July 2012 | KITSCH/SNITCH
Yay my new Undressed Palette arrived. I ordered a bunch of MUA items from their website, and the main reason I put in an order was to get this palette. Long story short, it arrived broken and MUA was kind enough to post out a replacement. I have been playing with the powder of the broken palette, but I am happy to have a fresh new palette to play with! You can get this palette from the MUA website, and it costs £4 (approx AU$6), and you can see all the other items I got in my MUA haul here.

So this palette is a very hyped up palette, mainly because it is a super cheap dupe of Urban Decays Naked Palette, which I haven't purchased because it's quite over priced (off the top of my head the cheapest place I've seen sells it for about AU$52, but a few years ago when it first came out it was being sold on ebay for $80+)



There are 12 shades in the palette, most of them are shimmery except for shade 3 and shade 5.

The packaging is ok, its a sturdy plastic with a clear lid. I would have loved to see a mirror with it too, which would make it a great makeup bag palette.

Swatches of Shades 1 - 6 without flash
Swatches of Shades 1 - 6 with flash

These eye shadows are actually surprisingly really good quality, they are soft, pigmented, and they stay quite vibrant after a whole day of wear (they do crease on me after a while, but most eye shadows do). My absolute favourite colour in this palette is shade 4, it is a beautiful every day colour for me. It is a mid toned warm coppery taupe, and works beautifully with brown eyes. The matte colours aren't as pigmented as the shimmery colours, I will mainly use them as crease colours. I also like shade 1 because it is a really light pink with a hint of shimmer which I think works great on the brow bone, I like some shimmer there, but not too much... shade 1 is perfect for this.

Swatches of Shades 7 - 12 without flash
Swatches of Shades 7 - 12 with flash

Out of shades 7 - 12, my favourites here are shades 7 and 8, especially 8, which is a nice rich brown with almost a hint of olive. The two least pigmented colours are shades 10 and 11, but they still work really well

Overall this is a great palette, it is the perfect starter palette for anyone's collection... you can achieve a nude eye or a smokey eye and anything in between. All of the shadows are very soft and easy to use, and the colour pay off is awesome. I would say that the highly metallic colours are the stars here, and the matte ones are just good. A good addition to this palette would have been a mirror, but for the price, I can't complain. I don't think anyone will need to get the Naked Palette if they have the Undressed Palette by MUA, and its a super cheap alternative.

That wraps up my week of MUA reviews! Now I can move on. Thanks for reading, please remember to follow my blog!

Review and swatches: MUA Undressed Eye Shadow Palette

July 31, 2012 Melbourne VIC, Australia

Yay my new Undressed Palette arrived. I ordered a bunch of MUA items from their website, and the main reason I put in an order was to get this palette. Long story short, it arrived broken and MUA was kind enough to post out a replacement. I have been playing with the powder of the broken palette, but I am happy to have a fresh new palette to play with! You can get this palette from the MUA website, and it costs £4 (approx AU$6), and you can see all the other items I got in my MUA haul here.

So this palette is a very hyped up palette, mainly because it is a super cheap dupe of Urban Decays Naked Palette, which I haven't purchased because it's quite over priced (off the top of my head the cheapest place I've seen sells it for about AU$52, but a few years ago when it first came out it was being sold on ebay for $80+)



There are 12 shades in the palette, most of them are shimmery except for shade 3 and shade 5.

The packaging is ok, its a sturdy plastic with a clear lid. I would have loved to see a mirror with it too, which would make it a great makeup bag palette.

Swatches of Shades 1 - 6 without flash
Swatches of Shades 1 - 6 with flash

These eye shadows are actually surprisingly really good quality, they are soft, pigmented, and they stay quite vibrant after a whole day of wear (they do crease on me after a while, but most eye shadows do). My absolute favourite colour in this palette is shade 4, it is a beautiful every day colour for me. It is a mid toned warm coppery taupe, and works beautifully with brown eyes. The matte colours aren't as pigmented as the shimmery colours, I will mainly use them as crease colours. I also like shade 1 because it is a really light pink with a hint of shimmer which I think works great on the brow bone, I like some shimmer there, but not too much... shade 1 is perfect for this.

