Natasha Denona Bronze Palette Review (Swatches + Video)

I have never tried Natasha Denona palettes but I'd heard so many good things about her palette. I was super excited when the Bronze Palette was launched and even more excited when I found out that it was affordable. I deliberated as usual but I ended up caving in and I have no regrets because I have used this palette a whole lot especially in the past month. Right let's get into the nitty gritty...

I love the packaging of the Natasha Denona Bronze Palette because you can tell they put in a good amount of thoughts in designing it. The outer packaging is just a regular paper one but it has a great amount of information about each of the eyeshadows. It goes into great detail which I find really refreshing. The palette itself is made of durable plastic and the top cover has a nice glossy finish. It is easy to clean and does not retain stains on it. Inside the palette, all the eyeshadows have the names inscribed clearly. The different thing about this palette is that the back of the palette has little holes which allows you remove the eyeshadows (if you wanted to) and rearrange it or just take your favourite eyeshadow (maybe if travelling). I personally would travel with the palette because the size is not bad at all but I know some people prefer to travel with smaller palettes. I love that it has a god sized mirror and the overall quality of the packaging is fantastic.  

Video // Link // Subscribe
I also filmed a video showing what the eyeshadows look like including a mini tutorial. If you prefer to watch videos of eyeshadow palettes, I have you covered and you can watch it above or through this link. I would love it if you also subscribed to my channel here. 

Inside the Palette 
The palette contains 15 gorgeous eyeshadows which are made up of different finishes including matte, metallic, duo chrome and chroma crystal. The Natasha Denona website describes the bronze palette as a palette with groundbreaking buttery smooth hydrating eyeshadow formula in entrancing brown and vibrant bronze shades. I have to agree that the eyeshadows do indeed have such beautiful buttery textures especially the matte formulas. The eyeshadows are made in Italy (as mentioned on their packaging) and are free from alcohol, paraben, mineral oil. They are not tested on animals which is amazing. The net weight of the palette of the eyeshadows is 19.25g . The names of the eyeshadows are inscribed inside the palette and the back of the packaging has the ingredients list of each eyeshadow which I thought was really impressive. The names of the eyeshadows are listed below:

True Copper - a warm copper shade with a metallic finish and I love this on my eyelid
Suntan- a warm medium brown shade which is a perfect crease colour for medium to darker skin tones
Sundown- a medium light-yellow brown which is a perfect crease or transition colour for many skin tones
Deep Dive- a deep brown egg plant shade which can work well in the outer crease 
Rhodium- a medium warm purple shade with a silver reflect 
Magma- a medium dark brown shade which is perfect as a crease, transition and outer crease shade
High Degree- a red copper shade which is perfect for summer and autumn
Alloy- a vibrant bronze shade with a gold reflect 
Ridge- medium warm mustard shade which is great in the crease for a natural look
True Bronze- a bronze shade with a foiled effect
Gloaming - a burnt umber with a light bronze effect 
Paladdium- a warm pinkish taupe shade with a metallic finish
Bliss- a red-pink shade with golden-green reflect
Silk- champagne shade with a foiled effect
Beach- a warm light peachy beige shade

Pigmentation and Wear Power
I have used this palette almost everyday in the past month and I have loved using it. I had to put it away so my other eyeshadows could get a chance too :-). There are 5 matte eyeshadows in the palette and the rest are a mix of metallic, duo chrome and chroma finishes. As already mentioned, I love the texture and pigmentation of the matte eyeshadows and I particularly love that there is not much fall out with them. The metallic shades are my absolute favourites because they are very pigmented and last a great while on my eyelids (with an eyeshadow primer because I always use eyeshadow primers with all my eyeshadows). I am suspecting the chroma crystal shades are True Bronze and Silk and I think these shades are better as topper shades (used on top of other eyeshadows). I have to say I am not such a big fan of them on their own but they do apply better with finger tips or a wet brush. Maybe, I need to find a better way to apply them to love them as much as the others. I was slightly disappointed with Rhodium because I expected a little bit more when I applied it on my eyelid but I think it may work best to create a smoky look (which I rarely do). My absolute favourite shades in the palette are Palladium (perfect for my complexion), High Degree, True Copper, Alloy and Gloaming. I thought Beach and Ridge may work as brow bone highlight shades for me but they are not light enough so instead they work better as crease colours when I want a neutral look. This only means that I can't use this palette alone as I have to include a brow bone highlight shade.

