My little eye spies the brand new Excel Shimmer Mix Shadows available from Sana this Summer!
Available in three shades for 1,260 yen each these pretty mosaic shadows look quite interesting. I have three of these LE’s from a few year’s ago but they are solid colors and not as pretty. The finish is a heavy duty shimmer so if you’re not a big fan of such a finish I’d avoid but for those of us that are sparkle junkies these should please!
Colors available are SM01 (Pink), SM02 (Gold) and SM03 (Green).
I got my By Lauren Luke Luscious Greens Palette last week! Squee! Very exciting as I was quite hyped to try this out. I spoke a little about Lauren several days ago do check that out here.
Jump ahead for the review!
One minor tiny rant before I get on with the review. They failed to include a tutorial with the palette. Lauren has the tutorial up on youTube which is great but I’d have loved if they included a little card with the palette explaining how to achieve the look. Ideally I’d love a little CD with her tutorial on it but that would probably cost quite a good deal more money however a small card would be appreciated. Aside from this the palette is pretty much ace with me.
The packaging of the palette is delightful. It’s a large size palette with a full size mirror that contains two shadow primers, three shadows, two lip colors, one eyeliner and one blush. The palette is $34 USD which is a decent price for a palette of this size. The palette is slim, black, and simple with a pretty flower motif on the front and a tiny amount of text that says “By Lauren Luke” and the palette’s name, My Luscious Greens.
All the items in the palette blend beautifully, have fantastic color pay off, and pack quite good bit of make up inside. This isn’t cheap or shoddy by any means, it’s great makeup and obviously Lauren is proud of it for a reason as it’s definitely good quality.
To start the look you’ll be using the primer. One of two shades are available, I used the lighter of the two. It creates a good solid base for shadows and allows the shadow to blend nicely plus it lets the shadow stay on all day and adds intensity. Yes, it does indeed keep shadows from creasing or fading. I put it to the test by forgoing my beloved UDPP for it this morning and it worked an absolute treat.
I did my look a tad different from Lauren’s tut. I ended up applying the lighter shade of green on my lids and the darker contrasting shade on my crease. I followed this up by pairing the golden lighter green as a highbrow highlighter. This simply created a pretty, mysterious green look. The shadows all have a velvet finish however the darker green does have a tad bit of a matte, satin finish but it still blends easily however use with care as it’s VERY pigmented. The liner is a nice texture and although I didn’t use it above my eye, it did work nicely on my waterline. It has a nice dense formula and it applies easily and flawlessly.
I followed up my look with the iridescent sheer peach blush. This I didn’t like simply because I’m used to louder blush shades. This is a very natural, sheer peach shade which almost works as more of a highlighter for your face. It completes and compliments the eye look beautifully but it’s a tad too sheer for my liking.
Finally both lip shades are very nice and again they complete the look nicely and pair up well with the shades in the palette. You’ll get two shades which are a nude peach and a deeper rosey peach shade. Both are plenty pigmented and look quite pretty on the lips. You can use the darker shade as a liner if you like and fill with the lighter shade.
It deserves to be mentioned, if you’re a tad anal, that the palette does indeed have fall out issues. It will become a tad messy if you aren’t careful and you’ll end up with blush in your lip colors and possibly have primer end up on the palette, etc…..but this happens with most any palette, you’ll just have to cope sadly.
Overall, I think the palette is quite a quality item and at $34 USD the price isn’t too bad. It’s an ideal palette for those who desire a complete look without having to spend a ton of time on that look. It’s also incredibly user friendly for those who are just starting out with makeup or anyone who finds it difficult to apply makeup. This simplifies things so very much and even teaches you the best shades to pair up plus how to blend a lighter and a darker shade. As I mentioned the only thing missing was a tutorial and I hope Lauren will consider adding one in at a later date as she’ll pave a way for the makeup world if she did. As we know it’s rare any makeup outside of Asia comes with a “how to”.
By Lauren Like is an incredible line and I think I’ll be indulging in one or two more of her palettes. I look forward to keeping my eye on Lauren to see what she springs on us next.
My completed look:
I’m Muse Approving her palettes for ease of use, quality, and there nice price tag! Likey!
Juice Newton said it best, playing with the Queen of Hearts baby!
A few people requested a review of Lush Queen of Hearts and since I only had a tiny silver in my soap dish I ended up buying a slab so I could review it for you. Love me much?
Lush Queen of Hearts is a completion soap. Yes, that means it’s a soap you use on your face. As in a bar of soap! Horror! Anyone wince when I said a bar of soap? Didn’t our mother’s tell us never use a bar of soap on our faces? If you wash your face with soap you should be ashamed!
No worries though Queen of Hearts is the awesome and meant exclusively for the skin on your face. If you’re familiar with rose water and glycerin toner, Queen of Hearts is the equivalent in a soap bar form. It’s a gentle cleanser made with a base of rose petals and cocoa butter to keep skin nice and moisturized. Almond and balancing geranium oils make your skin soft and do it all without drying your skin out.
So how do you use it?
As you would any soap. Wet it, later up, and rinse. The soap is gentle, non drying and removes makeup beautifully (not waterproof mascara mind you but everything else gets whisked away). Your skin is left feeling moist, dewy, and fresh after use. It’s possibly one of my favorite ways to get clean even better than cleansing oil in some cases. I don’t pay as much attention to Lush Queen of Hearts as I do my other skincare items which is a shame as it’s a great bargain since a 3.5oz bar will set you back $7 bucks and last you literally ages plus my dry skin sucks up the incredible formula.
I’d actually recommend it for most any skin type as it’s soothing and not overly moisturizing. It smells of clean fresh roses. There isn’t much not to like about Queen of Hearts.
I highly recommend trying this out while it’s still available (it’s a Retro item so who knows if it’ll disappear sometime soon!). As I mentioned the price is amazing plus it gets skin clean while being gentle enough for oily skin types and offering moisture to those with dry.
Truly the perfect bar of soap…yes I said bar of soap…for your skin!
Comes with my highest recommendation for purchase! Undoubtedly Muse Approved.
Tell me about your experience with Lush Queen or Hearts of Lush skincare in general!
Please tell me I’m not the only one addicted to the famous Soap & Glory scent? I just love taking big sniffs of this stuff, it’s like crack I tell you! I stock up on the shower gel like no one’s biz because it smells so incredible (I sometimes wash my hair with it too shhhh!).
My second go to item is the Soap & Glory Wash Your Hands Of It Hand Wash. Hey, the next best thing is having Soap & Glory scented hands loves it!
Does anyone even have a name for what this smells like? It’s kinda a bit muscular isn’t it? I can’t even describe it, just get to Target (or Boots) and sniff it!
Soap & Glory Wash Your Hands Of It is made with shea butter for a soothing hand wash hey it even has built in skin conditioners! It’s made with dry hands in mind as it’s meant to sooth, moisturize, and not dry out hands.
But it’s the smell that gets this Muse every time…oh that incredible smell…I wish I could describe it but words fail me, it’s hard to make this Muse speechless.
It could be considered on the expensive side as it is $9.99 USD for an 8.4oz size and I tell ya the way this Muse washes her hands that could last two days at most. But I think it’s a worth it indulgence. By the way the cute retro packaging doesn’t hurt either!
Go have a sniff at Target and come back and tell me if you don’t fall for it quick! Total Muse Approval for purchase.