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Juvia’s Place ‘Saharan Blush Vol.II’ Palette – review and swatches!

I know what you’re thinking.. Sophie, another Juvia’s Place review?! This brand is just too irresistible! I’ve finally got my hands on the ‘Saharan II Blush’ palette, one I’ve had my eye on for a while now. Juvia’s did come out with a volume I of their blush palette but upon seeing the range of shades in the promo pics I wasn’t convinced they would look great on my skin tone as I have pretty fair skin. So, when the promos were released for the volume II palette I was soooo happy. Right, let’s dive into this review!

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If you’ve read my other Juvia’s reviews (you can get to them here and here), you’ll know that I love this brand. One of the main reasons I think their products are so great is the fact they are extremely pigmented. One swipe in the pan and your brush is covered in product! I love pigmented products because not only are they easier to work with but they also last a lot longer meaning you’re getting good value for your money. Speaking of money, the blush palette retails in the UK for £20 (you can get it from beautybay.com). I think this is a decent price for what you get, there are six shades in the palette, four matte and two metallic, and as I mentioned previously they are very pigmented! I also love this price point as the palette is very diverse, not only can you use it as blush but you can also use the shades as eyeshadow or even as highlight.

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The colour selection in the palette is absolutely beautiful. As I mentioned there are four matte shades and two metallic shades. Now, usually when swatching new products I find that there is a least one shade I struggle with, but I am happy to announce all six shades swatched like an absolute dream! The formula of these blushes is so creamy and easy to blend on the skin.

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left to right: zoba, bee and yara

‘Yara’ – a light brown matte shade with subtle orange undertones, I mainly use this shade as an eyeshadow colour in my crease when doing darker, smokier looks.

‘Bee’ – a matte cool pink-toned/mauve shade, I really like this shade for a lid colour.

‘Zoba’ – a metallic light pink shade with a gold duo chrome effect, this is my favourite shade in the palette to use as a highlight, both on my cheeks and in my inner corner to complete any eyeshadow look.

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left to right: tau, leena and sola

‘Sola’ – a metallic rose toned pink shade again with a gold duo chrome effect similar to ‘Zoba’, I like this shade more as eyeshadow than blush as I think it is slightly too dark for my skin tone unless I’m more tanned.

‘Leena’ – a matte coral tones pink shade, definitely my favourite and most used in the palette. I love this colour as it goes incredibly well with my skin tone and gives my cheeks the exact pop of colour that I adore.

‘Tau’ – a matte bright peachy orange toned shade that again I love using on the apples of my cheeks. It is significantly darker than ‘Leena’ but I enjoy mixing the two shades together to create my own custom blush shade!

I have been using the palette non-stop ever since I got my hands on it. The high-quality of these formulas keeps me coming back for more and is going to make it verrry difficult for me to find another blush formula on par with this one. If you don’t really wear blush and are thinking of trying it out, or if you already do and want to try something new and switch up your normal routine, I would one hundred percent recommend this palette as a place to start! All in all, as you can probably tell, I love this palette and it’s definitely won me over! What are some of your favourite blushes?

Until next time lovelies!

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Anastasia Beverley Hills ‘Prism’ Eyeshadow Palette – review and swatches!

Hello my lovlies and happy new year! Today I bring you a review and swatches of the ‘Prism’ eyeshadow palette from ABH.

When this palette first dropped in the UK and I saw the shade selection I knew I just had to have it. The palette’s packaging is just so pretty, the gorgeous velvet-like casing with the gold detail is enough to draw anyone in, it’s velvety texture is similar to the casing on both of their previous eyeshadow palettes. This palette contains 14 shades in total, 7 matte shades and 7 metallic shades. The palette also comes with one classic ABH double ended eyeshadow brush, just like the previous palettes. Whilst swatching the palette I found the formulas, both matte and metallic, to be very pigmented with a silk-like feel. The only two shades which I found to be slightly less pigmented were ‘sphere’ and ‘obsidian’ which are two of the matte formulas. I found this slightly odd as usually if there is inconsistency in formulas they tend to be both either light or dark shades, whereas these two are a light yellow and a pitch black. Speaking of the shades, let’s get into the swatches!

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left to right: lucid, eden, unity, dimension and parallel

‘lucid’ is a duo chrome colour which I’m in love with, it’s a white gold colour with pink reflects, perfect for that brow and inner corner highlight.

‘eden’ is a matte coral pink colour, it goes gorgeously in the crease for a cute pink smokey eye.

