Kat Von D Mi Kida Loca Palette review

Hey everyone!

So i recently (actually like a month ago) picked up Kat Von D’s newest palette from Sephora.  That’s right, Australia has now jumped onto the Sephora bandwagon!

I literally jumped for joy and did a girlish little squeal when I first saw her palette in the Christmas Gifts section.  I was so close to pushing through the line that I’d already been waiting in for 10 minutes, but I managed to keep it together.

 

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Okay, let’s point out the obvious, it is absolutely beautiful, definitely the most aesthetically pleasing makeup items that I own in my collection.  The casing is very weighted, so it feels very high quality, which is nice since us Aussie’s will be paying $85 for it.  The palette includes 24 shadows, including 12 matte shadows and 12 shimmer, altogether containing 60 grams of product.

 

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Straight off the bat, I would have to say that it’s a little annoying that you can’t just open the palette up like you would a z palette, you actually need to remove a separate piece which the eyeshadows are encased in.  But I’ve managed to get past that… for obvious reasons.

The shadows are arranged in a colour wheel formation, which is very handy, especially for people struggling to pair colours together.

 

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The middle circle contains all of the neutral shades, which can be used mainly for blending and balancing out the brighter shades.  It’s convenient that Kat has placed them in the centre, making it easier to navigate, almost as if you can work from the inside to outside.

Moulder: a neutral, matte highlight shade with yellow undertones, similar to Urban Decay’s Foxy, however, it shows up more pigmented on the skin.  I like to use it to highlight my brow bone as well as using it to “blur” out harsh lines.

Noble: a warm neutral brown, an ideal matte shade for a transition colour in the crease.  Although I do prefer to use this in conjunction with Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie, because I have found that it can be a little choppy on it’s own.

Vox: is a rich, cool toned, matte brown, which can be used easily as a replacement to black because it is just so dark.  I love this shade to deepen out my outer V for a more smokey affect.

Strutter: is a warm taupe brown, with a matte finish.  I tend to lean towards this shade when i want to use any of the greens, blue’s of purples in the palette.

Lyric: is an opaque, pearly beige with an intense sheen.  Lyric is super creamy and easy to blend, very similar to MAC Shroom.  I love this as an inner corner highlight as well as a cheekbone highlight for paler skin tones.

Black Metal: is everything you’d expect from a good black shadow, very, very black.  It’s really pigmented so you’ll need to use it with a light hand if you want to avoid a blackout smokey eye.

Skulls: an intense pearly white with a crazy metallic finish.  It’s almost got a pink colour shift in some lights.  I love this mixed in with some of my more golden highlights, to add a pinky duo-chrome effect.

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Harpsichord: a gorgeous rusty orange with gold shimmers.  This is probably my favourite colour in the whole palette, it is soooo beautiful, the perfect burnt orange which can compliment such a wide range of eye colours(even my muddy brown ones).

Analogue: A bright orange with warm, yellow undertones, with a matte finish.  Really pigmented and creamy and looks so amazing alongside Nars Persia.

Fran: is a sunflower yellow colour, with a slight overspray of shimmer, even though it is unnoticeable when blended out.  Looks very pretty when used to blend out warmer colours in the crease.

Legend: is a yellow gold with a pearly undertone.  This looks really pretty on the inner corner of the eyes or even on the cheekbones for people with deeper skin tones.

Misfit: is a chartreuse green with a slight golden sheen, although it isn’t all the noticeable on the skin.

Lemmy: I wasn’t a huge Motorhead fan, but I adore this shade!  A deep forest green with a metallic sheen, it reminds me a bit of Mac’s club, but a little less brown.

Hyperballad: is a deep peacock teal with a matte finish.  At first glance I felt that it was very similar to MAC’s Plumage and Makeup Geek’s Peacock, but I think it comes off as a little lighter and more blue.  Although the shadow is very pigmented I have found that it works best with a black base underneath.

Synth: is a bright, “in your face” blue with very faint silver micro-shimmer throughout, although it is mostly matte.

 

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Dark Wave: is a deep, sea blue with a mostly matte finish, I thought that it was slightly dustier and less pigmented than the other colours but it worked really nicely over a primer.

Echo: comes off as a dark, violet-purple colour with blue undertones and a chunky silver glitter.  Although the colour is aesthetically pleasing, you really need to work at it to maintain the glittery payoff, since it can sometimes get a little bit lost.

