The Body Shop: Lip and Cheek Velvet Stick #Universal Poppy

This product to me is like a remnant of the chubby stick trend that was everywhere a couple of years ago. I don’t know about you but I was never a huge fan of the trend and I’m happy of its declination in popularity even though they sometimes pop up occasionally.

Which is why its strange that I like this product so much that I’ve gone through three of these in two years.

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Packaging

The packaging is made of black but sturdy plastic. It feels a little bit heavier than what you might initially expect.

I really like that they have used the Poppy flower in the logo, its elegant and also gives this product an identity.

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This contains 4 grams of product.

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Formula

This is where this product really stands out since I love anything with a velvety texture when it comes to makeup.

What i love about this product is that it has that lovely matte velvety finish that evens out the texture of my lips, making them look fuller and healthier with the added bonus of not drying my lips out as much as regular mattes do.

Thanks to this, it keeps this PH product from falling into the tacky and cheap connotation these products have garnered in people’s consciousness.

I also love the scent this has, which is honestly a little bit difficult for me to pin down but I would describe it as being smoky with a hint of spices.

 

Colour

In the tube it looks like a purplish black but when you first apply this it gives your lips a grayish cast, but after a few seconds the PH effect starts to work and it changes into a lovely dark pink with a strong undertone of purple.

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I have not tried this product on my cheeks as I feel this shade, no matter how much I blended it out, would not look good on me+since it has a staining effect it scares me from using this product on my cheeks.

I also don’t think it would work well combined with foundations or other base products.

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When first applied.

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After a minute.

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How it looks in daylight.

 

Wear

I love this products wear time. It lasts longer than most lip products and its partly because it also tint your lips the longer you have it on.

At most I can get a five-six hour wear with the actual product but the stain it leaves can last the day after.

 

Conclusion

This particular shade might not be to everyone’s taste but there are other shades in this range that might be more tempting.

If you like a nice velvet texture, non drying formula and lovely colour, easy on the go product then this might become a nice addition in your makeup collection.

I hope this shade never gets discontinued.

 

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Lunatick cosmetic labs: Elvira Mistress of the Dark eyeshadow and blush makeup palette

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Official pic from Lunatick Cosmetics labs.

This is a limited edition palette released to celebrate Elvira’s 35th anniversary.

It is both vegan and cruelty free.

This palette contains one blush and five eyeshadows.

It is also the first product I’ve tried from this brand.

 

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Packaging

The packaging is incredible. It is sturdy despite being made of card board and shaped into a coffin shape, it has a nice magnetic closing which secures the content inside and the palette is quite heavier than I initially thought it would be.

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When you open it up there is pop ups, which I actually think the palette would have been better without but that’s just my opinion. The mirror is in the shape of a dagger blade and it is too small to be used when applying makeup but nice when you are going to do a touch up.

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I do love that the ingredients list on the backside of the palette which i easy to read and also shows which shade is named what. It is easy and organised, making it easier to use this palette.

I love all the details and thought that went into this such as the names of all the shades. If you have watched Elvira:Mistress of the Dark you will get the references throughout this palette.

Of course the image of Elvira on the front rounds the palette up and just makes this palette glorious beyond belief.

 

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Eyeshadows

One quick note about these shades is that they might not seem like they would work together the first time you look at them, but actually this palette is just composed in a way that makes it possible to create different looks.

Of course this palette depends quite a lot on your personal taste.

I can see a couple of combinations that would look great together.

Such as the combination of Macabre-Bone-Unpleasant Dreams or Aunt Morgana-Battitude-Unpleasant Dreams. Those two combinations are the ones that jump at me from this palette but I do see other variations aswell.

Which makes this a very exciting palette since I feel that to create a nice eyeshadow look I don’t need to rummage through my collection to find complimentary shadows. Besides that there are a couple of shades within this palette that I have been on the lookout for.

 

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Aunt Morgana

In the pan: This is a nice shimmery berry shade with no large shimmer specks.

When I was applying this it turned warmer and lost some of its berry tones and showed up a little more like a copper with some purple in it. But the copper does not arrive from the shimmer which still remains in the subtle territory.

