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The Perfect Products for Halloween Nails & Lips

Posted on October 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Well Halloween is officially upon us, and luckily for me Fred has decided he wants to wear last year’s Spider Man outfit, so he’s sorted already! 🙂

For those of you not going for a full on blood and gore look this weekend, and are looking for something a bit more subtle, I thought I’d gather together a few beauty products together which would be the perfect addition to any halloween outfit…

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First up we have the Morgan Taylor Rocky Horror Picture Show Mini Pack (£14.99)

This fab little set was created especially to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the greatest cult film and longest running theatrical release of all time – The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This pack of four mini 5ml polishes contains three top selling Morgan Taylor colours as well as a glow in the dark top coat. The colour shades are All White Now (bright white), Pretty Woman (red crème), and Little Black Dress (black crème).

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The polishes are definitely some of the best I’ve ever used in terms of consistency. I nearly had full opacity with just one coat, with is unbelievably impressive for the white shade especially. I ended up using two coats for the above swatches, and (apart from the white, which I messed up a bit) they all have a gorgeous high gloss finish.

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Next we have the Makeup Revolution Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection (£1.00 each or all five for £4.00)

Makeup Revolution are the perfect brand to go for if you need to pick up some crazy coloured cosmetics on a budget. The new Unicorns Unite lipstick collection contains five spooky lipstick shades –

  • Pink Myth – a bright coral pink with a creme finish.
  • Throne – a muted lavender shade with a pearlised finish.
  • Horn of Magic – a light sea green with a pearlised finish.
  • Legend – a muted grey toned lavender with a paralysed finish.
  • Magical – a bright blue toned purple with a slight pearlised sheen.

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The lipsticks aren’t quite as pigmented as I’d hoped to be honest, but they still they do the job, and for only £1.00 each (or less if you buy them as a set) these could be just what you’re looking for to complete your Halloween look this weekend.

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I’ve also selected a few of my favourite darker shades of nail polish –

  • Essie ‘for the twill of it’ – an iridescent pearl shade with pearl with pink, violet and green shimmer (£8.95)
  • Illamasqua ‘Element‘ – a mid pearlised taupe grey (£14.50)
  • Essie ‘after school boy blazer ‘ – a deep midnight navy blue (£8.95)

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All of these polishes are fabulous in terms of consistency as well as ease of application. I think Essie’s after school boy blazer has to be my favourite though, it’s a beautiful, almost black midnight blue shade.

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I also have this awesome Halloween inspired transfer nail plate from Mo You (from £4.99)

If you haven’t heard of Mo You before, they offer a massive selection of nail products, including stamping and nail plate sets, nail tools, nail art products, and nail polishes. If you’re into nail art, you should definitely check these guys out!

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And lastly I have these super cute glow in the dark Halloween nail wraps from Thumbs Up Nails (£7.99)

I hope some of these products have inspired you for this weekend! Do you have you’re halloween outfit planned yet? I hope you enjoyed my post!

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Makeup Revolution: The Matte Blush Collection

Posted on October 2, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Makeup Revolution just don’t stop do they! They’ve only been around for about a year and a half and at a guess I’d estimate they’ve produced well over 500 products by now. Crazy stuff!

Ok so today I have their latest blushers to show you. This is the Matte Blush collection, including six large flat pan blushers with glossy black bases and clear flip top lids…

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Don’t they just look so pretty!?

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Ok so the first two shades are New Rules on the left and Beloved on the right. Yes New Rules does look pretty intimidating – would I reach for this shade? Probably not automatically, but in fact it does look lovely used very sparingly. (This is actually a great shade for a pale english rose complexion) Beloved is a bit more of an easier shade on the eye, but it’s actually brighter than in the photo. This pretty pinky peach is perfect for brightening the complexion.

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The next two are probably the easiest colours to wear out of the collection. Nude is a light peachy nude shade which would suit fairer complexions and Fusion is actually very similar to Nude, but slightly deeper and warmer with more of a lean towards terracotta. This would look gorgeous on darker skin tones.

