Sunday, 29 June 2014

Makeup Revolution Blush & Contour Palette

When I made my Makeup Revolution haul, I also picked up this Blush & Contour Palette in Hot Spice. I was undecided against the two but living up to my typical self, I opted for the orangey tones and I haven't looked back since. The palette contains 8 shades, blushers which are matte or shimmer finish, a merged baked highlighter and a merged baked blusher. The tones in the palette is warm and nearly almost of the colours are coral/orange toned.

First thing I'll say is that the packaging of this palette is incredible, the casing is sturdy and strong meaning it's travel friendly and the big mirror is ideal for touch ups on the go. The packaging of this reminds me of the MAC palettes, although this isn't as flimsy. The palette is a good size meaning you can put this in your make up bag but if it doesn't fit, it'll happily slip into a side pocket of your handbag and you don't have to worry about it breaking - a big bonus for us girls travelling at the crack of dawn.

Now lets get onto the good stuff, the product itself. If you want a blusher range the same as MAC and quality as good as NARS, then pick up this palette for yourself. The colours of this palette remind me of the MAC blushers and the quality of them is just as good as NARS, a tiny bit on the brush is enough. These blushers are so pigmented it's easy to go overboard and look like a clown but a tiny bit dusted over the cheeks gives a wash of colour which will see you through to the end of the day. The only downside to this palette is that it's marketed as a blush and contour palette but for myself personally, I'm too pale to be able to use any of the shades as a contour, I think they're still a bit too red/coral based to use a contour. This isn't a huge deal for me as I tend to skip the contour step (#fatfaceproblems) so I use each shade as a blush.

Another wonderful product from Makeup Revolution, I can't believe how high quality and affordable the products are. I'm seriously impressed with everything I've tried so far and I think it's about time to make another haul... Well, it's been payday afterall.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette

I love my Naked palette from Urban Decay, it was one of the first blogger influenced products I bought (well received for my birthday) and ever since then I've had an endless love with neutral eyeshadows that's led me to a count of near 10 neutral eyeshadow palettes. When the release of the Naked 2 & 3 hit the blogging world, to say I was a bit underwhelmed with them was an understatement and never made the purchase. The release of the Naked 3 had me umming and ahhing throughout countless blog posts and I never did checkout. Never being a pink toned eyeshadow wearer I stayed clear and that was that. When Makeup Revolution hit the blogging scene showcasing their dupes I was skeptical, retailing at £4 for their take on the Naked 3, the Iconic 3 is the double of it's high end counterpart.

In terms of packaging, this isn't anything compared to the Naked 3, it's a sturdy black plastic outer which clicks together instead of the long tin case which I find make up bag unfriendly. This case is compact size, travel friendly and secure enough to survive some of the bumpiest of journeys. The palette contains long strips of product which are a reasonable size, possibly giving more product than the Naked 3. It comes with a dual ended eyeshadow applicator but I hate these so I tend to use a mix of my Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eyeshadow Brush and MAC 217 to apply the eyeshadow and blend.

Now lets get onto the product itself. If you were like me and wanted to pick this up instead of the Naked 3 then checkout, CHECKOUT NOW. The eyeshadows really are as pigmented as the Urban Decay offering, each one fully opaque in one swatch and giving a strong wash of colour over the lid. I find the glitter and shimmer of the shades don't drop down on my face and the colour in the pan really pays off on the eyelid. The colours are almost identical to the Naked 3, apart from one or two shadows which appear slightly lighter or darker depending on the shade but as I like to say, a galloping horse wouldn't notice - the difference is minimal and barely noticeable and would probably only be obvious if you looked very very closely, but who does that? I can't say how these fair without an eyeshadow primer as I always apply a primer beforehand (#greasyeyelidproblems) but when applied with a primer, the eyeshadow has stayed put all day and even during 20 degree heat.

To say I'm impressed really is an understatement, I made a little order when I purchased this palette so stay tuned for more Makeup Revolution reviews. If their eyeshadow palette has me head over heels, I can't wait to see how the other products fare. Makeup Revolution is sold on the Superdrug website or on their own website.

Have you ever tried Makeup Revolution?

