BECCA The Showgirl Palette Review and Swatches

After showing you a preview of BECCA’s Halcyon Days palette for SS2011 I thought I’d show you the palette which I have and which is called Showgirl Palette (£ 55/€69/$65)

“Enchant and bewitch with the Limited Edition Showgirl Palette from BECCA. A scintillating confection of glamorous shades for eye, lips, and cheeks, this convenient palette offers everything needed to get oh-so-gorgeous.”

The Showgirl Palette contains:

  • Lip & Cheek Crème – Hollyhock (berry)
  • Nude Lip Gloss – Parisette (soft pink)
  • Eye Colour Wash – Tulle (misty lilac)
  • Eye Colour Wash – Charmeuse (mushroom beige)
  • Eyeliner – Emmanuelle (dark brown)
  • Dual ended brush – eyeliner/eye shadow brush combination

Now this is  a pricey palette but the quality is exceptional in my opinion and it is much cheaper than getting the BECCA products individually so I think it is worth the investment.

Let’s take a look at all the products separately now.

Lip & Cheek Crème in Hollyhock. I usually use this  product on the

Bright Pink Blush Love: NYX Hot Pink, No7 Blooming Pink and Daniel Sandler Hot Pink

I just love bright pink blush for winter months (and not only) as it really brightens the face and makes you look healthy and pretty!

So I’ve picked up three bright pink blushers that I have to show you.

NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink  , no7 Blooming Pink and Daniel Sandler Hot Pink.

NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink 

This is the brightest and the most pigmented blush. You really need the tiniest amount of it, I think it would work great on the darker skin tones but you can still wear it if you have fair skin tone like I do. NYX’s Hot Pink is also the warmest of all three.  You get a lot of product for the price. Read a more details review here.

No7 Vital Brights Cream Blush  in Blooming Pink

This one is a  Limited Edition for Spring so you better get it now if you want one.  The texture is cream-to-powder and it really reminds me of the amazing YSL blushes. Colour wise, it’s a

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushes Review and Swatches. Love Them!

I  already featured the famous Daniel Sandler  Watercolours here but I think it’s time to write a full review and swatch all the shades that I have.

Some people commented that they’ve never heard of this brand and of Daniel himself.  Daniel Sandler is a British celebrity Make-Up artist and a co-fonder of the Daniel Sandler  Cosmetics. To find out more  check out the official website. I also recommend  you watching  some videos with Daniel  as he is very talented and charming, a pleasure to watch.

The shades that I have and the DS brushes – Waterbrush and Blusher brush, love them  both

But what about the blushes?

These are probably the most famous Daniel’s products, they even brought him his first beauty award from the Grazia magazine.

First of all I have to say that I’ve wanted to try them for a long time so I was really happy to get three shades to try out. And here are some of my thoughts and, what is  really exciting, tips from Daniel himself that he  shared with us!

Here are my thoughts:

This is how the blushes look like until you shake them

  • I perfectly understand why these are so popular, as they are a pleasure to use, the package is cute and you can see the colour itself. The formula is really nice.
  • There is a great variety of shades for everyone, they all are really beautiful.
  • The pigmentation is insane! You only need a tiny amount of  the product so the bottle will last you forever.
  • But my favourite thing about the Watercolours is actually how long-lasting they are.  I would even say that these may be the most long-lasting blushes I’ve ever used. These are definitely there by the end of the day.
  • Although they stay on so well, it’s not hard to remove them, you won’t have to scrub your face to get them off.
  • The price is really reasonable for the quality (£14.50 which is less than $25). You can buy them here with the International shipping.

The shades that I have are:

Illamasqua Cream Pigments in Dab, Emerge and Mould. Review and Swatches

As you may remember, Illamasqua has launched the brand new product which is called Cream Pigment and you can read about it here.

There are 6 shades in general and I was given 3 of them to try out. I have Emerge, Mould and Dab. So here is what Illamasqua says about them and my opinion.

First of all I have to say that I like the idea that you can use these on eyes/lips/cheeks/face/body- whatever you can think of and whatever suits you.

I  also like what Alex Box said about these: “I don’t think we have ever created a product that is as hard working as Cream Pigment. They can correct or enhance, disguise or reveal. I am obsessed with their versatility; blush, lips, eyes, contouring … they are absolutely my favourite product right now. Super-blendable, they can be pressed and blended into skin or slicked on for graphic shapes. Education is key with the pigments. Once you have learnt how to master them, you can control their impact.”

So here we go:

Emerge (peach) – “This peach brightens under eye shadows and is beautiful as a highlighter on olive – darker skintones. It’s also a very flattering blusher on paler skin tones.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me as an under  eye concealer as I find the texture  heavy for my taste and it looks too obvious on myself. As for the lipstick – I wouldn’t wear it on it’s own as it looks like concealer on me but it’s great to mix with other shades to make them lighter! I like to use this as a blusher as it looks very pretty on my skin tone,  really suitable for Spring – fresh and peachy.

I was interested in how it is compared with Rude ( I L-O-V-E Rude, definitely, a must have from the brand) so here you go. If I had to choose between both – I’d go for Rude as I love the shade, texture, blend-ability, well, everything about it.

Dab (lilac) – “This

Lancome Blush Subtil in Aplum and Cedar Rose Review and Swatches

I have to say that I am a huge fan of cream products: blushes, highlighters, shadows, liners etc. And I am also a big fan of blushes. And, yes, I love cream blushes but there are several powder blushes that I really like.

So today I want to tell you about the  powder blush that I totally love. And it is Blush Subtil by Lancome. This is how it looks like on the promo picture and I am showing you a promo picture because my blushes are in a set.

This is how 2  blushes that I’ve got look like:

  • Aplum
  • Cedar Rose

Why do I like this blush so much?

  • First of all it is oil free which is very good, especially for summer.
  • It is matte, so it won’t look horrible on your pores. And to be honest, I don’t really understand how can anyone like very shiny/with shimmer blushes and bronzers.
  • Because it’s matte it gives you a natural finish.
  • It’s easy to work with this blush and  it’s easy to blend it.
  • These particular blushes are from