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And lastly, just look at these bad boys! Dare and Divine, are a couple of fantastic blue toned pinks. Dare is on the darker side – and I think I understand why they’ve called it Dare! Divine is a slightly more forgiving Barbie pink.

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You can see from the swatches that they are all really well pigmented. Don’t let the intensity of the colours put you off though. I’ve just swatched them heavily for you so you can see the potential of the colours, with a light hand these look really pretty when applied for a hint or colour. I particularly love Beloved and Nude.

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These blushers are definitely worth giving a go. For only £3.00 each they’re a complete bargain!

The Matte Blush collection is available now at Superdrug.

So what do you think, do any of these shades take your fancy?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Contour Palette

Posted on August 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know it’s been a while, but one of my favourite budget brands is back on the blog today with one of their latest brand new products! Makeup Revolution have been pumping out products left right and centre for quite a while now, then more recently all of a sudden they went pretty quiet. So it was fantastic to have a brand new product land on my doorstep last week (and I’ve actually had another one arrive yesterday) so they’re definitely back in the game again!

The Ultra Contour Palette is Makeup Revolution’s complete contouring and highlighting palette solution. It includes eight brand new shades promising perfect contouring and sculpting, whilst including two gorgeous baked highlighters for illumination.

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Instantly, this palette reminds me of the Blush Contour Palette in Golden Sugar – which obviously has more blush shades, but the very left top and bottom highlighters appear to be the same ones in the Ultra Contour Palette. I’ve checked the description and it definitely says ‘8 new shades’ in the Ultra Contour Palette though… hmmm!

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Ok so let’s take a look at the palette. It includes eight pans, four of which are lighter, highlight shades, three are darker, contour shades, and there’s one shade that’s a bit of an anomaly – is it a contour? Is it a highlighter? A bronzer?? From the swatches that you’ll see below, I think this could either be used as a light bronzer, or a highlighter depending on your skin tone.

The first two highlighter shades are a pale peachy pink, and a pale muted yellow, and both have a matte finish. The next pan is a very similar pale pink to the first, but this one also gives a lovely soft luminous sheen, and lastly the baked highlight on the top far right, this is a beautiful silver colour with gold veins running through.

The bottom row contains three matte contour shades, the first and the third shade are very similar, and the second shade is slightly lighter – which is perfect for me! The last pan is another gorgeous luminous shade, this is just the right shade for a flush of colour on my pale skin 🙂

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I just wanted to include a close up of the far right two pans, because they’re so pretty! Above is the silver highlight and below is the luminous bronzer / highlight.

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And let’s take a look at some swatches!

Because I’m super pale, unfortunately you can’t see the first two highlighter shades too well on my arm. Personally, I prefer the last two, luminous highlighter shades just because they actually show up on my skin! The first two matte shades could still work really well on darker skin tones if you’re looking to highlight without shimmer.

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And here are the contour shades. I found the second shade best for me when it comes to contouring as this was slightly lighter and cooler than the other two matte shades and definitely suited me more. I think the darker shades could work really well on the right skin tones, whereas others may find them to be a bit too reddy. Overall though, this is a fantastic little palette, all the shades are finely milled and have an almost buttery soft texture that is lovely to work with and apply, plus it’s a complete bargain at only £8.00!

The Ultra Contour Palette is available now at Superdrug.

I’d love to hear what your favourite contour products are? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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NEW Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow Palettes

Posted on June 9, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Makeup Revolution are back on the blog today with two brand new look palettes! These are called the Awesome Palettes! Which I just love, I use the word awesome all the time! 😀 Each palette contains 12 shimmer and matte shades that are perfect for summer, cased in a brand new slimline palette.

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Disappear To The Beyond (left) and Beach & Surf (right) – both available at Superdrug.

