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I received a voucher for my birthday for our local shopping centre and rushed into the city today to pick up this beautiful new release from KIKO – the Gold Waves Bronzer. I had seen it featured in a SophDoesNails video where it received rave reviews and I wanted to try it out for myself.
I don’t really own a special bronzer – I ran out of my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer a while ago so have just been using a matte L’Oreal one. Since we have had such glorious sunshine over the last few days, my need to glow, glitter and sparkle has been overwhelming and matte bronzers just aren’t really an option right now. This offering from KIKO has the right amount of shimmer and gives me a healthy glow. I went for the lightest shade – 01 Sun Celebration Honey.
The bronzer is part of a summer collection released by KIKO called the Golden Waves Collection. Some of the products available include highlighters, eyeshadows, matte lipsticks, waterproof foundations and eyeliners. All perfect for that sunkissed glow whether staying home this summer or going away.
I can’t really review this product without mentioning the beautiful packaging. The cardboard box is gold with a gorgeous blue pattern embossed on the front. The bronzer itself is encased inside a lovely (large) gold compact with a mirror inside the lid. I love the detailing on the outside too.
This is a baked bronzer which smells beautiful! It is enriched with Jojoba oil which makes it very soft and smooth and easy to blend out onto the skin. It is scented with vanilla – but not in an off-putting way, it’s subtle and very summery. The smell just makes me happy. You also receive a lot of product for your money – 20g to be exact!
To buy your own online, visit KIKO here.
As mentioned in my previous Revolution Pro post, I was sent the whole range by the company. I’m still in a state of shock to be honest with you and can’t stop looking at all the beautiful products! I wanted to review this palette for you because I know a lot of people want to know what it’s like!
It comes in a sleek black box with the Revolution Pro logo emblazoned across the front. I’m really loving the Pro range packaging – it looks expensive and professional, something I really want to shine through from my own kit. Inside are four large pans of extremely bright highlight. I literally heard the angels sing when I flipped open the lid and was temporarily blinded by the shades – what a punch this palette packs!
As you’ve already figured out from the title of this blog post, this is the Gold palette – there are two 4K palettes, the other being the Rose Gold one (which I will hopefully review soon). The highlighter in the top left is a pure white/platinum shade and is perfect for very fair skin tones. The other three pans are dripping with gold shades – good for medium to deep skin tones. I couldn’t get away with wearing them as a highlight, but they make bloody good eyeshadows!
Although this palette packs a punch, I do have to be quite honest in saying that it is quite chunky and very glittery. When I put my finger in for the swatches, or use a brush to get product, there is a lot of fall out and kick back unfortunately. I also find it doesn’t stick to my face that well – gutted! It terms of its uses in my MUA kit, the pigment itself would be perfect for a fashion shoot or something that needs a blinding glow and a bit of sparkle.
To buy your own, click here.
I absolutely adore I Heart Revolution products and have reviewed many over here on the blog – including the chocolate palettes, mermaid, unicorn and dragon highlighters and the intriguing surprise eggs. I was super excited to see the launch of lots of lipsticks under either a mermaid, unicorn or dragon theme. Today I’ll be reviewing two from the Mystical Mermaids collection, but also keep your eyes peeled for reviews of two from the dragon and unicorn collections in the near future.
I chose the two matte shades in the collection – to be honest I can’t cope with anything other than matte on my lips for long day wear, so decided not to get any other shades. I really liked the look of these two shades anyway!
Below I have swatched them on my hand and on my lips in natural daylight.
Reasons I love these lipsticks – the finish is even and pigmented and lasts for a good, long time.
The colours are absolutely gorgeous – I especially love Beach Babe with its pinky undertone.
They look STUNNING! The outer packaging stands out with the turquoise tube with mermaid scales – it puts me in the mood for summer and I love the scales pattern on the actual lipstick itself too.
For £4, you really can’t go wrong!
To order your own, visit Superdrug here.
I’ve never been so excited for an eyeshadow palette as I was this one. I’m no die-hard fan of Jeffree Star, I rarely watch his videos but I do adore his makeup line. I own a few lipsticks and a highlighter and I seriously can’t fault them. When I saw pictures of this palette doing the rounds online and sat myself down to watch Jeffree’s launch video, I made it my mission to get my hands on it. It is everything I could ever want and need in an eyeshadow palette – let’s start with the incredible packaging shall we?
The palette came inside a retro looking VHS type box, which I have of course kept in a drawer because I simply can’t let go! The palette itself is an impressive size and in a beautiful red faux leather case with some amazing clasps – I own absolutely nothing like it! To be honest, the packaging played a huge part in my instant love for this palette – it’s just so aesthetically pleasing to me. I love the huge font on the top and just how bold it all is – you just know that inside is going to be something else.
And it really is! Just look at the 18 shadows of pure perfection – I haven’t stopped staring at them since it arrived on Wednesday!
