I don’t own Modern Renaissance myself, but do have the W7 Delicious (another close dupe) and was able to use this to compare the shades. I Heart Makeup have done an extremely good job of replicating the shades and once again provide you with an opportunity to save your precious pennies. Why spend £45 when you can buy a very similar palette for £8.99?
The palette packaging is sturdy and very cute. It has the instantly recognisable dripping chocolate on the lid in a matte gold. Inside is a large mirror and then the 16 shades. There is a mix of matte and shimmer shades, but it is predominantly matte.
I am stupidly excited about this palette – the colours are stunning and the mattes blend out beautifully. I was so impressed when I first swatched the colours as they were very creamy and just so perfectly complimentary to each other. I wanted to use every single one on my eyes at the same time!
I can see this palette becoming a real ‘go to’ palette for me. I love reds and pinks around my blue eyes – I’m like a moth to a flame with them. There is one shade in particular that I’m obsessed with though and that is the muted mauve on the top row – it is so pigmented for such a light colour and blends like a dream. I just love this palette!
If you don’t love Mint Aero, then we can’t be friends. I’m sorry but who doesn’t?! This palette from I Heart Makeup just screams Mint Aeros to me and I couldn’t be happier about that! The lime green dripping chocolate design on the case looks good enough to eat and the eyeshadows inside… well you’ll be just as impressed.
Inside the palette are 16 beautiful shades – very autumnal, very warm, with some exciting and unique tones thrown into the mix. The yellow gold was what drew me most to the palette as I don’t have anything like it. Inside the lid is a huuuuuge mirror – something I’ve come to expect from all the Makeup Revolution and sister brands palettes now. The palette itself actually smells of mint chocolate too, which resulted in me dragging Baby J to our local Tesco to buy myself a bag of Mint Aero balls! Oops!
The red shade in this palette on the second row is absolutely STUNNING – I just have to put that out there. It looks perfect with the copper shade next to it and I can’t stop wearing them together. Absolutely spot on for this time of year!
I found that the eyeshadows swatched well, with just a couple of the matte shades taking more than one dip of the finger to get a decent swatch. The simmers however, swatched beautifully and were very pigmented.
This is one of those palettes that is lots of fun to experiment with – there are some unique shades in there that compliment each other and have high impact on the eyes. I love the shimmery greens so much, I just now have to get brave enough to use them!
To buy your own I Heart Makeup Chocolate Mint palette, click here.
Last week, I received this cute bottle of Henny and Joe’s chocolate chai. This is a naturally formed syrup which can be used to make chai lattes or chai tea. However, it’s very versatile in that you can also add it to milkshakes, porridge, coffee, tea loaf, cupcakes, crumbles… the list goes on!
Henny & Joe’s was established by Ash Bailey in Bath. He had worked in the hospitality industry for a while before launching his own perfected chai recipe. He decided to name the company after ‘his two favourite things in the world’ – his sons Henry and Joseph.
Henny & Joe’s won numerous awards for their original chai masala blend and so launched the chocolate chai blend last year. This is now also very popular and has won the award for ‘Best non-alcoholic hot drink in the South-West’ in the Taste of the West Awards.
I mixed my chocolate chai with almond milk and heated it up until comfortably warm. I used two tablespoons of the syrup which was perfect (I did use a massive mug!).
The syrup contains the naturally occurring ingredients of – cardamom, ginger, star anise, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, mixed spice, fennel seed, cinnamon and chocolate. This syrup is also naturally caffeine free.
It has a lovely, warming flavour perfect for cold evenings like these ones. I love its versatility and can’t wait to try it in some baking. It’ll go really nicely in the Madeline Shaw banana bread recipe I regularly cook up!
To purchase a bottle of the chocolate chai, click here or for the original chai masala blend, click here. You can also look for local stockists using this link.