Huda Beauty Desert Dusk review

Capturing the shimmering dunes and lights of a desert at dusk, Huda Beauty has released another majestic eye shadow palette to her line. The vibrant shades inspired by the mysterious desert landscape had me falling head over heels and utterly in love. As with any eye shadow palette I begin working out what the crease and transition colours are and imagining what looks to create, but I was just so  blown away by how vibrant the shades are. Very few palettes excite me but this sparked a creativity in me like never before and that’s when you know its pretty damn special. The palette was available on Cult Beauty for £56, ( exactly the same price as her previous palette). As usual i’ll be giving my honest opinion about whether its truly worth the hefty price tag as well as comparing it to her previous palette!

Packaging

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I love how Huda and her team took on board the complaints/suggestions her customers have said over her first palette, for example people wanted a mirror and I felt the same way too and the palette felt light and flimsy  so people felt like it wasn’t worth the £56 (which in my opinion is quite a lot for an eyeshadow palette). A lot of effort and consideration generally can be seen because the packaging is so beautiful. Waking up and seeing an intoxicating Arabian princess on your vanity staring right back at you on a gloomy day is just so different and genius. Also, when compared to the Rose Gold, the palette feels a lot more sturdy and heavy and she’s also included a mirror (thank the lord) so I’m glad she took on board what we wanted and it shows that she took our concerns seriously!

Swatches

For £56 you are getting:

– 8 Mattes

– 6 Pressed Pearls

– Three duo chrome toppers

– One pure glitter ( I’ll be sharing  a funny/heartbreaking story about this shade further on in the review!)

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Some of the mattes for example Saffron were a little patchy and difficult to swatch however I was perfectly pleased with the rest including all the pressed pearls and duo chrome toppers that im so excited to create looks with. However, the heartbreak with Cosmo was that I wasn’t entirely aware that its a complete loose glitter in the pan so as I turned the palette over to read some information on the back I heard something fell… And it was at that moment my heart dropped and saw the pan completely empty and a bunch of glitter on the floor. I was so annoyed. I did scrape it off the floor and pat it in but I think there should have been some sort of protective layer, the paper provided isn’t enough to hold the glitter in place because it moves around. I genuinely think for a high price there should have been something to stop the glitter from moving its just my opinion but if I hadn’t have saved cosmo I would’ve been one angry customer😩

The look I created and posted on my Instagram was a halo eye.

1) Eden was used for a transition shade along with Musk to deepen the crease.

2) I then used Oud in the inner corner and outer corner to create the halo shape. To soften the edges I mixed Desert Sand and the tiniest amount of Musk.

3) Saffron and Amber were used to deepen and define the halo in the same areas I used Oud. In the centre I first packed on Nefertiti and then applied glitter glue on top. I then applied Cosmo using a small synthetic packing brush.

4) On the lower lashline I used the same shades but using more Oud on the outer eye. Nefertiti was used as a inner corner highlight and using a angled liner I applied saffron in my inner waterline and I really liked how it looked

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The only issue I had was that some of the matte shades were a little patchy, when on the eye and swatches. For example when I layered similar colours such as Amber and Saffron to deepen and define I noticed skin still peeking through so I had to reapply and it was if the colour had disappeared or seperated. The problem with that is you end up adding more and more so it can turn into an unblended mess. Cosmo and Nefertiti applied nicely and there was a strong deposit of colour so I was happy with that. I will be creating more creative looks on my instagram so follow me if you don’t already so you don’t miss out!

One thing that really stood out and I admired was the campaign for this launch. If you haven’t watched the first look already on Huda’s Instagram i’ll link it here because it is jaw dropping. Im really loving the amount of effort digital influencers and bloggers with their own makeup lines are putting into their launches its incredible to see. Everything from the location, to the addictive music, the cinematography blew me away its one of my favourite launch videos to date. The genius idea of having a global snapchat filter to itensify the hype even further just made me admire Huda and her team even more. Their raw passion is so inspiring and uplifting and im excited to see what more Huda Beauty has to offer!

Final Verdict: Is it for me?

You ladies know that my reviews are a textbook long so to wrap this up I feel that if you want to push yourself experimenting with deep reds and purples, and playing with different textures and possibly scraping off glitter off the floor then this palette is for you. It gets my creative juices flowing and makes me want more to experiment with different coloured glitters, as opposed to my usual golds and silvers and get out of my comfort zone a little bit. It wont really be my everyday go to palette because I did try using Eden with Oud and I didn’t really like how it looked so i’ll be sticking with the Rose Gold. Its a palette to explore your creativity and have fun with but not really something i would be choosing to wear everyday.