The mirror inside the lid is an added bonus and is actually a very good sturdy one. I love the embossing on each eyeshadow – 16 of the shades have the JSC logo on them, one has a surgical needle and the other has the symbol of medicine (the Caduceus). I really like the whole medical theme of the palette – I’ve had an interest in the history of medicine myself since studying it at GCSE – sounds odd, I know but it’s all fascinating stuff!
Now for the reason you’re all here – the swatches! Once again, I did my usual – natural light, used my finger and didn’t use primer.
Amazing, right? Not one shadow is patchy, difficult to work with or lacking in pigment. Every single one feels like butter to the touch and blends like a dream. I’m particularly obsessed with the shades Tongue Pop, Cake Mix, O Positive, Prick, Cherry Soda and Extraction. There are just four shimmer shades in the collection and the rest are mattes. I don’t mind that there are so few shimmers because the ones that are in there are just stunning – no more were needed. I also really like the fact that you can create multiple looks with the palette and that each row works as a look but also so does each column – go back along my photos and you’ll see what I mean!
I have created a few looks with this palette myself now and have shared my favourite one below. For this one, I actually followed a Jeffree Star and Lipstick Nick tutorial, which you can watch here.
You can probably guess from my review that I love my new Blood Sugar Palette – in fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s my new all-time favourite eyeshadow palette. Even as I write this, it’s on the desk next to me open, sharing all its prettiness with me.
It went on sale last week and sold out the same day on Beauty Bay. I really don’t know the situation with re-stocks unfortunately. I really hope they do because I just want everyone with a love of makeup to own this beauty. I’ll post an update on my Instagram when I hear any news. If not, you can buy it from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics website, here (when back in stock!).
Memi were kind enough to send me a selection of products from their gorgeous range, including this Luxe Lipstick in the shade Quickie. If I was to design my ideal lipstick shade, quite honestly, this would be it. It’s that perfect peachy nude that I’m forever searching for in shops and longing to swatch on the back of my hand. When I popped this lipstick out of its casing, I was very excited! Just look at it!
The lipstick comes in a silver, matte box with the Memi branding on it. The lipstick itself is inside a gorgeous silver mirrored effect plastic case. Top Tip: You can even use the lid as a mirror when applying on the go!
To use the lipstick, you have to pop it out of its tube by pressing on the bottom and a spring-like contraption releases it. I love it because it means it won’t come open in my handbag/makeup drawer/pocket .
The shade and pigment of the lipstick itself is stunning. It applies smoothly and evenly in just one swipe and doesn’t sink into fine lines on the lips. It also has excellent staying power and is easy to top up after a heavy meal.
In case you couldn’t tell already, I am in love with this lipstick and hope to purchase more from the range. The brand are also vegan and cruelty free – which makes me very happy!
This is the first of many Revolution Pro product reviews on the blog, as I was very kindly sent a large selection of products from the range. As my regular readers will know, I feature Makeup Revolution (now just Revolution) products a hell of a lot on here because I really believe in the brand. I also feel like the brand believe in me too – I’ve been to two of their epic event parties now and met some amazing people whilst there. The head honcho of the brand, Adam Minto, has also had a lot of time for me and it is thanks to him that I have been sent these amazing products from the new Revolution Pro range. He knows about the Makeup Course I have just enrolled on and he has supported me by helping build up my MUA kit. For all of this, I am extremely grateful.
Back to the product itself! Meet the Revolution Pro Regeneration Goldmine Eyeshadow Palette! Revolution Pro was launched on the 28th March and there has been a lot of hype online about it. The new releases have come in their hundreds – foundations, eyeshadow palettes, brow products, highlighters, lip pigments and lipsticks – so. much. stuff.
This palette contains 18 richly pigmented eyeshadows along a gold/orange/brown theme. This is my ideal palette for everyday makeup looks and I can see it being a staple in my MUA kit – perfect for Mother’s of the Bride and more mature ladies.
To be honest, I swatched these eyeshadows terribly! I think I was having an off day! I just wanted to get this post up as quickly as possible as I know a lot of people are searching for reviews on the Pro range. I found that generally the mattes took more work to swatch than the shimmers did. They were nicely buildable on the eye, but some were quite patchy. The darker shades actually performed pretty well, and I created a smokey eye look using the shades Lavish and Private Jet. I usually struggle to blend darker eyeshadows, but these were pretty good!
The eyeshadows were swatched with my fingers, on no primer in natural light.
Overall, the palette performs pretty well. It’s not my favourite palette produced by Revolution – but that is mainly due to personal preference. I prefer more bold, statement colours, whereas these are quite safe. As I said before though, it’ll be a fantastic addition to my kit.
To buy your own, click here.
Are you, like me, looking for an injection of colour into your makeup routine? Do you want to wow passers-by with your rainbow eyelids and creative makeup? Well, you’ve come to the right blog post. This palette from Blush Tribe will not disappoint in the pigment department – bold, bright, floral and gorgeous – the Blossom Palette is a stunner in its own right.
