Jordan x Beauty Bay – First impressions, thoughts, and swatches

{ This blog post is in no way sponsored, I purchased these items with my own money, and I am writing about them purely because I want to. Links are for your convenience if you want to check out the things I write about, and I do not receive anything from you clicking on links in this blog post }

Almost two weeks ago, beauty Youtuber Jordan Lipscombe announced announced that she has collaborated with Beauty Bay to release 3 makeup pallets consisting of 6 eyes hadows and 2 highlighters each (watch her announcement video here). The pallets were made available for purchase two days ago, on the 27th of September, and when I went on Beauty Bay’s website to look at the price, my initial thought was “£20 for ONE?!”. It seemed really pricey to me, as I bought a makeup pallet by another Youtuber with 24 eye shadows for £10 just over a month ago. Beauty Bay also has a deal on where you get all 3 for £50 so it saves you £10 (here’s the link to buy the pallets). So you get 18 eye shadows and 6 highlighters for £50, which I compared to my Naked Heat that I also bought in England: 12 eye shadows for £39.50. Then, the price didn’t seem so bad, and I did have birthday money in my pocket, burning to be spent…

I put off buying them for a day, but yesterday afternoon I started to really want to purchase the pallets again as I think the colours are gorgeous and different shades of highlighters is something I’ve been wanting to get for a while, but not purchased because I don’t want blue and purple and pink and whatnot, which is what I’ve found in a lot of highlighter pallets I’ve seen around.

Anyway, I did some research yesterday afternoon, and by research I mean I checked if I had to pay for shipping, how long I’d have to wait to receive the pallets, as well as go on Youtube and watch videos about the pallets. Jordan has made a video where she demonstrates looks using the three different pallets (check it out here), and this was the first video I watched. I then went on to a suggested video by Sophdoesnails (here), another Youtuber I follow and whose colouring is a lot closer to mine, to see how she used the pallets. As Beauty Bay had free next day delivery if ordered before 11PM and it was a Friday night, I went on to order the pallets yesterday evening so they’d be delivered today, which is Saturday, so I could play around with them this weekend and not have to wait until Monday as there’s “no post on Sundays”! Fortunately they arrived early today (around noon) so I’ve been able to test all the colours and that is why I’m writing this blog post – to share my first impressions, thoughts, and of course swatches for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing!

First of all, I want to say Beauty Bay does a good job packing items before shipping them – the ziplock bag in the picture above was inside two bubble wrap pouches, and came in a big cardboard box with protecting paper both under and above it to make sure the pallets did not get damaged. I’m impressed!

The pallets, which are named Trooper, Onyx, and Fuego, are each inside a cardboard sleeve with the name of the pallet on it. The Youtube videos I watched made it look really easy to slide the pallets out – I had to work a little, but we got there eventually, and the pallets look like this:

The pallets themselves are somewhat plain, just matte black paper/cardboard with the B logo on the front, and a sticker on the back with info about the product and name. BUT – each pallet comes with a sheet of stickers so you can decorate the outside as you want! We’ll get to that in a minute!

The pallets open just by lifting the lid, there is no closing mechanism, other than what feels like a slight magnetic pull. For me, this is not an issue as long as I have the pallets at home, but it might be an issue if I take them travelling. I’d probably put them back into the sleeve if I take them with me anywhere, just to be sure the makeup doesn’t get damaged.

And here we have them! From left to right: Onyx, Fuego, and Trooper! Onyx is a smoky eye type of pallet, with three browns, a nude, a black, and a yellow eye shadow, all matte. The highlighters in this one are pink toned, one a bit lighter and one a bit darker.

Fuego is a warm toned pallet with four matte colours, two browns and two reds, as well as a copper and a pink which are shimmery. The highlighters in Fuego are gold toned, and might be too dark for us very pale people, but it’s possible to use them on the eyes as well!

Trooper is a pallet that looks camouflage uniform inspired (coming from a girl whose father is in the air force). It has an ochre yellow, a brown, a green and a black matte eye shadow (this black seems lighter than the one in Onyx, like it’s mixed with a little bit of green almost), and a gold and green shimmery eye shadow. This pallet has the two lightest highlighter shades, one champagne-y and one almost white. These might be difficult to use for darker skinned people, but mixing Quartz and Gilded for example might work to create a darker highlighter colour.

