Sometimes I put glitter on, take photographs and upload them onto social media. I know I have fallen into the trap of looking at pictures of women online and writing their life stories. But honestly, these pictures are the least representative of my life. They are just images.


 I am a regular 20 something, working hard at my job during the day, hello freshing my dinners and putting off washing my hair at night. I spend my holidays catching up with laundry, I always tell myself I'll paint my nails on a Sunday, but usually I just end up napping. I force myself to read and exercise to provide some mental balance for my work and netflix lifestyle.

 Basically, what I am trying to say, is that we are all just out here trying to do this adulting thing, except sometimes, we put some extra makeup on and snap some photos...


Glitter on the eyes is Colorpop Super Shock Shadows in Party Talk.
Let's talk about the Glossier Play NiteShine Highlighter in Pale Pearl. This new highlighter claims to be a foil-like finish, which sets and lasts. The highlighter is packaged in a small glass bottle and has a dinky doe-foot applicator for precision application. It is £17 for 10ml of product.


I purchased the shade Pale Pearl, a pale champagne liquid highlighter. It doesn't have a strong base colour so this lightest shade still works on my olive, light-medium skin tone. The shade has a strong champagne reflect, with subtle shimmers. Whilst I like the reflect it gives, the shimmers can sometimes emphasise texture on dry skin.


The formula is a thick, liquid highlight - verging on a cream. Due to it's thicker consistency, it applies well on top of a full base and doesn't really interfere with anything underneath it. The initial texture is creamy and easy to blend, however the product dries quickly which means in order to get a seamless blend, you have to work in sections. The product is similar to a cream to powder formula, so can dry down and emphasise texture on drier skin types. Even though it is a liquid highlighter, it doesn't apply a wet-like finish, but it is the pearl which provides the reflect.


So, what do I think of this product? I don't love it. I will continue to use it because it is travel friendly, quick to use and does the job. Would I recommend it? No, I think that many powder highlighters provide much more beautiful, 'foil-like' finish and that other cream and liquid highlights provide a smoother, glass skin texture. Finally, the price isn't right for me. 10ml for £17 is pretty steep. For example, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector comes in at £30 for 50ml, and the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (review here) comes in at £30 for 30ml - both of which have a smoother formula, better finish and have more versatility. 

If you are wanting a more dewy highlight from Glossier, I'd sooner recommend Haloscope than NiteShine...
The Estée Lauder by Violette Oh Naturelle Collection has finally dropped and it is a beauty. In this blogpost, we will be looking at the Oh Naturelle Face and Eye palette, and the Oh Naturelle Eyeshadow Palette. This is part 2/2 of the collection review, to read part one about the liquid lipsticks, click here.


The palettes in this collection are just divine. They are wrapped in a beautiful silk packaging which evoke a delicate, slightly nude, lingerie feel. It is the most beautiful packaging I have seen on a palette. However, with that comes the difficulty to keep it clean as it will stain and become grubby in your makeup bag. But if you treat her right, she will be a beautiful ornament on your makeup table.



The palette is made up of 9 creamy mattes, and 5 shimmer shades. It is a peachy, warm toned palette with a range of lighter and medium shades and the addition of a few deepening shades.


The palette is very peach toned - the mattes are a smooth and creamy texture. The lighter shades blend easily and smoothly into each other and can create beautiful gradients. The only 'tricky' shade in the palette is the last grey-green shade (it appears black but has a definite cool green undertone). It does blend with a little effort but a light hand is necessary and if built up slowly, you shouldn't have many problems with application.

The shimmer shades are a standard smooth shimmer which can be applied dry or with a wet brush to create a more metallic, foiled effect. This isn't a groundbreaking formula or shade range but it is a really great palette that performs well. So, if you don't have anything similar or if you really like the shades, I would recommend it. 



The Face and Eye Palette on first glance is a stunning, beautiful, magnifique highlight and blush palette. It includes 4 highlighter shades (a pale champagne, a rose pink, a cool champagne and a red toned copper), 2 shimmery blushes (a pink shot with gold shimmer, and a terracotta peach shot with gold shimmer) and 2 matte blushes (a peach and a rose brown).