Cost // Link //£60
Natasha Denona Palettes are quite expensive and I have to say their exorbitant prices has prevented me for making a purchase because I could not justify it. However, I am so delighted that I was able to get this palette at a reasonably reasonable price. It is not the cheapest of palettes by any standards but for the quality of both the eyeshadows and the packaging, I have to say it was worth every penny. I have got so much use out of the palette and it is definitely one of my current favourite eyeshadow palettes.

Overall Thoughts
This is my first eyeshadow palette from Natasha Denona and I have to say I am very impressed and it definitely exceeded my expectation. I love the colours, their finishes, the design and functionality of the packaging. You can tell a lot of thought was put into developing this palette and I love the colour story. It's a winner for me and I believe it is worth every penny spent. It would definitely make a perfect gift for Christmas or for a birthday. That's it from me. Have you tried the Natasha Denona Bronze Palette?

ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush Giveaway (Open + UK Only)

I am so excited that ION-Sei have kindly offered a free ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush as a giveaway prize to one lucky winner and I think that's so amazing. You can ready about my review on the ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush over here and it is truly an incredible toothbrush. I have used it for months and still enjoy using it. I have kept the rules of this Giveaway as simple as possible and they are listed below.

1. You must be following ION-Sei on their Instagram page.

2. You must be following Fashstyleliv on Instagram.  and be subscribed to the Fashstyleliv YouTube Channel (link here).

3. Leave a comment on the Instagram post of this giveaway so I know you are interested in winning this amazing ION-Sei electric toothbrush(any comment is fine). 

3. This Giveaway is open to people in the UK only. I hope to host an international giveaway soon so keep an eye out for such a giveaway. 

4. This Giveaway is not in anyway affiliated or linked to Instagram or YouTube. The giveaway prize (the ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush) has been kindly provided by ION-Sei.

5. The Giveaway is open from 12th September 2020 to 30th September 2020. The winner will be chosen via Random.Org and announced on the 1st October 2020. 

6. You must be 18 and above to participate in this giveaway or have written parental/guardian consent to participate. 

I also filmed a YouTube video showing the ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush which I have linked above and you can watch it here if you prefer. I would love it if you also subscribed to my YouTube channel over here.

I wanted to ensure the rules were easy to follow and straightforward. I really want the winner to be someone who genuinely enjoys my content. Good luck to everyone.
*ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush has been provided for this giveaway by ION-Sei, read my full disclaimer here.

Beautonomy Eyeshadow Palette Review (Customized Eyeshadows)

If you are regular reader of my blog, you'd know that I am a certified eyeshadow lover. I love eyeshadows but only eyeshadows with great pigmentation and textures. I was very kindly contacted by the Beautonomy PR team who asked me to try out their customized eyeshadow palette. Before then, I had not heard about the brand but once I got on their website I was intrigued. I read a few reviews and watched some IG videos and YouTube videos and I was sold. I got on the website, customised my palette and it arrived a few days later. I have used these eyeshadows for a few weeks and I finally want to share my thoughts on these eyeshadows. 

Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette Review

I can't believe it took me so long to finally review this gorgeous Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette. I remember purchasing it last year when Urban Decay had a 40% off sale and I was so chuffed at getting it at such a bargain. I initially went to look at it in store when it was first launched but surprisingly I was not impressed by the looks of the sample palette (especially as it looked messy from various smudges from being on display). Thankfully, I decided to look at it again and read more review (+ watch YouTube videos) and let's say the rest is history.

It comes in a beautiful honey-gold plastic casing which feels like metal but it really is just durable plastic. I love the design so much and it feels really well made as expected from Urban Decay. Inside the palette you get 12 eyeshadows, a mirror and a dual-end eyeshadow brush. The eyeshadow names are inside the palette and also on the outer cardboard package. It looks great in pictures and in real life. Most importantly it is great to use; it's not too heavy at all and I feel like it will travel well (I don't think I have traveled with it yet but I am sure it will be fine).