I think I could definitely find ways to use all the eye shadows and highlighters in all of these pallets. I love how varied they are! The one I was most excited to try was Trooper, as I don’t actually have green eye shadows anymore, since cleaning out a lot of old makeup when moving the last couple of times. Onyx was second on my wish list, because I have many different brown toned eye shadows, but the yellow and black in combination with the pink highlighters made me want this one too. Fuego was at the bottom of the list of these three pallets as far as which order I would purchase them in if I were to buy them individually, simply because I bought Urban Decay Naked Heat only earlier this year, which is also a warm toned pallet. However, if I were to buy two and not the third, I’d only have to spend £10 more to get all three, plus I’d get new highlighters, and the formula might be completely different, and in the end that’s what persuaded me to buy all three pallets in one go. Furthermore, earlier this morning I saw that someone had asked Jordan how long the pallets would be available for, and she said as long as stock lasts, which made me glad I’d bought them all when I did, just in case they’d be sold out if I’d waited and wanted to get them at a later point in time!

But without further ado, let’s get to the swatches, which I’m sure is much more interesting than me rambling about my thought process when deciding to buy the pallets!

I decided to do the swatches by colour of the highlighters, from light to dark, starting with Trooper. I did the swatches with my fingers, not brushes, and I went back and forth a few times on each swatch. Going from my tattoo towards my elbow, the shades are: Quartz, Daze, Ambush, Olive, Coco, Ochre, Gilded, Envious. It was hard to get an angle that showed off both the shimmer in the highlighters and the shimmery eye shadows, but the shimmer is definitely there in the eye shadows as well!

I love both of the highlighters in this pallet, and I think I could use them pretty much all year. And I can’t wait to play with the green eye shadows!

The order of the swatches from tattoo to elbow in the Onyx pallet is: Rosado, Sparkling Rosé, Stung, Smoke, Marron, Henna, Amber, and Fawn. Fawn was barely visible on my pale skin on my arm, but I’m betting it’ll be different when used on my eyelid with a brush!

Rosado might be a little too dark for me, especially now that winter is coming, but I expect I could use Sparkling Rosé quite a lot! Brown eye shadows are very versatile and can be used for almost any occasion, so I think I could use this pallet a lot, and I look forward to trying the pop of yellow like Jordan did in her video!

Lastly, the Fuego pallet from tattoo to elbow: Heart of Gold, Gold Dust, Mocha, Pinot, Ember, Tan, Molten, and Mercy. I managed to get the shimmer in the shadows in this picture, but it meant the names of the shades in the pallet being blurry – hopefully you can still make out which name is on which colour.

The highlighters in this pallet are too dark for me, I think, I might be able to get away with Gold Dust in summer time if I manage to get a bit of a tan, but Heart of Gold will probably have to be used as an eye shadow for me!

Ember and Mercy are probably the two shades in this pallet that I don’t have from before. Comparing to Naked Heat, Molten looks a lot like Dirty Talk, Pinot is similar to En Fuego, Tan is similar to ow Blow, and Mocha is similar to brown shades in other pallets I have. However, I like the square packaging a lot and the mirror a lot more than the rectangular ones in the Naked pallets. If I were to travel and bring a warm toned pallet, the chances are high I’d grab this one!

Overall, I like the formulas of the eye shadows and highlighters, they glide on smoothly, they were not chalky or powdery, there was a tiny bit of fallout but not much as I was doing these swatches. I look forward to trying them on my face next!

If you made it through the entire blog post, I applaud you, as this was a long one! Thank you so much for reading my first impressions and thoughts about these three brand new makeup pallets! If you have tried any of them, or have any comments or want to talk about them, please leave a comment below!



Shopping of the Day

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of WordPress! Today I just wanted to post a shopping entry, sharing some of this beautiful incredibly fake jewelry that I bought today! Everything in the picture is from H&M.

Purse pompoms! I got one in sky blue and one in lime green. Spring colors! I might have an obsession with these lately… 

Rose gold bracelets! These came in a pack of four, and I was delighted to see that they were exactly the same color as an equally fake ring I got from over a year ago! 

Next up are pearl earrings in the same shade of rose gold. I might be slightly obsessed with this color too. Especially since it’s also on the set of four earrings I also got – roses, hearts, anchors, and bows. Super girly, super cute, and I absolutely love them all! 

Lastly, I got a necklace in gold color with white stones on it. I thought it will look lovely on a dark background top, so that’s what I’m planning to wear to work tomorrow! 