Swatches of Shades 7 - 12 without flash
Swatches of Shades 7 - 12 with flash

Out of shades 7 - 12, my favourites here are shades 7 and 8, especially 8, which is a nice rich brown with almost a hint of olive. The two least pigmented colours are shades 10 and 11, but they still work really well

Overall this is a great palette, it is the perfect starter palette for anyone's collection... you can achieve a nude eye or a smokey eye and anything in between. All of the shadows are very soft and easy to use, and the colour pay off is awesome. I would say that the highly metallic colours are the stars here, and the matte ones are just good. A good addition to this palette would have been a mirror, but for the price, I can't complain. I don't think anyone will need to get the Naked Palette if they have the Undressed Palette by MUA, and its a super cheap alternative.

That wraps up my week of MUA reviews! Now I can move on. Thanks for reading, please remember to follow my blog!


If you follow this blog, you will realise that I have been doing quite a few MUA reviews after receiving a haul last week - which you can see here. In this review today I will talk about two lipsticks (shades 11 and 16), the pressed powder in shade 1, and the eyebrow pencil in Blonde (yes, I know I am not a blonde!).

You can buy all of these products from MUA's website

MUA Lipstick



The packaging is fine, I was expecting a really cheap plastic since these cost so little, but the packaging isn't flimsy. The only problem I have with the packaging is that the lids don't sit very tight; I would be worried that these could come loose in my bag. I like the coloured plastic at the bottom which shows what shade the lipstick is without having to look closely at the name. The plastic actually matches the lipstick colour really well.


So while I was ordering a few items, I thought I should try out their £1 lipsticks. As a rough guide, £1 equals roughly AU$1.50. I got one of the new shades - the orange-peachy colour which is shade 16 Nectar. I also wanted a medium toned nude (because light nudes make me look dead) and so I chose shade 11. I chose shade 11 because after looking at swatches on the internet it seemed like the right shade I was looking for. In the tube it looks really really dark!

Lips with no lipstick
 Shade 16 - Nectar
Shade 11
Note: Normally I show swatches with and without flash. Since today is so overcast, the without flash photos came out really dark. I only put the ones with flash because they were much more true to life.

These lipsticks are really sheer. They don't add too much colour to the lips, but they are pretty smooth. These two shades don't contain shimmer, and they have a slight vanilla/coconut smell to them. I like crazy bold colours so shade 16 didn't really do it for me, but the orange/peach colour is nice. I was happy that shade 11 was sheer, purely because otherwise this would have been a dark brown which is really hard to wear. I should have chosen a lighter colour, since I was looking for a medium toned nude lipstick, but I guess thats the gamble of buying online.

Being sheer, these lipsticks don't last very long at all. For such a cheap lipstick, I don't expect MAC quality, so I'm not really fussed that they are sheer and wear off quickly, but they aren't must have lipsticks in my opinion.

I would recommend these if you like a very sheer lip. They are easy to apply - but you will find yourself reapplying them often. Also if you are just starting up your lipstick collection, these are a good start, as you can get heaps of shades for the price of one MAC lipstick. If I lived in the UK I would probably pick up more of these, but being in Australia and having to order them online, I wouldn't really bother going to all the effort to specifically buy these. 

See an arm swatch of these lipsticks later in this post.

MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde



Yay! I love eyebrow products, and like the lipsticks, this cost £1. I would have got brown but the only one in stock on the MUA website was blonde. It looked brown enough for me to try. I am pretty impressed with this pencil. It's smooth and easy to use, and great value! I also love the packaging, I like how the brush at the end has a cover.

