Jeffree Star ‘Skin Frost Pro Palette’ Review

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So when I saw that Jeffree Star was bringing out a highlighter PALETTE, I was shook. Of course I was going to buy it! Anyone that knows me well knows how much I love to glow on my cheeks, and sometimes blind people, but highlighting is my favourite part of my makeup routine. Although pricey, I thought it was worth trying out the new palette from the Queen of Highlighters. If you want to see how I found it, then keep on reading!

PACKAGING

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So when I ordered this, I had already read up on the online reviews that were circulating and there were huge complaints on the packaging. It was branded as ‘cheap’, considering the price point, and it looked ‘tacky.’ So when it arrived, I was super nervous to open it! It came in a paper box like some highlighter palettes do, but I was always going to throw this away anyway. When I actually held/felt the palette, it did not feel cheap at all! What I really appreciated about this palette is the fact that it has a mirror with it, I LIVE for that! So many palettes, for example the ABH Aurora palette, doesn’t have a mirror and I find that such a pain. So this mirror for me made the price point more reasonable, and at a first impression I was pleased!

HOW IT WENT ON/PIGMENTATION

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So down to the real business…the pigmentation. Now as much as I love a good shade range, I knew from the offset that some of these colours would not work with my skin tone/complexion. In this palette two of these are classic Jeffree shades, (Ice Cold and Lavender Snow), whilst the other four are new colours. What I love about the JSC brand is that his entire range is vegan and cruelty free, which I always look for in a brand.

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(Shades Top to Bottom: Ice Cold, Glacier, Lavender Snow, Alien Ice, Pink Chill, Canary Bling)

Now for me personally, my favourite kinda highlighter is a really light one that blinds; and with Ice Cold, I definitely got that! I loved the way it went on my skin and really popped, but I also found that it did not apply as intensely with a fan brush. But with a dome shaped highlighter brush, it works a treat! I regularly mix ‘Ice Cold’ and ‘Glacier’ together to create that extra frosted look, which works really cute too! I’ve been a bit sceptical of using ‘Lavender Snow’, as I don’t think it works with my skin complexion, but from swatching it, it looks a stunning colour full of pigmentation!

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(Top to Bottom: Ice Cold, Glacier, Lavender Snow, Alien Ice, Pink Chill, Canary Bling)

The two shades that I was disappointed with were ‘Alien Ice’ and ‘Canary Bling.’ Literally took me so many attempts to get a decent swatch of them! And when I applied them to my face… well that was just a disappointment. (I wish now I had taken a picture, something I’m definitely going to start doing!) It just did not make that dramatic impact that I was expecting, especially considering this is a JSC product and he is known for loving a blinding highlight! Maybe these would look better when wet, but they definitely did not work for me. That is also something that doesn’t work for me about this palette; it seems to come across a bit chalky, and I am unsure why. I thought this with ‘Pink Chill’ too, but then after research I realised that this is a topper shade, rather than a full-blown highlight. So as a topper, it definitely works and brings a lovely rosy glow to your complexion!

WORTH THE MONEY?

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So this is the point that seemed to keep popping up in the online world… is this really worth the price tag? I paid this price for the ABH Aurora palette and at the time I thought it was expensive, but over time I’ve realised how much it was worth it. The highlighters individually retail at range from £19.13-£25.50 (Beauty Bay), so considering that you get a range of colours for £35.00 does make it worth the money! Although it does seem to not live up to the expectations, this was also said about some of the ABH palettes, and I do think the price point is quite accurate for the product.

So that’s it! I would say that his product is APPROVED, but I do think that there are better palettes out there on the market. The price point is pretty accurate for what you get, but I do agree with some of the internet that it has not lived up to the hype. This might have just been my particular palette, every palette is different! Jeffree has just announced his Blood Sugar Collection, so I would love to see a highlighter palette appear in that down the line!

I’ll apologise for the big delay in posting. I’ve had a ton of stuff going on personally, so I’ve been struggling to find motivation. But writing this has got me back into the swing of things, so hopefully there will be more in 2018!

Stay beautiful,

Shannon

xoxo

https://www.beautylish.com/s/jeffree-star-skin-frost-pro-palette-platinum-ice

Beautylish: $40

https://www.beautybay.com/makeup/jeffreestarcosmetics/skinfrostpropaletteplatinumice/

Beauty Bay: £35.00

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Lades Brushes; A Cheaper Alternative!

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So finally, the blogging game is back on here @ infiniteaurora. I would like to apologise now for the huge delay in writing more reviews; postgraduate university life/life in general/getting the flu has just gotten too much in the way, but the flu aint gonna stop me today. I’m FINALLY going to post the review of some gorgeous make up brushes, by LADES, that I bought on Amazon.com whilst I was out in the United States this summer. I will at the end link the product of course, so you guys have read some of the other reviews for yourself.

So if you would like to see what I think of these brushes and find out some more information about them, keep on reading!

PACKAGING

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(I apologise for the blur; I didn’t notice how bad it was!)