Gentle Cleansers for Sensitive Skin

I recently wrote about Exfoliating Cleansers on here and I thought I would follow that up with gentle cleansers which is suitable for people with sensitive skin. I have to say I prefer exfoliating cleansers due to my skin type Most of the time, I use exfoliating cleansers at night after I have removed my makeup. In the morning, I tend to use gentle cleansers because they just help relax and set me up for the day so I will be sharing some of the gentle cleansers I have been enjoying. If you have any cleansers you have been enjoying, do let me know in the comment section below. Right, let's get started...

Matte Foundations for Oily and Combination-Oily Skin (WOC friendly)

My skin type is combination/oily and I tend to reach for matte foundations all the time. I use a primer underneath my foundation and a powder to set it to ensure my foundation looks great all day. I honestly can't remember using a foundation with a dewy finish because my skin ends up looking so greasy despite using a primer and powder. I have tried quite a few matte foundations and I wanted to share some of my tried, tested and trusted matte and long wearing foundations. I have also tried some of these foundations while I was in Nigeria where the weather is quite warm and they have held up well so that's a good test for them.

The great thing is I filmed a video talking about these foundations and I included other foundations which are not in this post. If you want to find out more about all the other matte foundations or semi-matte foundations I have enjoyed using, you can watche the video which is linked above or you can watch it here. It would absolutely make my day if you subscribed to my channel here. Right, let's dive in...

Favourite Skincare Beauty Tools Worth the Hype

I am a big fan of beauty tools and I remember popping into Boots to buy the No.7 Cleansing Brush (I sadly don't have it again or can't find it) a while ago because I wanted something more for my cleansing routine. Over the years, I have tried quite a few beauty tools which are mainly skincare and one or two for body care. I also have reviews for majority of them so I will link them where appropriate.

I just wanted to share these tools especially now that I have used them for at least 4 years or more and provide updates. I also filmed a video which I will above. I would greatly appreciate it if you also subscribed to my channel over here.

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette Review + Swatches

I never cared for the packaging of the first Naked Palette when it was initially launched and I was not sure if I would love the eyeshadows inside. That's why I never purchased the Original Naked 1 and Naked 2 but once they launched Naked 3, I purchased it immediately and Urban Decay have got my coins at almost every Naked Launch since then (except for the Naked Minis and the Naked Smoky). I believe the original Naked Palette has been discontinued and Urban Decay launched Naked Reloaded around the same time but not necessarily to replace it. I eventually bit the bullet and here we are with the Naked Reloaded Palette.

YouTube Videos Catch Up

I recently got back into YouTube videos and I have been absolutely enjoying the creative process. Of course, a few things have changed but I am catching up and loving it. I realised I have not been sharing some of my videos on the blog. I usually share a video when I have a related blog post but I don't have one for these videos. Instead,  I will leave links to the videos below and hope you enjoy it. I would also greatly appreciate it if you could subscribe to my channel here. Thank you.

Hope you enjoy these videos and thanks for watching.

Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush Review

I was very kindly sent the Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush* back in April and I was excited to try it out because I had heard many good things about it. I already owned another electric toothbrush which I loved so was keen to see if a new one will win my heart or make a difference to my oral hygiene. Right, let's get started....

Brand Overview
Ion-Sei is a Japanese- German brand who have developed the Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush drawing inspiration for the design from Japanese Culture and Organic Lines. Ion-Sei describes their electric toothbrush as one which uses a patented technology which controls plaque and bacteria from forming in the mouth. This is achieved by utilising the electric brush's integrated UV (Ultraviolet) LED light and Titanium Dioxide bar which basically repels the bacteria and plaque from sticking to the teeth and gum. I was very interested in this description and was very keen to try it out myself. They claim you can use this toothbrush without toothpaste but I always prefer to use toothpaste for cleaning my teeth.

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

I recently wrote about the Pat McGrath Mini Lip Fetish Lip Balm Trio (review here) and I mentioned I also purchased the Eye Ecstasy Palettes during the sale. I actually purchased the Sublime palette in a previous sale and then got the Subversive palette in this recent sale. I also filmed a YouTube video so you can see the eyeshadow palettes clearer. You can watch the video above or here. It would also mean a lot if you subscribed to my channel here.  Right, let's just jump into the review.

