REVIEW | NABLA CLOSE UP COLLECTION

I'm pretty sure I've featured Nabla on my blog before, when I showed you guys swatches of the Dreamy eyeshadow palette which you can read about here, so when I saw they were releasing a concealer which looked to be giving the Tarte Shape Tape a run for its money, along with a loose setting powder I just knew I had to try them out. The shade range is pretty limited for the concealer, with only 9 colours available which is definitely not a great start, but yet it's still better than a lot of brands on the high street. It's also worth noting for those who have never heard of the brand Nabla, they are cruelty-free & vegan!

I was so impatience, I couldn't wait for Beauty Bay to launch them on its website, so I ordered directly from Nabla. It was a tiny bit of a pain to check out but we got there eventually, and I walked away with Nabla Close Up Concealer in Ivory (£15/ € 15,90) and the Nabla Close Up Baking & Setting Powder in Translucent (£16/€ 18), along with a liquid lipstick which I may feature in a future post once I get round to trying it out. They arrived pretty fast, I ordered it on Friday night and by Monday afternoon my parcel had been delivered!
Nabla Close-Up Collection Review | The Beauty is a Beast

I've been playing around with the products since then, trying a whole mix match of foundations and powders to see how it wears. 

Packaging

Nabla Close-Up Collection Review | The Beauty is a Beast

If you guys are like me packaging is always a biggie. I'm a sucker for anything that comes nice presented, and this did not disappoint. Even the inside of the parcel had a super cute floral print alongside the Nabla branding. 

The products came in two cute pale pink cardboard packaging, the powder comes in a light pink shifter packaging, and the concealer has a very similar packaging to the Tarte Shape Tape concealer bottle apart from an Aztec pattern on the lid. The packaging is super sleek and definitely vanity worthy. 

How did it wear

Firstly, it's worth noting that the concealer smells exactly like the Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer and if that isn't a huge selling point then what is! Secondly, this finely milled setting and baking powder, DOES NOT have flashback or leave a white cast which is a biggie, meaning it is perfect for flash photography or a night on the town.

The 'ivory' shade of concealer is yellow based, which I found perfect for brightening underneath the eye - but it's definitely not the type of product you'd go to for spot concealing. It also has a very similar doe foot applicator to the Tarte Shape Tape, with quite a big wand and I find it really easy for flawless application. 
Nabla Close-Up Collection Review | The Beauty is a Beast

I didn't find the concealer to crease much, although the lines under my eyes definitely looked better between using the Nabla Close Up powder compared to my RCMA No Colour powder. The powder didn't cling to dry patches around the eyes or make the concealer look super matte or dry. 

The concealer seems to last a really long time, although the dark circles under my eyes did start to show through around the 9-hour mark, pretty much meaning you can get a full working day wear out of the concealer. A little bit of the concealer seems to go a long way but you do only get 4ml which isn't a great deal. 
I did find the concealer pretty easy to blend out and the formula didn't seem to lift my foundation as I was blending it out. 

Will you be picking this up any time soon? What's your ride or die concealer?


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NEW LAUNCHES | CRAYOLA COLLECTION

I spend a lot of my time browsing the ‘New Arrivals’ sections of beauty websites and recently CRAYOLA has just dropped a line of makeup available at ASOS. 

I’m going to put it out there straight away that although I think it’s a line which is very different to anything in the beauty industry, nothing really from the collection is jumping out at me (apart from the warm-toned palettes of course - but I have enough of these to last me a lifetime). The range is full of colour and definitely aimed at those who like to experiment with colour, or the perfect products for bold, statement makeup! So I think I’d be reluctant to purchase anything from the line.
📸:ASOS

Crayola has released a 58 piece makeup collection exclusively with an ASOS, which is pretty inclusive with over 90 shades to choose from while being vegan and cruelty-free! 

The collection contains:
- Crayon highlighters in 4 shades ranging from fair to deep
- Cheek and Lip Crayons (also available in trio sets) which can be used on the eyes, face, and lips
- Water-resistant mascara designed to add volume to your lashes in Black and Blue
- Eyeshadow palettes, also available in 4 colour schemes having a mix of matte and metallic shades included
- Brush and Pencil case set, which contains 2 face and 2 eye brushes
- Customisable Lip Palette which contains 10 shades which you can wear alone or mix together to create your perfect shape

📸:ASOS

The packaging is cute and definitely a throwback to your childhood and for that I think it will peak a lot of interest for us makeup fiends, using products that are full of nostalgia. The packaging follows the same style as they’re arts and crafts range, for example, eyeliners are shaped like crayons.
📸:ASOS

Pricing definitely ranges towards the higher end of the drugstore and gives me similar feels to that of Nyx Cosmetics or Pixi Beauty, with a cheek and face pencil costing £9 and a face palette costing £18. However, with ASOS, you can also use your student discount and if you’re a premier customer you will have free next day delivery! 

I’m definitely interested in seeing what Crayola release next as part of this line! Do you think you'll be picking anything up?