‘unity’ is a matte ochre shade, a twist on a classic nude colour as it’s just that bit more yellow toned.

‘dimension’ is another beautiful duo chrome shade that I can’t get enough of, it is a silver grey with pink reflects.

‘parallel’  is a matte brown truffle colour great for those who like a darker smokey eye without having to go as dark as black.

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left to right: pyramid, throne, saturn and eternal

‘pyramid’ is a bright metallic yellow gold colour with subtle green reflects, perfect to put on the lid to add a bit of gold glamour.

‘throne’ is one of my favorite shades, it is a blackened green colour with multi-coloured relfects.

‘saturn’ is another matte shade, it is a beautiful terracotta nude perfect for tucking in the crease.

‘eternal’ is a gorgeous copper metallic shade with a hint of violet, I really like the warmth of this shade.

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left to right: sphinx, osiris, sphere, obsidian and lure

‘sphinx’ is a very warm metallic bronze shade that is very similar but slightly darker than eternal.

‘osiris’ is a stunning colour, it is a metallic violet colour with red reflects which I think is a very unique combination!

‘sphere’ is a matte electric green yellow colour, this is the one I struggled with when it came to swatching because of the pigmentation. However, when layered and the pigment becomes more opaque it is a gorgeous bright colour!

‘obsidian’ is the darkest shade in the palette, it is a deep matte black, perfect for those gorgeous smokey eyes.

‘lure’ is definitely my most used shade, it is a a soft matte lilac colour and I am in love with it. I find it goes so well with so many looks and I can’t get enough.

Hands down this palette is absolutely stunning. From the sleek packaging to the gorgeous array of shades, ABH have totally smashed this palette (with a little exception when it comes to the pigmentation on a couple of the shades). If you don’t own the prism palette I would definitely suggest adding it to your collection, the colours are very unique and is such a pretty palette. You can create so many individual looks with this palette and I for sure use it all the time..

Until next time loves!.. x

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my favourite ‘Yankee Candle’ scents!

I love a good candle.. especially in the cold winter months, and in my opinion you cant get better than a good old Yankee Candle! The scents they come up with just fill me with joy (maybe because I’ve been surrounded by them my whole life..) so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites with you for this time of year! Let’s dive in..

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Now, seeing as Christmas has just passed, I thought I’d start with a couple of my favourite Christmas scents from this year! The first is called ‘the perfect tree’ and it’s exactly what you’d expect. It smells exactly like a freshly bought Christmas tree! With its top notes being evergreen and pine needles, this candle is sure to fill your house with a joyous Christmassy scent. Saying this, I find that this scent isn’t too overwhelming, as I find some candles tend to have a very overpowering scent which really puts me off. For a cold Christmas morning ‘the perfect tree’ is exactly that, perfect.

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The second of my favourite Christmas scents is ‘Christmas Eve’. One of my all time favourite ingredients in a candle recipe is ‘red berry’ which may be why I love this one so much.. its top notes are orange, almond and citrus with a hint of red berry and cinnamon undertones. This scent is all you could want from a Christmas candle, as soon as it begins to burn it fills the room with the most wonderful nostalgic smell of the holidays! For me it brings back all the memories of being younger on Christmas Eve, filled with excitement for the next day! A must try for this time of year, and a must have for Christmas Eve!

snow in love

Another scent I love for this time of year (and my mum’s favourite) is ‘snow in love’. This scent is beautiful, its top notes are citrus, jasmine and a hint of sandalwood. It is a very cosy and comforting scent with a floral fragrance which is not too overpowering. The scent is very delicate, bringing just the right amount of elegance to the room. It strikes me as quite a romantic scent and the presentation is adorable too, the white candle fits in with any decor and I think makes a wonderful gift. It is a perfect candle for this time of year, but is also a favourite all year round and it goes down especially well in the spring time. ‘Snow in love’ is an absolute all rounder.

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Peony has always been one of the scents I love the most, so I burn it all year round. It’s subtle enough to not be overpowering but strong enough that you can still smell it when you leave the room. The candle is my favourite colour, a light pink, which looks absolutely stunning. The scent entices you in with a bright sweetness and is perfect for any room. The top note is sweet peony with a mid scent of pink peony and a base of blonde woods, so you get a really raw peony scent. I’d suggest this candle for anyone with a sweet floral taste!

So there we go, a few of my favourite scents for this time of year! I hope you enjoyed reading and its inspired you to try some new scents, until next time!