Sunday, 28 December 2014

Review & Swatches || Revolution Eye Shadow Palette

Hello everyone!

During my last visit to Superdrug I noticed this new brand up for sale, and in specific this eye shadow palette. Revolution (Makeup Revolution London) is a relatively inexpensive yet high quality brand. I picked up their Redemption Palette Iconic 1 palette, which has a prefect range of party colours, and getting 12 different shades (with quite big pans too) for a drug store product is an instant winner!

The colours range from a pale pink to dark black/grey shades, with a mix of matte and shimmery shades. All of the shades are really pigmented and easy to blend which helps to create quick eye looks. My favourite shades include the light brown shade (three from the left) as it is a great matte crease shade, and the shimmery yellow-gold shade (six from the left) as it applies so pigmented and glittery!

Have you ever tried this palette and what is your favourite shade?

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Review || New MAC Products #3

Hello everyone!
First of all I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the new year as much as I am! So today's post involves a small MAC haul. For my birthday I received quite a few vouchers, and so thought I'd get some products from MAC that I've wanted for quite a long time! 

Boxed MAC products.

So the first thing I picked up is the Pro Palette Large/Single and the Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 insert. I wanted to invest in a palette as it's cheaper to buy the eye shadow inserts instead of single ones in the black containers. I simply de-potted my current shades (using a few YouTube tutorials) and I can't wait to make my own custom eye shadow palette!

Pro Palette Large/Single.

Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 insert. 

Next I wanted to pick up a highlighter so I went for the pretty well-known Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade Soft and Gentle. This is quite a raved about product so I won't ramble on. It is a warm gold toned highlight powder. It is quite pigmented so use it with a light hand if you don't want anything major, but I love just brushing it all over the high points of my face, especially on nights out!

The new packaging of the Mineralize Skinfinish products.

Soft and Gentle.

Next was a very exciting product for me as I've never bought a 'high-end' concealer, but always had troubles with creasing and my under-eye concealer simply rubbing away. This led me to buy the Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20. So far I love this product as it has the perfect balance between coverage and long-lasting power. I went for a shade similar to my foundation shade as I don't tend to have under-eye highlights on a daily basis, but I just love this concealer and will probably find it hard to revert to drug store ones!

Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20.

Next is the Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre. This is another well-loved product that I just needed to have! It is a beige-nude cream eye product that can be used as a base/primer or on its own as an eye shadow. I went for a simple nude shade as I like to wear light/nude colours on a daily basis, and using this as a base makes your eye shadow last all day.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let me know if you have tried any of these products too, or would suggest anything for me to try out!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Monthly Favourites || October 2014

Hello my lovelies!

October was a pretty crazy month for me as it included my 18th birthday *woop woop* but I've finally got around to writing my October favourites!

So let's start with make-up...

I had a slight moment in the middle of Next when I saw a tiny little NYX stand at the other end of the shop and did a quick shuffle over to it. I didn't even realise that they were selling NYX on the English high street, but obviously I picked up a few things. I had never tried NYX before but I think it's safe to say that I love their products! So the first thing I've been loving is the NYX Blush in the shade Mocha. I wanted a darker autumnal shade, and this deep pink/red shade is really perfect and super easy to blend. Obviously everyone and their dog has raved about NYX blushes on the internet, and I'm so glad I have tried one out as I now know why!

Next thing is the Soap and Glory Archery brow pencil in the shade Hot Chocolate. This is just such a good brow product - you can use it to define the edges or fill in sparse areas of your brows and it always looks great. The colour is really natural and not too red which I find some brow products to be, and paired with a good brow gel makes the perfect brow!

I've been absolutely obsessed with the Kiko Smart Lip Pencil in the shade 712 which is another Kylie Jenner-esque pink/mauve nude shade. I've been loving this lip colour for autumn, and this lip pencil has been so useful; whether I use it to define my lips or just use it all over the lips, it creates such a gorgeous 90's lip. 

I've already talked about the NYX Matte Lipstick in the shade Whipped Caviar in my most recent post (Autumn 2014 Favourite Lip Colours), but I had to put it in here too as I've literally nearly used up the whole bullet. It's another pink/mauve nude shade but it has a matte finish which is my favourite type of lip to wear. 

I've also been loving using my Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply and blend out concealer under the eyes. I don't tend to use the brush to apply contour, and so have been using it under the eyes as it has the perfect tapered end to allow super easy concealer application. The softness of the brush is also really nice and not too harsh on the sensitive skin, and it blends out the concealer really well. 