So unfortunately, due to jamming these brushes into my suitcase before I returned back to the UK, the box that these brushes came in got a little damaged (to say the least). Reality is, my selfie stick punctured a giant whole in the box, so there was no way that box was appearing on this post. But in a nutshell, the brushes arrived in a beautiful white box and were all individually packaged (as you can see in the picture below), to ensure the bristles were not damaged. To say these were ‘cheap’ brushes; I was surprised! They also came with a silicone sponge and a brush cleaner head. (Not gonna lie, the silicone sponges give me major anxiety so that has stayed nicely in its packaging and will not be touched).

In this set there are 10 brushes, which include a range of face and eye brushes. The brushes are of all sizes and densities, which is just what you want in a range. I am particularly excited about trying out the fan brush; it seems a lot sturdy than other ones I have used, so hopefully it packs more product on and you get a better highlighted finish as a result of it! Overall, I was nicely surprised with how it arrived. The only thing that would have been nice would have been a little case/bag/roll up to put the brushes in, that’s my only critic!

PRICE POINT

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Now the main thing we need to look at is the price point. I bought these brushes whilst working at an American summer camp this summer on Amazon.com. I had received a voucher for the site when I was awarded ‘Counsellor of the week’, and wasn’t sure what to spend it on. I was worried that when I returned back to England, it would be harder for me to use it. So I thought, why not treat myself to some new brushes if they have some within my price range? (Also bought my boyfriend a lovely beanie hat, cos’ I’m so nice). These brushes retailed at $12.99 [for us using the Pound, that’s around £9.69 for 10 brushes]. Let me repeat that; $12.99. How cheap is that?! I was so sceptical about buying them, as were other people from what I read in the reviews, but they honestly do not disappoint. That works out at around $1.29 per brush.

If you look at other brush sets, you don’t get any for anywhere near this price for 10 brushes. If you bought the legit ‘Unicorn Cosmetics’ set, you’re looking at around £50.00 (on beautybay.com). If you bought a 12 piece ‘Sigma Beauty’ kit, you’re looking at £130.00. I am a HUGE Morphe girl so the only brand I would pay good money for brushes is Morphe, and even then, a good size set could be £40.00. So if you were looking for a cheaper alternative that are super pretty, these brushes tick that box.

GENERAL FEEL OF THE PRODUCT

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So now for how they feel when using the brushes. I haven’t tried all of them yet because for some things I just have my go to brushes and I am very stubborn about changing them up, but some of these brushes proved to be fantastic. The contour brush is not as great as I imagined it would be; it does pack the product on the brush, but the actual finish on your face is not great, so this one was a disappointment.  The eyeshadow flat brush seems a great little brush; packs on all the product and gives a nice look on the eyes, a thumbs up in my book! The angled small brush (picture above) is also really good, I found it particularly good for doing eyeshadow on the lower lash line.

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For me personally, the highlight fan brush is where it is at. Although it doesn’t look like it picks up the product, once you brush it along the high plains of your face; oh boy. It packs that product on. The bristles seem so much stronger than other fan brushes that I have used, and easily glides along the face. I currently use a Zoeva fan brush and I find that the bristles seem very frail and they fall out a lot easier, where as this new fan brush I feel will last much longer. It is harder getting used to the thinner handles, but once you have used them a few times it gets much easier.

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So to conclude, if you’re looking for a cheap and pretty alternative to mainstream make up brush sets, this is a good one for you. The brushes by LADES look like the Unicorn brush set, and you can choose from a selection of colours too. The delivery was pretty speedy, and I remind you again they cost me $12.99. They are a pretty alternative to standard make up brushes, and if you pair it with a rose gold clear brush holder, then it’s a nice accessory for your dressing table.

Stay beautiful!

Shannon

xoxo

 

Lades Brushes:
https://www.amazon.com/Makeup-Brush-Unicorn-Design-Brushes/dp/B06XNMK4FQ/ref=sr_1_7_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1513265535&sr=8-7&keywords=makeup%2Bbrushes%2Bunicorn&th=1

Zoeva Brush Holder:  https://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/rosegoldenbrushholder/

Physician’s Formula ‘Nude Wear Touch of Glow’ Palette

For most girls anywhere, when it comes to makeup, it’s all about the highlighter.  When the light hits those high plains of your face… girlllll it’s a fine moment.  There are so many out there now on the market within a variety of price ranges and household names; Maybelline, Rimmel, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat Von D.  One that I found on my travels around the United States this summer however, is a complete game changer.  It is the ‘Nude Wear Touch of Glow’ palette by drug store brand Physician’s Formula.  I bought mine from a local Walmart so it is easily accessible to purchase for my American friends across the pond; for everyone else, it means international shipping but I assure it is totally worth it!  Here are a few reasons why:

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The first reason as to why this is an essential item in your make up kit is because of its cute packaging.  I mean seriously guys; I’m not a girly person, but this pink case and bow is ADORABLE.  It’s cute, it’s pretty; it looks appealing to buy from the offset!  Compared to most palettes it is a lot smaller, meaning you can take it on the go with you.  I’m not saying you can’t take other palettes with you, but who is seriously going to work round with an Anastasia Beverly Hills’ ‘Glow Palette’ in their bag?  Not this girl!  The packaging is sturdy but not heavy, meaning that the product inside is never going to crack or break and spill everywhere.  Result!