The colour is a slightly warm taupe (see swatch at the end of this post), but works well enough for my brown eyebrows. I tend to use this on days where I want my eyebrows to look neat and filled in but not too overly drawn. This may be a little warm for people with light eyebrows, but the warmth may be nice for people with red to mousey brown hair - I have no idea, just speculating.

My only problem with this pencil (and it is a minor problem), is that because its quite soft it wears down pretty quickly and requires regular sharpening. Oh my other problem with this is that I should have bought more of them!

MUA Pressed Powder in Shade 1


This is another great deal! 5.7 grams of product for £1 ($1.50). I wasn't expecting much from such a cheap powder, but I really like this powder. I got this in the lightest shade, but its not super light which is good for my light-medium skin tone. It's also not too yellow or too pink, I would say it is a really nice neutral peach shade. I have combination to oily skin so I rely heavily on powder, and this one gives good coverage without being too cakey or powdery. I don't know if this will settle in dry skin or not. It smells a little cheap (sort of like talcum powder), but you can't smell it when you put it on, you can only smell it when you literally smell the pan. 

The packaging is quite a sturdy clear plastic, it doesn't a mirror or an applicator, but you can't expect everything for such a low price. Just like the eyebrow pencil, I wish I had ordered more of these, I can imagine getting a lot of use out of it. See swatch of the powder below.

Left to right: Lipstick Shade 16 and Shade 11, Pressed Powder in Shade 1, Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde

Over all, I really like this £1 range from MUA, they are decent product for a super cheap price. I highly recommend the eyebrow pencil and pressed powder if you want value for money. If you like sheer lipsticks, also give these lipsticks a try.

Thanks for reading, please remember to follow my blog! xx

Review and swatches: MUA Lipsticks in Shade 11 and Shade 16 (Nectar), MUA pressed powder in Shade 1, and MUA eyebrow pencil in Blonde.

July 30, 2012 Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


If you follow this blog, you will realise that I have been doing quite a few MUA reviews after receiving a haul last week - which you can see here. In this review today I will talk about two lipsticks (shades 11 and 16), the pressed powder in shade 1, and the eyebrow pencil in Blonde (yes, I know I am not a blonde!).

You can buy all of these products from MUA's website

MUA Lipstick



The packaging is fine, I was expecting a really cheap plastic since these cost so little, but the packaging isn't flimsy. The only problem I have with the packaging is that the lids don't sit very tight; I would be worried that these could come loose in my bag. I like the coloured plastic at the bottom which shows what shade the lipstick is without having to look closely at the name. The plastic actually matches the lipstick colour really well.


So while I was ordering a few items, I thought I should try out their £1 lipsticks. As a rough guide, £1 equals roughly AU$1.50. I got one of the new shades - the orange-peachy colour which is shade 16 Nectar. I also wanted a medium toned nude (because light nudes make me look dead) and so I chose shade 11. I chose shade 11 because after looking at swatches on the internet it seemed like the right shade I was looking for. In the tube it looks really really dark!

Lips with no lipstick
 Shade 16 - Nectar
Shade 11
Note: Normally I show swatches with and without flash. Since today is so overcast, the without flash photos came out really dark. I only put the ones with flash because they were much more true to life.

These lipsticks are really sheer. They don't add too much colour to the lips, but they are pretty smooth. These two shades don't contain shimmer, and they have a slight vanilla/coconut smell to them. I like crazy bold colours so shade 16 didn't really do it for me, but the orange/peach colour is nice. I was happy that shade 11 was sheer, purely because otherwise this would have been a dark brown which is really hard to wear. I should have chosen a lighter colour, since I was looking for a medium toned nude lipstick, but I guess thats the gamble of buying online.

Being sheer, these lipsticks don't last very long at all. For such a cheap lipstick, I don't expect MAC quality, so I'm not really fussed that they are sheer and wear off quickly, but they aren't must have lipsticks in my opinion.

I would recommend these if you like a very sheer lip. They are easy to apply - but you will find yourself reapplying them often. Also if you are just starting up your lipstick collection, these are a good start, as you can get heaps of shades for the price of one MAC lipstick. If I lived in the UK I would probably pick up more of these, but being in Australia and having to order them online, I wouldn't really bother going to all the effort to specifically buy these. 