Obviously there would be a nail varnish in my favourites, and honestly autumn is my favourite time for nail varnishes as I love wearing darker colours as the weather starts to get colder. One I've been constantly reaching for is the Barry M Matte Nail Paint in the shade Black Espresso. I'm sure I've talked about it before, but I always end up going back to this formula of nail varnish as they are so quick and easy to apply, and come in a great variety of autumnal shades. 

Lastly we have the film Rock of Ages. Now you might think this is a bit random, but I'd heard loads about the musical in theatres, and couldn't resist watching given how much I love a good musical, and I have to admit that I'm hooked. I've watched the film so many times now and have actually booked tickets to go and see it in London during November! It is such a good musical made up of classic 1980s rock songs - obviously I wasn't around in the 80s but still found myself singing along to most of the songs! This is such a good film, and I'd highly recommend seeing it even if it is just for the songs!

Hope you enjoyed reading my October Favourites!
Have you tried any of these products? What are your monthly favourites?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Autumn 2014 Favourite Lip Colours!

It's been a long couple of months, but I'm finally back to business starting with one of my favourite beauty products; LIPSTICK.
Autumn is without a doubt my favourite season. Nothing beats snuggling up with lots of layers and lighting a few candles in the evenings. Autumn is also the season for my favourite colours from nudes to berry or jewel tones, and on an especially cold day deep, vampy red shades. 

So lets begin with my top picks for Autumn 2014...

This Autumn I have been slightly obsessed with matte pink/brown nudes shades (think Kylie Jenner-esque colours), but you also can't go through this season without a few darker shades too!

So first of all we have the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in the shade 01. This is a bold red shade which isn't too bright or too dark. All of the Kate Moss lipsticks are really creamy and smooth to apply whilst also being really opaque. I love to wear this lipstick with just plain eyes or a bold eyeliner flick, and it is great for bringing colour to a monotone clothes look.

Next is the Avon Matte Lipstick in Matte Mauve. I have been loving matte lip products SO much lately, and this is a really cheap Kylie Jenner style lip colour. It's a quite dark pink/mauve nude which dried to a semi-matte finish. I really like this colour when I want a less bold lip, but still a darker colour. 

This is my favourite lipstick at the minute, and I've practically been wearing it everyday! It's the Nyx Matte Lipstick in the shade Whipped Caviar. This is another Kylie Jenner style colour, but it is a bit lighter than the Avon shade. It is more of a mauve-nude, but has such a lovely matte finish, Warning: sad story alert... When I went to reapply this at school one day, the whole bullet of lipstick fell out of the tube and so I had to push it back in (so excuse the mess of the tube). I hope that that's just the one I picked up and not all of their lipsticks, as I'm seriously in love with Nyx Lipsticks at the minute!

Next is the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy in the shade Intense Nude. I got this particular lipstick right at the end of Winter earlier this year, so hadn't got much wear out of it, but this Autumn I've been making up for that! This is another pink/brown nude colour, but is noticeably more brown than the others. Due to the high quality of the formula, you can really tell it is a nourishing product to apply, and the money is really worth it for such a beautiful lip colour. 

Lastly is a product which I have been loving to use as an alternative to a glossy nude lip, and that's the MUA Luxe London Velvet Matte Lipgloss in the shade Tranquility. These lip cream type products have become really popular, and MUA do a really cheap alternative to the more expensive ones. Fair enough this product may not have great staying power, but I've really been loving the colours; especially this light brown nude shade. You apply the product like a gloss to your lips, and then it dries to a super matte finish. It does tend to rub away from the middle when eating, but it seems to withstand drinks quite well. This product is just really good for a different lip look at a really cheap price!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried and loved any of these products too?
What would you recommend as your go-to lip colour for Autumn?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Avon's Arrived || Recent Brochure Purchases!

Hey Guys!

So first of all, hello! I hope you all still remember my little space on the internet as it's been so long since I posted! I've just been super busy, but now it's the summer holidays, and I've got lots of plans for exciting posts for the future, so stay tuned! Secondly, IT'S SUMMER! That means sun and relaxing, and even though I've actually got quite a bit of school work to do, I'm so happy to just have some time off. So anyway back to today's post. Obviously I've missed a few Avon's Arrived posts and so I thought that I'd just share with you the things I've got and have been loving from the most recent brochures!

In my opinion, Avon has been releasing some really exciting new products for summer, and I've just been loving all of their products recently! First thing I want to talk about is the new Avon Solutions BB Gentle Beauty Balm Matte.

This has been my absolute go-to product in the recent abnormal heat in England. So obviously there is a lot of BB creams on the market nowadays, but I'm so much more attracted to this for all of the different qualities it has. A big winner for me is the matte element, as oily skin is bad enough with heat as well, and I do find that this keeps my skin oil free for a decent amount of time. It also has SPF15 and is hypo allergenic, and this just makes it even better for use in the summer. It has quite strong orange undertones, and I have the shade Light which can be a bit dark on me, but with a tan, good blending or bronzer, it really creates a natural, smooth finish to the skin. 

