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ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette // Review + Swatches + Full Face Makeup

 I've heard so many people talking about how underrated ZOEVA palettes is! So after lusting over them for about a month, I finally decided to buy them at ION Sephora. This palette retails for $39, and is one of the more affordable palettes available in Sephora.

The packaging is made out of cardboard and it is really sleek. In addition, it comes with no mirror but it is not a concern for me because I tend not to use mirrors provided in palettes.

Here is a close up of the color selection for this palette. All of the colors are of warm under-tones, which is my absolute favorite kind of eyeshadow.  There are 4 mattes and the rest are shimmer or metallic.

From the swatches, the white matte shade (Bitter Start), seems like it is not pigmented at all. However, it does show up over a primer on my eye when I use it to set my primer down. The next shade, Sweeter End is a really soft lilac with gold sheen is the only highlight shade in this palette, which is quite disappointing because I really like a strong highlight included in my palette.

My favorite shades has to be Warm Notes and Pure Ganache. These are the eye catching shades that I really like to pop it on my eyelids to intensify my eye makeup. I also like to smoke out my outer corner with Infusion, it is a black shadow with gold glitter that really resembles Midnight from Kathleen x Colourpop Collection.

The longevity of these shadows are good, they lasted for around 6 to 7 hours before slightly fading away on my oily eyelids. The primer I used was the Essence 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Primer. They all blended so beautifully, I was really impressed!

This palette definitely entice me to try the Caramel Melange palette as well as the Rose Gold palette!

Here is an attempt of trying to take my full face makeup of the day LOL. Please don't mind my messy bed, I do not have a setup sadly.

Leave me a comment down below telling me your favorite ZOEVA products and I will check them out! Thank you for hanging out with me today. I hope this post was somewhat helpful.


Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation // Review + Swatches

This retails for $34 and it contains 14g of product. You can purchase it at various Innisfree stores or from their global Innisfree website. I have combination skin and is in the shade N23 True Beige for shade reference.

Innisfree claims that this foundation is:  
1. SWEAT PROOF strong against sweat and sebum: Clinical test on sweat proof effect completed
2. 12-hour lasting makeup : Clinical test on 12-hour color-lasting effect completed
3. Powerful UV protection with SPF 50+ and PA+++ protects the skin from the Sun 
Untrue to its 12 hours claim, it only lasted around 6 hours on my skin before I had to touch up. In addition, it will settle into my smile lines and crease on my under-eye if I do not bake both areas with loose powder.

Although it did not live up to the long wearing claim, it definitely did control my sebum from seeping through the face makeup through the day. This product is definitely approved if you are someone who wants a natural coverage foundation that is also fuss free and able to provide oil control. 

This cushion foundation has SPF50++ which is great as a protection against the harmful sun rays, nevertheless this cushion will not be suitable for night time events as there will be flashbacks.

The coverage with just one layer is quite light, you can definitely build it up for more coverage by applying more layers. I normally do two layers and it gives me medium coverage. If you have large pores like I do, I strongly recommend using a pore primer as this foundation will enlarge your pores if you do not layer on a primer underneath!

Leave me a comment down below if you have other recommendations for me to try! I am on a hunt for a new cushion foundation. Thank you for reading and I hope this post has been useful!


Essence Blogger's Beauty Secrets // Review + Swatches

Essence has brought out a brand new collection this month and it is one that I've been waiting for, the Blogger's Beauty Secrets palettes! I bought 2 palettes that caught my eye, the first one being The Glow Must Go On and the second one being Shape & Shadow. They are priced at $9.50 each and are available for purchase at Guardian. I bought both palettes at ION Orchard.

The Glow Must Go On palette consists of two matte eyeshadow, one highlighter and one glowing bronzer. Sandalwood is a beautiful eyeshadow that sits well on my oily eyelids and I would put it on my outer V. It blends pretty well but it can get a bit patchy, so a transition color should be placed underneath to help it blend well. Cinnamon, however is not pigmented at all and it is a complete dud.

The Honey Glow highlighter is a beautiful warm undertone highlight that will look perfect on darker skin tone. It can be applied lightly for a natural glow from within look, or layered on for an intense look. The highlight of this palette, Glowing Bronzer is very pigmented and it lasts all day on my skin. I lightly dip my brush into the bronzer and dust it all over my forehead and on my cheeks to fake that sun-kissed look. I recommend this palette for darker skin girls as the highlighter and bronzer will look quite intense on fair skin.

The Shape & Shadow palette has 2 eyebrow powders, 1 matte eyeshadow, 1 metallic eyeshadow, 1 metallic highlight and 1 eyebrow wax. This palette is very versatile since all of the pressed powders can be used interchangeably as eyeshadow or eyebrow powders.

I mix both Hazel Grace and Audrey Highbrow to fill in the front of my brows and Brigette Brown at the end with the brush provided inside the palette. They are really easy to blend so do not worry about your brows looking unnatural! I personally prefer to set my brows using a brow gel but if you like to set yours with wax, it is included here as well.

I strongly recommend everyone to get this palette as it has colors suited for almost all skin color.

Have you tried other palettes? Leave me a comment down below!


Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette // Review + Swatches

When I read that Too Faced will be relaunching the Sweet Peach collection, I was over the moon because it was my chance to try range has finally arrived. The Sweet Peach collection was first launched March last year, and there was so much buzz around the palette that really made me want to try. So, when I finally had the chance to purchase my own palette, I bought it ASAP! I've played around with these shadows enough to have a proper verdict. So let's get on to it.

One of the appeal of this palette is the peach scent. Once I opened my palette, the scent was undeniably strong but not overpowering that it throws me off. I do not like any of my beauty products to be scented unless it is a perfume or a hand cream, so I was surprised that I really love the sweet scent the shadows give off. Weirdly enough, I think of strawberries and the beach (ps, it smells nothing like it). 

I do not own the palette released from the first launch, so I cannot give any comparisons but I am sure there are a ton up on the internet! The palettes are filled with mostly warmer undertone shadows, with the exception of Talk Derby To Me. My favourite shade would have to be Caramelized, it is a metallic bronze shadow with a warm undertone. In addition, my perfect go-to shade for the crease is Puree mixed with a tiny bit of Summer Yum.

All of the shades were pretty pigmented, however some were quite powdery and a little patchy. Some of the slightly problematic shades are Bless Her Heart (not pigmented enough), Delectable (not pigmented enough, very chalky, difficult to blend), Georgia (not pigmented enough, difficult to build the intensity) and Talk Derby To Me (the sparkles do not translate well on to my eyelids). I've also tried and tested all shadows without a primer, and I think the shadows perform and also last longer with a primer. 

I have oily eye lids and these shadows lasted around 6 to 7 hours with a primer underneath, in my opinion it is pretty impressive. The longevity of these shadows are definitely comparable to Tarte's Tartelette in Bloom as well as Etude House's Personal Color Palettes. 

I will recommend this palette to anyone who wants more variety of color in their palettes, yet also able to create a really warm natural day-to-day eye look too. 

Thank you so much for reading and please leave me a comment about your views on this palette! 


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