BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Eyeshadow & Lipstick Palette | Swatches & First Impressions

Monday, 2 May 2016

Hey everyone!

Hope you're all enjoying your bank holiday weekend :)

Today's post will be about this pretty little palette...



First of all, a big congratulations to Shannon for coming out with this palette in collaboration with BH Cosmetics. I have been watching Shannon on her Youtube for a few years now and I have even had the chance to meet her when she came over to London for the Contiki event and she's really nice and friendly in person. So it was a pleasure getting this palette to support!

This palette consists of 2 sides. One with 9 eyeshadow colours and the other side with 9 lipstick shades.







I love the sizes of the pans. You get such a good amount of product for each shade. It's really nice how both sides have a mirror which is ideal for travelling.

Both the eyeshadows and lipsticks can go well together. The selection of eyeshadows allows you to create a natural eye look and pair it up with a more bolder lip from the lipstick palette. You can also do a nice smokey eye and select one of the more natural lipstick shades to go with it.

Swatch time!

Both swatches are from left to right of the palettes



I have used the eyeshadow side of the palette twice already and I'm liking it. The colours are pigmented and easy to blend. You have your highlight shade for under the brow bone, you also have a nice shimmery shade for inner corner highlights and a various selection of browns and coppers. It's also good that there is a very dark shade to help in creating a nice bold smokey eye if you wish :)

The lipstick shades are really pigmented when swatched on the arm. Some shades do not come out true to the colour that you see on the pan, especially the last two shades. Nevertheless, it's still pretty and wearable colours.

In terms of packaging, I love the pink bubble effect with the silver writing of Shaaanxo and the BH Cosmetics logo. It really gives a cute, yet sophisticated look at the same time. Having a double sided make up product is definitely something unique and not something that you come across that often these days. With that in mind, it does save a lot of space. I mean, imagine how big this product would be if the eyeshadows and lipsticks were on the same side...

The aim of this might have been the fact that it's good for travelling and just saves you the time in thinking of which lipstick shade to use when you can just turn it over and quickly select a shade of lipstick. Although, come to think of it, Shannon LOVES her lipstick, so I don't blame her for wanted a bunch of lovely shades in her collaboration for this palette.

Overall, this is a very good palette. I would definitely be using the eyeshadows more often. Reason being, I usually carry small hand bags, so this palette won't really fit in them so it will be hard for me to top up my lipstick later on throughout the day.

I bought this palette for $14.50 from the BH Cosmetics website. This comes up to around £9.90. Which is SUCH a good price and value for money. However, the shipping price is quite steep as it's coming from America. But it had to be done! :)

Have you got your hands on this pretty piece yet? 

If so, what are your thoughts? Which shades are your favourite?

KIKO Nail Laquer Frozen Smoothies Swatches | Limited Edition

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Hey everyone!

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Since Spring is here, I thought I would share some swatches of these pretty pastel shades that Kiko have released in their Frozen Smoothies Range. I bought all 4 shades in this range as I thought I would get use out of these.


They are all such cute shades and perfect for the Spring season!

I have swatched all 4 shades on my nails for you to get a good look at them.
All swatches were applied with 2 coats of nail polish, apologies for the messy application.










All the colours look really cute! You can never go wrong with a nice bright shade for the Spring or even Summer to!

THOUGHTS:

What I like about applying these nail polishes, is that they have a flat top style brush. This is my favourite type of brush for nail polishes as it can make your application neater and more controlled.

Another thing I noticed about the packaging of these, is that the white plastic cap of the handle comes up and it reveals the handle of the polish. I have seen this before on other polishes. It's not a major issue, but can be a little annoying when it doesn't both come off at the same time. I had to adjust it a little bit to make both the cap and handle come off at the same time.

According to the description of these polishes, they have micro particales for an avant-garde finish. I definitely do see the micro particles when applying the polishes. They look like little grits of sand but it's in a smooth texture formula so it does not look or feel sandy. As you can see from the photos, they don't look too obvious either from afar.

This might sound weird, but I think the overall concept of the name of the range is quite cute - Frozen Smoothies! They definitely lived up to the name by incorporating the microparticles in the formula.

The colour payoff is really good with these and I am not disappointed with my purchase. The price of these retail at £4.90 each. I bought these from their website HERE.

This range is limited edition though, so if you like the look of these and would like to get your hands on this, act fast! 

Hope this was helpful to some of you that were considering buying this.

Or if you have already bought them, let me know your thoughts on them to!