SWATCHES | WET N WILD EYESHADOW PALETTES

I've placed a couple of orders with wet n wild and I have to say I'm always impressed with their products. In my latest order, I picked up a couple of the warm themed, 10 pan eyeshadow palettes since they were $4.99 each because I thought they'd be ideal for playing around with and perfect for traveling
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes | The Beauty is a Beast
 I picked up Rose in the Air (left) which is a pink/purple themed palette along with Not a Basic Peach (right) which concentrates more on oranges and contains a bright blue.
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes | The Beauty is a Beast
Each palette contains two transition shades and two shimmer shades which tend to complement the various looks each palette can offer. I like pairing the two palettes together as then I tend to have every shade I could need for a daytime or evening look since I'm very much a warm-toned eye fan.

The back of the palettes also tends to be really useful for inspiration, or to newbies as it has two examples of eye looks that you can try - one for daytime and one for a night. On the back, it also shows you where to place each colour as well.

Rose in the Air
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes - Rose in The Air | The Beauty is a Beast

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes - Rose in The Air | The Beauty is a Beast

Not a Basic Peach

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes - Not a Basic Peach | The Beauty is a Beast


Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes - Not a Basic Peach | The Beauty is a Beast

I found the Rose in the Air palette to swatch a little better than the Peach palette but at the end of the day, for $5 each - they are absolutely perfect. They have a lovely, buttery formula (with a tiny bit of fall out at times) and blend easily which also makes it ideal for those who are experimenting with eyeshadow or need a quick eyeshadow look with no effort.

Which palette do you like best?

REVIEW | ELF'S SUNKISSED BOOSTER DROPS

I honestly swear life is so much better and bearable when you have a tan, whether that be real or false. 
Now I'm pretty much set in my way with my tanning products but once and a while, I do like to step out my comfort zone and give some new products a try. 
So when I was browsing ELF's website and happened to come across the Sunkissed Booster drops. On the website, it says the booster drops can be used alone or mixed with your foundation, any liquids or creams to give a lasting golden tone within 2-3 days. 

Elf's Sunkissed Booster Drops Review | The Beauty is a Beast
ELF Sunkissed Booster Drops | £12.50

I really wanted to love this product, it sounded amazing. I have tried a few different facial tanners with not much luck so I did have a lot of high hopes for the drops. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed with this product. It's probably worth noting, that this product has a 3-star rating on the website.

Elf's Sunkissed Booster Drops Review | The Beauty is a Beast

On first thoughts, I absolutely love the style of the bottle. I think it's super important to make sure skincare products are in suitable packaging. It also has a tacky finish which made my base makeup long lasting and blended really well on top of it - so it acted as a pretty good primer. The pipette was super easy to control so it didn't create too much waste.

Elf's Sunkissed Booster Drops Review | The Beauty is a Beast

Unfortunately, this product just did absolutely nothing for me. I applied it directly on to my face daily, hoping it would build up and create a tanned base which would match my false tan. But it literally made no change to my skin. A lot of the reviews also seem to match my thoughts on the drops, yet there was also a handful of reviews from people who loved the product too!
For the price, I'd suggest it's a little risky to pick this up the full price if you're not sure it's going to work for your skin, but it is pretty affordable as a primer! 

Do you know any similar tanner drops which work well?



WISHLIST | SKIN CARE PRODUCTS I'M DREAMING ABOUT..

Lately, I have been lusting over a lot of beauty products, but surprisingly - it's not actual makeup. In a strange turn of events, all of the items I've been pining for most revolve around skincare and creating the perfect base.  If you've read some of my previous posts, you might remember me saying I've never really been into skincare much, so this pretty much came as big shocker to me too. 
I'm not sure what it is about the current makeup releases, but nothing has had me excited for a while now and I can't remember the last time I just needed to have something or was suckered in by those new in Beauty Bay emails. 



I know this is over the top, but I currently have three different Moisturisers on my wishlist. The first one I have been pining over is Glam Glow 'Waterburst' Hydrating Glow Moisturiser £39 after I saw Rachel Leary raving over it on her Instagram story. I've been really into moving away from Matte products as I'm sick of my skin looking dull and tired. However, since the price tag is pretty hefty, I spotted a potential dupe from the drugstore - Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser £12.99 but keep an eye out for it going on offer. I know both would be unnecessary but it would be interesting to see how the two compared.




The last moisturiser I've had my eye on is the Glow Juice Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser £35 because again, it's all about providing hydrated skin but does not contain oils (it's perfect for you oily skin gals!). I love that it has multiple benefits of using it because it means you'd be more likely to continue using it and seeing a greater impact of it on your skin. Another product on my wishlist due to another YouTuber is the Origins Original Skin Cooling Finishing Primer £26 because I love the fact it's both hydrating and pore refining at the same time. This feels like the perfect product for me and it's been a while since I fell in love with a new primer so I have pretty high hopes for it.




Another one of my problem areas is blemishes. It seems to be few and far between but when they land, they come with a vengeance and usually in a group. I've always been really impressed with Nip and Fab skincare, so when I saw they had a 'Teen Skin Fix' range which is all about aiming to clear your skin I knew I had to add it to my list. The things which peaked my interest were the Nip and Fab Teen Skin Fix Spot Zap £7.99 and the Nip and Fab Teen Skin Fix Blaster Wash Day £6.99. 


The last base product I've been lusting over is all about giving your skin that dewy glow. Recently, I have been loving applying my Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate underneath my foundation which is why I decided I need to expand out my collection and I'd love to try the INC.credible Brighten Up Gold Getter £10 which are brightening oil drops which leave your skin with a 'dewy, youthful glow'.


What's your ride or die base products which need to be on my list?#





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