Sunday 19 March 2017


I have spent years searching for the right eyeshadow palette to suit my skin tone and that's affordable, but after finally finding the 'one(s)' I can confidently say that you shouldn't search for a palette with colours that will suit the colour of your skin, but ones that you actually like. Don't listen to people who say you don't suit bright purple eyeshadow - if you like it then go ahead and buy it!

I thought I'd share my wisdom when it comes to eyeshadow palettes and share with you my 4 staples that you just might have to buy hehe.

MAC eyeshadows are amazing, there's no doubt about that. There are many cheaper alternatives that are just as good however, I will never give up my MAC shadows as they were my first luxurious purchases. The refill pans retail at £10 each however, some of the ones I bought were actual eyeshadow pots which I then depotted to put into my pro palette (£8 + £2 for the insert). The pigmentation of these is insane, but you are paying a lot of money so you get what you pay for. The colours I have are: (top-bottom) Era, Amber Lights, Beauty Marked, Creme de Violet, Deep Truth, Naked Lunch, Tempting, Trax, Pink Venus, Steamy, Brule, Honesty, Mythology, Haux, and Electric Eel. I would say that creating your own eyeshadow palettes with the shades that you love and will get use out of is a must-do!

I recently got my hands on this limited edition Pulp Fiction palette by Urban Decay and I am in love... I'm a huge fan of Uma Thurman and to see that UD brought out a palette of one of my favourite movies I had to buy it. It is true guys, UD eyeshadows are amazing! Everyone has been going crazy over the Naked range (read my reviews here, and here) but I have to say that the Pulp Fiction palette is my favourite as the colours are very wearable and obviously because of the packaging haha! Tyranny is my favourite shade from the palette as I can even use it to contour my nose!

If you're looking for something more affordable but still amazing quality then I have to direct you to any of the Makeup Revolution palettes. I have been using their products for probably 4-5 years now and I absolutely love them, especially the palettes. MUR has been slaying the eyeshadow game for a while now, and I must say that this palette is my all-time favourite and I use it nearly every day. It's a fantastic dupe for the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette which retails at £37 whereas, the MUR one is only £8. I use this when I'm running out of time when doing my makeup as it always looks good, no matter how little it takes me to blend out the shades!

Last but not least, we have the Jeffree Star Beauty Killer palette. I've been lusting over this palette ever since it came out and then I was lucky enough to snatch it at half price in his sale at the beginning of March. I must say that this has lived up to my expectations completely and I'm in love. The shades are amazing and so up my alley, I really want his new Androgyny palette now!! (If anyone wants to donate one to me please do haha). The formula is very different from the three mentioned above as the shadows feel very buttery and are a dream to blend! I know that the shades aren't for everyone, but they will look amazing on literally anyone! My favourite shades from the palette are Confession, Princess and Violence - they look amazing together!

What's your Holy Grail eyeshadow palette? Would you recommend the ones I mentioned above?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Friday 26 February 2016

Sleek || Highlighting Palettes

Good Evening Everyone!

I have never tried any Sleek products before until recently when Superdrug had an offer on Sleek cosmetics 2 for £10. The palettes cost £9.99 each, so practically I got one for free. I also bought two blusher palette, but I'll mention it in a different post as today I'm going to focus on these two beautiful highlighter palettes.

I think the packaging itself made me want to buy these! The gold palette looks limited edition, as the black matte one reminds me of Nars' packing.
Midas Touch - this is a limited edition high listing palette. Weird as the gold one looks more like a limited edition product, right?
Solstice highlighting palette.
As you can see there are four different highlighters to choose from - Solitaire, Tanzanite, Rhinestone and Cubic Zirconia. They are all beautiful shades, but the one that caught my eye the most was Rhinestone - it is a BEAUTIFUL shade, definitely my favourite! It looks amazing with a dark smokey eye for a night look - I would avoid wearing it during the day as some might find it a bit too much!
Swatches l-r = Solitaire, Cubic Zirconia, Rhinestone and Tanzanite. As you can see they are very pigmented and you don't need a lot of product in order to achieve the perfect glow!
So this palette is a bit more sensible haha. It is suitable for all skin tones and seems appropriate for any occasion. I mainly bought this palette because of the packaging (I know, I'm really naughty). However I recommend this palette for beginners and lovers of Benefits' High Beam as the shade Ecliptic looks identical on skin but is only a little thicker consistency.
Swatches l-r = Subsolar, Equinox, Hemisphere and Ecliptic. Yet again, these are very pigmented and I only pressed on the product slightly.

What highlighter do you use? Have you tried any of the Sleek highlighters?

Lots of love,
Maya xo
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