Soph does nails X revolution

So I have had this palette for quite a while and it is mental that I didn’t review it! I claim to be hunting beauty bargains on a budget yet here I am, ignoring one of the best brand and influencer collaboration on the market! Better late than never, right gals?

If you don’t know who Soph is she is a British youtuber who does amazing videos, she is so down to Earth and unlike many youtubers who get a substantial amount of followers, she sticks to her roots and doesn’t bathe in La Mer. This palette is Soph’s first collab with the drug store champions Makeup Revolution and she has just released her second which I am currently waiting for the delivery on! I took a quick snap of this palette a few days ago for the gram and it was my highest engaged photo to date! Over 300 likes! I know it may seem like a small number to some but to me it feels like thousands! Soph herself liked it so I had celebratory wine with my mam! We would have drunk the wine anyway but doesn’t it make you feel better when you feel like you have earned it and aren’t just borderline alcoholics?!

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I. was. shook.

anyway I should probably review the product for you!

Packaging

For ten pounds, the packaging quality is pretty good! Its peachy matte against the glossy branding is really pretty and I believe Soph designed this herself. I will say the packaging has gotten dirty easily but all of my palettes get dirty, so it could be me being a grotty bitch or it could be the matte finish. The names of the shades are on a separate plastic sheet however I lost that in 0.01 seconds, that doesn’t bother me hugely but if that is something you like to be included on the packaging that may gripe you! IT COMES WITH A MIRROR. If you read my Jaclyn Hill review you will know I was pissed at the lack of mirror for that price point, but for ten pound MUR and soph have made a palette with a good quality mirror? Hun you can stay. You get 24 shades in total, 14 matte and ten shimmers, which I personally think is a great ratio if you have a preference for either of those finishes.

Swatches

As I always say, swatches are not the greatest way to make your mind up about a product, sometimes they can swatch chalky but apply pigmented and vice versa, you get my gist? But it is always nice to have an idea of what the shades look like on skin!

 From top to bottom: Penguin, Pancakes, Fairy Lights, Pink champagne, Iced Coffee, Cuppa tea Grow Old, Sparks Fly, Smokey bronze, Mixed berries, Tiramisu, Peaches Cloudberry, Pumpkin, Pine tree, Petrol, Pug, Danger (omg ignore my jessie pyjamas! Embarrassing!) Strawberry sweets, Festive flame, Copper coin, Mug Cake, Rosewood, Nightmare

As you can see the shimmers are so beautiful! So stunning and will look amazing on a halo eye look. The majority of the mattes look really pigmented and there are a few that look ever so slightly chalky but for ten pound, does it matter? I found that the swatches for these do actually apply similarly to with a brush upon application, Some need building but the majority blend like a dream.

Overall thoughts

It took me a while but I am falling in love with this palette and I can’t wait for soph’s latest collab to arrive! I will also be reviewing that soon and I promise not a year after its release! I 100% recommend purchasing this palette, it has so many shades that make it so versatile. For ten pounds it knocks a lot of more expensive and high-end palettes out the window. I think this will be great if you are a newbie to eyeshadow and even the more experienced! You can purchase it at superdrug and revolution beauty, online and in store!

Thanks for reading so much my angels, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the love and support! Never did I imagine when I started blogging six months ago that people would enjoy my content and the love I have received has been overwhelming. love you loads and loads and loads!

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Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation Review

Hey girlies/boys,

I feel like I haven’t posted in ages? The combination of the hot weather and Uni took all my time up and if you went looking for me, I was probably in the beer garden! This post was something I was desperate to do because if you read my blog, you know I’m on a mission to fulfill my makeup addiction on a budget, failing by the way, high-end is still sneaking into my basket, looking at you the hourglass foundation stick!

So makeup revolution  has recently been bringing its A Game to the drugstore market by releasing new products left right and centre. They brought out their own foundation stick (I know you already know, but just in case you didn’t know, even though you do) The concealer that the world and its dog seemed to love, was a bit of a flop for me, so I was hoping that the foundation would be a different matter and be my all time new fave drugstore base layer, pushing the maybelline fit me right off of the podium.