The highlighter shades have a multitude of shimmers and glitters. These highlighters are not a metallic, high gloss, reflective finish. They are a little shimmery and have a softer finish to them. They can be built up and create a striking effect but this can enhance the larger shimmer and glitter particles. However, these are beautiful and can be used as an eyeshadow if you love the shades but not for the face.


As you can see in the swatches, the effect is softer and lighter. The shades cater from light to deep skin tones however if you are very light or deep skin toned, you probably will only find 2-4 shades that suit your skin tone. On my light-medium skin tone, this works wonderfully and will carry me through winter all the way through to my high summer tan. 


As you can see in the swatches below, the complexity of the shimmers show through and even though this effect is beautiful, it can sometimes look a little glitter-bomb on the face which isn't my preference. But to look at, I drool.



So, what do you think about the palettes in this collection?
Will you be picking any of them up?
The Estée Lauder by Violette Oh Naturelle Collection has finally dropped and it is a beauty. On this blogpost, I will be reviewing the Oh Naturelle Pure Color Envy Matte Finish Liquid Lipcolors (the liquid lipsticks).  When searching for these lip products online, I struggled to find many swatches which is why I have started the review of this collection on the lip colours.


Background
Violette (see her instagram here) is an extraordinarily talented French make-up artist who works as a creative director for the By Violette range with Estée Lauder. She has launched two previous collections and this is her third collection, launching for SS19. The collection consists of an eyeshadow palette, a face palette and three liquid lipsticks. The Pure Color Envy liquid lipsticks will set you back £26 each and come in four shades. I picked up three of the four shades: Nude Tease, Oh La La and Oh Naturelle!


Formula
The liquid lipsticks are a standard formula, they aren't too drying however do dry down to a matte finish with a long wear time. If you don't like liquid lipsticks then these are a pass but if you enjoy a long wearing, matte, nude lip colour then these may interest you. I have nothing special not critical to comment on the formula, other than perhaps the smell being a quite strong caramel scent.

Colours
I bought the shades (photographed in order)
 Nude Tease - a cool toned pink
Oh La La - a beige nude
Oh Naturelle  - a warm nude with hints of peach

Upon swatching these colours I was absolutely smitten and thought that Nude Tease would be a little light on my light-medium olive skin tone but would work perfectly with a darker lip liner/gloss. I knew I would love Oh Naturelle as I find more yellow/peach toned nudes always suit my complexion. However, I was most excited for Oh La La (middle shade). It seemed to have the perfect balance of cool and warm undertones which made me feel as though I may have finally found the perfect, true, nude lipstick.


However, when applying these on to the lips, something changed dramatically. I have tried these lip colours several times and without fail, they have altered in colour upon each application. All photos were taken in natural sunlight and have not been edited to alter the colour. 

The photos below begin with my bare lips, then in order is Nude Tease, Oh La La and Oh Naturelle!
As you can see, these colours applied much paler and much cooler than swatched. Nude Tease didn't suit my complexion and translated much more cool on my skin tone, with a slight white base. The shade Oh La La, also turned extremely cool on my lips and as it continued to dry it turned into a grey-nude colour and did not even begin to resemble the dried down swatch on my hand. Oh Naturelle was the only shade that resembled the swatch and didn't alter much after drying down.

I did wonder, whether I was exaggerating about how grey the shade Oh La La looked on my lip however after applying it in front of my boyfriend, well, his reaction said everything. And this is a man who genuinely can't tell the difference between Mac Lady Danger and Russian Red ("it's just red, it's the same").

So, what's my verdict? Save your money. I can not believe I spent £52 on two lipsticks which I will never wear because they are completely unrecognisable to the swatch. If you love cool toned lipsticks then maybe check them out however I advise you to ask the sales associate to apply it on to your lips to see how it develops. I still haven't put my finger on what is wrong with these, is there a white base which alters the shade? Is it a shade that dries much more cool toned? I don't know. But after lusting over these lip colours I really am disappointed.

Ok, yes I bought more lip paints. The latest three Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints are in the shades Unattached, Unlocked and Undefeated.


 Yes the formula is still a great liquid lipstick, the pigmentation is great and the colours are cool. So here are the newest shades in case you wanted to see what the looked like...


Fenty Stunna Lip Paints in: Unattached,  Unlocked and Undefeated.



See original shade range here.
See more of undefeated here.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints are £19, available from Harvey Nichols.


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