It is also packs up a lot of pigment which is something I know a lot of people don’t like but it is smooth on the lid and I enjoy this shade. It is the most subtle and neutral of all the eyeshadows in this palette.

Comparing how it looks like in the pan and how it looks like applied is like night and day. I’m not complaining as the shade really emphasizes my light eyes.

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Primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Battitude

In the pan: Lovely matte sky blue shade.

Applying this is not as smooth as Aunt Morgana and it kicks up product from the pan and takes a little bit of work to blend properly on the lid.

Make no mistake I love this shade since I currently don’t have any matte blue in my collection and this is actually in my opinion a very flattering blue.

It is what I would call a super matte and they do tend to be a little less agreeable than regular mattes with a more sheen to them and they also have a tendency to hate primers.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Unpleasant Dreams

In the pan: Purest of matte black.

I use black eyeshadows to achieve a soft kohl rim around my eyes and I find myself primarily using this for that purpose. I have another matte black, but that one does have a slight sheen to it so I do find this one stiffer which also gives off a better kohl effect than the other one.

In other words I really like this one, it is a nice standard matte black which anyone need in their collection.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Macabre

In the pan: Shimmery rusty bright red with no large shimmer specks.

This is a very gorgeous vegan red.

Vegan reds are notoriously difficult to get right but Lunatick cosmetic labs managed to create a great one.

Macabre is different from my other reds since it is more of a rusty-red. I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I find that very wierd since it is a very flattering shade. I like the fact that it avoids becoming an orange-red as those shades don’t flatter my complexion.

This one has the same texture as Aunt Morgana but I find this to be much smoother and easier to work with.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

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Bone

In the pan: Is a matte pure white.

This one was one I had high hopes for since I do miss a great nice opaque white.

I found this one more difficult to work with and being more patchy than Battitude or Unpleasant Dreams even though they are the same formula and finish. It could be that I am using an eyeshadow primer, which is known to not always mesh well with mattes, especially not extreme mattes like this one.

Other than that there is not that much to say about this one as it is a pure white.

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With primer on the right and wihtout on the left.

Blush

This palette contains only one blush which is a fairly neutral one. It makes sense when you  compare it to the rest of the palette since this will make it easy to include in a look without having to make backflips to have something that looks nice.

 

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Superunleaded

In the pan: This is a muted apricot shade which probably gives a very natural looking flush.

WOW!! This one is super pigmented!

Rarely do i feel that i need to be careful with these sort of shades and it is not as muted as it looks like in the pan when you apply this on your cheeks.

It is very similar to my H&M Pure radiance powder blusher in #Apricot only that Superunleaded seems to have a stronger orange undertone while #Apricot has more pink in it.

Anyway I am impressed by this one and I feel that it brings a nice warmth to my face without making me look ruddy as warm blushes has a tendency to do. It does avoid falling into the bronzer category aswell and I do think that this will suit a wide range of skin tones.

It is beautiful.

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The blush is sheered out on the right to give an impression of how it looks like as a blush. The sheered out part came out lighter than I wanted it to be and it looks less pigmented than it really is applied.

 

All in all

This is a great palette and I’d really wish it was permanent and/or possible to buy certain shades individually.

I know that there will be people who will find some of these shades too dry to work with and/or find the shades themselves hard to combine. But for my taste this palette is just perfect despite the shadows being a little bit powdery and some being a bit difficult to blend.

There’s not much with this palette I find worthy of criticism other than the things I’ve already mentioned in this review.

For me this has become one of my favourite palettes lately.

 

 

Aromaleigh Vault: Hydra Menagerie

Part of the Aromaleigh Vault series, where I look into my Aromaleigh collection and give my opinion on discontinued shades.

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This was released in May 2015 as this month’s menagerie. This mini collection featured three eyeshadows and one blush inspired by the myth of the Hydra.

A very gorgeous collection indeed.

