Sunday, January 19, 2020

kardashian/jenner week (KKW beauty eyeshadow palette review)

I had no intention of buying KKW Beauty. In fact, I went into Ulta dead set and determined to buy as much Kylie Cosmetics as I was realistically able to. It wasn't that KKW didn't interest me. It was more that I had given myself a budget and I really wanted to try out products from Kylie Cosmetics. A lot of them. However, one eyeshadow palette from the KKW line took my breath away. The colours were warm and bold. Swatching them in the store only further impressed. There was no doubt about it: the Sooo Fire Eyeshadow Palette was coming home with me. Ready to take a peek? See what was so impressive about this product? As part of Kardashian/Jenner week here on the creation of beauty is art. I am finishing out this particular theme week with a full review of the Sooo Fire palette.

Review: KKW Beauty Sooo Fire Eyeshadow Palette (Packaging)

Packaging can make or break the overall experience. If you are someone who isn't a fan of Kim Kardashian (but likes the colours inside this particular palette)...the packaging here will not be your cup of tea. The outside of the package has a picture of Kim sporting blonde hair, a warm eye look, and a glossy nude lip. Then there is the KKW Beauty logo printed subtly on top. Personally? I think the picture - and the packaging - is gorgeous, glam, and just a little bit edgy. That being said, if you aren't a fan of Kim? This likely isn't something you are going to love having on display in your collection. As for the actual palette packaging, it is strong, sturdy, and has a nice weight to it. There is a mirror inside with a lovely burnt orange and gold colour theme. The only thing I really don't like about this packaging? The eyeshadow names are only printed on the backside of the palette. It is always more convenient when they are printed inside as well.

Shade Selection, Swatches, and Pigmentation

Okay, time for the good stuff. No...the great stuff. These eyeshadow shades are everything. It was the colour selection that grabbed my attention right off the bat. Those warm metallic shades, the shimmers, and the addition of those warm deep shades on the ends as well? Since I tend to gravitate towards warm glam looks in general...this was all that I wanted and so much more. I love that there is a lighter shade for blending (Kilauea), mediums shades (Crater of Hekla and Lava), darker colours to create smokey eye looks (Pele's Curse and Volcanic Haze), a golden glitter (Burnt & Bronzed), that phenomenal burnt red (Fire), and all of those incredible shimmer shades (Fiery Eruption, Molten Magma, and Golden Ember). The variety is wonderful in terms of both finishes and shade selection. It is possible to create a lovely variety of makeup looks for day, night, and any time in between.

Ready to see the swatches? Here are the ten eyeshadow shades from the KKW Beauty Sooo Fire Eyeshadow Palette....

As you can see from the swatches above...these have some serious pigmentation. I love how soft and creamy the textures are (for both the matte shades and shimmer shades) and how easily they apply. These don't need to be built up whatsoever. They apply to the skin with ease and look exactly like they do in the pan. Each eyeshadow shade is bold, has great staying power, and is downright impressive. While my favourite shade here is Fire...the most incredible shade has to be Burnt & Bronzed. With a lot of glitter eyeshadows, there is fallout. Some shadows have more fallout than others, but with glitter, there is normally at least a little. This particular shade has the rich pigmentation and an intense glitter finish but no fall out. It is gorgeous.

Makeup Look and Overall Thoughts

The makeup look I created focused mainly on the Golden Ember shade (in the inner corner), Fire (on the centre of the lid), and Fiery Eruption (on the outer corner). All in all, I was really happy with the way the makeup look turned out. In fact, I've been really happy with all of the makeup looks I've created with this palette! They are warm, wearable, and effortlessly glamorous. The quality of this palette is wonderful, the shade selection is stunning, and it is really easy to work with. Though this was my first time using anything from KKW took my breath away. I would absolutely love to try more from the brand in future.

Rating: 5 / 5

Have you tried this palette? Are you a fan of KKW Beauty? 