See an arm swatch of these lipsticks later in this post.

MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde



Yay! I love eyebrow products, and like the lipsticks, this cost £1. I would have got brown but the only one in stock on the MUA website was blonde. It looked brown enough for me to try. I am pretty impressed with this pencil. It's smooth and easy to use, and great value! I also love the packaging, I like how the brush at the end has a cover.

The colour is a slightly warm taupe (see swatch at the end of this post), but works well enough for my brown eyebrows. I tend to use this on days where I want my eyebrows to look neat and filled in but not too overly drawn. This may be a little warm for people with light eyebrows, but the warmth may be nice for people with red to mousey brown hair - I have no idea, just speculating.

My only problem with this pencil (and it is a minor problem), is that because its quite soft it wears down pretty quickly and requires regular sharpening. Oh my other problem with this is that I should have bought more of them!

MUA Pressed Powder in Shade 1


This is another great deal! 5.7 grams of product for £1 ($1.50). I wasn't expecting much from such a cheap powder, but I really like this powder. I got this in the lightest shade, but its not super light which is good for my light-medium skin tone. It's also not too yellow or too pink, I would say it is a really nice neutral peach shade. I have combination to oily skin so I rely heavily on powder, and this one gives good coverage without being too cakey or powdery. I don't know if this will settle in dry skin or not. It smells a little cheap (sort of like talcum powder), but you can't smell it when you put it on, you can only smell it when you literally smell the pan. 

The packaging is quite a sturdy clear plastic, it doesn't a mirror or an applicator, but you can't expect everything for such a low price. Just like the eyebrow pencil, I wish I had ordered more of these, I can imagine getting a lot of use out of it. See swatch of the powder below.

Left to right: Lipstick Shade 16 and Shade 11, Pressed Powder in Shade 1, Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde

Over all, I really like this £1 range from MUA, they are decent product for a super cheap price. I highly recommend the eyebrow pencil and pressed powder if you want value for money. If you like sheer lipsticks, also give these lipsticks a try.

Thanks for reading, please remember to follow my blog! xx

I got this Baby Foot Easy pack with my July Lust Have It! box, and I was super excited to give it a go. It's winter so I have been neglecting my feet, they are either in shoes, socks or slippers; I have even stopped worrying about painting my toe nails. Anyway, my feet aren't bad, I don't have flaky or dry skin on my feet, but I do have some slightly thicker skin on my heel and on the side of my foot near my big toes. In summer when I am wearing sandals a lot, I tend to moisurise my feet a little because they can dry out from being exposed all the time... aaanyway what I am getting at is that my feet aren't in dire need of a foot treatment, but I have excited to give this a go and to get my feet summer ready.


Inside the pack you get these two attractive plastic boots that are sealed at the top and require cutting with scissors to put your feet in. Then you get a strip of tape, which rips apart into six pieces.


Above is the directions. What I did was I had a shower and I blocked the plug hole a little so I was standing in water for a few minutes. After I dried off (and got dressed), I cut the top of the foot pack and then put my foot inside and folded the excess plastic over to make it fit more snug and then I taped it down. I repeated this with the other foot and then I put my slippers over the top, since step 2 said for increased absorption to wear a pair of socks over the top, and also because they were pretty cold to begin with. You need to keep them on for two hours, and make sure you arm yourself with snacks and drinks, because you should keep walking around to a minimum so you don't make a hole in the bag.

Ok so the pack has some further warnings under the directions (I forgot to take a photo of them close up, so I had to crop it badly from one of the above photos). The main things to remember are to do a patch test before you try this (which I did not do), do not use if you are pregnant or diabetic (which I am not... I think), and to take nail polish off before you use this (luckily I didn't have nail polish on since I noticed that warning after putting these on my feet!).


Attractive...


