Friday, March 16, 2018

Shop Hush Aura Palette Review

Shop Hush has been pretty active in social media marketing. I'm pretty sure you would have come across their brand name on Instagram and YouTube by now. Not gonna lie, the videos and swatches that I have seen got me curious about the brand because they are known to dupe a lot of high end palettes. Thankfully, they were willing to work with me and send over a care package with lots of their palettes. You can see my full haul video here with swatches of all the palettes that I received.

In general, the quality is good for the price you are paying. However, I wouldn't say they are the best eyeshadows to work with. Personally, I would rather invest in a better product. 

BUT they do have a few gems and this palette is one of them. The Aura palette by Bad Habit Beauty is a dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism palette. The colors are 90% similar with a slight difference in tones or metallic-ness. It retails for $12 and you get 14 x 0.99g of product. The palette is nicely made with a mirror on one side and magnetic closure. Not super luxurious but good enough to throw in your purse and travel along with. 
Color Scheme
At first glance, this palette looks intimidating, but you can definitely create some neutral looks with this palette. Just cover up the pops of colors in the palette like the neon yellow, metallic green and dark purple.
These shadows are really pigmented. You just need a light touch to pick up enough product with your brush or fingers. The shadows feel very finely milled in the palette and may kick up a little but this palette has one of the better formulas than the others, which feel very dry and powdery. The metallics are flawless though - really pigmented and high shine. Also, that black is super pigmented and spreads/blends very well.

All of these shadows blend very well on the eyes. The neon yellow and nude shade are pretty sheer so they may need some building up. The darker shades definitely go a long way. The black shade spreads and blends so well - a little goes a long way.
Eyebrows - Immortal
Transition - I went in with Energy first and placed it all over the crease/transition area, followed by Awakening slightly below it and Mystique towards the outer corner area.
Lid - Ecstasy
Outer Corner - I blended some Vibe on my outer corner to smoke it then placed Destiny and blended it together with Ecstasy
Inner Corner - Soul
Lower Lash Line - Manifest towards the center and Ethereal towards the outer part with Vibe to smoke everything out
I did use Haze as a blush and it is actually a really nice dusty mauve shade. I also used Vibe as my contour but it was a little bit on the warmer side. For my cheekbone highlight, I used Phenomenon which turned out to be a really BLINDING highlight. I don't have pictures so you can watch my video :D
So, I essentially used all of the shadows in this palette (except Radiate) to do my full face of makeup and I really like the look that I created with this. I kinda need an occasion to wear this look out.
I have monolids/hooded eyelids and I have no issue with the wear of these shadows.

If you are looking to try a palette from Shop Hush, I would recommend getting this one and Retro Love. I have the Sugar palette, Inferno palette and Aphrodite as well but they aren't as good as this one in terms of formula. I always end up with a muddy look so I'm not into those palettes.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Loreal Colorista Paint in Violet on Dark Hair Review

I apologize for neglecting my blog for awhile. Continuing off from my previous post, I decided to do a review for the L'oreal Colorista Paint hair dye. I have been wanting to try the hair dyes from the Colorista range but after reading reviews on the wash-out line, it didn't seem to be suitable for dark hair. However, the Paint line seems great for dark hair and the box also indicates that results will show up on darker hair than on lighter hair! 
This retails for about $15 at the drugstore and it includes a 60ml tube of hair color, 60ml bottle of developer, 40ml bottle of conditioner, a brush applicator and a pair of gloves - pretty much all the items you need to dye your hair.
The instructions are to mix the hair color and developer in a 1:1 ratio. For my shoulder length hair, I used less than a quarter of each bottle (I don't have a lot of hair). The development time is 30 mins, so be prepared. You could use a towel or plastic bag around your shoulders, or apply vaseline if you fear the dye staining. I didn't use anything but I made sure to clean up the dye on my skin immediately after I was done applying the hair dye on my hair. So, just wet and rub the areas where the dye got on your skin and it shouldn't stain badly.
So, I have dark brown/almost black hair with ash tones and I have never bleached my hair so this is my natural hair color. I did an ombre look with this because I didn't want the chemicals to touch my scalp. My scalp is pretty sensitive to products and a lot of shampoos cause my hair to shed like mad. 
And here are the results! This is the result after washing out the hair dye and drying my hair. I couldn't get the water to run clear on my first wash though. 
You can see the clear difference between the dyed portions and undyed portions when light hits it.
I love how it turned out. It was truly a purple violet and exactly what I want in terms of purple hair. It's not super obvious under normal room light conditions but when the light hits it, you can see the hints of purple and berry. It looks phenomenal under sunlight.
Also, my hair looks and feels very smooth and soft thanks to the conditioning balm!
I wash my hair everyday and the color continued to run for a week every time I shampooed. However, I did not notice my hair get dryer or frizzier than it normally would.
This is how the color looks like after a week. It has lost most of its purple tones and turned more into a berry violet. Certain portions of my hair still retain the hint of purple. It's still pretty but just not as pretty as it was 1 week ago.
I'm currently in my 2nd week with the dye and unfortunately, some of it has faded in patches. There are a couple of sections that still have color and other sections that have turned into a bronze-brown. Thankfully, my hair is dark so it isn't super obvious but still quite a bummer. I had thought it would last longer since it is a permanent color.
All in all, I still think that it is a pretty good option for dark hair. We don't get a lot of fun colors to play with so if something works, I'll take it!

UPDATE: I decided to re-touch it and the dye sticks better now that my hair has been pre-treated/dyed already. I managed to go 3 weeks with color in my hair. Now, it's fading in patches again to a bronze tone.