Not Another Colourpop Haul!

Not Another Colourpop Haul!

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram for a while now, you would be well aware of the fact that I am OBSESSED with Colourpop. They are one of my favourite makeup brands and tick all the boxes – affordable, quality products and cruelty free! Plus they ship to Australia for a very reasonable price (or free, in fact, if you order as much as I do), which is an added bonus, as all of my Aussies out there will know of the struggle of getting our hands on certain products.

Colourpop released their “Meet Me in the Desert” collection a few months ago to line up with festival season in the US, and came out with 14 brand new Ultra Satin Lips and 24 new shades in their Pressed Powder Shadows. Naturally, I had to try out this new range for myself (as well as a few extra products), so without further ado, here is what I picked up!

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Project Pan – 19 by 2019

Project Pan – 19 by 2019

Welcome to 2018 everybody!

I’m not big on resolutions, but something I do want to focus on in the new year is to be more conscious of my spending, particularly when it comes to makeup and beauty products.  With the creation of Bigg Beauty last year, I found myself justifying a lot more unnecessary purchases, resulting in a lot of the amazing products in my collection being overlooked.

I’ve decided to jump on board with many of my Instagram buddies and do a Project Pan this year.  I’m aiming to finish (or at least make significant progress on) 19 products by 2019, and track my progress to keep myself accountable.

Read on to see which products I’ll be working through this year and why I have chosen them!

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Colourpop Haul – My Little Pony Collection, brushes and more!

Colourpop Haul – My Little Pony Collection, brushes and more!

As you may have already seen on my Instagram, I recently received a big ol’ order from Colourpop, so I thought I’d put together a quick post to show you what I got!  Colourpop are one of my favourite makeup brands.  They are cruelty free and super affordable, and I’m really excited to see them branch out into a much wider range of products.  I’ve done some conversions at the time of posting from USD to AUD so Aussie visitors to my page can get a rough idea of how much these items will set you back (spoiler alert – not much!)  I love reading and watching hauls so I hope you all enjoy this one!

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My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – $16USD, approx $21AUD
I’m a recent convert to Colourpop’s powder eyeshadows and this palette offers a great selection of shades which are quite different to anything else out there at the moment.  I’ve used it a few times already and the quality is fantastic, and the packaging is completely adorable!

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Belle of the Ball Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – $12USD, approx $16AUD
I adore pink eyeshadows so this palette offered a perfect selection of the single shades.  There are a few different curated combinations of the single shadows available, so it is a great way to try out the product without becoming overewhelmed by all the different shades to choose from.  Buying in a palette is more economical, too!

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From top to bottom:
My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles – $8USD, approx $10.50AUD
Blending Brush – $6USD, approx $8AUD
Pressed Powder Shadows in Poodle and Paper Tiger – $4USD each, approx $5.30AUD
Pressed Powder Highlighters in Here Kitty Kitty and Go Honey – $8USD each, approx $10.50 AUD
You can purchase the single shadows, highlighters and other products in the pan only, or in a com;pact for an extra $1USD.  I store mine in my a2o Lab Magnetic Palette – there are a bunch of different ones available here, and they are a fraction of the cost of a Z Palette.
My Little Pony Super Shock Shadow in Sunbeam – $5USD, approx $6.50AUD
Tapered Blending Brush – $6USD, approx $8AUD

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From top to bottom:
My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pinwheel – $6USD, approx $8AUD
No Filter Concealer – $6USD, approx $8AUD
I bought shades 05 Fair and 10 Fair Neutral to try and I am really impressed so far!
Ultra Matte Lip in Bad Habit – $6USD, approx $8AUD
This is a bonus mini that was thrown in with a handwritten note apologising for the delay in delivery (which I didn’t really notice, but would have been due to the massive My Little Pony release).  How is that for customer service?
Precision Brown Pencil in Dope Taupe – $5USD, approx $6.50AUD

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Crystal Setting Spray in Aventurine – $6USD, approx $8AUD
I haven’t actually heard a lot about this range of primer and setting sprays, but at such a good price I’m really looking forward to trying it out.  It also came in a glass bottle which was a nice, fancy surprise!

So there you have it for the haul!  Please let me know in the comments if you would like more detailed reviews on any of the products.  Keep an eye on my Instagram for some swatches coming up too (if the sun ever comes out and gives me some decent lighting!)

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you back here very soon

Sarah xx

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette – First Impression and Swatches

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette – First Impression and Swatches

I am the first to admit that I know next to nothing about the Instagram institution that is Huda Kattan, but as soon as I laid eyes on this palette I knew it had to be mine.