 

Hydra

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Official description:

The daughter of Ekhidna and Typhon, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient serpent-like water monster with reptilian traits. It possessed many heads, and for each head cut off it grew two more. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its scent was deadly. The Hydra was conquered by the heroic Herakles while Karkinos, the crab, bit at his feet…Herakles dipped his arrows into the Hydra’s blood after vanquishing it, and used those poison arrows to conquer the Stymphalian Birds and the giant Geryon.

This shade is part of the Hydra Menagerie. The Menagerie is a new Aromaleigh project, where I’ll be formulating other shades and products to go with each month’s mythical creature. The Hydra Menagerie features three eyeshadow colors (“Hydra”, “Ekhidna” and “Karkinos”, and a purple blush (“Pharmakon”).

Color Description: A rich deep blue-violet base with an incredible color traveling duochrome that ranges from gold to green to teal as you move it under a light source.. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base in skintone, photographed under a daylight lamp.

 

My opinion:

Not among my favourites but I like this one more than Ravenstag, which is the only Aromaleigh eyeshadow I’ve felt did not suit me at all.

My description of this shade will be the same as Aromaleigh with the exception that I feel that the base has a slight hint of green to it. This is one of those eyeshadows that really changes depending on light source and what you combine it with I feel.

The truth is that I don’t use this as often as I would like to.

But I’ve found out is a type of shade Aromaleigh do that often pops up in collections. Take the fact that it is quite similar to Ravenstag and I’ve seen others aswell.

These types of shades do not work that well with my complexion, but they are gorgeous on the right person and I do believe this one is going to be given away to someone who will cherish it.

I did my best trying to capture Hydra but the pictures came out grainy.

 

Pharmakon

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Official description:

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My opinion:

This is for me the perfect blush. It is a lovely  lavender with beautiful green shift that gives this an ethereal glow on skin.

I love it and I’m saddened that this has been disontinued since it is one of my favourite blushes and is really wearable for us with pale skin as it does soften to a bit more pink on skin depending on how much you sheer it out. In other words this might look like it a “scary” blush but it really isn’t depending on how you use it.

I do prefer this applied in a way that makes the lavender pop and the green shift with it.

Really saddened by the disconinuation but I’ve stocked up.

The swatch photos does not showcase the green shift as much and I did take them at different light sources. The sheered part does not showcase how it looks like on skin entirely, it came out too muddied.

 

Aromaleigh Vault: Brilliant Deductions rouge

Part of the Aromaleigh Vault series, where I look into my Aromaleigh collection and give my opinion on discontinued product.
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This blush collection was released early in 2014 to accompany the Brilliant Deductions eyeshadow collection released september 2013 and were inspired by Sherlock.

These blushes had a soft duochrome effect which was supposed to give the “Glow from within” effect on your cheek.

All of these 5 shades were vegan, cruelty free and lip safe.

 

I only bought one shade from this collection and actually I’d wish I had bought some of the others since the formula was great and the other shades seems like they would have worked well with my skintone.

 

Purple shirt of sex

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Official swatch picture from Aromaleigh.

 

Official Description: First up, is the much-requested “Purple Shirt of Sex”, a rich purple blush  with copper/green soft duochrome, styled after Sherlock’s tightly-fitted D&G purple shirt, summed up HERE. We tend to stay “tame” with our names and not venture into color names that are this blatant, but we couldn’t keep ignoring your requests in our inbox and tumblr message box! Enjoy this awesome blush color, and wear with pride!

 

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Sheered out on the left and more pigmented swatch on the right

My opinion: I would not classifiy this as a purple blush but rather place it as a more full bodied and rich mauve with a lovely subtle green /copper duochrome.

It is a lovely shade but I do find myself not picking this up as much as I would have liked to. It is a bit difficult of a shade for me as I really need to sheer it out in order for not looking like a clown which actually can take me an extra minute to do properly.

The reason is that this blush is very pigmented and also quite a deep shade for someone of my skin colour. If it had been formulated a bit more sheer then it would have been easier to pick up.

It is the type of shade I feel will look better on people with tan to deep skintones. Honestly in my opinion, mauve blush is so so flattering on people with darker skintones.

As of 26.1.2016 this is still available in the clearance section.