Along with all the amazing makeup bits, I am sent, the vast majority of things I am actually sent to try out falls within the skincare category. I really love testing and trailing the latest innovations or new releases from brands, but testing skincare takes a heck of a lot longer to try to get a good opinion about it, compared to just throwing on a lipstick a couple of times which you will immediately see the results. My Empties posts are often a plethora of skincare products that I have finished all the way so I am able to give a good review on them. I thought for this post I would share some new things that have been released, most of them I have used a fair few times so I can give you a few thoughts on them.
Lip liners are a makeup must have for me - I wear them on their own all the time as I love the matte finish and they often last longer than any lipstick or even matte liquid lipstick does due to the light formula but high pigmentation of most lip liners these days. One of my favourite affordable brands, Maybelline, has just launched a new line of liners; the Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liners*. As a big lip liner lover (and I have tried quite a few), these ones are definitely up there with some of the better ones...
If you have not heard about Kylie Jenner's makeup line; Kylie Cosmetics, what rock have you been living under and also is there space for me?! I jest, I jest. But seriously, the hype surrounding Kylie's makeup line is global and these products sell out in minutes from being released (I do wonder though if they do that on purpose, if so, it's an amazing marketing ploy!) I resisted for a long time in trying the products, don't get my wrong it's not that I didn't want to but the shipping prices were steep and when converted to NZD for one Lip Kit, it was going to cost over $60.00. I managed to get these two Lip Kits for $60 from an NZ makeup buy/sell group pretty much brand new from a fellow blogger (thanks, Laura!) So is the hype worth it?!
What does one do when they receive a bag full of new YSL goodies?! Let out a little yelp and dig straight in! I was incredibly lucky to receive a selection of the brand new releases that will be hitting YSL counters across the globe; some countries will already have some of these products and for us NZ girls, these are coming out today (March 20th). There is a beautiful new fragrance and some pretty stellar makeup products, so let's get into it.
As I am sat here taking a lot of blog photos of the products sent over by PR companies and brands (which I am so thankful), and bits that I have bought myself, I was struck by this overwhelming sensation to write out some thoughts that I have been having for a while about the judgements passed on those who love makeup and own a lot of it.
So it seems lately that my blog has become a swatch and review of lots of eyeshadow palettes, so I apologise if that is not your thing but I have had such an influx of palettes and shadows to try out I can't help but share them! Eyeshadow palettes are one of my favourites things about beauty and makeup. For a while, I would just do a quick dust and then be done with it, or would just go bare and load up the mascara, but nowadays I love playing with shadows and I love how they can make the eyes look. You would have seen me raving about these Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette Contouring Eye Shadows, and they have just added a new limited edition colourway in 03 Rose Nudes*, and oh my, it is lovely!
In the hopes of not leaving this review until 6 months after it's release, I wanted to get it up and appropriately I posted a review of Maybelline's The Blushed Nudes last week, which you can see here. The Rock Nudes has been out in the US for a wee while now, but it was finally brought out here in NZ earlier this year. I did a round-up of some of the new releases, which you can read about here.
I was looking back through my drafts and found this post that I have been meaning to put up since Maybelline launched The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette* last year in a big drop of new products (see them here). Since then The Rock Nudes Palettte has been launched since, I will have my thoughts up soon on that one. For now, here is the second eyeshadow palette offering from Maybelline.
If there is one M.A.C collection you should check out this year, make the Make Up Art Cosmetics Collection it. For the first time, they have collaborated with three famed makeup artists around the world who are pushing the boundaries of 'traditional' beauty and basically creating art in their work. Kabuki Magic, James Kaliardos and Diane Kendal have each created their own capsule collection of products based on things they use or products that they wanted but previously couldn't find in other products, hence creating the perfect selection for them in their signature style. I am so excited about these products and the whole idea of the collaboration.
Can you believe that we are already into the month of March? It's now a month until my birthday which seems a little crazy to me! Although February was a shorter month, it was a big one for new beauty launches and I have been trying lots of different products. Here are my Most Loved and the standouts; some new and a couple older products too.
You will probably all realise that I am an eyeshadow junkie; palettes are one of my makeup vices (especially if they are in the neutral territory), and at the moment it seems a lot of brands just keep releasing them! Rimmel has just brought out something a little different for their range in the form of the Magnif'eyes Eye Contouring Palettes*; compact, eight pan palettes in two different colourways.