Secondly, the application of this product is so easy.  Simply swish your brush over all four areas of the palette or just one if you so desire.  It literally takes 1-2 strokes and you can already see the results.  For me that is a big deal; I can’t stand any of these products that takes a thousand application strokes and THEN the horrid task of obscene blending.  With the ‘Touch of Glow’ palette, it is made much more simple and easier, which just honestly makes a small aspect of our lives much simpler.

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(Apologies for the photo quality; could not find good lighting in my house!)

The final and main reason as to why this product is an essential and is worth the shipping cost is because of its pigmentation.  To say it is a cheaper product in the market at $14.95, it is DIVINE.  The two bronzers shades provide a warm yet natural glow to your face, and paired with the cheeky blusher it makes your cheeks pop a rosy shade of pink.  Most importantly though, in this palette those aspects are not as essential.  For me, the highlighter is what I live for.  I mean seriously… HAVE YOU SEEN HOW PRETTY THIS IS?!

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*pause for a moment* #prayforShannon #thishighlighterthough.   These pictures don’t do it justice.  It’s super pigmented, it gives off the best glow and when the light hits those high plains of your face… my lord it is a beautiful moment.   Even if you didn’t use the other aspects to this palette, at least buy and use it just for this highlighter.  Please.  It’ll change your life.

As I said earlier, for my American friendlings, this product is available at most drug stores and I purchased it from a local Walmart.  For $14.95, you literally cannot argue that it is a bargain; you’re getting two bronzers, a blush and a highlighter for under $15!  For the rest of the world, that’s around £12-13.  Still a bargain nonetheless! I use this palette every day and honestly I can say it has never disappointed me, and it has lasted me since June so it is very durable!  The whole Physician’s Formula range is very practical and affordable and I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to try a new brand that bridges the gap between high-end and drug store makeup.

http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/face/bronzers/06399.html

Stay beautiful,

Shannon

xoxo

REVIEW: L’Oréal Revitalift Magic Blur Eye Cream

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For as long as I can remember I have been constantly paranoid about my dark under eye circles.  I get told time and time again it can be improved with diet, drinking more water and getting more sleep every night.  All of the above have been tried and tested and my circles haven’t improved!  However when you walk into Superdrug, Boots or any pharmacy and you are confronted with the endless amounts of products from a range of brands, it can be daunting choosing which to use.  However the Revitalift Magic Blur Eye Cream by L’Oréal interested me due to its promises on its packaging and its reasonable price, so I thought I would give it a shot and let you guys know what I thought!

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With regards to its packaging, the 15ml tube is very handy because it easily fits into any size bag and does not take up a lot of room or make your bag heavy.  For me that is super important because there is nothing worse than carrying round a heavy tube of cream in your bag to work or school!  Its packaging and the nozzle applicator is also very sturdy and not easily breakable, which again is a good thing so it won’t split in your bag!  BIG DOWNSIDE – IT IS ONLY A 15ML TUBE.  As convenient as the size is, it is a very small amount and I find myself buying it more frequently which ends up costing me more than I would like to spend.

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Next up; the consistency and application of the product.  WARNING: it does seem a bit on the thick side, but if dabbed with ring finger or sponge across the under-eye area it turns into a thin even coat.  Its cooling feel is guaranteed and it has a pleasant smell to it; well I think it does anyway!  It doesn’t really have a distinctive smell, it just smells fresh and not chemical-like which I LOVE.  The applicator is also easy to use.  I personally do not need to use a sponge to dab it into my skin, I apply straight from the nozzle and use my ring finger if needed to dab in any excess.

The main point I will note that will cause reviews to split over this product is that it does stay oily for a while after application and takes a while to be absorbed.  For me personally, as I have dry skin particularly under my eyes, this is a positive when applying my under eye concealer as it helps achieve a smooth coverage and does not crack throughout the day.

The product after one month should supposedly ‘instantly blur the appearance of wrinkles, bags and dark circles.’  I must admit, this is the truth.  After 4 weeks I noticed a huge difference; my eyes look more awake, people do not comment about how tired I look, and the darkness of my circles have been massively reduced.

I bought mine from Superdrug as it was on offer, but you can buy this in any big pharmacy or department store, or anywhere that sells L’Oréal products!  I bought it for around £8-9, but full price it is around £12.99 which I think is quite reasonable!  I will post the link to the Superdrug website at the end of this post as they usually have a lot more offers and discounts on, and they do student discount which is always a bonus!

Out of 5 stars, i would rate it 4 1/2 stars.

This is my first make up review blog (I apologise if it’s too long/boring), but please do leave comments saying if you liked it, what you want to see me review in the future and how I can improve my reviewing!

Stay beautiful

Shannon

xoxo

http://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face/Eyes/Eye-Creams/L’Oreal-Paris-Revitalift-Magic-Blur-Eye-Cream-15ml/p/321803?gclid=CLe9sp74oM0CFdRuGwodPeQIMw&gclsrc=aw.ds