Hi friends everywhere, :-h gee, it’s been a while this time and I apologise for not posting as frequently as I would have liked to, [-X but to be honest, :)>- this month has been a total shocker on the home front! :-L My wheels broke down four weeks ago and I have had to rely on the ever faithful ‘foot falcon’ to get around. Living in rural FNQ there is no public transport, (well, practically none anyway, considering the limited bus service has dodgy times and the fact that they don't go anywhere near where I need to go :-< ) and my little lad goes to prep daily and my lil girl day-care three times per week, all of which involved more and more walking (a very slow process with two tot’s in tow). Between that and going to town for errands/groceries etc, let me tell you, it was all so time consuming and I have been spending the best part of each day getting from A to B on foot! #-o So, in addition to being strapped for time I was absolutely exhausted (:| and by dark I could all but flake out early, I-) which naturally left no ‘ME’ time to do the things I usually enjoy (like blogging about beauty of course, hehe ;)) ) Anyway, the car is back today (YAY! \:D/ ) so now it’s time for some serious catch up, so hope you don’t mind bearing with me until I’m back on track. [-O<
I’ve also been busy reviewing more beauty booty for Tammerly aka Pink Diva who is the author of an very influential and informative beauty blog, Spolit! This post is based on my original review that captures the essence of my personal experience using the Nude by Nature Natural Eye Palette, which is linked to the original here.
I am very fond of the versatility when using crushed mineral pigments as eyeshadows, because I love the effects I can achieve using the dry powder to deliver a sheer wash of colour that brightens and accentuates my eye area, or, for varied intensity, I can apply the minerals wet, using the ‘foiling’ technique, to encourage a bolder, more dramatic finish. :) My skin and eyes are on the sensitive side, so using hypoallergenic minerals are the safest option, not only are they good for the skin they don’t cause any irritation or exasperate the problem. #:-S Due to having oily skin, it’s imperative that I always use an eyeshadow base to prime my lids before applying minerals to ensure good adhesion and longevity. ;)
The Nude by Nature Natural Eye Palette features a complete 3 step-system, boasting a trio of neutral mineral colours, along with two small application brushes, yielding everything I need to cover, contour and define my eyes, all in the one handy kit. The lightest vanilla shade is used as the base, which I apply over the entire eye area, including the lids and extending right up to beneath the brows. The medium caramel hue for contouring covers the lid area, whilst the deepest chocolate colour is adopted to define and gets worked into a v-shape in the outer crease and along upper-outer lash line. The formula is milled into a fine powder that is very smooth and softly textured, hence I only need a tiny amount of product on a brush that I gently press, rather than rub, to implement the application. The colours are all highly pigmented, so I have learned to apply some loose translucent powder under my eyes to catch any excess product fallout that could be messy otherwise. After all three colours are transferred to my lids; I simply blend away any harsh lines, resulting in a soft, flawless almost satiny, mate-like finish that stays in place perfectly with no creasing, flaking or dilemmas with the shadow settling into any fine lines. *-:) The lighter more luminous shade also makes for a great highlighter that I place lightly in the corner of my eyes, under the brows and along the upper cheek bones to emphasise my facial features.
I love the colour synthesis of this collection, which is a stunning combination of nudes that highlight and define my eyes, portraying a flattering, yet conservative appearance. :x However, whilst the concept is practically faultless, the only downfall is it’s kind of awkward to cart the products around because they are not presented in a kit or palette as such, :-/ instead the pots and brushes are all loose individual items, that I would personally prefer to keep together as a set. Therefore if I want to use these items anywhere else other than in my own bedroom, I need to utilise my own cosmetics pouch. :-? If a bag/case was included with the set, it would be convenient and I would be more inclined to use them frequently on the go. The Nude by Nature Natural Eye Palette is well priced, considering for less than $25 you get three 2gm pots of gorgeous, wearable mineral colours and two mini brushes, compared to other mineral eyeshadows that retail in Australia for the same price, if not more, for just a singular pot, only half the size. :-O I guess it comes down to personal preference with eyeshadows, but I’m definitely partial to loose minerals, so this kit is indeed impressive and I will continue using it and would recommend it to other makeup enthusiasts. =D> I rate it with 4 stars out of 5 (*) (*) (*) (*) .
Do you like using loose mineral pigments as eyeshadow? Have you tried any other products from the Nude by Nature range? What are your thoughts? Please share. >:D<
Both images in this post are generic.