Both palettes really remind me of the Bobbi Brown Beach & Surf palettes which were released this time last year. Unfortunately I didn’t purchase these so I can’t compare them, but just google it and you’ll see the shades look very similar. I’m wondering if this is intentional as we all know MUR like to come up with affordable dupes for popular products, but these palettes have twelve shades in whereas the Bobbi Brown ones have eight, so they’re not exact dupes by any means.

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The Beach & Surf palette is SO pretty. It comes with six larger sized pans and six smaller pans of shimmer and matte shades, as well as two mini applicators (one sponge and one brush). The new Awesome palettes come with a new-look slimline case with a flip top clear plastic lid rather than a mirror. I love the fact that they are super slimline and compact so they should easily fit in most makeup bags.

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As expected, all of the shimmer shades swatched really well, and the mattes were not so impressive. The shimmers all had fantastic pigmentation and almost a creaminess to their textures, some of them did give a lot of kick up though and seemed to fall apart a bit when swatched, like the green and light blue shades above – its almost like some of the pans haven’t been pressed very hard but I can’t be sure. So this is just a warning to be careful with application!

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The Disappear To The Beyond palette is equally as beautiful but the neutral shades in this palette are definitely more wearable. Again it contains a mostly shimmers with the exception of a couple of matte shades.

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I love the gold and burgundy shades in this palette, and there’s enough lighter shade neutrals to take your look from day to night. The two lighter shimmery shades in the larger pans had the same issue as the previous palette, but apart from this I’m actually quite impressed with both palettes, they’re really not too bad considering they only cost £4, making each shadow just 33p.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any Makeup Revolution palettes? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My Top 5 Budget Beauty Products Under £10.00

Posted on May 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

As you probably know by now, I do feature quite a lot of high end brands – and I should admit I’m a complete sucker for a fancy brand with pretty packaging. But what about high street cosmetics? There’s actually quite a few high street products that I use on a regular basis, so with that in mind I decided to rummage through my makeup bag and pick out my top 5 budget beauty buys under £10.00!

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1. Seventeen Phwoarr Paint (£5.49) After using up my beloved Benefit Boi-ing Concealer which I feel like I’ve had for a lifetime, rather than forking out £17.50 for a new one, I asked the good people of Twitter for their recommendations for a budget alternative, and Seventeen’s Phwoarr Paint was suggested. At almost a third of the price of Benefit, I thought this was definitely worth a try, and it really is fantastic! This is a great highly pigmented creamy concealer that’s perfect for covering under eye dark circles – which is what I mostly use it for.

2. Sleek True Colour Lipsticks (£4.99) Sleek are officially my favourite budget lipstick brand, with my go-to shade being Liqueur, which is the perfect every day nude shade. I also love their fantastic selection of brights. The creamy yet highly pigmented finish is a fantastic dupe for MAC’s Amplified lipsticks, and at only £4.99 for a lippie, you’d be mad not to try them out!

3. Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner (£4.99) I can’t live without eyeliner, and I’ve tried a fair few in my time. I always end up going back to my trusty Contour Clubbing pencils though. My long-term favourite has to be Bleu Neon, an intense electric blue shade. I love that Bourjois have introduced a mass of different shades including blues, greens, purples and even a pink so you can experiment with eyeliner looks without breaking the bank.

4. Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette (£6.99) Makeup Revolution have really upped their game with their new Iconic 1 & 2 Eyeshadow Palettes, they have an updated and much improved eyeshadow formula which is just fantastic, and I’ve found myself going back to my Iconic 2 Palette time and time again. This palette contains the perfect selection of shades to take you from day to night, as well as a large mirror and ‘Pro‘ double ended brush for easy application. These eyeshadows are amazingly well pigmented as well as being easy to apply and blend.

5. Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (£9.99) Yes another Bourjois product! Their relatively new 1 Seconde Mascara is surprisingly one of my favourite mascaras – I say surprisingly because I usually shy away from large mascara wands as my lashes are super short so I often end up making a mess! I love the formula of 1 Seconde though, it does wonders for my stumpy lashes giving length as well as volume, and long lasting curl. This will definitely be re-purchased once it runs out!