Friday, January 17, 2020

kardashian/jenner week (kylie cosmetics eyeshadow palette review)

Out of everything in my Kylie Cosmetics haul, the eyeshadow palette peaked my curiosity most. Probably because of my complete and total obsession with eyeshadow. Though eyeliner and mascara are makeup essentials...eyeshadow has long been my creative outlet. Needless to say, the Kylie Holiday Eyeshadow Palette was right up my alley. Sparkle, shimmer, and warm, wearable eyeshadow shades? In soft pink packaging? Sign me up! To continue with Kardashian/Jenner week here on the creation of beauty is art. it is time to review, swatch, and wear this alluring holiday palette.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

kardashian/jenner week (kylie cosmetics holiday set review)

It is no secret that the Kardashians and Jenners are on my radar. They have been featured many times on my blog and YouTube channel over the years. Thanks to their always on trend style and bold makeup looks (like this one, inspired by Kim Kardashian's Snapchat)...they are many beauty enthusiasts dream come true. Which is why it only makes sense that it is Kardashian/Jenner week here on the creation of beauty is art. My last post was a Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty haul and a review of two mini liquid lipsticks. Today, it is all about the Kylie Holiday Try It Kit. Find out what is inside, how the product perform, and what items stand out from the rest.

Monday, January 13, 2020

kardashian/jenner week (haul post + mini liquid lipstick review)

It was a thrilling moment. Walking into an Ulta Beauty store and seeing a massive display of Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty, that is. Though this may be a common experience for many, there are no Ulta Beauty stores in Canada. (Not yet, anyway. Last year they announced a move to Canada was in the works.) During a visit to the United States several months back, I made a very important stop at Ulta. It was a necessity. My mission was to browse the selection of Kardashian and Jenner branded makeup - and bring as much of it home as possible. It was an overwhelming and exciting experience...and it made me wish I had a larger shopping budget. This week on the creation of beauty is art. I'll be reviewing all of the Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty products that have been added to my makeup collection. So keep your eyes peeled for lots of makeup and reviews in the next several days. To start, I'll be sharing my Ulta Beauty haul and reviewing a couple of mini liquid lipsticks.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

20/20 reading challenge + recent reads

Reading is one of my favourite things to do. It has been for as long as I can remember. Despite this, it can be difficult to find space for this beloved pastime. You know the drill. Life gets busy (thanks to work, responsibilities at home, and all the other necessities of everyday life) and the things you love most seem to fall by the wayside. That is why one of my New Year's Resolutions last year was to read more. A lot more. So, I created the 20/20 Reading Challenge. What is it? Did I succeed? And what did I read? Here is everything you need to know.

Friday, January 10, 2020

currently loving: fashionable purses from baginning

Some accessories are more important than others. Sure, a great pair of earrings or a new necklace can compliment and even transform an outfit. However, purses are the ultimate accessory. Not only are they able to add colour, style, and personality to an outfit...but they are also ultra practical. Our purses hold so many important things! From that back up lip gloss to our cell phones, wallets, work documents, and all the other little everyday essentials. To keep all of your must-haves safe and secure - while looking totally stylish - it is extra important to find the right bag. There are plenty to choose from on the incredible website, Baginning. If you are looking for something that stands out for all the right reasons, keep reading or head over to

Thursday, January 9, 2020

tips to eat healthier this winter

Brr! It sure is cold out there. The worst part? It seems to be getting colder by the minute. The winds have picked up and we have had more than a handful of snowfalls. Yes, we are smack dab in the middle of winter. Which is why so many of us tend to stay indoors. Free time is often spent watching endless Netflix marathons rather than heading outdoors to deal with the elements. During those streaming marathons? There may be some unhealthy comfort foods sitting nearby. (It’s okay. This happens to the best of us. Especially during the winter months.) If all of the binge-watching and binge-eating is making you feel kind of blah, don't worry. All you need to do is mix things up. Here are a few different ways to eat healthier this winter.