Saturday, 11 August 2018

Natasha Denona Lila Palette Review

Natasha Denona Lila Palette Review and Swatches

After an initial expensive flirtation with Natasha Denona products (in the shape of the Darya cheek palette, which is still in constant use), I completely took leave of my senses and bought the ultra-hyped Lila Palette. As a purple lover, I knew I'd make good use of the majority of this super-spendy purchase (with exception of the wild bright pink), and somehow managed to justify it to myself.

Do I regret it? Not one jot.

Ok, so let us look at the cons first. The price - obviously. This colour-way is not for everyone (however, it's also not as unusably purple as I expected - the warm gold, rusts and taupey-champagnes balance things out), and I find myself wishing there were a few more mattes to make it easier to use as a solo palette.
Natasha Denona Lila Palette

However. The shimmers are, in a word, glorious. The mattes are smooth, buttery and easy to blend, and even I can achieve a fairly seamless look quickly. You really need the tiniest amount on your brush. If you are very fair skinned, you may notice some of the mattes darken down quite considerably and may need some lighter transition shades to really make this palette work. I apply the shimmers with a finger rather than a brush, and get a solid 8 hours' wear from them with a decent primer.

Natasha Denona Lila Palette

These are one-swipe swatches. One. Swipe. The pigmentation is really up there. I completely get the hype. It is a beautiful colour selection, and a joy to use. If you can steer mentally around or over the cost hurdle, it is a lovely product.

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Saturday, 4 August 2018

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist Review

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist Review

I heard about the cult Japanese skincare brand, Hada Labo, from a Pixiwoo video and then from reading Caroline Hirons' blog. Generally a good starting point. I was on the lookout for a bit of extra hydration for my super oily but dehydrated skin, so this was an easy yes for me.

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist is a super light, very thin, non-viscous hyaluronic acid lotion. Hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant moisturiser (slowing down water loss from the skin's surface, essentially) so won't overload easily worried complexions. In my experience, this is a quickly absorbed, post-cleanse pre-moisturiser hydrating step - particularly good for dehydrated faces like mine. I really think this has made a difference to my skin in the last few weeks - I'm noticing fewer signs of dehydration, and in our recent hot weather, this is a dream to apply without overloading the skin. It absorbs rapidly and sits well under makeup/other products.

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist Review

For daytime, I use this after my Disciple Balancing Mist and before SPF (the one of choice at the moment being the excellent Skin Defence from the Body Shop). At night, I use it before heavier oils or creams, and it's definitely a keeper for me.

Oh, and the bottle will last you approximately 2.5 million years. It's a bargain.

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