Noctex Antiquity Palette Review and Swatching

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Noctex Antiquity Palette

Today I have a review of the Antiquity Palette from Noctex Cosmetics. I don’t buy eyeshadow palettes very often, but when I saw this stunner of a palette on their Instagram, I knew that I had to own it! [info in italics taken from the Noctex website, mask by Daena Ortego Art]. Noctex Cosmetics are Vancouver based, and are vegan and cruelty-free, they also have a clothing line designed by Negin Izad.

Noctex Antiquity Palette

The Antiquity palette has twelve shades which include shimmers, mattes, metallic and duo-chrome shades:

  • DEARLY: Metallic magenta shimmer
  • ARISTOCRAT: Matte regal teal
  • RUFFLE: Matte blushed pink
  • SCRIPT: Matte greige with hints of lavender
  • FRAME: Metallic brass patina tone
  • GAS LAMP: Matte muddy, grungy mustard tone
  • ARSENIC: Duo-chrome metallic deep green
  • FAINT: Matte magenta
  • ASBESTOS: Deep grungy matte
  • WIDOW: Almost cool tone matte brown
  • MOURNING: Muted brown-red matte
  • PLAGUE: Matte Blackest Black

I love it when a palette has a mix of mattes and shimmers / metallics – you can put together so many looks with this palette, and because of the range of shades, it can be used for both subtle and super dramatic looks.

Noctex Antiquity Palette
Swatches: Dearly, Aristocrat, Ruffle and Script
Swatches: Frame, Gas Lamp, Arsenic and Faint
Swatches: Asbestos, Widow, Mourning and Plague

The shadows are super pigmented – my swatches are without primer – and they blend beautifully.

The photos do not fully capture how beautiful the shimmer / metallic shades are!

I love that the packaging is recyclable, and the shadows are vegan and cruelty-free.

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day! logo

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Copper Charge Review

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Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge 1

Today I’m reviewing the other little treat that I purchased for myself recently. This is my first eyeshadow palette from Charlotte Tilbury – I chose the Copper Charge palette as it is supposed to enhance blue eyes. [info in italics taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website]

Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge 2

Darlings, LIGHT UP YOUR EYES and make them MAGIC with my NEW! Eye Colour Magic Luxury Palette in Copper Charge! The mesmerising gold, rose-copper and russet-brown hues in this eye-enhancing palette play with the light to make blue eyes POP and brown eyes GLOW!

“To curate my NEW! EYE COLOUR MAGIC range, I have decoded the secrets of the colour wheel with my EYE WARDROBE of colour co-ordinated eyeshadows and eyeliners to ENHANCE and add SHAPE, SHADE and DEFINITION for eyes to HYPNOTISE the world!”— Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge 3

Serene, gentle and soothing, blue has associations with the calming light of the sky and sea. The BLUE-EYED BOMBSHELL has eyes lit with serenity, logic and loyalty. Opposite on the colour wheel, COPPER CHARGE makes blue eyes look bluer. EASY TO MORPH, EASY TO MAGNIFY, EASY TO MAKE YOUR EYE COLOUR MAGIC!

Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge 4

“Darling, you don’t have to be a blue-eyed bombshell to get the copper effect! Once you know the rules, break them! Copper Charge looks magical on EVERYONE!” – Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge 5

This is my first palette from Charlotte Tilbury and I have to say that it won’t be my last! The quality is there – the shadows are buttery and pigmented. Shade 3 (bottom left) is a little more difficult to work with than the other shimmery metallic shades, and a little less pigmented, but it is workable. I like that the shades can be worn for both subtle and dramatic looks. And it really does make my blue eyes POP!

Have you tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury palettes?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!

Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow Review

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Today I’m reviewing a Single Shadow from Aether Beauty that came in my January Petit Vour box. I’ve been eyeing their palettes for awhile now, so I was super excited to find a single shadow to try out in my subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow

The perfect day to night romantic shades. Customize your palette with these go-to single eyeshadows. 