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First Impressions

The packaging is bomb, let me just say that first, it is matte rose gold goodness and feels way more luxurious than its five pound price point. It is deffo for the gram worthy. I bought the shades F1 and F7 because I tend to mix and match all of my foundations, so F1 will help me lighten and F7 is for when I am tan. I believe they have 18 shade ranges which is amazing, everyone deserves to feel included in the beauty community so hats off the MUR.

Application

The product is so, so, so creamy. Foundation sticks can be quite dry and tug on your skin but none of that occurred. I tried out half of my face with a buffing brush and half with a beauty blender, the buffing brush was definitely the better option as the product didn’t blend out amazingly with my blender. Saying that I definitely needed to push it into my skin with the blender after I had applied with a brush as there were a few bristle marks across my skin. The coverage is supposed to be medium to full but it for sure is more full coverage, which I am not complaining about, fake it till you make it right? The finish is dewy, hella dewy, too dewy. I was loving it up until I had finished blending it out. Like, grease is the word. For the sake of science I was like Anna power on, let some huns know what the deal is and keep it on. So I did because I care and I was not about to waste ten pounds because I am a cheap bitch.

Wear-time

After I had powdered here, there and everywhere – which is something I do not do by the way! I don’t have oily skin and my foundation never ever shifts around my face so powdering is unusual. Too blessed to be stressed – I was like ok, this isn’t so bad, it still looks pretty but I could definitely feel it on my skin which is an ew from me. Me and my boyfriend went out to the pub that day and after a few too many, I went to the toilet and had a look in the mirror… holy shit. It was awful, my face was literally so shiny and I had lines from where my nails had brushed against my skin?! Gross.

Over all thoughts

It is a no from me. Sadly I am not the girl to carry around powder literally having to blot my face every ten seconds and with how thick it felt on my face, girl bye. It is such a shame because the coverage and formula feel so good on application, plus they’re five pound so that would have been such a bargain! I’m so sad! If it worked for you can you please please help a sister out and let me know your tricks? I am desperate to get on the makeup revolution base layer hype but I am struggling!

Thanks for reading angels! Love you byeeee

superdrug & primark haul

I went into town to get my best friend a birthday present and whilst I was shopping I kept seeing things and thinking “do you know who would like that?! Me.” No present’s have been purchased but my bank account is a little bit lighter! I really enjoyed my last haul so I thought I would share my purchases with you all again!

I was in desperate need for some more makeup storage because at the minute my draws and dressing table are a mess! So to help the load I bought this copper basket from primark which was around 3 or 4 pounds but because I am very clever I threw the receipt away, so I can’t remember! I also stocked up on some nails, you know the drill, I’m currently wearing the pink ones and having to type with the ends of them they’re so long! ratchet nails speak to me.

 

img_0855.jpgI can’t go into primark without picking up earings and I am obsessed over the tassel ones! plus the ones in topshop are about 15 pound and I’m not about to break the bank over something I can get in primark for 2 pound! When the testing primark makeup was doing the rounds on youtube, I kept seeing this palette and a gold highlight is abitta me but every time I went into the store they were all ripped open and had finger marks in all of them, which makes me feel a bit ill! I thought I was onto a winner with this one but when I took off the plastic cover I realised someone had literally dug their finger into the blush shade and I was pissed. Who even swatches like that, the uncultured swine. The palette retails at 5 pound and I think that is great value, I was so shocked at how pigmented they are!Ignore my pale skin and bad nails! I fixed all that after I made my boyfriend take photos! This was an unintentional purchase! I meant to buy the spray and didn’t realise until I got home that it was micellar water! How annoying! I haven’t tried it out yet as I still have another bottle to finish but it did smell amazing. It cost 2.99 which is so good and this range is so good, If you haven’t tried any of it I really recommend it.

 If you read my conceal and define review you will know I wasn’t the biggest fan but i decided to try out the foundation stick regardless. I got the shades c1 and c7, c1 is to lighten up any foundations that are a bit too dark for me and c7 is a pretty good match to my tan. They were five pound each and I can’t wait to review them as I’ve seen so many mixed reviews, I wonder how I’ll get on!These two were just a restock for me, the eye cream is so good and like I said at 2.99 the price point is amazing. The lasting perfection used to be one of my all time drugstore faves and I decided to stock up on it again!If you don’t know the benefits of coconut oil then I question if you have been living under a rock! My hair took a battering as a teenager, bleach and extensions literally frazzled the life out of it, coconut oil is probably the reason I have any hair left! It’s also so good for your skin and there is nothing I love more than just rubbing it all over my body and falling asleep smelling so good. These pots last for ever as well and at 2.49, you can’t go wrong.

