Category: Makeup reviews

*Blogtober day 7*My Makeup Revolution Haul – Includes The New Petra Palette

Hello lovelies.
Now I have seen Revolution Makeup EVERYWHERE, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.  I am always looking for good makeup that doesn’t cost the earth, and heard fantastic reviews of this brand and thought why not give it a go.
I haven’t done any first impressions yet.  May have had a few quick swatches but will need to test these over time.  But from what I can see I am pleasantly surprised.
Because I spent over £30 I received a mystery goodie bag for free, which I will show you below.

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My main purchases included –

Revolution Lace baking powder – £5

Revolution conceal and define Concealer in shade C4 (Need a shade lighter next time as this matches my skin tone) – £4

Revolution pro lipstick collection in Nude – pack of 5 – £7

Revolution Conceal and Define Full Coverage Foundation, shade F4 (my perfect shade, descriptions are so accurate) – £9

Revolution X Petra eye shadow Palette – £12

Bringing the makeup to a grand total of £37 

I really really wanted to try this palette designed by Petra, as well as the new foundation.  What attracted me to this palette over the others was the mixture of matte neutral shades, with the pop of colour.  Not all the shades are matte some have shimmer but just the right amount.  For £12 that is a bargain.  From a few swatches I have done, they are highly pigmented and very creamy.

Now for the mystery bag

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I received –

  • The revolution colour correcting palette.
  • Contour and light palette.
  • Contour shades from Freedom.
  • 2x lipsticks – 1x Revolution and 1x Freedom.  (Great for me starting a lipstick collection).
  • And last of all a Sili sponge “not a sponge”.  Not overly keen on this never tried one before so I had a quick go and found it left my foundation streaky.

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Benefit BAD gal BANG mascara review

Hello all my beauty lovers, welcome back.
I have been meaning to review this mascara for a while now.  I received this as part of my March Birchbox samples.

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All I can say is that I am in love.
This is only a sample size, the full sized mascara retails for £21.50

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This mascara also comes in a travel size and retails for £10.50

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Benefit product details from their site:

BADgal BANG! 36-HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!
*instrumental test on 21 women

  • Smudge-proof, water-resistant, volumising mascara
  • 90% saw dramatic volume**
  • 94% said it instantly lifted lashes**
  • 92% said it lengthened lashes**
  • ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength

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The coverage this product states to give is real.  The only problem with my sample is that it doesn’t remove as much product from the wand like the full sized product does.  I think that this is a design problem with the sample, making it cheaper.  This just means I need to scrape off the product from the wand to make sure my eye lashes are not too thick.
But wow overall my eyelashes are voluminous, well coated, and my eyelashes have never looked clumpy.
A little goes a long way, I have put on this mascara everyday since March and I have loads of product left 🙂 which is awesome.
I will definitely be spending my pennies and buying the full sized product when this one runs out.

 

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June Birchbox review – why am I cancelling?

Hello all, welcome back to another Birchbox review, and my last Birchbox review. Lets jump straight into it.

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First of all I liked the tin idea.   At least with a tin I know it will last longer than the normal boxes and it is re-usable.  However I DISLIKED the design, it is so old fashioned.  The design is for their 5th year Birthday, but not pretty compared to the other boxes I have received.
Lets dive into the products.

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Whittard of Chelsea tea bags x3

Yep tea bags,  I don’t even drink tea so this was a waste.  In my profile when I complete my likes, dislikes and preferences no where did it state do I want tea in my box.  I bet this is because it’s a UK box – STEREOTYPES!!
There were 3 flavours:
1- Earl Grey
2 – Mango & Bergamot
3 – Lemon & Ginger

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POLAAR sun cream – retail price £25

Another product that I didn’t really need, I will use it as it is sun cream but not needed as a sample.  Sun cream is so easy to purchase why spend £25 on it :/
I am turning into  a negative reviewer, but when I spend money for samples and I get two products so far that I won’t really use…… WASTE

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AMIKA Bombshell blowout spray – retail price £14.99

Okay I received 2 hair products again this month,  I don’t even use them all.  This is a common complaint online that I see, makeup products are less and less where as there is always loads of hair products….
However I did try this texture spray the other day for my ponytail and it was very good- used on dry hair.  I probably would buy the larger version.

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Benefit – POREfessional pearl primer – RRP £27.50 full sized.

YAY beauty products, and a good one.  I have wanted to try this primer for a while but refused to pay the full price.  I was sent a tin tiny sample size which is good enough.  I do like it under my makeup, it smooths out dry skin and dry spots – leaving my makeup after application flawless.

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Number 4 Jour d’automne smoothing balm – RRP £24.50

I have tried the balm when my hair was dry due to me having naturally frizzy/curly hair.
It worked well, but really smells like men’s lynx body spray :p weird but it works.

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Ella Eden eye shadow – RRP £12.99

Very nice creamy eye shadow, no fall out and very shimmery.
I use this in the centre of my eyelid for a highlight.
May even be good to use as a highlight on the face, see the swatch below.

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I have tried this box for the last 4 months, however I have decided I no longer want to spend £12.99 a month on this box.
I get loads of hair products and rarely get makeup products like promised.  Each month I am slowly becoming disappointed.
My profile was always updated so that products should match my needs however I never felt Birchbox paid attention to it.

This month was the last one I wanted and I have now decided to cancel my subscription.

Will I look into other boxes HELL YES! However next time I am going to research into a lot more depth to get the best price for my money.
Leave your thoughts below.