Formulated with organic coconut oil and organic shea butter, it creates a smooth, buttery texture for one swipe application. Infused with organic rosehip oil which provides radiant looking, glowing skin.


Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow

The single shadow is available on the Petit Vour website in two shades: Amethyst, a purple gray metallic infused with amethyst, and  Solar Eclipse, a peach metallic, infused with topaz. I received the shade Amethyst.

Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow

It is a super wearable shade – on me it tends to pull more purple taupe than purple gray which I really like. The texture is super smooth and buttery, and it is highly pigmented. I’ve swatched it both with and without primer (the primer is not a good shade for my eyelids, but it works great for swatching). This shadow is so difficult to photograph – I tried photographing it from different angles to try to capture how truly beautiful it is!

Aether Beauty Amethyst6

I don’t buy eyeshadow very often, because I already own quite a lot, but I really think that I want to get either the Rose Quartz or the Solstice palette.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Mica*, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate*, Zinc Stearate*, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate*, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Rosa (Rose Hip) Canina Seed Oil**, Silica*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil***, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*** Tin Oxide, (Rose) Quartz*, Alumina* May Contain: Bronze Powder*, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines*, Bismuth Oxychloride | *Certified Organic Ingredients, Natural Derived, Fair Trade.

Have you tried any of the shadows / palettes from Aether Beauty?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Review (Iced Latte)

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Today I have a little review and swatching of another one of the many goodies that I won in Rossy’s (Ayr Galaxy) giveaway awhile back – the Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow in the shade Iced Latte. [info in italics taken from the Ace Beaute website]

Ace Beaute Iced Latte1

High pigmented soft shadows with a creamy texture specially designed for ultimate color pay-off. These shadows provide bold color in one swipe without fallout, creasing or fading.

Use a shader brush or your finger to apply to the desired area. For a foiled effect, spray brush lightly before picking up shadows

Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Iced Latte

The Glimmer Shadow reminds me of the Colour Pop Super Shock shadows as they have  a similar bouncy texture. The Iced Latte shade is a really pretty coppery bronze metallic shade – perfect for holiday looks!

Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Iced Latte

Synthetic brush and / or finger application seems to work best with this type of shadow. I find that some primers make it hard to blend this type of shadow out, so using a setting after applying and blending works to help lock it into place!

Have you tried anything from Ace Beaute?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, this was one of several things that I won in a giveaway awhile back (thanks Rossy!).

Nyx Machinist Ignite Palette Review

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Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

A few days ago, I reviewed two of the Ignite Lip Products from the recently launched Machinist Collection (inspired by Steampunk) and today I’m swatching and reviewing the Nyx Ignite Eyeshadow Palette from the collection. There are three palettes in the Machinist Collection – Grind, Steam and Ignite [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

I don’t buy eyeshadow palettes very often because I have a fairly large collection of single shadows, but this palette had some shades that I didn’t already own.

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Kick your look into high gear with our limited-edition Machinist Shadow Palette. Available in three steampunk-inspired color combos, the Grind, Steam and Ignite collections all include 12 highly pigmented tones that breathe new life into this retro-futuristic fantasy. Mix and match each amaze assortment of cool and warm metals with bold mattes to create an amped up effect. From grungy romantic to vintage beauty, all you need is a spark of inspiration to make the mood your own.

Now onto the swatches, and my thoughts on each (faves will be marked with *). The shades do not have names, only numbers – so I’ll do them in order.

First row – shades 1 through 4:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 1 – matte.  I had to swatch this light cream shade heavily to make it visible on my pale skin. This one is great as a base shadow, or a browbone highlight.

Shade 2* – metallic. I love this taupe shade, been wearing it a lot! It looks even nicer on the eye than it does in the swatch.

Shade 3* – metallic. I have similar copper toned shades in my collection, but I really like this one as well. Copper tones work really well with my blue eyes.