 Stocked up on eyelash glue, need I say more? The colour b4 is to strip my ends from a build up of black so I can start the process of going lighter for summer! It stank of rotten eggs but it got rid of all the colour so I am really happy! It did dry my hair out but luckily my coconut oil came in handy! I did get a few bits of clothing but I’ll leave them to instagram! These sock boots were in the sale for ten pound and I think they’ll be great for casual day wear! Forgive the photo! Student houses aren’t the best backdrops!

 

Thanks so much for reading my lovelies! Hope you had a good nose at what I bought! Let me know in the comments if you enjoy these kinds of posts!

Makeup revolution conceal and define review

I know, I’m late in the game but I am a very busy person who has very important things to do like rewatch all of buffy the vampire slayer. But better late than never right?!

Makeup revolution, the not so new kid on the block but the one that seems to be knocking it out the park time and time again. So when I saw the reviews of their new concealer I was game, “tarte shape tape dupe” is all I heard and if you’ve ever tried the tarte concealer you will know that is a pretty big claim to make. At a price point about 25 pound cheaper than the shape tape it was looking to be a winner.

I bought it in store in Superdrug and I was SO HYPED to try it out. I have heavy under eye creases so I was hoping it would help me cover them without making it worse.

On first impressions I was underwhelmed, it blended nicely but it was a bit meh, coverage was nice but I wasn’t wowed. Then when I looked closely in the mirror I’m pretty sure I screamed what the fuck. It was horrible. It sat in my creases and made me look about ten years older, it clung to dry areas and made it my skin look awfully textured.

I keep reaching for it and trying it out in various ways and I’m still hating it, I tried to bake it under my eyes and it did not react well with powder. In attempts to get some use out of it attempts were made to prime my eyes but again it looked like I had the skin of a 90 year old.

I would post pictures but I’m too deep into creating the social media illusion that my makeup is always flawless and I have a perfect life so sorry gals!

I personally wouldn’t recommend it and I know things work differently for other people but I don’t really see how concealer can differ that much, I could be wrong though! It’s a shame because I’m so behind the makeup revolution hype and I really wish it had worked for me!

Let me know how you got on with it in the comments and any other drug store concealer you could recommend that may save me a few pennies!

Mini Primark & Superdrug haul

I don’t know about you but not spending four hundred pounds in primark in one trip is a hell of an achievement. Having learnt my lesson from the last time I did a haul and my boyfriend had to carry five bags through town which he was pissed about, I knew I had to restrain myself this time and managed to only get a few bits and pieces. I also popped into Superdrug because the makeup collection that I’m telling myself needs to be whittled down, clearly needed more. Read on and have a nose at what I bought!

Guess who is jumping on the band wagon! For real I have been begging to try this concealer out and they finally had my shade in store so of course I snatched it up. I tried it for the first time last night and I am not going to lie, I was a tad underwhelmed! It is full coverage and blends really nice but I think I do prefer the maybelline age rewind as a drug store concealer!

My 500th pair of primark nails. I have a problem, I can’t stop! I have had acrylic nails on literally since I was 14 and it was costing so much money to maintain them, plus I really hated stick on nails in general, those white square tips give me nightmares. But when I saw my sister with these on, they looked so professional! I have been a glue on nail girl ever since!

GOD DAMN. Easily my favourite purchase! Five pound and they look like mink lashes! I literally can’t tell you how many drunken tears have been shed because my Lilly lashes or unicorn lashes have been lost or ruined but for five pound I don’t care if they take flight and flap off, I am going back for the other styles! They applied so easily as well, I can’t wait to go back and get some more!

Honestly I don’t know what this is but it was on sale for two-pound so I thought why not. I hope its similar to the U Tan and Tone tanning water but I will just have to wait and see. I will for sure do a review once I know the outcome to hopefully save you all some pennies!