I found that when I took these off, the arch of my feet felt a little tingly. I'm not sure if that was psychological at all or if thats a common feeling. I stupidly didn't take photos of my feet before, but I will insert photos as they start to peel, and after it is all done. I did this two days ago and I haven't yet seen signs of feeling, however I do think the soles of my feet are starting to dry out a little. Let the peeling begin!

If you are interested in this product, you can find out more at http://www.babyfoot.com.au/. Accordng to Lust Have It! these retail for AU$29.95.

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Edit: This process took about two weeks to start seeing significant peeling (which I did take photos of, but I'm not sure where I stored them). It then took about another week or so for the peeling to end. Afterwards the skin on my feet was softer, but I would not say it was anything close to the claim of baby feet. I would compare it to what your feet would be like after two or three times of soaking your feet and then scrubbed them with a pumice. So it did give a good result, but nothing you couldn't achieve on your own. I did also find that the softness only lasted a month or so before it pretty much going back to normal. I think to maintain the effect, you would need to regularly exfoliate your feet.

My Baby Foot experience

July 29, 2012 Melbourne VIC, Australia


I got this Baby Foot Easy pack with my July Lust Have It! box, and I was super excited to give it a go. It's winter so I have been neglecting my feet, they are either in shoes, socks or slippers; I have even stopped worrying about painting my toe nails. Anyway, my feet aren't bad, I don't have flaky or dry skin on my feet, but I do have some slightly thicker skin on my heel and on the side of my foot near my big toes. In summer when I am wearing sandals a lot, I tend to moisurise my feet a little because they can dry out from being exposed all the time... aaanyway what I am getting at is that my feet aren't in dire need of a foot treatment, but I have excited to give this a go and to get my feet summer ready.


Inside the pack you get these two attractive plastic boots that are sealed at the top and require cutting with scissors to put your feet in. Then you get a strip of tape, which rips apart into six pieces.


Above is the directions. What I did was I had a shower and I blocked the plug hole a little so I was standing in water for a few minutes. After I dried off (and got dressed), I cut the top of the foot pack and then put my foot inside and folded the excess plastic over to make it fit more snug and then I taped it down. I repeated this with the other foot and then I put my slippers over the top, since step 2 said for increased absorption to wear a pair of socks over the top, and also because they were pretty cold to begin with. You need to keep them on for two hours, and make sure you arm yourself with snacks and drinks, because you should keep walking around to a minimum so you don't make a hole in the bag.

Ok so the pack has some further warnings under the directions (I forgot to take a photo of them close up, so I had to crop it badly from one of the above photos). The main things to remember are to do a patch test before you try this (which I did not do), do not use if you are pregnant or diabetic (which I am not... I think), and to take nail polish off before you use this (luckily I didn't have nail polish on since I noticed that warning after putting these on my feet!).


Attractive...


I found that when I took these off, the arch of my feet felt a little tingly. I'm not sure if that was psychological at all or if thats a common feeling. I stupidly didn't take photos of my feet before, but I will insert photos as they start to peel, and after it is all done. I did this two days ago and I haven't yet seen signs of feeling, however I do think the soles of my feet are starting to dry out a little. Let the peeling begin!

If you are interested in this product, you can find out more at http://www.babyfoot.com.au/. Accordng to Lust Have It! these retail for AU$29.95.

Thanks for reading, please remember to follow my blog xx

Edit: This process took about two weeks to start seeing significant peeling (which I did take photos of, but I'm not sure where I stored them). It then took about another week or so for the peeling to end. Afterwards the skin on my feet was softer, but I would not say it was anything close to the claim of baby feet. I would compare it to what your feet would be like after two or three times of soaking your feet and then scrubbed them with a pumice. So it did give a good result, but nothing you couldn't achieve on your own. I did also find that the softness only lasted a month or so before it pretty much going back to normal. I think to maintain the effect, you would need to regularly exfoliate your feet.

