yet to enter the world of lip pencils and which ones match which lippie. It’s all a bit much for my head and I don’t have money or patience to be doing all this trial and error. I currently use just one and it’s actually an eyebrow pencil that I took from my mum’s cupboard years ago. That’s the great thing about make-up. It’s versatile. Anyway I’ll get there eventually.

What do you think of Creme In Your Coffee?

Mich x

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NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation

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I was very excited to get my hands on NARS newest foundation. After watching Jackie Aina review it, I knew it was what I had been looking for.

I had been on the hunt for a new foundation, because although I love my Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H and had been using it since my wedding day (that’s three years ago now), I realised that lately when I’d wear it, I would look grey and washed out. So, it was time for something new.

When I watched the Jackie Aina tutorial, the Natural Radiant Longwear foundation wasn’t out in the UK yet, so I had to wait a little while, but was so excited when I finally went to Selfridges to get matched and purchase it. I was matched to Marquises, which is a medium/dark shade with a warm undertone.

The Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation boasts 16-hour wear, that is not only lightweight, but works to improve the look of your skin over time. I only wear foundation when I’m going to a wedding, a special event or occasionally for church or when I feel like it, so I’m yet to witness this, but I can truly vouch for how radiant and bright my skin looks when I wear it. I look healthy. I have dry skin, so it’s perfect for me. It’s full coverage, breathable and buildable – I can put on as much or as little as I want. It doesn’t irritate my skin, and by the end of the night, my make-up hasn’t faded and my face looks the same.

NARS Radiant Longwear retails for £35, which I think is worth it for a 30ml bottle. And seeing that I don’t wear foundation often, this will really go a long way.

This is a close up of me going to a wedding this past weekend. There is no filter on this picture and I haven’t edited it in anyway, so that you can get a true idea of what I look like with the foundation on.

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Have you tried NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation?

Mich x

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