Muse: is a pale, iridescent lavender colour with a slight satin sheen.  It has a really gorgeous blueish, cool toned shift in some lights, which makes it even prettier when you place it over a black base.

Anthem: is a plummy grape colour with faint micro-shimmer throughout and a satin finish.  This looks super pretty alongside golds and oranges, to create a really vibrant contrast.

Love: is a light rose shade with warm undertones and a frosty shade, it is absolutely stunning! Probably one of my favourite shades in the palette, it’s very versatile and goes with so many different looks.

Swoon: is a bright fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a matte finish, quite similar to Simply Marlena by Makeup Geek but a little brighter.  It has really nice pigmentation and doesn’t loose coverage once you start blending.

Destroyer: is a medium orange toned red with warm undertones and a matte finish.  I love how it looks when paired with Echo.

Rewind: is a dark burgundy with a plummy sheen and warm undertones, it is so pretty all over the lid for an autumn inspired makeup look.

THE VERDICT

I love this palette… a lot.

I’m really happy that I bought it, even though it cost me an arm and a leg. The colours are so unique and fun, that I’ve found myself creating looks that I’d usually be way too scared to wear.  The colour-wheel formation is especially handy since I was fairly new at pairing colours together that aren’t neutrals when I first bought this palette.

I would give it a 8.5/10!  Even though I know that it may not be for everyone, I think it is a lovely addition to any makeup hoarders collection.  The colours a beautiful, the pigmentation is amazing, and you can create sooo many different looks with it.  Especially when using a primer or a black or white base, depending on the lid colour. My only peeve with the palette is that it doesn’t flip open like an ordinary palette, so it can be a little inconvenient to use.  Also, the colours are so intensely pigmented, that you really need to use a light hand when dabbing your brush into the colours, otherwise you’ll end up with a very colourful bathroom.

 

PEACE

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New Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

In case you haven’t noticed, I love Makeup Geek…

I love Makeup Geek so much, that whenever I type in the letter “M” into my browser, Makeup Geek is the first suggestion that comes up.20150913_153452

I have a serious problem.

They have probably the most pigmented, blendable formulation that I’ve ever come across in any eyeshadow (excluding some Anastasia shadows).

Chickadee: I know that it may look a little scary in the pan, but I strongly believe that a soft-yellow/orange eyeshadow is essential to any makeup lovers kit.  I love this shade as a transition shade for when I use warmer colours.

20150913_153421Cosmopolitan: A gorgeous pink with gold shimmers throughout.  This is an almost identical dupe to Mac’s Expensive Pink.

Duchess: a deep blue-toned purple with the slightest hint of silver shimmer, however, not enough to not be used in the crease.  This is a great alternative to using a brown in the crease whist wearing a purple smokey eye.

Whimsical: is one of MUG’s most popular foiled eyeshadows, and that’s for a very good reason. Whimsical is a frosty, metallic pale pink colour, perfect as a highlight or as just an all over lid shade.

Sensuous: is a purple shade with pink undertones and gold shimmers.  This is almost an exact dupe for Mac’s Trax, an awesome shade for a really quick and easy smokey eye.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Shadow Couture Palette

Okay, so it seems like I’m a little bit late on the Anastasia boat, but I promise you, I bought this palette like 2 months ago and just forgot to write about it.

20150913_151553Firstly, let’s talk about packaging.

It’s sleek, it’s compact, it’s sturdy… but most im20150913_151634portantly, IT HAS A MIRROR!

Which is always nice.

Secondly, the shadows themselves, are some of the best I’ve ever come across.  Not only am I referring to the really well thought out colour range, but also the quality and pigmentation of the shadow.

What I like the most about this palette is that I found very wearable.  Yes, there are a few pops of colour, but I feel like you could really do so many different looks with this palette, going from bare-faced natural, to full glam.

Soft Peach: for many skin tones this shade can work perfectly as a transition colour, but for me, since I have a more olive complexion, I like using it to diffuse darker colours when they start to get muddy, or even as a highlight shade on the brow bone.

Spoiled: a soft peachy colour that I feel would suit a lot of different skin tones.  It’s a little more glittery than the other shades (rather than shimmery), but I still really like it as a l20150913_152420id shade on my more “natural” days.

Morocco: is definitely my favourite colour out of the palette.  It’s a gorgeous, reddy, brick brown.  It’s awesome for warming up any look or even as a transition shade.