I hope you found this review useful let me know if you have any questions. See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

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A pictorial of my signature eyelook

My signature eyelook changes from time to time from one day only wearing winged liner to now falling in love with a smoked out eye. Whenever i dont know what eyelook to do i always go for this, its my comfort zone and a look i will probably do again because Eid is coming at me fast and i have 0 preparations for it🙃 So i created a pictorial that hopefully simplifies this look for you guys to try out at home.

So firstly, the trick is in the tape to create that winged smoked out look. You need to apply the tape close to your lashline leaving enough space for eyeshadow and in line with the tail of your brow so it follows the shape nicely. Practise this a couple of times if you havent used tape before to make sure its in the correct place. I’ve already concealed my eyes with a concealer to cancel out any darkness. I used the Morphe 35A Palette and i used all the shades in order, expect the grey shade (which ive crossed out too)

  1. My transition shade is shade number 1, using a fluffy brush i created an upside down C shape from the inner corner to the outer corner (where the tape is). I used a tiny amount because this is just a base for the other shadows
  2. Mixing 2 and 3 i deepened the crease, but i packed on and blended these shadows right under the transition. I do this because i dont have the strongest crease (how i wish i did), so if i go in with these two shades right on my crease its hard to blend out.
  3. Building shadows and blending each one is the key so i used a deep dark brown shade again to add more depth to the outer corner
  4. Using a dense pointed brush i mixed dark brown and black right on my outer corner, i really want the outer corner to be intense, dark and smokey. Remember to blend this out using the same transition shade at the start. Everytime you need to blend, either use a brush with no shadow or a tiny amount of transition
  5. As you can see at the bottom, the outer corner is starting to take shape. Keep blending girl

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6. Normally i dont put anything on my lid, but here i patted on a copper shade. Again using the transition shade i blended this out to “blend” in with the outer corner

7. Using the Bobbi brown gel liner i drew the tiniest wing, but stopping right where the black shadow is at the outer corner. Using a small smudger brush i smudged out the liner backwards and forwards and a little upwards towards the shadow.

8. Next is the fun part. Using shades 1, 2 and 3 i smoked out the lower lashline. The using a dense packing brush i used dark browns and black in the lower outer V, connecting the upper lashline shadow to my lower lashline. This is really important if you want that connected smoked out V. After you take the tape off, its messy to fix the outer V, you can always clean it up with concealer, but its better to take some time and make sure its connected. I also used a small definer brush using black shadow to draw a line along my lower lashline to intensify it.

9. I filled in my waterline using a brown eyeliner, it gives a softer look than black. Thats my top eyeliner tip. Apply your favourite lashes, i used Huda Beauty Samantha and went for a clumpy lower lashline with mascara (i love doing that😩). After the eye is done you can clean up with foundation and concealer afterwards.

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And thats the final look, a beautiful sultry smoked out eye. It took me quite some time to practise this and make it work for my eyeshape. So if it doesnt work out the first time, fear not because in my first time i looked like a panda (not even exaggerating) I’ll be posting more eyelooks and video tutorials soon so keep an eye out and make sure you sign up to recieve an email  whenever i post🖤

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

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A review of Jouer’s Skinny dip Ultra Foil shimmer shadows

Hey my loves! I’ve been meaning to review the new Jouer summer collection, which included this beautiful shimmer eyeshadow palette for a while now. I wanted to test every shade on myself as well as others to give you my final verdict!

I got this from Cultbeauty for £35 as a little treat because i dont really play with glitters and pigments and i thought this would be a great place to start. It claims to, ” deliver an intense, shimmering metallic finish thats long wearing and crease resistant”PicsJoin_20176216565927

Left to right – “Starlight” ( Foil shimmering platinum) “Bikini” ( Foil shimmering champagne pink) “Skinny dip”  (Foil shimmering champagne gold) “Tan lines”   ( Foil shimmer antique bronze) “Magic hour” (Foil shimmer antique bronze) “Midnight swim” (Glitter cocoa bronze) Also pictured, Jouer’s lip topper in Skinny dip

First of all, the packaging is absolutely beautiful and the palette itself is really lightweight and easy to carry around in a handbag or my kit for clients so im pleased with that. The palette and colours itself is a real joy to see because its just so stunning, doesnt it just look like a dream!