Monday, 23 June 2014

Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream

Oh eye creams, the bane of my life. I had been using the Kiehl's Creamy Avocado Eye Cream previously and I just couldn't get on with it, it was my second tub but this time round, it just wasn't working. I hated how the cream went into an oil and if you didn't warm up the product enough before application it would drag the skin and the oil took ages to sink in, it never sat right under my concealer and I generally really didn't like it. I can't say it was hydrating enough either, yes it turned into an oil but it would sit on the skin instead of sink in. So after being thoroughly fed up of a bad eye cream, I found myself purusing the Origins stand in my local Debenhams. I purchased the Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream after watching one of Tanya Burr's videos where she mentioned she used it, if it's good enough for Tanya Burr and her skin is flawless, it's good enough for me. At the moment I'm 50/50 with this, it's hydrating and sinks into the skin well but I've not seen a massive reduction to the dehydration lines around my eyes - I do think this is caused by my lack of water intake. This eye cream is a great base for under eye concealer because of how quickly it sinks in, it doesn't leave any greasy residue so that concealer doesn't crease. If hydration is your main concern around your eyes then I'd really recommend picking this up, I find it's very similar to the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream but not as thick in consistency but packs in the same amount of moisture. I like that this cream is gentle so it would even suit those with sensitive eyes and it seems fragrance free. This is a great step for anyone in their 20's wanting to prevent any signs of fine lines, of course I can't say how well it will work because I'm only 21 but an eye cream is always a good place to start.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick

When I first stepped into the make up world, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick was on every wishlist of mine and I recall swatching endlessly but never made the purchase so late on to the high street bandwagon and a purchase way overdue, I picked up the Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick. With a choice of two shades, one being Pink Bronze and the other Gold Bronze, I of course opted for Gold Bronze, you know me - if it's bronze and gold toned, I'm all over it. How is this compared to the Bobbi Brown offering? Well, it's certainly as pigmented, as you can see from the swatches each shade of bronze has a fantastic colour pay off. I use this more as a bronze highlighter when I'm wearing self tan or lightly blended over bronzer instead of highlighter to give myself glowing skin. Each shade can be used individually depending on the look you're going for, or all blended as one to create one tone. This is a great little palette which could be used as a bronzer, highlighter and even on the eyes used to create a bronze smokey eye, so it's great for those heading off on holiday this year and don't want to take lots of products. For £4.99 instead of £32, it's a great bargain and if you're like me and lusting over the Bobbi Brown version, this could be the one for you.

Have you tried this, or the Bobbi Brown one?

Monday, 16 June 2014

Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil Beauty Scrub

Summers officially here in England and we've got weather over 10 degrees, who'd have thought it? Of course it's now time to get the pins out and after months of wrapping myself in skinny jeans and jumpers, I've neglected my skin and it's looking less than lacklustre at the moment. I used the last handful of my Caudalie Divine Scrub which really was divine but I couldn't afford the over £20 repurchase just yet, after seeing the Oil Beauty range in Boots, I picked the Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil Beauty Scrub up on a whim and now I'm not looking back. Seeing as I have quite rough skin on my arms and legs, I prefer a scrub that's very grainy which can really exfoliate the skin and shift any dry and rough skin. Firstly, the scent with this really is gorgeous, not as nice as the Caudalie offering but lovely nonetheless. The scrub is rough with an almost sand like texture, nothing too abrasive so it doesn't irritate the skin, I buff this into the skin during a hot shower and rinse. The four oils help the scrub slide over the skin but doesn't leave an oily residue, it does leave skin soft enough that if you were lucky enough you could skip moisturising, unfortunately I'm not so lucky. I really like this body scrub as a high street alternative to the Caudalie one and does it compare? It certainly does and for £7.15, it's a bargain! My arms and legs will be summer ready!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

L'Oreal True Match Concealer

I love concealers and when I buy a new one, I want one that's gonna tackle my main 3 concerns:

• Dark circles
• Blemishes
• Redness

I've had hundreds of concealers and being as lazy busy in a morning as I am, I need a product I can use for all 3 concerns and something that helps cut down my make up routine, even if it is marginally. I saw the L'Oreal True Match Concealer on a video of Amelia's and anything that girl puts on her flawless skin, I need. Off I totted to Boots and have I looked back? Definitely not. This really is a 3-in-1 product and my morning routine has been reduced, like I said not marginally but every little helps. The doefoot applicator makes application easy and quick and it's small enough to dot product around my eyes and the sides of my nose. I blend this out with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and it stays put all day. I picked up the shade Vanilla which is probably a bit too light for me but this lightens up my skintone and the yellow undertone compliments my skintone perfectly. All in all this is a wonderful concealer and it's even giving my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer a run for it's money. My 3 main concerns? Well, they're well and truly concealed.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Demure