Fudge: is exactly what it says, a delicious fudgey brown, perfect for deepening the crease.  It’s not too cool and not too warm, just a happy medium.

Heirloom: is a lovely jewel toned, shimmery purple.  It’s a really lovely colour but I do find that it’s texture is a little more chalky than some of the other shadows (especially the matte shadows).  Despite that, it still looks great packed on the lid, especially over a black base.

Azure: is a STUNNING, vibrant, metallic, royal blue.  I have nothing like this in my 20150913_152358collection, it’s so amazing! It’s great for adding that “pop” of blue to any look.

Bellini: such a cute little peachy, shimmery shade.  I love using this on the lid for my more warm toned smokey eyes.

Intense gaze: an intensely shimmery pink.  It’s so so pretty but I haven’t had a chance to use this shade much because I feel like the pink may not compliment my brown eyes.

Pink Champagne: is the most amazing colour, it literally looks like champagne bubbles, because it’s so metallic and shimmery.  The texture reminds me a bit of Makeup Geek foiled shadows, it’s very soft and buttery.

Metallic: a very unique green based gold.  I love using this in a black smokey eye, I like popping it right in the centre of the lid and in the middle of my lower lashline.

Chic: can only really be described as a green tinted silver, really cool for an inner corner highlight.

Noir: the… greatest black… in the history of the universe (I think).

An absolutely fantastic palette from Anastasia, so well thought out and versatile!  You can create so many different looks from just this one palette.  Even the brush is pretty good!  I’ve noticed that it does shed a little, but it’s still a nice blending brush for the crease.

I highly recommend this palette this palette.  The shadows are easy to blend and the colour range is great, my only peeve is that Heirloom is a tad chalky (but gorgeous nonetheless).

Pink Halo eye

Eyes:
20150828_121846Makeup Geek peach smoothie and creme brulee in the crease

Mac Cork to deepen outer and inner corn20150828_121941ers

Mac Nylon to highlight inner corner

Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan on the lid

Makeup Geek foiled shadow In the spotlight in the centre of the lid.

Lips:

Mac Velvet Teddy

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Gold smokey eye on my girl!

Base: 

IMG_0212Smashbox photo finish primer

Mac strobe cream

Covergirl stay fabulous mixed with Makeup forever HD

Urban Decay naked skin concealer

Laura Mercier translucent powder to set

(All applied with a beauty blender)

Cheeks:

Benefit Hoola bronzer

Kat Von D Shade and Light contour palette (two contour shades on the left)

Milani baked blush in Luminoso

Becca shimmering skin perfecter in Opal

Brows:

IMG_0213Anastasia promade in chocolate

Maybelline brow gel in medium brown

Eyes:

Mac painterly paint pot

Rimmel stay matte powder to set

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothy, creme brulle and Mac Cork as transition

Anastasia Fudge and Noir to deepen the outer corners

Mac Orb to highlight browbone

Mac Nylon to highlight inner corners

Urban Decay Half Baked for the lid

Nyx wonder pencil in lightIMG_0214

L’oreal telescopic mascara in carbon black

Red Cherry “43 lashes

Lips:

Mac Spice lip pencil

Mac Velvet Teddy lipstick

Nudestix whisper in the centre

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First client!

So I had my first ever client the other night!

And it just so happens that she’s my best mate, so I was more than happy to do it free of charge (although she keeps threatening to pay me).20150829_170242

I chose to IMG_0216go with a bronzy, glowy look, because she didn’t know what she was looking for, and I thought it would compliment her dark hair and brown eyes.

I haven’t had a lot of practice applying makeup on anyone other than myself and my mum ahah, but I was actually pleasantly surprised on how it turned out!

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Cool toned smokey eye

So I was under the impression that I had sales training tonight for the new job I’ve only just recently started.  So I spent 45 minutes getting ready and making myself presentable (I even did my eyeliner), took the train into the city, gave money to a20150715_212435 homeless man and then finally arrived at my work.  However, it was only then that I was told that the training had been cancelled and that an email had been sent out about it but because I was new… I wasn’t even in the email list.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little annoyed, but it was an honest mistake that they’d forgotten to tell me, but the young lady that greeted me at my work (who I’d never met before) was really rude to me and wouldn’t even let me into the store…

It’s very odd because everyone else that I have worked with have been absolutely amazing!