Due to the fact I wear lashes every single day, I don’t fuss over mascara, I buy things because I see them on offer and convince myself I have use for them. This was about five pound down from around ten or twelve in Superdrug. It claims to tint your eye lashes but I have back eyelashes anyway so I wouldn’t know! I will say it doesn’t do wonders for your top lashes but it did make my lower lash line so gorgeous, which is all I really look for in a mascara.

When my boyfriend presented me with the Nicole Guerriero x ABH palette I thought that was it, no other high light will ever compare. HOW WRONG I WAS. This four pound body shimmer may be my new holy grail! It’s just glowing. I know it’s for your body but it’s so stunning I want to bathe my whole face and body in it. It’s almost colourless in a way, it just gives you this pure glow that I’ve never seen before. Tried it with fix plus and blew my mind. Primark is slaying.

My skin type doesn’t require me to wear that much powder but if I am going on a night out I like to bake my under eyes just incase. I don’t really want to keep splashing out on Laura Mercier when its a product I don’t reach for that much, so I thought I would try this one out from makeup revolution. I think it was about four pound so the price is already an appealing factor of it. I tried it last night and it certainly isn’t for baking, it clung to my skin horribly and made it look dry however it did give a really nice finish when brushed over with a powder brush, so I’m still happy with the finish.

These are giving me severe 90s vibes! I can’t stop myself from grabbing sunglasses in Primark because a) They’re 2 pound and b) I will lose them next week. Its also almost “wearing sunglasses on your head as an accessory” season, so I need to start stocking up quick!

I did get some bits of clothing but I think I will leave that for the gram! Thanks for reading and having a nose at my purchases! Let me know if theres anything else I need to grab from the primark beauty section because so far I am seriously impressed!

 

Viva la revolución?

I swear I am having to start every blog post saying how lucky I am my boyfriend has bought me this but I AM. I told him I hadn’t tried any makeup revolution since they first came out years ago and he went out and bought me a whole bunch of stuff to try, so there is also my excuse as to why I’m posting so much about makeup, my boyfriend has a spending problem!

As I said, I hadn’t tried any makeup revolution since they first came out years ago and I really was not impressed, I had a liquid lipstick that literally crumbled off of my lips in the middle of a bar and I was NOT about to go and relive that experience. I’m really funny with eye shadow palettes in particular and I really just put that down to having always used high-end, drug store really didn’t have much going for it when I was younger so I was always really sceptical. So when I saw the hype over it in 2017 I wanted to know what the deal was and then I was given this bag load of goodies in December and I’ve spent about a month trying them out. If you want to know why I don’t post reviews etc straight away, it’s because I like to really try them out and there was so much to play with that I couldn’t just do it in a week.

So here is what I got and here are my thoughts!

Rose Gold Palette

The basics

So pretty. Just no words! The packaging is beautiful, it’s obviously a dupe packaging wise for the too faced chocolate bar palette, which I have and I actually like this packaging more! The dripping rose gold is so aesthetically pleasing and it comes with a mirror which I love. Like the too faced palette it smells like chocolate which is sooo nice but a pain when my nieces start going through my make up to try and smell all my palettes! It’s plastic but it doesn’t feel overly cheap, as far as plastic goes it’s pretty good quality. It came with a brush but it was one of those smudge double ended pad things so I was like cya, in the bin you go, but for what you’re paying are you expecting a top quality fluffy brush?

The shades themselves scream dupe for the Huda beauty Rose gold palette, which I actually didn’t buy deliberately, I tried my friends out before committing to the price tag and I was like eh? I don’t mind putting the extra work in to blend but it was so difficult to work with. So I was pleased to be able to have something similar that may even work better.

Testing

If you have read my blog previously you will know that I swatch purely out of excitement and I don’t really judge by a swatch as I have used palettes that swatch awfully but apply beautifully and vice versa. These did swatch like a dream though for those wondering. They even have two pressed glitter shades as well as shimmer so I was shook. It comes with five shimmers, two pressed glitters, eight mattes and one satin, so you’re getting sixteen shades in all.