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette Review + Swatches

I am such a big fan of Urban Decay Naked Palettes (well, almost all of them) and I remember longing for and eventually purchasing the Naked 3 Palette. Since then, I have purchased Naked Heat (my absolute favourite palette), Naked Cherry and Naked Honey. When I saw that they had launched the Naked Ultraviolet Palette I was excited because I love purple so much but I was apprehensive about some shades in the palette which I thought won't suit my complexion. I watched quite a few reviews , checked out swatches and I knew I wanted it. I was emailed a 15% discount code from Cult Beauty  and the rest is history. I also filmed a First Impression + Swatch video on YouTube which you can watch here. I will be filming a tutorial using this eyeshadow palette soon. It will mean a lot to me if you subscribed to my channel here. 

Pat McGrath Mini Lip Fetish Lip Balm Trio Review

I usually prefer moisturising lipsticks and sometimes good quality matte lipsticks compared to lip glosses or lip balms. With lip balms, I look for lip balms that are pigmented enough to show on my lips and non-greasy formulas. When I saw that the Pat McGrath Mini Lip Fetish Lip Balm Trio (super long name) was on sale, I popped onto the website to purchase this set. They are still on sale at the time of publishing this post.  I am so glad I did because I was on there to purchase the Ecstasy Eyeshadow Palette (which I also got) but the lip balms drew me in as well.

Exfoliating Cleansers I Love

I am a big fan of Exfoliating cleansers because I like the feeling of a smooth skin. Gone are the days when anyone ever used the St Ives Apricot Scrub on the face as people are now more aware of what's best for their skin and I think social media may be a part of that awareness. When it comes to exfoliating cleansers,  I look for products that contain ingredients  that work well for exfoliating the skin which are not abrasive and drying. I have three exfoliating cleansers that are on rotation and I have enjoyed using them. They are gentle on my skin and my skin feels smooth after each use. Some of these exfoliating cleansers can be used everyday because they are gentle but it's always best to do what works for your skin.

June 2020 Beauty Favourites

Do people even still do monthly favourites? I absolutely love reading monthly favourites and tend to click on them on YouTube. This is my first favourites for this year and to be fair, I think these products can stand for a half- year favourites.

Biore Agave and Baking Soda Anti-Blemish Cleansing Foam // Link //£5.99: This is a favourite that I would say grew on me. I was out  shopping in Sainsbury's just before lock down and I remembered I had run out of my usual Neutrogena Cleansers. I spotted this cleanser and I am not sure what made me pick it up but I did. I usually steer clear from foaming cleansers because they don't agree with my combination-oily skin and tend to leave my sin feeling a bit dry. This Biore Cleanser claims to cleanse the skin and get rid of blemishes without leaving the skin to dry. Its star ingredients are Salicylic Acid and Sodium Bicarbonate. I love that it has a pump which makes it easy and hygienic to use when I am in a hurry. I have to say it does do a great job in leaving my skin blemish free. The few times I have broken out and used it, I have noticed that it really helped my skin get better. My skin still feels dry after using it but not as dry as I have experienced with other foaming cleansers so I guess it is a small price to pay since it does what it promises.

CULT 51 Day Cream//£100 (Link) and Night Cream //£125 (Link): This is a slightly expensive brand but it is such a great one and well worth the price tag in my opinion. I was initially sent products from the brand to trial out and I have gone on to repurchase which is a true testament to how much I enjoy using them. The Day Cream has the right texture for every season of the year and helps my skin adapt to any changes. The Night Cream feels slightly richer but it works so well with my skin. They both keep my skin hydrated and moisturised and I never really have to use other skincare products when I use them (although I still do) because I love skin care. I would say if you are in your 30's and want a great skincare brand that works well for all skin types, I will recommend checking the CULT 51 range out.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA // Link //£7.00: This serum has been a firm favourite for years and I tend to use it a lot all through the year. I have gone through several bottles and have stopped counting because it will always be a product I reach for. I use it mainly to help with my hyper pigmentation and I have to say I have seen sustained improvements. I know it may not work for everyone and if it has not worked for you, I suggest trying out other The Ordinary Serums or Creams including Niacinamide, Azeliac Acid, Mandelic Acid, etc as they also help with hyper pigmentation. I use this straight after my exfoliating toner (usually a Glyoclic Acid based one) and let it sink in before I go in with my moisturiser. It gets absorbed easily and I use it day and night. It does not feel drying because it also has Hyaluronic Acid in it so it balances out.