20150715_212426Anyway, one good thing that I got out of wasting $1.80 in order to get into the city, was that I got to rock my favourite Mac shadow, Satin Taupe.

Satin taupe is probably the most versatile shimmery shadow that I own, it is also the first Mac shadow that I ever purchased.  I love it because it looks good on EVERYONE and it can be used in such a wide range of looks.  It looks great packed on all over the lid and under the eye, smudged just on the lash line or even just in the outer corners to deepen up a look.

Base:

Lacura blur primer

Makeup Forever HD foundation

Cheeks:

Benefit Hoola to contour

Nars laguna to bronze

Nars orgasm blush

Mary Lou-manizer to highlight

Brows: 

Benefit brow zing

Maybelline brow drama gel

Eyes:

Mac painterly paint pot

Mac Orb to set base

Mac haux in the crease

MUG creme brulle above the crease

Urban Decay tease to deepen the crease

Urban Decay foxy to highlight brow bone

MUG shimma shimma in the tear duct and pressed over the centre of the lid

Maybelline master precise liner

20150715_210219Urban Decay glide on pencil in black

L’oreal telescopic mascara on top lashes and waterproof version on bottom lashes

Lips:

Jordana lipliner in tawny

Gerard Cosmetics Nude lipstick (its an horrible colour and formula, really drying and it looked orange on my lips)

Mac angel over the top 

*sorry about the photo quality, I took these at night and the lighting was so shitty that you can’t really see the colours all that well.

Intense red smokey eye with no liner

Fun fact: I did my entire face makeup before my eye makeup (big oops), so when I’d almost 1431694361986finished my makeup, I accidentally drew a black line right down the centre of my cheek :/

(btw, my shirt’s from Kookai)

Note to self: … don’t do that

Base:

Hourglass mineral veil primer

Revlon Colourstay whipped foundation in Medium Beige

Maybelline Fit me concealer in fair

Concealer set with Rimmel stay matte

Face set with Australis fresh and flawless

Face:

A tiny bit of the Australis contour kit (grey toned brown)

Blended out with Nars Laguna

20150515_221612_3Mac mineralised skin finish in Give Me Sun

Mac warm soul blush

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer for “that glow”

Brows:

Anastasia Brow promade in chocolate(of course)

Ardell clear brow gel

Eyes:

Mac Painterly paintpot

set with rimmel stay matte powder

MUG peach smoothy blown out all over the crease and lid

MUG creme brulle in the crease

MUG barcelona beach

MUG cocoa bear in the crease, slowly building it up

MUG Bi20150515_171416tten on the lid, blended out with more creme brulee and cocoa bear

Mac cranberry patted over the lid for a little bit of shimmer

Urban Decay blackout in the crease and outer corners as well as the top and bottom lashlines

MUG shimma shimma in the inner corners

Everything defused out with Urban Decay’s foxy

Urban Decay 24 hr liner

L’oreal telescopic mascara in carbon black

Lips:

Jordana tawny

Nyx pure nude

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Autumn inspired smokey eye

It’s been so cold in Melbourne recently, so I really wanted my eye makeup to reflect our beautiful autumn weather. I created a burgundy smokey eye, smoked out with warm toned browns (all Makeup Geek shadows), paired with some shimmer on the lid.

Brows:20150509_133321 Anastasia Dip Brow in Chocolate

Benefit Brow Zing in Medium

Ardell clear gel

Eyes: MAC painterly paint pot Rimmel translucent powder to set

Crease: Peach smoothie(MUG) as a transition shade, Creme Brûlée(MUG) in the crease, Buck(Urban Decay Naked Palette) in the crease, Bitten(MUG), in the crease, outer corners, lower lashline, Regal(Sleek Au Natural palette) to deepen the crease and lower lashline, Cocoa Bear(MUG) in the crease and lower lashline,

Lid: Call me(Chi Chi Baked shadow) on the lid, Shimma Shimma(MUG) inner corner.

Base: Too faced poreless primer

Makeup Forever HD Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me concealer(to highlight under my eyes, nose, cupids bow, chin and forehead).

Australis Fresh and Flawless in Darkest Brown

Australis banana shade from contour kit

Cheeks: Nars Laguna bronzer

MAC warm soul blush

The Balm Mary-lou Manizer to highlight

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Lips: Jordana Lipliner in Tawny

MAC lipstick in peach blossom

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