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/

NYX Lipstick Haul Review

GUESS WHO’S BACK?!  So sorry for the long delay in getting posts out on here, with getting houses/being in America for months the time has just flown by.  But have no fear, we are back!  We decided on doing a joint blog post reviewing a brand that is very popular to us and we really promote this brand, and that is NYX.  It’s super affordable and is such high quality makeup and it really bridges the gap between drugstore and high end makeup.  They have a notably large lip range, so we thought why not dive right in and review/rate their products!  So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Cosmic Metals Lip Cream – £7.00 (Boots.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Speed of Light’, ‘Galactic’

So this range is a little different because of the colours/style of the lipsticks.  I am in love with the space and star theme (as many of you know I looooove stars), so this range instantly ticks the box for me!  I love the names and choice of colours; it ranges from vivid pinks, to grey, to different shades of blue and green.   Although not every day colours and they can be intimidating, the range is super fun and different and would really show a different side to anyone!

Application wise it goes on super nice and easy due to its creamy consistency.  It, at first, appears to stay on so well too despite how bold the colours are!  Tina commented on how precise you can be with it during application to create that bold lip look.  In particular, Speed of Light is a favourite of ours due to its rose gold appearance and although bold, it’s still quite a neutral colour!

But, there are unfortunately disadvantages with this range.  The main problem is, as is the usual problem with bold colours, the constant top up situation #firstworldproblems.  It can go everywhere too if you do not have a steady hand and can easily go out of line.  I had an issue with Galactic as there is no lip liner in the range to match it – I searched everywhere for a grey lip liner and ended up buying grey eyeliner.  It works OK but it isn’t the greatest in maintaining that nice lip shape that I aim to create.

Ratings…

TINA: 8/10

SHANNON: 8/10

 

Soft Matte Lip Cream – £6.00 (Boots.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Milan’, ‘Prague’, ‘Monte Carlo’, ‘Seoul’, ‘Transylvania’

This range is a bit of a hit/miss in our opinion.  So I (Shannon) got the miniature versions of these lippies in an advent calendar last Christmas (which btw, was insane value for money!) which included the Soft Matte Lip Creams as well as individual eyeshadows.  Their size is super handy as they are small enough to fit into any size bag/purse and are also great for taking on a short weekend away on holiday!  This is super fitting with the theme of these lip creams, as each one is named after a city in the world which I think is adorable.  The range has such diversity, ranging from bubble-gum pinks to blood reds/purples, but also has a huge variety of nudes so there is a shade for everyone.

However, the good words about these lip creams slowly come to a halt here.  Although the tubes are handy being smaller, they have far less product which makes it harder to achieve a full lip coverage.  I could barely get two uses out of one of these lip creams, which gives off such a bad impression of what could have been a fantastic product.  Although they smell incredible and almost like coconut, they do not give good coverage and are nowhere near as pigmented as the other NYX ranges.  When Tina first used the colours shown above, she described the application as “alright, but messy” and would not pay the £6.00 price mark and that is where I would agree too.  It had such potential to be a great and fun range, with ‘a colour for every city’; however it failed to live up to expectation due to the poor application and pigmentation.  Such a shame!

Ratings:

TINA: 2/10

SHANNON: 4/10

 

Lip Lingerie – £8 (Boots.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Embellishment’, ‘Bedtime Flirt’

OK so this one is the absolute STUFF!  I am COMPLETELY obsessed with this range.  Tina described this range as ‘on par with the Matte lipsticks.’  I have described them as ‘I can’t even.’  Although there isn’t much difference between the shades, the range lies in the neutral tones area, meaning that all the shades are timeless classics.  It’s such good value for money and I’m going to explain exactly why I think that!

It’s such a smooth application with zero mess and not only does it actually dry, but it dries nice.  There is no need to even top this up during a night out, which is super handy when your hands aren’t as steady!  You would pay a fortune to get lipsticks that can stay on for that long, but this one is EIGHT POUNDS!  It’s an absolute steal!  ‘Bedtime Flirt’ is such a gorgeous colour that suits any skin tone and is that sweet neutral pink that everyone needs in their collection.  The real game changer is ‘Embellishment’ – I’m just completely lost for words with this one.  I AM OBSESSED.  It’s my go to lipstick; the colour is so pigmented and so warm and does not crack my lips.

Ratings:

TINA: 9/10

SHANNON: 10/10

 

Matte Lipstick – £7 (NYX.com)

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Top to bottom: ‘Natural’, ‘Whipped Caviar’

What everyone has been waiting for, a moisturising matte lipstick! It is one of the best matte lipsticks I have come across, it does not dry your lips out which makes it a massive hit! As you can see there isn’t a great deal of difference between the two swatches, the colour is rather similar between the two, however ‘Whipped Caviar’ produces a darker take on the ‘Natural’ colour, adding more of a glamorous touch which is perfect for day and night.

It glides on like a treat, super pigmented and stays on; I don’t know what more you could ask for! Just like most lipsticks if you’re eating or drinking, it will rub off but only with consistent contact and with these neutral pinks when it does rub off it is so subtle no one will notice! Honestly, I would say the consistency is very much a dupe of MAC’s matte lipsticks, so if you’re looking for a cheaper version, this is the one!
Ratings:

TINA – 8/10

SHANNON – 7/10

 

Extra Creamy Makeup Round Lipstick – £4 (NYX.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Watermelon’, ‘Topaz’

I always believe quality is not defined by price but in this case, this definitely applies. Before I tried these on I was in LOVE, the colours are right up my street. I’m a sucker for a nice subtle glitter lipstick (I have a big love for MAC’s ‘Fabby’) and could not wait to try these on and as soon as I began to apply it, all my love for the product vanished. Although the application was smooth, it was a bit too smooth and I could not apply the product accurately and it ended up here there and everywhere! It did not feel nice on the lips and it would come off with a touch which is not what you want from a lipstick.

