Anastasia Beverly Hills – Prism Palette Review

Hello my lovelies,

I didn’t make a beauty post in a while and when I ordered this palette my first though was to make a review for it and share my opinion with you.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Prism,  it’s a holiday limited edition palette. I have to say that I was pretty skeptical at first to order it, after all the Subculture drama this summer, but I decided to give it a try because those metallics were calling my name and to be honest, I have other ABH palettes that I completely love.

Prism (42$) has 14 pans x 0,7g each and it’s another velvet case palette. I have to say that it’s not my favorite type of packaging, because if you don’t take care of them, they can get really dirty.

The 14 shades are designed for holidays and they are a mix of mattes, metallics and duo-chromes.

I have been playing with it for the last 2 weeks and I have formed a solid opinion wether I like this palette or not.

Let’s go into more details about each and every shadow in this palette and I’ll break it in 2 parts:

  1. First row:

(left to right: Lucid, Eden, Unity, Sphinx, Osiris, Sphere, Obsidian)

LUCID: is one of the duo-chrome colors in this palette and it’s a light gold with a hint of pink. It is one of my favorite colors and I have used it in a daytime look by applying just a tiny bit all over the lid and blend it really well. As all the duo-chrome and metallics in this palette, works great if you apply it with your fingertips or a wet brush. (my personal preference is to apply it with my fingertips).

EDEN: it’s a matte coral-ish shade. This was one of the biggest surprises for me, because when I saw it for the first time, i thought that is totally out of my comfort zone. One day I tried it as a transition color in the crease and I loved the way my makeup turned out.

UNITY: It is a neutral matte shade that I use it to set out my eyelid primer or blend out other shades.

SPHINX: It’s a metallic bronzy shade, super pigmented.

OSIRIS: It is a metallic royal blue with some purple sparkle in it and I think it looks gorgeous used in a smokey eye.

SPHERE: It’s a matte neon yellow, that to be honest, I don’t see myself using it.

OBSIDIAN: it is a matte black, but requires some building. I already own “Noir” by ABH which is my all time favorite matte black and it’s way more pigmented than Obsidian. I prefer using that if I need a matte black in my makeup look

Second Row:

(left to right: Dimension, Parallel, Pyramid, Throne, Saturn, Eternal, Lure)

DIMENSION: It’s a duo-chrome and I was really excited to try this siver-lilac shade. I used it all over the lid and it look beautifully. I think is one of the most interesting shades in this palette.

PARALLEL: It is that perfect brown matte, that is super buttery and blends like a dream.

PYRAMID: It’s a super rich, bold metallic yellow gold that will make your Christmas party look to pop.

THRONE: It’s a metallic dark green, I feel it is more of a black with green sparkles in it, but either way it’s stunning. I think I know who will be the star of the show in my New Year’s Eve make look.

SATURN: This beautiful brick shade has a great formula that I found it really easy to work with, but it is also pretty similar with “Realgar” from Modern Renaissance palette.

ETERNAL: Since I got the palette, I reached for this metallic copper shade really often. It’s also true that I have a thing for coppery shades, but it just looks gorgeous in any fall makeup.

LURE: This is one of my go to transition and outer corner shades that I use almost everyday. It is in the same color scheme as “Buon Fresco” from Modern Renaissance, just slightly darker.

As a conclusion I would give it a 8 out of 10, because they are some shades that I would not use (3 out of 14 I think it’s pretty decent in a palette), but also because some of the colors need a little finesse with the application and some knowledge about different finishes and how to work with them.

I’m happy that this palette didn’t disappoint me at all, and not only that but it became one of my favorite palettes I own (and trust me I have “a few”).

I would love to know if you tried this palette or if it’s on your wish list for holidays.

XoXo, OD.

 

 

 

 

My nighttime skincare routine

Hello my lovelies,

Being a makeup artist for so many years, I must say that skincare is way more important than makeup application. Even the best products in the world, will not look as good and will not perform at their highest, if not applied on a skin that has been taking care of.

In today’s post I will share with you my nighttime skincare routine, so this is basically what I’m doing every single night (no exception) before I’m going to bed.  These are the products, that over the years, I discovered that they work the best for my skin. It will be a long post, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

I would like to say in the beginning that I have combination skin: oily in my T-zone, with enlarged pores on the apples of my cheeks and my forehead. That’s why I introduced in my routine products that are targeting these problems.