Application and swatches

So in the product description it says the shadows can be used wet or dry meaning you can use setting spray onto a packing brush and then apply onto the lid, but after how strong the swatches came out on my fingers i thought to pack that onto my eyelid instead of a brush. I did try using a dense packing brush but i just didnt feel comfortable with it. The swatches came out beautifully, there was a strong deposit of pigment, it feels creamy and smooth, not glittery or chunky at all which is a good sign!

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On the eyelid when using my ring finger and lightly packing it on, it was very pigmented and very little eyeshadow was left on my finger. Sometimes in some palettes a shimmery pigment swatches amazingly on the finger but it just doesnt show up on the eyes which defeats the whole purpose of the palette i guess but its great for the ‘gram😂. I was so pleased with how it looked on my eyes, it was so simple and very little product got wasted so im really in love with how well this palette worked for me

Final Verdict

Overall, ive used this palette time and time again, i fall in love every time, and if you do decide to get this ( i highly recommend to do so) just TRY the shade midnight swim or Tan lines on top of a matte brown or copper shade on your eyelid and you’ll get my obsession, trust me.

I think its a great alternative to using glitter thats quite intimidating and messy, i made a gigantic mess over this eyelook i posted on my instagram but i managed to save it (just about). Its also a great alternative to the Stilla Magnificent metals which you just get one shade of whereas these are 6 gorgeous pans! Theres also great swatches on Jouer’s instagram and you can see the full skinny dip collection. I really hope they create a holiday edition of this with greens and golds and lovely warm tones (im drooling) But fingers crossed!

That wraps up my review, im really pleased that i have it and im quite impressed with Jouer and i can see why beauty influencers regularly promote Jouer for its great quality and aesthetic and i cant wait to see what more they have to offer❤

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

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The new Vacation edition, Send Me More Nudes Velvet liquid lipstick review, by Kylie Cosmetics!

Hey my loves, im back with a review of the new velvet liquid lipsticks by Kylie Cosmetics, as part of her summer ’17 collection!

Love em or hate em, the Kardashian/Jenner’s always find new ways to keep us hooked and when the collection was ready to purchase i was 100% certain that they would sell out within seconds. I was not expecting to get hold of anything because im sure we all know how ridiculously fast her products sell out and the commotion from customers afterwards. It can get quite messy.  So for that reason, i had no intention buying anything because i had suffered enough trying to get the mini mattes from her birthday collection last year ( if you’re from my snapchat you would know)  HOWEVER, by some great miracle i managed to get my hands on these babies 11 MINUTES in!

11 whole minutes in on the first restock. This was a makeup miracle. So without really thinking, in sheer excitement i somehow pressed “complete order”. I had no idea what, why, how a velvet lipstick even is and i was skeptical about the shades. But the deed was done.

The lipsticks themselves were 45 dollars (£35), shipping was 14.95 (£11.65) so in total that was 59.95 dollars ( £46.72). Oh and there’s the customs fee :))) which was £16.81. So you are looking at a grand total, in pounds, £63.46 (Damn you, customs  damn you) So now lets get into the review and see whether its worth the splurge

Top to bottom: Naked (a sandy beige), Birthday suit (nude warm beige), Bare (nude pinky beige, Commando (terracota beige) – Descriptions are from the Kylie Cosmetics website

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This was my very first time swatching them and i really liked the shades. They’re my idea of perfect nudes, there’s a good variety between pinks, deep nudes and a muted terracota shade. So far so good! As this was my first time wearing a velvet liquid lipstick i was a bit skeptical because im so used to wearing matte’s or just a lip topperPicsArt_06-28-01.15.39

However, this is what Naked, Birthday Suit, Bare and Commando look on my skintone. My natural lips are quite pigmented in colour so these shades may look different to what you would see on other people on the Kylie Cosmetics Instagram. Overall, i like Commando (last image on the right and Birthday Suit (1st image in the middle two). Commando is my absolute favourite, its a beautiful terracota nude that stays true to its description. Its my latest obsession and i just wish it was sold as an individual so i could stock up for life! Birthday Suit reminds me of the matte Exposed by Kylie Cosmetics and again, its a beautiful warm nude. Bare is on the light pinky nude spectrum and it wouldnt be something i would reach out for so im not too keen on it. Last but not least, as you can see, Naked is way too pale and it washes me out so thats a no go.