The colours are gorgeous, they are not available anymore but we were able to find some similar colours (i.e. B52 = Watermelon & Vitamin = Topaz). Still, I would not recommend buying this product, the colours are gorgeous and would be fab if they were of the Matte lipstick texture but this takes ‘extra creamy’ to another level. We were highly disappointed.

Ratings:

TINA – 2/10

SHANNON – 5/10

 

Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – £7 (Boots.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Tea & Cookies’, ‘Cherrie Skies’

If we compare this lipstick to the Matte one in terms of price, you are being robbed! This should be priced the same as the ‘Extra Creamy Makeup Round Lipstick’. It was extremely disappointing, it has some beautiful colours, in particular ‘Cherrie Skies’ is BEAUTIFUL, if only it was beautiful on the lips! It is easy to apply but before you have even finished you’ll have painted your teeth in the process. I wore this lipstick for a night out and I was constantly applying it and it smudged all over my face and my teeth, not what you want, the idea is to look as sober as possible!

Another flaw with this lipstick is that it never actually dries, hence how it ends up all over your teeth, I haven’t had this problem since I was 12 and used those free lipsticks you get with a magazine! We both agree the ‘Tea & Cookies’ shade is not a good look; it’s bright bubble-gum pink and makes you look like a Barbie doll. I would not consider wearing this again and save yourself the £7 and go and buy a ‘Cosmetics Metal Lip Cream’ or ‘Matte Lipstick’!

Ratings:

TINA – 0/10

SHANNON – 2/10

So this was our NYX lipstick haul review!  Some got great reviews, others not so much, but we hope it was a good read and has given an insight into the NYX range.  Some of the products we tried are excellent dupes for high end products, and everyone loves an affordable lippie!

Thanks for reading, and stay beautiful!

Shannon & Tina

xoxo

Morphe 35T Colour Taupe Palette

New purchase alert!  Sorry for such a long gap from my last blog.  I’ve majorly needed some inspiration to get into blogging again, and after purchasing this beauty it’s just done that.  I know that Morphe is nothing new, and that it’s been around for a while and it’s had its moment, but when I saw this on Beauty bay I HAD to get it.  I’ve wanted a new eye shadow palette for a while and this has just ticked every box that I needed.

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Firstly, I just have to comment on its packaging.  HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!  My first thought when it arrived was that I was sent a small laptop by mistake.  It’s such a strong case which is good because you know your shadows will not get damaged, but it’s also super lightweight.  This is so important particularly when travelling; when I go on holiday I want to take minimal makeup, but an eye shadow palette is one of my essential items to pack.  Now with this palette I know I can pop it into my suitcase and not feel guilty about the weight of it!  The negative is that there is no mirror on the inside of the lid, which can be a little inconvenient but it honestly did not bother me too much.

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The colours and their pigmentation is something that just stands out on this palette.  CAN WE JUST APPRECIATE HOW PIGMENTED THE GLITTER SHADOWS ARE?!  These swatches literally took one stroke; I’m not kidding.  I was so amazed at how strong the colours were as I was not expecting them to be this good at all.  The colours are so bold which is great because you don’t have to use a lot of product when applying, causing less fallout.  I’m so happy with the more glittery shades; they’re perfect for the summer and add glamour, whether it’s for festivals or holiday’s, but they’re also great for winter to brighten up the darker days and nights.  I wear a lot of gold, neutral and brown shades and there is a great variety of these colours in the palette, which for me is perfect as I know I will get as much use out of it as possible.

 

Unfortunately though, there is a big negative with the colours.  This is that the more matte shades really do lack the same pigmentation that the more shimmer based ones do.  I was quite disappointed with this because after seeing the shimmer shades, I had high expectations for the matte shades.  (SEE BOTTOM TWO SWATCHES).  To even get the swatches alone, it took a lot of strokes to actually get a decent amount of colour, so when applying it to your eye lid it’ll require the same to get a good intensifying look.  However I don’t want this negative to take away the brilliance of this product.  The colours, including the matte shades, are absolutely fantastic and are still pigmented and are great to have in your make up collection!

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Lastly, I want to talk about the quality for price ratio.  I paid £22 for this palette on www.beautybay.com.  That’s 35 shades for £22.  It’s such a small price compared to other palettes on the market, such as the Naked range by Urban Decay, and you get so much more for your money!  I’ve found from researching that it is more expensive to actually buy in the United States (for example, if you were travelling there and wanted to buy it), then buying it on a site like Beauty Bay.  The 35TT palette is perfect for all make up abilities; I’m simply a make-up lover and not the most skilled at make-up, so I love having a palette this large to play around with and improve my skills!  I would highly recommend this palette to anyone who wants to expand their collection or is starting out with make-up.  It’s affordable and great quality; what more could you want?!  I’m currently debating another palette to buy in their range, which includes the 35W Colour Warm, 35U Multi Colour Shimmer, 35S Smokey Eye, and 35K Colour Koffee to name but a few.  I personally think that Morphe needs more credit than what it is given over in the UK; an absolutely fantastic product which should be a part of make-up lovers’ collections everywhere.

 

I hope you liked this product, and if there are any items that you would like to me to review, leave me a comment!

 

Stay beautiful,

 

Shannon

xoxo

 

(PHOTO CREDITS: Major thanks to Robyn Smith for taking these photos of my palette!)

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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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