First step in my skincare routine is removing my makeup… and this should be the most important thing that you do before you go to bed. Not removing your makeup at night, can create so much damage for your skin that you can’t even imagine (I’m planning on writing a post only about this, soon).

I start by removing my eye makeup using Clinique “Take the day off – for eyes and lips” and after I take a Neutrogena makeup towelette and wipe the day away.

Step 2: To wash my face I’m using Shiseido – “Perfect cleansing oil” together with my Clarisonic brush. Even if you are, or not wearing makeup, it is impetuously needed to wash your face and remove all the dirt and oils before you are moving to the next steps.

Step 3: Toner.

The one that I’m using right now is “Pores no more” by Dr. Brandt and I saw really good results for my enlarged pores.

Step 4: Serums and Acids

My go to serum is The Ordinary “Niacinamide 10% , Zinc 1%” . For those of you, that don’t know anything about Niacinamide, is basically known as a combination of vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. It’s improving the appearance of enlarged pores, fines lines, dulness, and offers as well multiple benefits for aging skin. After using this for a while, I fell that my skin has more balance and it is not that oily anymore.

After applying the Niacinamide serum, I’m using also from The Ordinary, their “Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%”. This fights texture and keeps blemishes away, being in the same time really gentle on the skin. For me, these two together, have done miracles for my skin.

Step 5: Moisturizer. You can already tell that I love The Ordinary products, so the moisturizer that I’m currently using is also from them. I like it because it is light-weight but really hydrating in the same time, it absorbs quickly and just leaves my skin feeling refreshed.

This is pretty much it, the only thing that I do extra, once or twice a week is applying a mask and right now I enjoy using The Rubber mask by Dr. Jart… You have to try it!

If you have any question about any of the products or my regimen, please write  them in the comment section down below.

Have a magical day!

 

 

 

My everyday makeup routine a.k.a 15 min. out the door

Hello my lovelies,

First I want to share a little secret about myself: I`m not a morning person at all, so I will not wake up way earlier just to do my makeup. During the years I developed a routine that helps me to be out the door in 15 minutes, looking awake and decent. I am sharing all the steps and products that I use, so if you want to recreate my look you have all the info available.

Step 1: Primer & Foundation

For a simple everyday makeup, I love the look of a dewy skin, that`s why I use MAC Strobe Cream in the shade Golden as my primer. For my foundation, I am currently obsessed with L`Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow (205) and I prefer it over some of my high end ones. It gives me a medium coverage, it is light-weight and lasts 4-5 hours. I apply it with a Beauty Blender because I find that to be the fastest way to achieve a flawless look.

 

Step 2: Concealer

I`m using Nars – Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard). It is my all time favorite because it does not crease, gives me the coverage that I like without looking heavy and blends beautifully. I set the concealer with RCMA – No Color powder.

Step 3: Bronzer, Blush, Highlighter

As a bronzer, I`m using Soleil Tan de Chanel which is a cream bronzer but blends out into a powder and gives you the most beautiful, natural sun-kissed look.

I wasn’t a big fan of liquid blushes until recently, when I discovered Nars – Orgasm Liquid Blush, and made it`s way directly into my everyday routine. It is a peachy-pink blush with some gold sparkles in it… Absolutely stunning!

As my highlighter, I`m using Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator, and I`m applying it on the tops of my cheeks, brow bone and Cupid`s bow.

Step 4: Eyes

I usually like to go with a natural eye look, so I`m using some neutral- tone eyeshadows just to give a little definition to my crease. MAC “All that glitters” all over the lid, and “soft brown” in the crease.

 

Step 5: Brows

I`m using Anastasia Beverly Hills – Pomade (Blonde) to fill in my eyebrows and also to lighten them up a little bit.

Step 6: Lashes

I don`t have natural long and curved lashes, so I like to use Tarte – Lash curler to get a little help with that. For my mascara, I have been loving Bobby Brown – Smokey Eyes mascara because it gives your lashes length, volume and definition… that is all we need…

Step: Lips

I usually like to add just a lip balm Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm (Like Buttah), but in the last couple of weeks I`ve been using Nars – Orgasm Lipstick to add a little bit of color.

I know that some of you might think that I`m using way too many products, but this is just what I am doing every morning when I want to get out the door fast and ready to rock my day.

Let me know below if some of the products that I`m using are part of your everyday routine as well.