I bought the Natasha Denona BIBA palette and here is my HONEST review

Are you thinking of getting the Natasha Denona BIBA palette for Christmas?

If you’re still on the fence whether to say bye bye to your precious cash or skip this product… then read on!

I’m giving you my honest to goodness opinion about this much talked about product!

So, why did I get this palette?

As a professional makeup artist, I try my best to keep up with the new makeup trends and products.

Many of my clients who book me for their parties and weddings are very knowledgeable now about makeup brands and they often ask me about the products I use.

This is one of the reasons why I made sure that I had to have this palette. I wanted to test it out and see if this brand will be something that I will continuously use.

What’s in it?

In a nutshell, the BIBA palette has 15 ultimate eyeshadows in a range of colors from mauves and burgundies, to warm grays and black.

But sadly, my black shadow came in completely broken.  (Had it shipped)

In terms of formula – depending on the shade, they all have the signature ND formulas:

CP– Richly pigmented wet powder formula that is easy to blend.

CM– ND’s Signature matte formula is creamy to the touch and seamlessly blends on the lid.

CK– Sparkling cream powder finely milled pearls and crystals for a dazzling diamond-like sparkle effect. Sheer finish.

M– metallics in multiple textures

SO, what’s good about this palette?

Let’s start with the PROS…

This palette is great if you DON’T HAVE any other neutral palette.

If you’re a beginner who’s looking for a starter palette…

OR

If your eyeshadow palette is totally gone and you need a brand new one.

WHY?

The BIBA palette is great for you because the range of colors allows you to use it every day – whether for work of for casual everyday makeup.

The darker and metallic colors also give you the flexibility to use them for more formal or glam events as you can also create SMOKEY or BRONZY looks.

 

Another PLUS?

The shadows are also easy to work with and almost NO fall-out…

making them the BEST PALETTE to have if you’re just starting out with makeup.

For professionals…

the palette also comes with “HOLES” at the back so you can easily depot the colors into your professional palette.

Are there negatives?

Okay, HERE’S THE DEAL:

The Natasha Denona BIBA palette is priced at 500 Dirhams in UAE (around $135 USD).

For an eyeshadow palette, that’s quite expensive. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

To put it in perspective, that’s ALMOST DOUBLE the price of a Huda Beauty or an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette!

If you are a professional makeup artist, I would bet that you probably have these shades already or very similar shades in your collection.

For this reason, it becomes an unnecessary expense for you, unless of course, you need to stock up on your eyeshadow palettes.

If you are on a budget and you can’t get your hands on this…

REGRET NOT! All the shades are dupable, but of course, will not have the same formulation.

If money is NOT an issue,

everyone would love this palette because of the AMAZING formula – whether you’re a beginner, makeup enthusiast or a professional MUA like me.

MY PERSONAL TAKE?

All in all, it is a good palette. I will continue using it.

Will I buy it again?

Probably NOT, I will wait for another Natasha Denona Palette with more unique shades in the future.

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Why being brave is beautiful… How facing my fears made me a stronger woman

What would you do if an amazing but totally unexpected opportunity comes your way?
The old me?
I probably would have said NO.
I probably would’ve shied away and turn my back.
I probably would’ve let my fear prevail.
At the beginning of 2019, this was what almost happened until I made a brave decision…
I was hired to do the makeup and hair for the UAE Emirates ID TV Commercial. it was a very BIG DEAL. 🙌
The TVC will air all over UAE Emirates ID social media channels.
Of course, I was so excited!
I was in my element and i single handedly did the hair, makeup, and grooming of all the talents. 💄💋
The shoot was almost done when suddenly one of the production staff realized that they needed to shoot one more scene but many of the female talents left already for the day.
Oh, No! 😱
On my part, I was worried that I had to do makeup on a new talent and there was pressure that I must finish the job quickly before we lose more time for the shoot. ⏰
But there’s a catch:
They need ONE more female talent!
The staff then looked at me and asked me:
Can you be the female talent?!
I was shocked!
I’ve never appeared or acted in any TV project before… my only experience was doing YouTube and Instagram videos!
What if I mess up the shoot?
What If I make mistakes?
What if I cause more delays?
All these fears and uncertainties were swimming in my brain… i was terrified.
But then the staff talked to me and said, i don’t need to be scared as they will guide me. Not to mention, i get to be paid a separate Talent Fee for the job 😉
Amidst all the chaos in my head, i decided…
What the heck? I’ll go for it!
I decided not to let my FEARS win…
i decided to be brave…
I can do this! 💪
While my experience has always been behind the scenes, i told myself that trying something new will be good for me!
So, i promptly fixed myself and in no time, i was on set.
It was so fast… it was like a dream!
It was finished before I even realized it.
Honestly, I can’t even remember the details because I was so overwhelmed!
A few weeks after that… I started to get some calls and messages.
From friends, family, even clients!
They said they saw me on TV and on Facebook!
I realized that the TVC is ON AIR so I quickly checked it out.
At first, it felt strange seeing myself in such a major project but after watching it a few times, i felt a mix of excitement and pride.
I felt fulfilled that I was able to go out of my comfort zone and accomplish something I never imagined I could do!!!
It was amazing!
The bonus?
Old clients who saw the TVC booked me again for makeup and I got new clients too!
I was surprised that my small celebrity exposure paid off! It brought me new jobs!
It was a great learning for me and I hope for you to.
When an opportunity knocks, grab it!
Be brave, it makes you more beautiful!
Don’t let your fears win!
You are amazing!
BTW: Here’s the link to the TVC if you want to see