On application, they aren’t super pigmented initially but they are really buildable so the pigment is there, you just have to have the time. They do blend nicely and aren’t patchy at all but I would say if you don’t prime your eyes, you need to. I prime every time and I know some people don’t but It won’t budge or fade on your lid if you do. The pressed pigment is better applied with a glitter glue like the too faced or a more affordable alternative like the nyx, but they are both so gorgeous and I can’t believe the quality of them.

I would 100% recommend this palette, I can’t get over the quality that you get for eight pounds!

Unicorns Heart highlight

The basics

As far as instagram aesthetics goes this high light is that! I didn’t really buy into the mermaids and unicorns fad that happened last year mainly because I had trouble stomaching the amount of adults running around screaming I’m a mermaid, are you babes? are you really? Saying that, this highlighter is beaut. The packaging is just like the too faced sweet tea bronzer which I would marry if I could, but its only available in American so comes out on special occasions for fear of running out. But the cardboard doesn’t seem flimsy or breakable and I think for the price, its pretty and does the job.

Testing

The great thing about this highlight is that you can customise the kind of shade you want due to the different colours in the product. When I first used it I used all of the colours on a dry, morphe Y13 and wow, it is blinding! I do have to say though it is a bit pale for me as I do wear fake tan basically all of the time but this is otherwise so pretty. It’s almost like a lavender colour on the skin and it doesn’t cling to your skin in a way that you can see all of the texture. It is really buildable but when I used it with fix plus it is seriously like being the tin man, which personally I do not like but if that’s your thing, you go girl.

Like I said its a bit pale for me however when I’m being lazy with my tan, this is what I reach for, I would recommend this and I personally can’t wait to try the other shades in this range and the baked blushed they do! It’s five pound babe. There are no doubts, go buy it.

Soph Does Nails collab palette

The Basics

First off, huge congrats to soph! She is the QUEEN of drug store beauty and her channel is great, she’s so down to earth and lovely and I’m so happy for her. If you watched her reveal video you will know she designed the packaging herself and it is so sweet. The palette itself is made of plastic but is really pretty to look at and doesn’t feel flimsy. The mirror Is such a plus for me as I tend to be up and down the country a lot so its important for me if I’m travelling to have a good-sized mirror and this palette provides that. It comes with 14 matte and 10 shimmers so something for everyone. When I first saw the shades, I was shook! Literally they are so pretty and an endless amount of looks to be made.

Testing

On my first application I literally stopped what I was doing to shout at my boyfriend to come and look how pigmented it was, I got a vague “oh yeah..” and he went back to doing what he was doing but I was still excited. Some shades are more pigmented than the others but the others are so buildable and blend really well. The shimmers are a bit more like pressed glitters so I would suggest doing your eyes first to prevent fall out, or bake under your eyes pretty heavily then brush away. I find with most shimmers I end up using my fingers so I wasn’t shocked that I had to do that with this palette. The only down size is that the shade names come on a plastic sheet which I lost a hot minute ago, so I have to look the shade names up if I want to know what they are.

Also don’t blame me for how dirty my palettes are! I daftly didn’t take a picture of anything brand new when I knew I wanted to try and get some use out of them before I reviewed them! Anyway! Go, join this friendly neighbourhood makeup girl gang, support your girl soph, spend ten pounds on a palette I would happily pay double for.

Bronze & Shimmer palette

The basics

I like a bit of a shimmer to my bronzer, hence my love for the Too Faced sweet tea, so I was SO happy when I received this. The packaging is like a mini chocolate bar, again dripping chocolate down the side, so happy there. It comes with a teeny tiny mirror, bigger brands, why are you playing? these palettes are like 5 pound? If make up revolution can sort it, I am pretty damn sure some of your charging out the arse can afford it!

Testing

There are two sections to the palette, the left is way lighter and is clearly a high light while the others is a deep bronze/brown shimmery high light. I know it is meant for a deeper skin tone but I live for a bit of shimmer to my bronzer on my forehead.

A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! I went mad on the bronze section on my temple and it came out looking like I had a dodgy hair line. When I went back in with a much lighter touch it was gorgeous, glowy and bronzed. The high light is perfect for when I’m mega tanned and I am obsessed with using it on my brow bone. It doesn’t pick up on face texture and applies really smoothly.

