REVIEW: Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

Hello, lovelies!

Desert Dusk is the second palette released by blogger Huda Kattan. I bought this palette a while back, and it’s been a perfect palette to create casual, glittery, or smoky eyeshadow looks. I love this palette for its combination of warm-toned shadows, and it’s versatile for day or night.

The Packaging 

The packaging of this palette is stunning. It is sophisticated, colorful and sleek. The outside of the palette contains a graphic of Huda Kattan’s eyes, along with the name of the palette. Upon opening the palette, you will find the eyeshadows and a large mirror. The palette is lightweight and easy to travel with.

The Eyeshadows

Each shadow blends easily, and there is no fallout from any of the shadows when I dip a brush into them. However, the shade Cosmo is a pure glitter – I noticed some fallout when I applied the shadow to my lids without using a glitter glue first. I often wear the eyeshadows for 8-10 hours, and the colors do not crease or fade. I apply the matte shades using a shadow brush, but often apply the shimmer, duo-chrome and glitter shades with my finger for a maximum color payoff.

The Shades

Desert Dusk contains 18 shadows. The shadow selection is a combination of matte, pearl, duo-chrome and glitter textures.

  • Desert Sand – Matte pale cream
  • Musk – Matte sandy light brown
  • Eden – Matte pale peach
  • Amber – Matte red
  • Blood Moon – Pearl crimson
  • Oud – Matte rust red
  • Celestial – Duo-chrome orange with gold reflect
  • Nefertiti – Gold shimmer
  • Twilight – Lavender duo-chrome with pink reflect
  • Amythest – Matte purple
  • Royal – Purple shimmer with pink undertones
  • Retrograde – Duo-chrome silver with pink reflect
  • Cashmere – Pale gold shimmer
  • Angelic – Pale peach shimmer
  • Cosmo – Pure red glitter
  • Turkish Delight – Bright red shimmer
  • Saffron – Matte bright red
  • Blazing – Matte orange

Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Palette is versatile, eye-catching and sophisticated. It offers a combination of shadow finishes to create an array of eye looks. The palette retails for $85 at Sephora.

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Pretty in Pink: Erin Angela’s Top 3 Rose-Toned Beauty Products

Hello, lovelies!

I’ve become increasingly fond of the rose-toned makeup products in my makeup bag. I usually rotate through different color tones in my makeup palette. Rose tones are the central color this month, and today I share three products I use to achieve it.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio 

Each Blush Trio offers a combination of pink blushes that are highly pigmented. I own the Pool Party compact. It features pink tones that range from bubblegum pink to coral. This blush is one of my favorite pink-toned products – it adds a beautiful tint to my cheeks without the color appearing too pink. I wear these shades daily, but they compliment any pink-hued eyeshadow.

2. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette 

This eyeshadow  features nine pink-toned shades. The shimmery pinks and matte mauve shadows are an ideal base for a rose-colored eye makeup. I often mix the pink pearl shades with my Modern Renaissance palette to create a soft, warm smoky eye.  My favorite shades from this compact are coral, mulberry, and a shimmering icy-pink.

3. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb 

I rarely wear lip gloss but I picked up this gloss to compliment some of my matte lipstick shades. This gloss from Fenty Beauty is a shimmering rose-nude. It gives my lipstick shades a soft rose undertone. I use this product to add a hint of pink to my lips, and it is ideal to balance a smoky eye.

What beauty products do you use to achieve a rose-toned look?

My Top Beauty Buys of 2017

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome to the last few days of 2017! I bought a range of new makeup and skincare products throughout the year. While it was difficult to narrow down, today I’ll share my top four products of 2017.

1. Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

This palette was my favourite eyeshadow to use this year. The matte, shimmer and pure glitter shades made this palette very versatile. I adore the range of colours – from shimmering champagne to burnt orange with pops of purple. This palette enabled me to effortlessly create an everyday eyeshadow look or a glittery smoky eye.

2. Beauty Blender Sponge

I sacrificed two BeautyBlender sponges this year. The small, pointed sponges became a staple in my makeup kit to apply face makeup. I adored my BeautyBlender this year because it is portable, easy to clean and is a quick tool to use daily.

3. MAC Fix+

My MAC Fix+ spray kept my makeup looking flawless all year. This light, refreshing mist solidified my daily makeup and I used it religiously. This spray also became a versatile mist to dampen brushes.

4. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

I spent most of the year testing different skincare products. My skin is acne-prone and I’ve tried a lot of products before I found a routine that works for me. I discovered GlamGlow’s Super Mud mask collection in October and it has dramatically cleared my breakouts. The mask became a perfect addition to my skincare routine this fall/winter.

What were your favourite makeup and skincare products to use in 2017?

Makeup Tutorial: Holiday Glam

Hello, lovelies!

The holiday season is a perfect time to experiment with bright, bold and glittery makeup. This year I plan to incorporate reds, glitter, and champagne colors into my makeup palette. I recently created one of my favorite looks for this blog post. I’ll share the steps I used to create it below!

FACE 

I prepped my skin with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to create a smooth canvas. For my foundation, I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation to my entire face. I used the shade Warm Ivory. I covered any blemishes on my skin with concealer. For this look, I used NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly. This concealer provides full coverage with a small amount of product. I finish my face makeup with blush and highlight. I applied the shades Sugar and Rose from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Passion Blush Trio to my cheeks. Finally, I apply a highlight shade. For this look I used Luna from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit.

EYES 

I used a light concealer to prep my eyes for eyeshadow. To create this cranberry eyeshadow, I selected shades from the Hua Beauty Desert Dusk Palette. This palette features a combination of glitter and warm-toned shadows. I applied the following shadows to create this look:

  • Musk – Base shadow applied to entire lid
  • Saffron + Oud – Shadows applied to crease
  • Concealer – Applied to entire lid to prep for glitter shadow
  • Cosmo – Pure glitter applied to entire lid

To complete my eye makeup, I applied Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.

LIPS 

I paired my cranberry-inspired eyeshadow with a deep, matte red lipstick. The lipstick I selected for this look is MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in the shade Diva.