I got this as part of my MUA haul which you can see here. I couldn't pass this up since I am a lover of gold and bronze eye shadows. This is a limited edition MUA palette which has come out for the Olympics. You can get it on the MUA website for £4 (or approximately AU$6). I took these photos of the palette the day I got them, but I am writing this review after a few days of using them.



It comes with 10 shades, and all of them are shimmery or sparkly. Four shades are silvery and six shades are gold/bronze.


I really love this palette, almost all of the colours are really soft and really pigmented. The only two that let the team down (in my opinion) are shade 2 and shade 6 - the colour pay off with these are just ok, whereas the rest of them are amazing. I have only worn these with a cream shadow underneath, and they do tend to stay put all day without losing vibrancy.

There are two neutral shades in this palette (shades 1 and 3) and they are really pretty every day colours. I was happy to see a few nice neutral colours in a gold and silver palette.

Shades 4, 5, 9 and 10 are the more sparkly shades, they have quite prominent chunks of glitter, and remind me of glitter pigments.

Shades 1 - 5 without flash

Shades 1 - 5 with flash

Shades 6 - 10 without flash

Shades 6 - 10 with flash

The swatches with flash show the real magic of these shadows, I took the photos inside, so if you wore these outside they would be a lot more shimmery than what the swatches show in the without flash photos.

You can see from the swatches that shades 2 and 6 aren't as pigmented as the others. My personal favourites are the shadows that have glitter - specifically the gold (shade 5), the bronze (shade 9), and the dark silver (shade 10). I also love shade 7 as an inner corner highlight.

I think this palette has a good range of colours. I don't personally wear silver eyeshadow so I won't get much use out of them, but I know a lot of people do love silvers. I would have liked to see another bronze or two, since bronze is a very popular colour.

If you like metallic colours, I would highly recommend this palette!
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Review and swatches: MUA Going For Gold Palette

July 28, 2012 Melbourne VIC, Australia


I got this as part of my MUA haul which you can see here. I couldn't pass this up since I am a lover of gold and bronze eye shadows. This is a limited edition MUA palette which has come out for the Olympics. You can get it on the MUA website for £4 (or approximately AU$6). I took these photos of the palette the day I got them, but I am writing this review after a few days of using them.



It comes with 10 shades, and all of them are shimmery or sparkly. Four shades are silvery and six shades are gold/bronze.


I really love this palette, almost all of the colours are really soft and really pigmented. The only two that let the team down (in my opinion) are shade 2 and shade 6 - the colour pay off with these are just ok, whereas the rest of them are amazing. I have only worn these with a cream shadow underneath, and they do tend to stay put all day without losing vibrancy.

There are two neutral shades in this palette (shades 1 and 3) and they are really pretty every day colours. I was happy to see a few nice neutral colours in a gold and silver palette.

Shades 4, 5, 9 and 10 are the more sparkly shades, they have quite prominent chunks of glitter, and remind me of glitter pigments.

Shades 1 - 5 without flash

Shades 1 - 5 with flash

Shades 6 - 10 without flash

Shades 6 - 10 with flash

The swatches with flash show the real magic of these shadows, I took the photos inside, so if you wore these outside they would be a lot more shimmery than what the swatches show in the without flash photos.

You can see from the swatches that shades 2 and 6 aren't as pigmented as the others. My personal favourites are the shadows that have glitter - specifically the gold (shade 5), the bronze (shade 9), and the dark silver (shade 10). I also love shade 7 as an inner corner highlight.

I think this palette has a good range of colours. I don't personally wear silver eyeshadow so I won't get much use out of them, but I know a lot of people do love silvers. I would have liked to see another bronze or two, since bronze is a very popular colour.

If you like metallic colours, I would highly recommend this palette!
Has anyone tried these? Also remember to follow my blog! Thanks xx



I got these as part of my MUA haul. They were £2.50 each or two for £4 (which is approximately AU$6 for both) on the MUA website. I got the Mosaic Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow, which is the lighter more pinky shade of the two bronzers available, and I got the Mosaic Blush in English Rose which is the only colour the blush comes in.