Hot Spice Blush Palette

The Basics

Out of all the packaging and MR stuff I received, this is the only one I was like “yeah thats cheap”, when it came to the packaging. It’s not bad, I was just so hyped over the other things I received that I was expecting more. Its plain plastic and it does feel like it would break easily, so I have to be careful because I am the worst.

Testing

I was never a big blush fan but now I am obsessed and its mainly because of this palette. The shades are gorgeous and are all so wearable, they are all a mix of coral and pink so if you want seriously Rosie cheeks, these are better for those with a pale skin tone. Seeing as I’m not that pale I used these as a nude blush and they just finish the look off so nicely. I’m not going to lie I haven’t touched the two shimmer shades and have only stuck to the 6 mattes. Mainly because I just don’t like a shimmer blush. I am deffo interested in getting another one of these palettes in a different shade range because I’m loving it.

Pearl lights loose highlighter 

The basics 

Is this gimmick?!? is this a thing?! loose highlighter? what is this about? Literally my reaction when I got it. Ive never heard of one, am I behind on this? It comes in a little plastic pot similar to the Ben Nye setting powder and you get 42g, which I think is loads! When you unscrew the lid it has holes so obviously you’re supposed to tip a small amount out into the lid before using.

Testing 

ITS NOT A GIMMICK, IT IS THE FUTURE. Seriously, I am in love. I originally used it dry, it was beautiful and applied so nicely which surprised me. It’s a beautiful iridescent light gold and I am living. When I used it wet, it actually came as a bit of a surprise that I wasn’t feeling it. It kind of clung to my skin and was hard to blend out, it also showed the texture of my skin SO BADLY and I don’t even have that much texture to my skin.

I would so recommend this, I don’t know how everyone would get on with a loose highlight but I am loving it, so it’s for sure worth a try.

Life on the dance floor: after party palette  

The basics

The packaging for this is so tacky, so right up my street. The all over glitter excites me like an absolute child. Again, huge mirror, make up revolution are living their best life. It comes with 7 mattes and 17 shimmers, this may not appeal to a lot of people but if you’re a fan of a halo eye, this palette has so much to offer you. It’s again more on the cheaper side for the quality of plastic but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart on touch.

Testing

I want to go straight in and just say so pigmented. I can’t fault it. The black shade especially is amazing, you know how wish washy blacks can be but this one is insane. I apply with my finger and they last so long and are so colourful. I don’t use the mattes that much but this probably the only palette I use in conjunction with others. Normally if I’m doing a look I will stick to using one palette but this one is so versatile I can use it with so many others.

Skin Kiss: Peach Kiss Highlighter

The Basics

The packaging for this is really nice, it reminds me of a cheaper version of the Jeffree star Skin frost, which they may or may not be a dupe for I’m not sure. You get 14g  which is a pretty generous amount and it is pretty large to hold as well. Overall it looks really nice and I don’t have any complaints about it!

Testing

Shook to the core! Its beautiful! I have worn this almost every day since I got it! It is so buttery to touch and blends like a dream! In pictures its like GLOWING and its so flattering on the skin in the real life. I am desperate to get my hands on the other ones in this collection! I think its something like five pounds so you really cannot go wrong!

My Sign, Air Sign palette

The Basics

The packaging is a bit meh, similar to the blush palette, however when you paying literally just pounds for a palette does the packaging matter that much? You get 15 shimmer shades but Id say one or two feel more like pressed glitters, which is nice. The colour selection is really nice and they do remind me of the shimmer shades from the Jaclyn Hill palette, is that intentional? who knows? but if you don’t fancy paying out for the morphe, I would say this is a good alternative.

Testing

I found the shades really inconsistent and obviously as they’re just shimmers, you’re limited to how you can use them. The top two rows actually worked really well and are super pigmented but the bottom darker shades I was a bit none fussed about. I do have to say the second two shades in are a dream, such beautiful pinks! I would pay the price for this palette for those two shades alone!

So! I am shook to the core! I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on Make Up revolution and have to say I am ashamed of how much a snob I was! I am desperate to try more of this brand so please let me know what else I should try!

Loads of love

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