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The Desert Dusk palette is the second eyeshadow palette released by Huda’s brand, Huda Beauty, following on from the hugely successful Rose Gold palette that was released last year.  I don’t own the Rose Gold palette because it didn’t particularly stand out to me at the time (but as I’m looking at it again now I don’t really know why – it’s stunning!).  Both of Huda’s palettes are available from Sephora here in Australia and Sephora online.  At $95, the Desert Dusk palette was quite a splurge, but based on my initial impressions alone, it has been worth every cent!

The palette consists of 18 shades inspired by “the soft warmth of the desert, rays of sunset light washing the sky and dunes”.  This includes eight mattes, six pearl/shimmers, three duo-chrome toppers and one glitter.  The toppers can be used alone or on top of other shades, and they catch the light and reflect beautifully.  One minor gripe I have is that the glitter shade is literally just a pan of glitter, so will require the use of a glitter glue, and the pan has gotten quite messy already.  In my opinion, the palette has every shade and finish you need for a complete eye look, with options for neutral base colours and warmer crease colours.  “Desert Sand” is a beautiful buttery neutral shade that I have been using as a base over primer, and “Musk”, “Eden” and “Amber” all work well in crease as transition shades.  The other more vibrant shades can be used to create depth, add a pop of colour or to highlight.

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All of the shadows (bar the glitter) swatched well and are a lovely smooth texture.  The shades that I have used on my eyes (which I can’t actually remember at this point – forgive me!) applied easily and blended out well.  There was a little bit of fall out, but this will always happen when you’re dealing with super pigmented shadows.

The packaging is simple slimline sturdy cardboard which will make it great for travelling.  While some cardboard packaging can get a bit dirty and banged up, I don’t think it will be a big problem with this palette due to the dark colour theme and high-quality feel to it.  The front of the packaging features an absolutely STUNNING photo of Huda wearing shades from the palette and her signature lush lashes, and embossed gold text.  Some may be put off by Huda’s branding, but hey, I say work it girl!  Probably my favourite part of the packaging is the shield that protects the mirror from the shadows (if there is a correct name for this thing, please do let me know!)  Instead of a flimsy piece of plastic that you get in most palettes, it is very thick and sturdy, and again features Huda’s gorgeous eyes.

Now for the swatches!  The photos below were taken in natural light on my Samsung Galaxy S7, with the only editing to the background and of course adding the shade names.  The colours haven’t been altered at all.

As I have said, the palette was on the pricey side for me, but I have absolutely no regrets.  The shades are ones that I normally gravitate towards, and while I do have similar palettes and single shadows in my collection (like the BYS Peach Palette from my last blog post), the quality of the Desert Dusk palette is outstanding, and I can easily see this becoming my new favourite.

Have you tried this palette or any other Huda Beauty products?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks you all so much, as always, for following my little beauty project, and I will have some more content coming very soon!

Until next time,

Sarah xx

BYS Cosmetics Peach Palette – First Impression and Swatches

BYS Cosmetics Peach Palette – First Impression and Swatches

Hi everyone and welcome back to Bigg Beauty!

Just a quick one today as I was FINALLY able to get my hands on the BYS Cosmetics Peach Palette that I have seen a lot of on Instagram and Youtube, and I wanted to share my first impressions of the palette and some swatches.  Read more

Birthday makeup haul and swatches

Birthday makeup haul and swatches

Hi Beauties!

It was my birthday last Sunday and I was very lucky to receive some gorgeous new makeup.  Below are some photos of the products as well as some swatches and my first impressions.  Enjoy!

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The Passion Podject

The Passion Podject

Hey friends,

A quick post to let you know about a little thing I did a few weeks ago.  My good friend Scott has just launched a new podcast called The Passion Podject, and I was lucky enough to be the guinea pig first ever guest!

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The aim is for Scott, a man of many interests but no one true passion, to talk to people about the one thing that they want to shout about from the rooftops, and how and why it became that one thing.  I of course jumped at the chance to discuss in-depth my obsession with all things makeup, and I had such a great time doing it.

The Passion Podject is available to listen to here, or you can find it where you normally get your podcasts from if you’re a podcast nut like me.

Warning – there are some swears and adult themes in the recording so I would advise listening at your discretion.

There are plenty more great guests lined up for the coming weeks so please feel free to show your support and subscribe.  You can also give the Podject’s Facebook page a like to stay updated.

A big thank you to Scott for having me ramble at him for over an hour about makeup.  I hope you enjoy the show, and I’ll see you back here very soon!

Love, Sarah ♥