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear what your favourite budget beauty buys are? xxx

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NEW Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Lipsticks

Posted on May 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know it’s been a while, but Makeup Revolution are back on the blog this week with a brand new collection of lipsticks. Following on from their Iconic Pro Palettes (my favourite of all of their eyeshadow palettes) Makeup Revolution have now launched an Iconic Pro range of lipsticks.

Makeup Revolution are promising – an outstanding collection of the most desired lipstick shades that give super-Intensive coverage and are comfortable to wear. The contemporary packaging is now lacquered to give you the ammunition you need all the time. Be Bold. Be Iconic. Be Revolutionary.

Sounds pretty good hey!

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There are 20 shades to choose from in the collection, of which I have five to share with you today. The Iconic Pros also come in a rather nice re-vamped glossy black and metallic rose gold packaging, which definitely appeals to me. Above from left to right –

  • Propaganda Matte – a deep burgundy red with a matte finish.
  • We Were Lovers – a bright fuchsia pink with a satin finish.
  • Not in Love – a bright coral pink satin.
  • Somewhere Out There – an intense neon orange with a creamy satin finish.
  • Game of Mystery – a satin finish nude beige.

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I wasn’t too sure what to expect with these lipsticks, being beyond impressed with the Iconic Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette and MUR’s new eyeshadow formula, I was excited for a possible new lipstick formula with these – and I have to say they didn’t disappoint! You can see above that these lipsticks are really well pigmented, especially Somewhere Out There (neon orange) this was easily the most intensely pigmented out of the ones I tried and had the creamiest finish. It’s actually pretty much a spot on dupe for MAC’s Morange shade. You can check out my review here and you’ll see just how similar they look. We all know Makeup Revolution love to offer affordable dupes for popular big brand products, so I’m guessing this is no accident!

This makes me think there will be quite a few MAC dupes to be had out of the Iconic Pro collection – I can also see that Not In Love is also a dead ringer for MAC’s Impassioned (check it out here) but I would say the finish isn’t quite up to the standard of MAC. For £2.49 each though, I won’t be complaining, and I definitely think the Iconic Pro lipsticks are worth a try.

The Iconic Pro Lipsticks are £2.49 each and available at Superdrug now.

I hope you enjoyed my review xxx

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Five Finishing Powders To Try

Posted on May 2, 2015

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Hi Guys!

In my opinion, finding a finishing face powder is always going to be problematic if you have anything other than ‘normal’ skin. If you tend to have an oily complexion you’re going to want a powder to prevent shine, but I have the opposite problem, I have dry skin – particularly around my eyebrows (I used to have eczema in one of my eyebrows as a child, which I’m sure is a contributing factor) also my forehead and around my nose can be pretty dry too. So I need a product that isn’t going to emphasise any dry areas, and also one that doesn’t dry my skin out further. Of course I look after my skin, I moisturise, exfoliate and do as much as I can to keep it in good condition, but if you suffer from dry skin you’ll know no matter why you do, it just seems to keep coming back!

So today I thought I’d share with you a selection of finishing powders I’ve been trying out recently, they range from £2.00 to £24.00, so let’s see which comes out on top!

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First up is the Bare Minerals Original Mineral Veil (£21.00) Now this, I love. I was initially a bit wary of this powder at first, I thought surely it’s just going to dry my skin out further and make it look worse? But Bare Mineral’s Mineral Veil is actually fantastic for dryer skins. It doesn’t contain anything that will dry or dehydrate the skin further, and because it has a super light texture, it’s easy to wear without feeling ‘caked on’. Mineral Veil helps to minimise lines, absorb any oils, and just gives your complexion a flawless finish – it’s also completely translucent so it will suit any skin tone. I’ve got a dinky little brush with mine that’s perfect for carrying around in my makeup bag. You only need the tiniest amount of product, quickly buff it into the skin and you’re done! I love that this is so quick and easy to apply.