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Links to my previous boxes:

March Birchbox – first time buying

April Birchbox 2018- Cath Kidston special edition

May Birchbox 2018

Comparison – high end and drug store Highlighters

Two highlighters with 2 very different prices…… Let’s review.

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Model Co baked highlighter – free sample from Birchbox, in the shade Moonshine.
This is only a sample size, the actual size is worth £31.

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Sleek highlighter palette purchased off Amazon for only £10, in the shade Solstice.

Review:

The Sleek highlighter palette I have used for well over a year, my favourite shade is Equinox the lovely gold shade.  It is cheap, very pigmented and gives a great colour pay off.
I received the Model Co highlighter from my Birch-box subscription in April.  It is a beautiful shade, more natural, not so shimmery.

I use a fan brush to apply both highlighters. A few brush strokes from the Sleek palette and I have a very pigmented highlight.   Downside to the Model co highlight is that, it takes a lot of dabbing the brush to get any pay off, i often find myself adding more and more to get close to the pay off I get with Sleek.

I like both products, however when I way up the price of them both I think Sleek is worth the money.  I use less product with sleek and it lasts longer, I am also given 4 shades in the palette.
Model Co is lovely but I wouldn’t spend £31 in the future when I have to use more product.  I always reach for my Sleek palette first.

April Birchbox 2018- Cath Kidston special edition

Hello everyone, welcome back to my new Birchbox series.  This is my second one I have purchased, April Cath Kidston special edition.
Postage about £2
Box only £10

Quote of this month:
“Brighten up your day”

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Here is a sneak peak before we dive into all these products…… Remember they are only sample sized.  Fantastic if you do not know if you want to spend your money or not.  This box is catered to my personal profile for my likes, skin and shade.

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Main free product for the special edition is the Cath Kidston hand cream.  Retails for £2.50 and this is the full sized product.  It smells amazing.  Going to use this in my baby changing bag.

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Percy & Reed Perfectly perfecting wonder balm, for the hair.  This is only 30ml.  The full sized 70ml product retails for £18.

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Okay when I say sample size, this is tiny,  it is very dinky.  However it is beautiful.
This is the MODEL co Baked highlighter in Moonshine.
Retails for £24
There was a choice of 2 this month, I prefer a darker highlight so I do not look washed out.

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Beautaniq Brow gel, Fill and tame.
This came in 3 shades, blonde, brunette or black.  I chose Brunette.
I think this is the full sized product which retails for £8.60.

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Last of all there are 2 AfterSpa Makeup remover gloves.
These are very small.  The full sized product retails for £8.95.

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So there is my April Birchbox.  I do plan to review a few of these products, as well as some of the products from the March Birchbox – first time buying.

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Old makeup clear out.

Hello all my beauty lovers,  I am bringing back my makeup reviews, hauls and used products.  Tried and tested.
I always buy a mixture of high end and drug store, and now I feel I am getting used to the sort of formulas I like I feel I am more than ready to show you my tips, tricks and all time favourite products.

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Today I had a good look in my makeup drawer and thought, I do not use half of this makeup and it’s taking up so much room.   Today was the day to remove the makeup I have tried and disliked or just not used for a LONG time.

All the products in the picture above have probably been in my drawer for as long as 1-4 years (hides face in shame).  I know I know 4 years is a bloody long time to not use it all.

I am trying to teach myself to use eye shadow more and create some new eye looks.  This is a huge lesson for me, I am no way going to start looking like those beauty gurus on Youtube in a LONG time.  Hence why a lot of the above makeup is eye shadow palettes.

Products removed:

Smashbox palette with 30 eye shadows, 3 blush and 1 contour shade- lovely palette, amazing.  I just never used the bold colours and then never used the palette.  Have had this for 4 years.

Smashbox smokebox  6 shades- too dark for me. I used to use the black shadow a lot more for liner.

Estée Lauder blush palette- too dark for my complexion now.

W7 neutral eye palette- not used.

Urban decay setting powder-  too orange for me now.

Smashbox contour- too orange for my skin tone, but a fantastic contour shade that lasted me for EVER.

Benefit – double brow.  Just not easy for me to use, I am a beginner with drawing on brows.

Rimmel BB cream- did not like the formula

Maybelline velvet- Again did not like the formula and tried multiple times.

Milani blush-  not very pigmented so ended up not using it.

Mascaras- out of date

NYX matte lip- felt very dry and used to feel crusty on my lips EWWW.

Rimmel lasting 25 hour powder foundation- only bought on holiday as waterproof and had sun protection but again not easy to use.

Collection, concealer-  not my type of formula and just pulled at my skin.

? Bringing back makeup reviews ? Baby updates?

September 2017

Hello all,

This post is a little different.  I love reviewing books for you all, however I have to admit I struggle to keep up with a book a week to review.  I just feel I am not giving to you what you have all subscribed for.

I want to continue to review, promote, share books with you all as this is a passion of mine.  But to include more content I was wondering if you would prefer for me to bring back some makeup reviews.

The makeup reviews will just be my impression, no tutorials as I am no way a makeup Guru ( I can’t draw on brows or do eyeliner haha).

I have also wondered if I bring in a new weekly post dedicated to my pregnancy.  I am now 24 weeks pregnant, will be 25 on Friday.  Again not sure how many of you would be interested.

 

Please leave a comment below with what you think.  And leave suggestions. 🙂

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