I like the concept of these items, because it looks interesting, and I like seeing the colours that go into the over all look. You can use each section separately, for example if you wanted to use a particular brown from the bronzer as an eye shadow, or a light pink of the blush as a highlight, but it's a lot of effort and you wouldn't necessarily buy these with the intention to use them as a palette. The packaging is fine, I love a clear lid and it's quite simple. I have heard that they can be quite stiff to open but I have no problem with mine.

I think the mosaic is particularly effective with the blush, the mix of pink, purple, and peach creates a really nice neutral pink, and I like seeing the colours used to make that particular shade. Also if it were one flat shade it could be pretty boring to look at in the pan and may be easily over looked.

Mosaic Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow

Each shade of the bronzer swatched without flash

Each shade of the bronzer swatched with flash

Bronzer swatched on the finger

Bronzer swatched together: blended and heavily swatched, without flash

Bronzer swatched together: blended and heavily swatched, with flash
I am too pale to use this as a bronzer at the moment so I have only used it as a browny-pink blush (which looks quite nice). You wouldn't necessarily use it as a contour because it has quite a bit of shimmer to it. I do think the pink tones in this could work well as a bronzer for people who have pinkish skin tones, and don't like really golden bronzers, but I think I will get more use of this as a neutral blush.


One annoying thing that I find with this bronzer is that it creates a lot of mess in the pan, this doesn't happen with the blush. The above photo is what it looks like after I lightly swirled a brush in it. Not a huge deal, but I would not take this in my makeup bag with me, this is staying at home for sure.

Mosaic Blush in English Rose

Each shade of the blush swatched without flash

Each shade of the blush swatched with flash

Blush swatched on the finger 

Blush swatched together: blended and heavily swatched, without flash

Blush swatched together: blended and heavily swatched, with flash

This is by far my favourite of the two MUA Mosaic items. This blush is so pretty! It's a mid toned pink with a slight mauve tone to it, which I love. This is super shimmery though, so if you don't like a shimmery blush then don't get this. I have recently been all about matte blushes, but am now in a shimmery mood, so this is perfect for me. My only issue with this blush is that it is so light that the pink colour barely shows up on the cheeks. This doesn't bother me so much, because it is so pretty, but I have started using this as a highlighter instead of a blush, or I will put on another blush and put this over the top for a really pretty shimmer. If you are fair skinned and like a subtle pretty shimmery pink cheek, buy this blush. If you have darker skin and love a pink highlight, also buy this blush.

So in summary, I love the blush but will no doubt use it as a highlighter more than a blush. The bronzer is ok, but I will no doubt use this more as a blush than a bronzer. Confusing, but great products for such a cheap price.

Review and swatches: MUA Mosaic Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow and Mosaic Blush in English Rose

July 26, 2012


I got these as part of my MUA haul. They were £2.50 each or two for £4 (which is approximately AU$6 for both) on the MUA website. I got the Mosaic Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow, which is the lighter more pinky shade of the two bronzers available, and I got the Mosaic Blush in English Rose which is the only colour the blush comes in.



I like the concept of these items, because it looks interesting, and I like seeing the colours that go into the over all look. You can use each section separately, for example if you wanted to use a particular brown from the bronzer as an eye shadow, or a light pink of the blush as a highlight, but it's a lot of effort and you wouldn't necessarily buy these with the intention to use them as a palette. The packaging is fine, I love a clear lid and it's quite simple. I have heard that they can be quite stiff to open but I have no problem with mine.

I think the mosaic is particularly effective with the blush, the mix of pink, purple, and peach creates a really nice neutral pink, and I like seeing the colours used to make that particular shade. Also if it were one flat shade it could be pretty boring to look at in the pan and may be easily over looked.