There are 16 flower-theme shades – all mattes and all unique. I own nothing like this palette and I wonder what I was doing before I did! It really has opened up my mind and creative juices to colourful eye looks and ideas. I have been scanning Pinterest for inspiration and even had a go myself at something pretty bold (for me anyway!) yesterday – but more on that later.
The eyeshadows are soft to the touch and easy to blend and apply. I would definitely recommend placing down a white liner on our eyelid first so that the colours really pop and stick.
When I swatched the shadows, I didn’t place down a primer or white liner, so this is them in all their glory.
Just look at that blue!
Even though there are some very bright and potentially intimidating colours in this palette, there are also some which are perfect as crease and transition shades and for all over the lid for every day wear.
I had a go at a sunset eye yesterday using this palette and the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Milk’ as a base.
I was impressed with the pigment of the eyeshadows and the way they blended so well, even on a tacky base. This palette is also cruelty free – overall, a big thumbs up from me!
To buy your own Blossom Eyeshadow Palette, visit the Blush Tribe website here.
I was very kindly sent this book from Harper Collins last week and have been dipping in and out of its pages ever since. This book is full of good-humour, inspirational quotes, things to make and do and the most gorgeous and colourful illustrations you should expect from a book of the magical creatures. I love it!
This is a hardback book which has a lovely cardboard texture and feel to it and is emblazoned with iridescent writing on the title Unicornucopia. The quirky illustrations are by Laura Korzon and immediately draw your eye to them.
This book is packed with over 200 brightly coloured and beautifully illustrated pages full of all-things unicorn. This book is a great little gift for unicorn lovers, those you wish to convert or even just a fan of beautiful books.
The book is divided into sections like History, Myth and Magic, Science, Unicorn Crafts, Spells and Charms and Inspiration.
Be a Unicorn in a world full of Horses
It’s not every day that I get approached by such lovely people as Kelly, the creator of Dandelion & Bloom, with such exciting blogging opportunities. So when I heard what she had to say, I just couldn’t wait to get photographing, typing and sharing with my lovely readers!
Dandelion & Bloom make beautiful handmade crowns for festivals and special occasions. Kelly also makes bridal crowns and bouquets – she really is one talented lady! Kelly asked me what flowers I like in particular and then got to work making me my very own one-of-a-kind flower crown and here it is…
I chose flowers which really mean something to me – sweet peas as they played a huge part in my own wedding day and lavender because my mum and I have a running joke about my love of the scent and her hatred of it! I really appreciate these personal touches.
My crown arrived packaged in a large box and was protected well in lots of tissue paper. The crown itself contains faux flowers and foliage, which means I can wear it for years to come. The flowers are attached securely to a soft but sturdy Alice band and the crown is extremely comfortable to wear.
I took it out for a test drive today and my very lucky husband(!) got to take some photos for me…
Today also presents a landmark moment – the first time I’ve ever been happy with photos of myself! I love, love, love how the crown looks and I’m just really looking forward to Summer now!
A little more about Dandelion & Bloom
After creating a crown for her own wedding and receiving lots of compliments on it, Kelly realised she had the potential for a new and exciting business venture. Dandelion & Bloom was born from her spare room in her house in Norfolk and things have gone on to grow from there. Kelly will also be releasing children’s crowns later this year, called Little Blooms – something I am particularly excited for! I will, of course, keep you updated with the launch and order one for Baby J and review it for you.
You can find Dandelion & Bloom on Instagram here – https://www.instagram.com/dandelionandbloom
Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/dandelionandbloom/
And the main website, here – http://dandelionandbloom.com/
Be sure to get in touch with Kelly if you’re after something in particular and she’ll be happy to help. There are also other pre-made crowns for sale on the website, here.
I was very kindly sent this beautiful palette by SZYGZY to review for you guys and I’m more than happy to do so. This gorgeous ‘chameleon’ eyeshadow palette is available on Amazon and when I opened the package it arrived in, I gasped at how pretty the packaging was! The outer cardboard case is purple with a holographic shift that kept me entertained for a good ten minutes. The lid of the palette itself has one of those images on it that changes when you tilt it (not sure what they’re called, but they’re so cool!).
Inside the sturdy cardboard case are six large pans of eyeshadow – all unique and pretty colours. When I posted photos of the palette to my Instagram, it got a lot of love mostly because it just looks different to so many palettes out there.
On first glance, the eyeshadows look like your regular shimmer shades. However, upon swatching you’ll notice that the eyeshadows are actually duochrome and incredibly pretty! I was impressed with each one and also amazed at how very little product was needed to get good pay off. Although the shades are all unique in their own way, they still manage to compliment each other.
I decided to play around with the colours some more and see what other uses you can get out of them. Firstly, they can be used as very ‘out there’ highlighters – if you’re feeling brave! The other pretty and more practical way of using them is to pat them over a black eyeshadow or eyeliner. I loved how doing this completely changed the look and feel of the eyeshadows and just made them stand out even more! You could even try them over other colours of eyeshadow and see what happens!
To buy your own SZYGZY Comet Crush Chameleon Glow Eyeshadow Palette, visit Amazon here.