I'm so late on the bandwagon with these, when the Balm Stains were released, I purchased the shade Lovesick and from then, it's been applied on my lips around once and it's never seen the light of day again. So when I saw the lacquer and matte versions of the balms I swatched to high heaven on my arm every time I went into Boots and all of a sudden found myself head over heels with the shade Demure. A typical Beth offering, how predictable can I be? This is a beautiful pink nude with specks of glitter running through but the glitter is very subtle. I personally think the glitter in the balm adds to the finish when it's applied, making my lips look glossy and full. The colour really suits me, it's more of an everyday colour in my opinion and one I can apply on the go thanks to it's handbag friendly packaging. The staying power of these isn't fantastic, like any glossy lipstick they tend to wear off quicker but this is handy enough to have you on the go that you don't need to worry about the wear off and the £8 price tag doesn't make you feel guilty for being a bit heavy handed - I was, especially after a few glasses of vino. The pencil like applicator makes it easy for a correct application and the best bit? No sharpening! This twists up dispensing more product once you've worn it down and this in my eyes is a huge bonus, anyone else hate having to sharpen pencils and feel like you're losing so much product? Well not with this.

Revlon have 9 other shades in the Lacquer Balms and I've been eyeing up the shade Coquette which is a bright blue toned pink, because lets face it I really need to branch out of my nude lipstick bubble.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Monthly Favourites: May

Monthly favourites time! Can you believe it's June and we're half way through the year? How crazy is that! May has been a busy month for me with various ups and downs but I'm going into June more positive and determined to get myself into some routine and continue being happy. Anyway, enough of the rambling, lets get down to the good stuff...

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a product I have a love/hate relationship with, it's definitely different to Bioderma and a great product if you're after that sort of thing but for me, Bioderma is a cut above the rest. I've opted for using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water if I can't be bothered with a full cleanse (we've all been there) and this removes all my make up, the only downside is that it doesn't remove waterproof mascara but for under £10, this is a great high street version of Bioderma and a great start for anyone who wants to dip their foot in the micellar water pool.

It's got hotter and my skin has got slightly oilier, so after suffering too many breakouts from using the heavy Clinique TOTD Cleansing Balm, I switched up my cleansers and I'm now using the REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser, this is a lightweight cream that I used to massage all over my face and even over my eye make up to remove all the grime. This is a perfect morning and evening cleanser, it doesn't strip the skin or irritate, the formulation is very mild and it's almost scentless. It removes even the heaviest of make up without a second cleanse and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Is anyone else the worst at washing their make up brushes? I've got a pot full that need cleaning as I type this but to make that job a bit shorter and to give my brushes a thorough clean, I've been using the Dr Bronners Magic Soap, I run my brush under the water, swirl the brush in the soap and lather up, then rinse. It's as easy as that and my brushes are soft with all traces of powder/foundation/cream is removed.

May has been a month where I've been hating my hair, it was greasy, heavy and generally all around awful, I've got an appointment booked at the weekend so I'll have new locks soon but I was desperate for a product to remove all the grime. I searched Boots and my local Space NK and neither of them stocked the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo so I had to do with the next best thing and under Anna's recommendation, I purchased the Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo. So far so good and I'm liking it, I use this around once a week to get rid of the Oribe build up and it leaves my hair squeaky clean. I wouldn't recommend this for coloured haired ladies like myself, it's removed some of my hair colour quite quickly which isn't a terrible thing for me but if you're a glossy brunette, maybe use this very sparingly.

Finally, we have a Clarins product?! Haha wouldn't be a favourites without something from Clarins would it? The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector has been gracing my lips all month, it's a balm and gloss combo with the tiniest amount of colour but for days when I'm super lazy or opting for a 'no make up, make up' look, this is perfect. I've written about a fab dupe in my previous post here so if you don't fancy forking out £18, head on over to have a read.

Lets see what June brings, I've got lots of exciting things planned and I'm really feeling more positive and can't wait to see what life has got for me round the corner. Here's to a happy June!

What products were your favourites this month?
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