Another new product range from Avon is certain products that come in different shades specific for eye colours. This is one of the new range of colours of the Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quad in the shade Satin for Browns.

There is four new quads for brown, blue, green and hazel eyes, all with colours that compliment that specific eye colour to enhance them. I have brown eyes, so have gone for this palette, and  I absolutely love it! Before this I hadn't really tried any blue toned eyeshadows, but after trying it out I am really enjoying it. These Avon quads are so great, each shade is numbered, and related to a specific part of the eye. For this palette, there is 1-a matte white shade for highlighting, 2-a shimmery light pink shade for the lid, 3-a light grey/blue partly shimmery shade for crease work, and 4-a quite bright navy blue for the outer v area. I've used all of these colours together, and they create such a nice look, which can be subtle for daytime, or made more dramatic with the darker shades. Avon eyeshadows are also really creamy and pigmented, with good staying powder, so if you're looking for a really useful palette, this will be your new best bud!

Next is the Avon Ultra Colour Bold Lipstick in the colour Pink Punch. So these lipstick formulas aren't new, but they have revamped some of the colours for a 'bold' range. 

There is a huge variety of new colours going from pinks to oranges to deep plums, and I went for a summery colour, and wow these are bright. I don't really think the photo does this lipstick justice, as it is the brightest pink lipstick with a tiny orange hint. The actual formula is also very good; they have a creamy texture for smooth application, and last for ages without smudging. The main thing about these lipsticks for me is the amazing value for money. I think these cost around £5, and for the high quality lipstick you're getting, it is SO worth it.

Another great product for summer is the new Avon Extra Lasting Eye Shadow Ink. Obviously as part of the 'Extra Lasting' range, these products are designed to have a long staying power, but with eyeshadow on hot summer days, I can still find that most powder eyeshadows will end up creasing. 

With these 'inks' it just means that your eyeshadow will stay even longer. I've got the colour Forever Bronze which is a high-shimmer dark bronze shade. Now obviously you can wear these alone as the colour payoff is really good, but I've been loving using it on top of primer and under eyeshadow to give more depth and staying power to bronzey looks. 

Lastly is another new product which comes in a range of shades based on eye colour; the Avon Outstanding Eyes Dual-Ended Kohl Eyeliner, and I have the shade Brown Shimmer.

This is simply a two sided eyeliner, one dark side for definition and drama, and the other for highlighting. So for brown eyes there is a dark brown end which has a slight gold shimmer, and I've been wearing this in the upper tight line and smudged into the outer upper lash line. The other end is a shimmery cream-nude shade, that is intended for the bottom tight line/lash line and highlighting. I have very watery eyes, and so wasn't overly impressed when this side didn't stay in my water line, but it is great to use as an inner-corner highlight and brow highlight. There are many eyeliners about which offer the same as this, but I just think it's super useful to have both shades in one!

So I hoped you enjoyed reading, and keep your eyes peeled for lots of posts throughout August!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Avon's Arrived || Brochure 08

Hey Guys!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've simply not had enough time with revision and sorts, but I'm trying to post whenever I get a chance! So why not start back again with an Avon's Arrived post! This campaign I didn't really buy a great deal, but there is definitely a few things in the making that look super exciting, so obviously I'll keep you updated for those. 

So the first thing I thought that I'd try is the new Nail Experts Corrector Pen.

This is basically a pen with nail varnish remover as the liquid, and you use it to clean up the edges of your nails once you have painted them. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like such a good idea, especially if you are painting your nails in a rush, and need to quickly perfect the maybe shabby job you've done!

Next is another one of the Matte Lipsticks which I talked about in my previous Avon post (here), and since I got the shade Matte Peach, I've been absolutely loving in, and had to try another shade!

I couldn't actually decide which colour to get this time, but this shade really caught my eye. It is a very bright red with purple undertones, and It would be perfect for a classic, pin-up look. The formula of these lipsticks is such high quality, as it applies very smooth and creamy, and dries to a semi-matte finish, but isn't too drying. Since matte lips is a huge trend at the minute, I think these lipsticks are a must have, as they're such good quality for a really good price!

Lastly is the new Virginia Watch which can I just say is absolutely gorgeous!

It is a beautiful rose gold watch, that just looks super luxurious and goes with practically every outfit. I think that I've worn it everyday since it arrived. I'm not usually fussed by the Avon jewellery, but I really think this is a great product! 

I hope you enjoyed reading! :)