Since buying this, Bare Minerals also have a few more options available, including Tinted, Illumination and Hydrating Mineral Veils. I’d be interested to hear if anyone has tried any of these, and how they compare to the original. Please do let me know!

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Next is the bargain of the bunch – Makeup Revolution Translucent Pressed Powder £2.00. TWO POUNDS I tell you! That really is ridiculously cheap! Anyway this little compact comes with a handy flat sponge applicator slotted into the back for easy application, it promises to even out your complexion, reduce shine, and set your makeup. I found the formula of this powder is actually pretty good considering the price, to be honest I wasn’t expecting much for £2.00, but it’s actually a nice little powder that’s soft and feels comfortable on the skin. On my ‘normal’ skin areas it was fine, but I probably would’t recommend it if you have dryer skin as it didn’t sit so well on my forehead. Also, this is supposed to be translucent, but it actually came out quite dark on my super fair skin so unfortunately I don’t think this product is for me.

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Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer Pressed Powder (£24.00) As you probably know, I love Too Faced’s products, I’ve only recently tried their Cocoa Powder Foundation which I loved, so I couldn’t wait to put their Poreless Face Primer Powder to the test! I have a real problem with visible pores on my nose, a few around my nose, and also on my chin, so I’m always keen on trying any product that claims it will get rid of / tighten / cover them / erase them forever. The Poreless Face Primer Powder is quite the multi-tasker, it can be worn under foundation as a primer, on-top of makeup as a setting powder or alone for a natural finish. It promises that either way, you’ll still banish the appearance of pores and achieve a stunning, soft-focus look. It’s been formulated to minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections and it’s infused with vitamins A, C & E for antioxidant benefits and Mulberry Extract for a brightening effect.

So how did this fare up? Well the powder itself has a super soft feel, and it comes with a cute mini powder puff and internal mirror which is handy for application on the go. Personally I prefer to dust this on with a brush, as I always seem to be a bit too heavy handed with the powder puff and end up looking quite white! This powder does actually seem to hide the appearance of enlarged pores – it didn’t completely disguise them but it definitely made them less obvious, and left my skin with a lovely smooth finish.

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And lastly we have the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($34.00) and the NYX HD Finishing Powder (£9.50) I’ve put these two guys together because they’re so similar.

So if we start off with the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder, this costs about £22.50 from Sephora (so also consider import fees if you want to buy) and at the moment I can’t see that it’s available in the UK – but please do let me know if I’m wrong. This little pot of powder has actually won three awards which is impressive in itself, it’s again a translucent powder that’s to be applied over foundation or worn alone. It’s made of 100 percent-mineral silica and sets the foundation and slightly mattifies skin, it also softens the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and pores and completely evens out the complexion for a glowing, radiant look.

Now I love this powder, it’s easily the most finely milled of the bunch, when I dabbed my finger in it I actually couldn’t feel the powder on my skin because it was so fine! One one hand I have to say I prefer pressed powders for convenience, but I think this definitely wouldn’t have the same effect if it was in pressed form. This is a fantastic powder for buffing over foundation to give a flawless finish, and it leaves your skin feeling unbelievably soft to the touch.

So lastly I have the NYX HD Finishing Powder. At less than half the price of the MUFE powder, I was really surprised by how similar they are. Yes you do get less product (6g vs 10g) but it’s less than half the price of the MUFE powder and yet very much the same thing. This is also 100% pure mineral silica powder, and basically does the same job as the Makeup Forever powder. The texture feels the same and the finish is the same on the skin. So if you’re thinking of going for the MUFE HD powder, I’d definitely recommend you check out NYX first!

Apart from the Makeup Revolution powder, which was actually pretty good for the price, just not suited to my skin, I’m actually impressed with all of these products so it’s really hard to choose a favourite! I’ld love to hear what you think? Do you have a favourite finishing powder?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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