The Formula

As this is my first time trying out a velvet formula, i didnt know what to expect. I though it would either be glossy, or have a wet feel to it and there would be transfer everywhere. To my surprise, it was quite the opposite. The application was smooth and even, it was non drying, my lips felt hydrated throughout the day as if i barely had anything on! The formula won me over❤

Final Verdict

In my opinion, i think its a great collection and getting your hands on it, in itself is a great miracle. Im happy with 2 of the shades, however the other two dont look so great on me, but it’s the formula that wins me over and it outperforms the mattes from Kylie Cosmetics that pretty much suck the moisture from my lips. Overall, its a great makeup buy!

Alternatives/Dupes

Here are some alternatives/dupes that from my personal experience, i feel would work if you dont want to suffer through International shipping and customs!

That concludes my review, i hope you found it helpful

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

An honest review of the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette

Hey my loves, I’ve been wanting to share my opinion about this palette that has been all over the internet ever since its launch last year in October. Huda Kattan for me, was the only beauty guru and You tuber I relied on back when I started learning so she’s been a massive influence and I’ve been crushing on her since 2011😊 (who doesnt she’s perfect😩)

When the palette launched I’ve got to be honest I wasn’t into it. Pink eyeshadow didn’t appeal to me and when I looked at the price tag plus the shipping all the way from Dubai which came up to 85 dollars in total, it put me off .

However, on my 20th birthday in April,  my sisters treated me to makeup. So I thought to make use of this rare gesture and bought the palette after seeing so many swatches, reviews, looks on the internet as it slightly changed my opinion of it. As you all may know the palette launched in the UK and you can purchase it from Cult Beauty for £56 with free shipping (which in my opinion is still a little pricey!).

Overall performance of the shadows

The most important aspect of any  eyeshadow palette for me are the shadows. I’m not too fussy about the packaging however I do appreciate it, but since this product has a high price point the shadows had to work. The mattes: Sandalwood. Henna, Maneater, Coco, Suede, Black Truffle, Shy, Flamingo and Bossy have been tried and tested for a couple of months and they perform perfectly. They are blendable using only the tinest amount on a blending or crease brush. This is great as it extends the longevity of the shadow since you only need a tiny amount so in a way you are getting your money’s worth.

Howeverrr, the performance of the 3D Metals are so weird. I cant use any other word to describe it. I was expecting super pigment in on swipe and it would look amazing. The shadows: Dubai, Fling, 24K and Angelic are consistent in every use using my ring finger, and I can rely on them to not be chunky and for there to be a strong deposit of colour.

Rose Gold, Trust Fund and #Blessed are very inconsistent. I wanted to use Rose Gold in the middle of my lid, I used my finger (as your supposed to) and I got almost nothing. I had to use a pink highlighter, and I hate using two palettes as I prefer everything in one so I was really disappointed.

These three shades are patchy, they look nothing like the swatches I see on the internet and when applied on the eyes, you can see almost little to no colour/pigment. 3 out of 18 shadows are inconsistent and that’s just really disappointing because these are the shades that appeal to me the most and the ones I would’ve regularly used.

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Final Verdict, is it worth the splurge?

So in my opinion, this palette does perform well in terms of the mattes and some 3D metals, but the fact that it costs £56 and 3 out of the 7 metal shadows ( which is the main selling point) perform terribly,  it is most definitely not worth the splurge. Even though I didn’t pay for it, it was a gift I still feel really disappointed. I find it annoying how one palette performs well for someone but then the exact same palette has terrible payoff for someone else.  Therefore, if you haven’t bought it yet I would highly recommend trying it out maybe through someone else’s and see whether ALL the shades perform the same and whether it works for you.

Alternatives

These are some alternatives to the shades in the Huda Beauty palette. Im not aware of a complete dupe of the entire palette and I feel that’s why the palette is so distinct and in such high demand. However, these are some products that I love and have been using religiously

  • @Jasmine_khatunbeauty on Instagram has a plethora of loose glitter pigments with shades that are very much similar to the ones in the Huda Beauty Palette
  • @Certifeye is one of my favourite eyeshadow, glitter and eyelash brand on Instagram. Their Majestic palette has shades that are dupes to the Huda Beauty palette. For example, the shade “Power” almost looks identical to “Rose Gold”. They also have a wide range of budget friendly glitters/pigments!
  • Single shadows from Makeup Geek such as “Curtain Call” “Fortune Teller” and “Flame Thrower” are perfect dupes and again are very budget friendly.

That wraps up my review, i wanted to be really honest and help those who havent yet bought this palette in making a informed decision. Let me know in the comments below of any more dupes I may have missed out and whether the palette has worked for you, or any hacks you know to make the 3D metals work!. I would love to know ❤

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x