Shade 4* – matte. This was one of the shades that drew me into this palette as I don’t own a similar shade. Love love love this one!

Second row, shades 5 through 8:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 5 – metallic. This shade is a letdown, it is such a pretty bronze shade in the palette, but applies horribly (even with primer).

Shade 6 – matte. I have similar shades in my collection, but it applies nicely.

Shade 7* – matte. This is one of the shades that drew me to the palette. I love this one in the crease.

Shade 8* – metallic. This was another one of the shades that drew me to the palette as I don’t already own a dupe for it.

Third row, shades 9 through 12:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 9* – matte. I love this shade a lot. I don’t already have a similar shade in my collection. I love this one as a crease shade!

Shade 10* – matte. Another great shade, I like this one for my outer corner or as a liner. I need to play with this shade more.

Shade 11 – metallic. This metallic shade takes a little extra time to make it work. It swatches more brown in tone that it looks in the pan.

Shade 12 – metallic. This is similar to many shades in my collection, I know I’ll use it.

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Overall: The matte shades are all great, but the metallic shades are hit and miss. Some are good (shades 2, 3 and 8), some are just ok (shades 11 and 12), and one is terrible (shade 5).

Since I started writing this review a few days ago, I have discovered that the metallic shades are a lot more workable if you use a wet brush application. This is not something that I would do for an every day look, but would take the extra time if I was doing a full on glam look.

What do you think of this palette? Have you tried the other two (Grind and Steam) from the Machinist Collection?

Nyx is cruelty free, but their parent company is not.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this.


Fall Shadow Edit – Shop My Stash

Fall Shadow Edit

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I was digging through my eyeshadow stash looking for a green shadow the other day, when the inspiration struck me to set aside a few for fall. With the temperatures (very slowly) starting to cool off, I’m more inclined to go for richer, deeper, smokier shades.

Here are a few of my picks:

Fall Shadow Edit

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette – I’m still in love with this palette, I use it year round, but seem to go for the darker shades in the fall / winter. Original review and swatches are here.

Fall Shadow Edit

Urban Decay single shadows in Mildew, Cobra, and Loaded. I’ve had these for a long time but you can still buy Mildew and Loaded. Sadly Cobra seems to have been discontinued.

Nyx Prismatic Shadow in Jaded. I got this in an Ipsy GlamBag and it has been lost in my eyeshadow stash for ages, and I forgot that I had it!

What are your shadow picks for fall?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won the palette in a giveaway in 2016, and the rest were purchased by me.

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyeshadow (Fresh Glowing) Review

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Today I have a review of the Velvet Eyeshadow from Everyday Minerals in the shade Fresh Glowing. This came in my most recent Petit Vour box subscription. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour March 2018 - Everyday Minerals

A softly luminous, loose mineral eyeshadow. Rich and velvet, with a subtle shimmer, brings a stunning and weightless finish to your eyes. 

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyeshadow Fresh Glowing

It is available in the following shades:

  • Fresh, Glowing – a light tan, for adding subtle warmth.
  • Carried Away – soft popping pink.
  • Forever + A Day – a glowing soft peach shade.
  • Keep Calm – a color block of white with a slight sheen.
  • Mass Appeal – off-white appealing to the simplistic.
  • Queen of Pie – soft baby lavender.
  • Today’s #Mood – soft-as-ever pink.
  • Vibrant, Always – a captivating choice for the confident woman comfortable in a most natural tone.

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyeshadow Fresh Glowing

Fresh Glowing is a lovely pearlescent shade, I’ve used it as an inner corner highlight as well as all over the lid – it is really beautiful.

As with all loose pigment shadows, it works best with an eye primer.  This loose pigment shadow is very smooth, and velvety when applied.

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyeshadow Fresh Glowing

My swatch photo does not capture how beautiful the pearlescent sheen of this shadow really is. I think that I will get tons of usage from this one!