LA Pro Girl Matte HD Long Wear Foundation // Link // £9.95: If ever there's an award for the makeup product I have repurchased the most, it will go straight to this foundation. It is one foundation that has not let me down except that it is not easily accessible. I have always purchased it online from JustmyLook and I remember the first time I was purchasing it, I was scared because I had read quite a few not-so-great reviews of the website. Thankfully, I have not experienced any bad service and I hope it remains that way. If you have combination oily skin like me and prefer matte foundations that will last through the working day, I will highly suggest checking this foundation out. It is easy to apply, blends in well and sits matte all through the day. I use a primer before using it and set it with a powder and it gets me through the day. Unless it is a ridiculously hot day and I have been very active, I usually don't need to touch up with a blotting paper or powder. It is affordable at under £10 and the shade range is not the best but they are making an effort.

L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Cover Foundation// Link //£9.99: I had run out of my LA Girl Pro Matte Foundation and was going away so had to pick this up from Boots and I am glad I did. I was drawn to this foundation because it reminded me of on old favourite L'Oreal Foundation (Pro Matte) as well which was amazing but not sold in the UK (my husband usually purchased them for me whenever he went to the US). This foundation is probably very similar to the US version but I don't think the shade range is as great or maybe Boots chose to stock only the shades they wanted. I purchased the shade 330 Hazelnut/Noisette  and it is a good match for my complexion (could be better but it works well). It is a good matte formula and lasts all day. I particularly like the slim packaging and tiny tip which prevents wastage. I now alternate between the LA Girl Pro Mate Foundation and this one and they both have worked well. I use a primer underneath this foundation and a powder to set it. I have to say it may be slightly more matte than the LA Girl one however the LA Girl is a better match to my complexion.

L'Oreal Skinny Definer Brow Artist // Link // £7.99: I had finally ran out of my entire stash of the Soap and Glory Brow Filling Pencil in Dark Chocolate and I had no idea they had changed the formulation. I don't even know exactly what they have done but it is not longer the same and it still remains difficult to find in the drug store. I decided it was time to try something new and I was in such a fix so I checked out the L'Oreal stand and picked up the Skinny Definer Brow Artist. I got the shade Ebony 109 and it has been perfect for my brows. True to its name, it is really skinny so it gets into the little corners of my brows and it allows me customize my brows. I tend to use it to outline my brows and fill in with a powder product but it can be used to outline and fill in if you prefer.  It has a really good spoolie at the end and I am so glad that it does not break easily. I have enjoyed using it and I am hoping it is here to stay.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Refill (Round Pans Discontinued): I purchased these Makeup Geek Powder Eyeshadows a little while ago and I tend to use them every now and again. Recently I popped them into an empty MAC Quad Palette and they have been so handy. I think I have used the eyeshadows in this quad for such a long time and I now need to repurchase more MUG eyeshadows. I believe they may have changed these eyeshadow refills to square pans and have discontinued the round pans (I am heartbroken but I may try out the square pans soon). It's a shame Beauty Bay no longer carry this brand as I am finding it difficult repurchasing it. Anyway, the eyeshadows in my quad include Vanilla Bean, Cocoa Bear, Morocco and Glamourous. I have other shades but I will talk about them later. I love how pigmented they are and they last all day (I use an eyeshadow primer though but I feel they would work well without a primer). I use them almost everyday even when I use other eyeshadow palettes, I still find myself reaching out for at least one or two eyeshadows from my MUG stash. If anyone knows where I can still buy the round pans in the UK at a sensible price, please leave a link or comment below.

I have to say June was a very minimalist month but I absolutely enjoyed using the above products and to be fair, these products have been favourites for quite a few months. I hope everyone is keeping well in the current pandemic that we are facing. Have you used any of the products in this post?
*Gifted PR Sample, read my full disclaimer here.


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