Mosaic Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow

Each shade of the bronzer swatched without flash

Each shade of the bronzer swatched with flash

Bronzer swatched on the finger

Bronzer swatched together: blended and heavily swatched, without flash

Bronzer swatched together: blended and heavily swatched, with flash
I am too pale to use this as a bronzer at the moment so I have only used it as a browny-pink blush (which looks quite nice). You wouldn't necessarily use it as a contour because it has quite a bit of shimmer to it. I do think the pink tones in this could work well as a bronzer for people who have pinkish skin tones, and don't like really golden bronzers, but I think I will get more use of this as a neutral blush.


One annoying thing that I find with this bronzer is that it creates a lot of mess in the pan, this doesn't happen with the blush. The above photo is what it looks like after I lightly swirled a brush in it. Not a huge deal, but I would not take this in my makeup bag with me, this is staying at home for sure.

Mosaic Blush in English Rose

Each shade of the blush swatched without flash

Each shade of the blush swatched with flash

Blush swatched on the finger 

Blush swatched together: blended and heavily swatched, without flash

Blush swatched together: blended and heavily swatched, with flash

This is by far my favourite of the two MUA Mosaic items. This blush is so pretty! It's a mid toned pink with a slight mauve tone to it, which I love. This is super shimmery though, so if you don't like a shimmery blush then don't get this. I have recently been all about matte blushes, but am now in a shimmery mood, so this is perfect for me. My only issue with this blush is that it is so light that the pink colour barely shows up on the cheeks. This doesn't bother me so much, because it is so pretty, but I have started using this as a highlighter instead of a blush, or I will put on another blush and put this over the top for a really pretty shimmer. If you are fair skinned and like a subtle pretty shimmery pink cheek, buy this blush. If you have darker skin and love a pink highlight, also buy this blush.

So in summary, I love the blush but will no doubt use it as a highlighter more than a blush. The bronzer is ok, but I will no doubt use this more as a blush than a bronzer. Confusing, but great products for such a cheap price.

If you read this blog you will see that I got an MUA haul yesterday. There was a promo where you could get one of these nail polishes free with your online purchase. I am not a fan of crackle nail polishes, and have never bought one in the past, but I thought this was a great way to try something new. You get to pick your own colour, so I decided to go for the pink because I thought it would make a more subtle and wearable crackle effect. So this is the Nail Quake in Shiver, and I decided to put it over the top of Whoa Nelly Nail It! nail polish from Sportsgirl.

This is Whoa Nelly on its own (two coats)


Nail Quake time...


After only a few seconds the nail polish starts to crack


The final effect


I'm still not a fan of this. I thought that by using a less contrasting colour it may not look so bad, but I think by using the orange it makes it look like I have really gross ridges in my nails. I must admit, I really like the pink over the orange, its gives a nice neon colour, but I'm definitely not sold on this look. I might try it with purple underneath next time.

Have you ever tried these crackle nail polishes, or do you have any suggestions on what I can pair this pink with?

MUA Nail Quake in Shiver over Nail It! nail polish in Whoa Nelly.

July 25, 2012


If you read this blog you will see that I got an MUA haul yesterday. There was a promo where you could get one of these nail polishes free with your online purchase. I am not a fan of crackle nail polishes, and have never bought one in the past, but I thought this was a great way to try something new. You get to pick your own colour, so I decided to go for the pink because I thought it would make a more subtle and wearable crackle effect. So this is the Nail Quake in Shiver, and I decided to put it over the top of Whoa Nelly Nail It! nail polish from Sportsgirl.

This is Whoa Nelly on its own (two coats)


Nail Quake time...


After only a few seconds the nail polish starts to crack


The final effect


I'm still not a fan of this. I thought that by using a less contrasting colour it may not look so bad, but I think by using the orange it makes it look like I have really gross ridges in my nails. I must admit, I really like the pink over the orange, its gives a nice neon colour, but I'm definitely not sold on this look. I might try it with purple underneath next time.

Have you ever tried these crackle nail polishes, or do you have any suggestions on what I can pair this pink with?

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