As with all Petit Vour products, this is cruelty free and vegan.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

This weekend I have plans to test out a few new products – some skincare, haircare, and makeup. Hopefully I will have good lighting conditions so I can photograph everything as well. Wish me luck for my skincare patch tests!

I also have to gather up and photograph my March empties – I’ve made great progress on using things up from my stash!

Disclosure: Product came in my monthly Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & First Impressions – Sept 2017

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag arrived a little later than usual, but it was well worth the wait! This month’s theme was “Like A Boss”, and I love the bag design – black faux leather with its embossed stud pattern and bright blue lining. Info in italics taken from the Ipsy website.

Let’s take a look at what was inside:

Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception

  • This futuristic formula is super opaque, seriously shiny, and looks suspiciously like a gel.
  • Daunted by the DIY mani? Don’t be! The brush dispenses the perfect amount of polish on each nail, so it’s pretty much foolproof.
  • We’re not into playing faves, but this no-nonsense, steely gray shade comes pretty darn close.
  • This varnish is vegan, cruelty free, and totes non-toxic.

This is my second product from Adesse New York. I am so happy with this one, the shade is totally something that I would wear, and I don’t already have something similar. Plus it is cruelty free!

E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • SOKO GLAM COLLAB: Chosen for ipsters by boss babe/Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho
  • Hard work can happen after hours, too. This boss formula takes the night shift, so you wake up with refreshed, hydrated skin.
  • It’s made with 74% birch juice (AKA birch tree sap) which helps quench your skin while you sleep.
  • Our friends at Soko Glam say: “After using it for the first time, I noticed my face felt very soft and looked beautiful and plumped in the morning.”

I’m looking forward to trying this cruelty free sleeping mask out. It barely has a scent – they only use natural fragrances, so it should not irritate my sensitive skin. Review to follow once I’ve tested it out.


Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • We wish we were as good at multitasking as this genius eye brush. Not only does the angled shape help you blend any eye look like a boss, but you can *also* use it for all your fave cream and powder shadows.
  • We’re suckers for anything rose gold, and the pretty handle on this guy looks amaaaazing on our vanity.
  • Have a brush with kindness! This fluffy, synthetic bristled beauty is 100% cruelty-free.

I love getting brushes in my Ipsy Glam Bag, especially ones from Luxie. It is super soft and cruelty free.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetal

  • Streaks? Creases? #unsubscribe. This velvety baby blends like a dream.
  • Your eye look will be on lockdown. We tested it on an epic errands day and our smoky eye stayed put.
  • Gunmetal is a smoldery, steely gray that *also* looks rad as a liner.

This is a beautiful gunmetal – a shade that I will definitely wear. And it is cruelty free! My only complaint is that it is TINY.

ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Glam Bag

  • You voted, and here’s the winner! This exclusive matte shade was created in collab with our favorite peeps (ipsters like you).
  • The velvety formula is majorly pigmented, which means you get totally opaque, full-coverage color.
  • Even though it’s matte, it’s super comfy and non-drying thanks to moisturizing shea butter and Vitamin E.
Overall verdict:
Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017
Ipsy did a fantastic job this month! All five products are cruelty free, and all are products
that I will definitely use.
What did you get this month?
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!
Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017 Unbox & First Impressions

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My May Ipsy Glam Bag finally arrived. This month’s bag has a summer theme.

Let’s see what I got this month! (Descriptions in italics taken from the Ipsy website)

Up first is a Charcoal Wash Off Mask from Global Beauty Care

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017

  • Another mud mask? Groundbreaking. But seriously, this one’s special! It’s made from charcoal, which digs deep to gently remove icky dirt and grime without drying out your skin.

  • If you want to skip makeup, this mask is great for prepping your complexion to bare it all. Think: all the glowy goodness of a facial in just 15 minutes!

I love facial masks, so I was pretty happy to get this one. I have yet to try it out, so a review is still to come. According to the packaging, this product is not tested on animals.

Up next, is a five shade Island Life mini palette from Pacifica.