Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

What’s Up Readers! This holiday season is truly the season of beautiful palette launches, whether it’s an eyeshadow or face, there’s no denying that there’s lots and lots of beautiful breathtaking palettes nowadays. They’re so tempting that it’s difficult to only purchase one. Speaking of tempting, here’s an eye palette that I knew I just had to have because it’s simply one of a kind. The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (0.89 oz: $65) is a unique balance of matte and shimmery shades that are simply stunning. The entire palette has 18 gorgeous colors which allow you to create different looks, from having a simple natural eye makeup to an alluring and dramatic look.

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette review swatch

This is probably one of the prettiest eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever seen and tried, shade-wise. Even the packaging is pretty too. Each shade is well-made and well-thought-out. Most of them are something I’d be excited to try all the time, also, I really like that they’re so easy to blend. There are some matte shades, some glittery shades and some duo-chrome shades which are all very pigmented, very blendable, creamy-like and long-lasting. The price may be steep but it’s a pretty large palette, and each shade is truly worth it. Also, the possibilities are endless as you can customize your look quite a lot.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette


The glittery shades of this Desert Dusk Eye Palette are really surprisingly impressive when it comes to their blendability. You’d think there’s a lot of fallouts, but not really. I’m really surprised that the glitters stayed on my lids. Even the pearly are ones are very long lasting as well. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really a fond of the shades, but there’s some really standout gorgeous shades for me, like; Royal, Retrograde, Twilight, Nefertiti, Blood Moon, Saffron, Blazing and my most favorite Turkish Delight. Cosmo is also a pure glitter shade that is very versatile to use. This palette really made me love glittery eyeshadows all over again, even if I’m not really a fan of them. But I have a feeling that that’s gonna change pretty soon.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow review


All the shades are very pigmented, but there are a few matte ones that are extremely long lasting that they almost leave a stain on the lids. The shades Amber, Oud, and Saffron have this property, but Blazing is OMG. It’s so staining that you might have to use a really good makeup remover to take it off. It’s a beautiful Turmeric-ish shade that is one a kind and very timely in today’s eye makeup color trend. I’ve read some reviews that mentioned about the mattes being not as pigmented, but that is really not the case in my experience.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette swatches


With all the eyeshadow palettes that have been released nowadays, I think this Desert Dusk is a must have, knowing that you’ll have a lot of colors to play with and that all the shades are very interesting. Also, their lasting power is very reliable, not to mention that each shade is easy to work around the lids. The colors blend seamlessly, with the matte and glitter shades all complementing each other to create a beautiful stare-worthy eye makeup look.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette review

Another Eyeshadow palette that is also worth looking into is the Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, a review of that will be out soon. But anyways, if you’re the type that doesn’t like to hoard a lot of eyeshadows or eyeshadow palettes but is on the market to for an investment-worthy one, then I think you may wanna try this because it has lots of color choices to choose from and their pigments and lasting power are really good. I usually apply mine dry or damp, and each time I apply the shades I always get a compliment for how unique, stunning, and different my eye makeup is.


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette


The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is currently available at Sephora, Harrods & JCPenney


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette


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Loving Right Now

Hello You Guys! Happy Post-Thanksgiving and Happy Cyber Monday. Y’all had a nice weekend? Did some crazy impulse shopping? I know I did, and darn… I was stuffed. I feel like I’m transforming into a Turkey. Anyhow, let’s get down to business. I have a new Loving Right now episode. A lot of it is mostly lip products and a really nice currently-released mini eye palette. I know I promised in my previous post that I’ll be reviewing some holiday palettes, so this post is a start, but please bear with me again because I’m gonna be traveling soon and I’ll be MIA from time to time. Please check out my Insta for more updates. Ok, here are the products I’ve been loving lately, and please stay tuned because I’ll be posting another “Loving Right Now Part 3” in a couple of days.


Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil


Lazy Perfection: The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying (Jenny Patinkin) Hardcover ($20) – I saw this book when I was browsing through Neiman. I was really drawn by its cover because it looks so chic. The book itself is like a life coach. Don’t let the title fool you from not buying, I swear, you’ll need this kind of book at one point in your life. Before reading this, I really thought this was all about how to dress effortlessly, well yeah, there are some pointers regarding that topic, but a lot of the book’s contents are all about the practical guides of having and using makeup without necessarily overdoing or hoarding it, plus some fashion tips thrown in. Well, this book may make you feel guilty for being so materialistic (I know, I feel ya), but I also think that the contents and ideas are in no way making you lazy but they’re actually helpful guidelines to keep you organized. So yeah, I definitely recommend that you read this, or keep this at your coffee table. FYI: This book is also available on Amazon, click HERE.


Sephora Catchall Tray review


Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil (0.5 oz: $40, 1.18 oz: $80) – What can I say? I really love this oil and had purchased a larger bottle since then. It helps to control and prevent breakouts, plus, it’s not even that drying being the fact that it has salicylic acid. On top of that, it also helped with my oiliness, but that smell, my god, it’s too strong. I wish the scent is not that intense, but anyways, I’d like to keep this on my vanity just in case I’d get some major breakouts in the future.


Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (1.6 oz: $35) – So excited to try this K-beauty favorite and Allure Best of Beauty Winner 2016 cream. I tried this at Sephora and loved it. This feels like a thick creamy gel that you could use during winter season without drying your skin, and if you’re the oily type, oh well, this is even better. I like the neat clean scent and you really don’t need to apply a lot. Also, for its size, you can’t beat the price. This is kinda like a thick winter cream version of Belif’s Aqua Bomb.


Sephora Catchall Tray (Free for 250 points) – This cute polka dot ceramic tray has a size of 6×3 inches and it’s ideal for holding a few lipsticks, mascaras or eyeliners. Even though it’s small, it’s really handy and practical, not to mention that it makes for a perfect gift or as a cute decor.


L'oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop in 518 Tender Mauve


L’oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop in 518 Tender Mauve ($7.99) – This was an impulse buy as I was passing through CVS. My lips were really dry and I needed something like a tinted balm at that time. I spotted this and fell in love with the description and packaging, LOL. This is definitely one of those well-done tinted balms, and I like that this is well-pigmented and it truly hydrates the lips.


Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in 15 Lover ($9.49) – The formula of this matte liquid lipstick is really thick, in fact, a lot thicker than most liquid lipsticks I’ve tried before, be it drugstore and high-end. While I like the color, I noticed that this gets a bit sticky when it dries, and you kinda feel your lips sticking together, which is annoying. Honestly, this formulation is very similar to Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick (reviewed HERE) which has a pretty range of shades but has sticky formulation.

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in 15 Lover

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Omi 107 (0.14 oz: $38) – Released recently, I admit I’ve never heard about Pat McGrath before, so I tried one of her much-anticipated matte lipstick, which is “word around the vine” supposed to be the best lipstick ever? so I’m like, gurl I gotta try this lipstick for real. My reaction? the Omi shade is gorgeous, the matte formulation is on point, I love that there’s no annoying flavor or scent, I adore the unique packaging, and its lasting power is ok, but! I’m not a fan of the price, and is the shade dupable? yes. Would I buy another one? probably not. One is enough for me unless something comes out.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in 12 Loved

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in 12 Loved ($9) – Been curious about this brand making their own version of matte liquid lipstick ever since I fell in love with their Color Statement Matte Lipsticks (reviewed and swatched HERE). First and foremost, the shade Loved is very pretty and very pigmented. Second, the lipstick sets immediately but it’s very drying and very difficult to remove. You’re gonna need a waterproof makeup remover to do the job. Lastly, even if it’s drying, it really makes the lips look pouty and pretty, and for its price, well, it’s really cheap.


Last, but not the least…


Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette review


Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette ($23) – Whenever Tarte releases an eyeshadow palette, I usually buy it. Yeah, ever since owning the Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed HERE), I knew I’m gonna love whatever eye palette Tarte is gonna release. So, you can only imagine my excitement when I first saw this. Actually, this kinda reminds me of the mini version of the recently-released Tarte Toasted, which I’ll be reviewing soon as well. Now, getting back to this particular palette, I swear this is very pigmented, creamy and all shades are really beautiful, not to mention that they’re all Fall-ready shades. Such tones of warm matte browns, shimmery rusts and terra-cottas, I love it. Even the packaging is easy to throw into your purse or for traveling. There are almost no fallouts, and overall, my entire eye makeup is TDF.


Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette swatches


That’s it for now folks, stay tuned for the part 3 of this review and check out my Insta below for some previews.


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Sephora Play! November 2017

Hello There Babies! I got my Sephora Play November Box a few days ago and I tested them immediately. Guess what? I really enjoyed this month’s contents. Lots of new stuff to try and I’m glad that they finally focused on a few skincare goodies.


Ready to check out what I got?


sephora play november 2017 review


Read on…


Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer


Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask (1 oz: $18, 2.5 oz: $35) – I’ve heard good things about this mask and I think it might still be on my wishlist, but anyways, thank god for Sephora Play minis, I got to try this and I have nothing but good words for this mask. In fact, this is an Allure Best of Beauty 2017 Winner, which I think is a deserving recognition for this product. As someone with an oily-prone skin, this mask is perfect. It has salicylic acid which controls breakouts and prevents oiliness. I love that this is very exfoliating but it’s not harsh on the skin and that there’s no strong clay scent. All throughout my usage of this, I never had a breakout whatsoever and my face feels thoroughly cleaned and smooth. My whiteheads and blackheads are almost gone and I like that this mask spreads evenly over the face while not having to use a lot. Love this thing dearly.


Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo (Mini: $10, 5.3 oz; $22) – I surprisingly enjoyed using this dry shampoo. I love that it didn’t leave any whitish residue on my hair while making it look clean. Though it didn’t necessarily volumize, I like the texture of my hair after spraying with this. I also use this dry shampoo to relax my fine frizzes and it made my hair shiny. The only thing that I don’t seem to like is the strong perfume smell. It can be a little too much.


Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer (1.7 oz: $45) – I keep seeing this moisturizer at Sephora all the time, and I think I may have tried this on the back of my hand. Somehow, it just didn’t hit me enough to buy it. I wasn’t really sure what it was, I think it may be the fact that the scent seemed a little too plain for me or what, but now that I’ve tried it and have actually applied it to my face, I was like OMG! I love it! this moisturizer may be plain and lightweight, but it packs a punch. It feels like a gel, but it’s actually more like a very creamy gel, and oh my, just a little bit of this and your face gets moisturized all throughout the day or night. Impressive.


Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara


Burberry My Burberry Blush¬† Eau de Parfum (Mini: $29, 1 oz: $68, 1.6 oz: $90, 3 oz: $120) – Reviewed HERE. All praises for this amazing scent. For me, this is one of my best fragrance finds this year. I love the unique non-boring pomegranate scent. It’s a pretty feminine floral scent that is intriguing and riveting at the same time.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red (0.14 oz: &12.50) – Not exactly my kind of red, but that pigment! oh, men… so gorg… This is a creamy lipstick with a satin finish, and if you can find the perfect red or the perfect shade for your lips with this line, I swear, you can’t go wrong with this because as I said before, the pigment of this lipstick is to die for. I had to use a waterproof makeup remover to remove the swatch from my skin. That shows that this lipstick means serious business, and for the price, it’s perfect.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara review

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (0.32 oz: $26) – I think I may have found one of the best mascaras ever. Not kidding here, I’ve been obsessed with mascaras lately and have been on the lookout for the best volumizing mascaras on the market. Just when I thought I may have gathered some of the best (which I’ll be reviewing soon), I found this one from MJ and I’m really impressed at its volumizing and lengthening power. I don’t have a lot of lashes in life, but this made my lashes looked like I applied horse shampoo on them. LOL. But yeah, you get the mental picture, this mascara really adds drama to your lashes, and on top of that, it doesn’t smudge or clump.


Burberry My Burberry Blush  Eau de Parfum


With this month’s box, I think that I’m pretty satisfied with the contents, and my top favorites are the following; Philosophy Pore Extractor Mask, Farmacy Honey Drop Moisturizer, Burberry My Burberry Blush (obviously), and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara.


What products did you receive this month?


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