The best part of it all is that these were all super priced down due to a sale, so cheap fake jewelry on sale for me! 😀 

~ Julie 

DIY: Makeup Setting Spray

Good afternoon, dear readers! Today I’m going to share with you my recipe for homemade makeup setting spray! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Water. I recommend bottled water. In Norway we have very very very clean water, like ridiculously clean water, so I use tap water, but if you live anywhere else I would recommend using bottled water. 

– Glycerine. It makes stuff stick to it, which is what you want, you want the powder to stick to it so it’ll last longer. 

– A spray bottle. I got mine at H&M, but you can get them at any drugstore or anywhere that sells these kits of travel sized bottles. 

This is optional, but I also added essential oils. I’ve seen people add perfume, which I can’t imagine being good for your skin at all, and since I have sensitive skin on my face I opted for essential oils that can help instead of harm my skin. 

Frankincense essential oil relieves stress, and it’s anti-aging and fights wrinkles. It can also reduce acne, decrease appearance of scars, and help with eczema, among other things, which is something I struggle with. 

Lavender essential oil also reduces anxiety and emotional stress, it restores skin complexion and reduces acne, slows aging, improves eczema and psoriasis, and alleviates headaches. So the two do many of the same things. Not to mention they smell wonderful!

Here’s what you do:

Fill the spray bottle up 1/10 of the way with glycerin. Fill it all the way up with water. Add 4 drops of each essential oil. Screw the cap back on. Shake it up good. 

Your setting spray is now ready for use! 

Tip: keep your spray in the refrigerator for a cooling effect on your skin! 

Disclaimer: I found the water and glycerin recipe on the Internet, done by several YouTubers and written about in articles. I added the essential oils based on my existing knowledge of them and what they do. 

Let me know if you try this and how it works for you! 

Do you have a different recipe for homemade makeup setting spray? I would love it if you would let me know! 

~ Julie 

Drugstore Beauty Haul

I’ve never written an entry like this before, so I’m not quite sure what I’m doing here, but let’s try! 

Makeup bags. They were on sale, only 1/3 of the original price, and they were pretty, so I bought both the small and the little one. I don’t expect great quality, but at least they look nice! 

Spray bottle. I want to try and make my own setting spray, I’ve emptied my Urban Decay one and I’m almost out of my MAC fix+ spray, so I thought now would be a good time to try and make one myself! 

Batiste Dry Shampoo. I love this stuff, and when it’s on sale I’ll always pick up a can, even if I’m not out of the one I have. I’ve tried the different scented ones and some are really nice, but my favorite is this unscented one with color so my hair doesn’t go white, I use the beautiful brunette color. 

L’Oréal pure clay illuminating cleansing gel. It contains 3 pure clays and charcoal, and it cleanses, removes impurities, and gives glow! I’m excited to try this one, I love face masks and scrubs, and this one is black! There is also a red one, maybe I’ll try that one next! 

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil. I’ve heard wonderful things about the original cleaning water, and both were on sale, but I  thought I’d try this one with oil, hoping it’ll moisturize my skin a little bit extra, as I get some really dry patches somewhere (and oily in others, which brings me to the next product). 

Maybelline Fit Me matte+poreless foundation. I’ve heard wonderful things about this foundation, even from professional makeup artists. I was waiting for Sitting in the Clouds to write a review/comparison of the Fit Me and L’Oreal’s Infallible Matte Foundation, but I got impatient. I sampled both, but to me the L’Oreal one was runnier and I liked the feel of the Maybelline better so I decided to try this one. I might buy the L’Oreal at a later point in time though! 

H&M Brow Specialist eyebrow pencil in the color Espresso Brown. I bought the Chocolate Brown one just a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn’t sure it was the right one and with just-colored eyebrows it was a bit too warm. It’s fine now though when it’s been over a week since I last colored my eyebrows. But I do color my eyebrows every couple of weeks or so, because they’re practically invisible when I don’t, and the hairs are far apart and I have bald spots, so I need to color them in as well. So now I have a pencil for every stage of the decoloration process!

Lastly, Kolokrem permanent color for eyebrows in the color “brown black”. The first time I tried the color “brown”, but with my dark hair back then I felt it was too warm, and even though my hair has a lighter color now it’s still a colder color which is why I chose to stick with this cold dark brown color for my eyebrows. 

So that’s it for my first haul post! Let me know if this is something I should do more often, if you’re interested to see what I buy when I buy stuff! 

Hope you’re well. 

~ Julie