I Heart Makeup Chocolate Elixir | A Modern Renaissance Dupe? | Review and Swatches

I Heart Makeup have recently launched a few new and very beautiful eyeshadow palettes. The Rose Gold one was a good Huda Beauty dupe and the Mint Chocolate one contained some unique and truly Autumnal shades. The Chocolate Elixir palette looks to me to be a VERY good dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette


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! 

The first top two rows swatched left to Right, in natural daylight
The bottom row swatched in natural daylight

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! 

To buy your own, click here

Kerry x 

I Heart Makeup | Mint Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

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.

Kerry x

I Heart Makeup Dragon’s Heart | Review and Swatches

A few days ago I reviewed the beautiful new Mermaid’s Heart Highlighter from I Heart Makeup, today it’s the turn of Dragon’s Heart – a stunning, gold and warm toned highlighter. 

This baked highlighter comes in a heart-shaped cardboard box with flame illustrations on the lid.  The highlighter itself consists of five shades. These can be worn individually as highlighter, blushes or even eyeshadows. 

When swirled together, the result is a stunning gold highlighter. I have been wearing this most days as I find it perfect for my skin tone. 

I love the selection of colours in Dragon’s Heart and the actual dragon theme. This is definitely a must for any Game of Thrones fans! 

The highlighter is nicely pigmented all round and stays put all day. I wore it on a coach to London yesterday and it lasted the sweaty journey! 

To buy your own, click here

Kerry x 

I Heart Makeup Mermaid’s Heart | Review and Swatches

Unicorns have been all the rage for a while but now there’s a new fad on the block – mermaids! I have to admit, I’ve been totally sucked in by it all – it’s all so pretty and shiny! I love the mermaid colour schemes and the sparkling, iridescent products and items. I was very excited to see that I Heart Makeup were releasing two new fantastical highlighters (after their very successful Unicorn’s Heart highlighter) – a mermaid one and a dragon one (a review of that is coming soon). 

Mermaid’s Heart comes encased in the cutest cardboard box. It is an ocean blue colour with foil effect font. It is very eye catching! Now for the actual highlighter –  It consists of five mermaid themed shades, which individually are beautiful in their own right. You have two colours which could represent the sea, a gold for the sand, orange for mermaid hair and pink for her shell bikini. Well that’s my interpretation anyway! 

This product is extremely versatile – you could always use the shades individually as a unique highlight or you could use them as eyeshadows. Just think of the looks you could create! I have been swirling the colours together and using the result as a highlighter on the high points of my face. 

When I first saw the highlighter, I didn’t actually think the colours would combine well and work out to be a flattering highlight – however I was very wrong. This product is like magic – when you mix the colours together, they actually end up combining into a beautiful cool toned, icy white colour. I love the overall effect and have been wearing it a lot. 

Once again, as I have said with all the I Heart Makeup products I have reviewed, this highlighter is super pigmented, easy to blend and a dream to apply. This is a special product and definitely something I’d recommend getting your hands on – there’s nothing else like it. 

To buy your own, click here

Kerry x 

I Heart Makeup Chocolate Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

Oh Makeup Revolution, you’ve done it again! Another beautiful eyeshadow palette that I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on. As soon as photos were released of the inside of this palette, it was love at first sight. First up, this palette screams Huda Beauty dupe (and who doesn’t love an affordable dupe?) and secondly, I love me a bit of rose gold.

This beautiful, chococlate themed palette comes from I Heart Makeup, a sister brand of Makeup Revolution and also sold on the TAM Beauty website. The palette came in a cute chocolate bar wrapper style box, which was rose gold too. The casing itself is a good sturdy plastic and I love the rose gold chocolate dripping down the front. Inside is a generous mirror and then your 16 STUNNING eyeshadow shades. Bonus: This palette smells like a Kinder Bueno bar! I can’t stop sniffing it!

There are a good varierty of finishes to the eyeshadows. A few lovely matte transition shades, some shimmers and some pressed glitters. I’ve not seen pressed glitters in a Makeup Revolution palette before, but I’m very impressed with them. These types of shadows are quite difficult to produce but these have been done well and are bloody pigmented! I apply them with my finger for full impact! You could also use them with a wet brush. The palette does come with a plastic sheet with all the names of the shades on it too.

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Swatches taken in Natural Light

Today I used the palette to create a quick and easy halo eye. Here’s how –

  • Independent (bone colour) all over the lid to set my primer
  • Uh-oh (light, red/brown) in the crease
  • Girl Boss (Pinky brown) on outer edge of crease
  • Side-Chick (red) on outer and inner lid, blended through the crease to help form the halo
  • Barbie (shimmer shade, pink with gold reflect) in the centre of the eyelid
  • Hard Work (pressed gold) dabbed lightly on very centre of eyelid
  • Girl Boss and Side-Chick on lower lash line

This is another beautiful and extremely affordable palette, perfect for the Autumn. The colours are pigmented, blendable and a dream to work with. It helps that the packaging is completely beautiful too!

Buy yours here, or in Superdrug stores.

Kerry x

Favourites | April 2017

Hello and welcome to a new series on my blog! Here I will be rounding up my monthly favourites from the previous month. April was a busy one for me in terms of trying out new products – I received some new things for my birthday and was also sent a few little PR packages. I hope you enjoy this roundup – let me know your favourites from April too – I love discovering new things!

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo 18 Colour Eyeshadow and Lipstick Palette

My husband bought me this beautiful eyeshadow and lipstick combo palette from BH Cosmetics and Shaaanxo. Shaaanxo is one of my favourite beauty gurus from YouTube and if you haven’t already, you should definitely check her out – her tutorials are incredible!

The palette contains 9 eyeshadows (3 matte and 6 shimmer) and 9 stunning lipstick colours. I am just in love with this palette – it’s perfect for everyday wear and the pigmentation on the shadows is incredible. The palette is an amazing price on BeautyBay.com too – just £18.00 with free delivery. I highly recommend this one. You can buy your own here.

100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil

This was another birthday gift from my lovely husband. I had been after some of this oil for a while as I heard that it does wonderful things for your skin. As the only plant in the world known to produce a wax similar to our own skin’s sebum, it is able to penetrate deep into the skin.  It also contains powerful antioxidants, Omega 6 & 9 essential fatty acids, and Vitamin A, D and E. I use it on my face every other evening and I can’t believe the effect is has had already, in just a matter of weeks. It has reduced redness on my cheeks, I have had less breakouts on my chin and forehead and my skin is just amazingly smooth and soft. I’m so impressed! I know that my husband purchased this from Holland and Barrett, but you can pick one up online here.

SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD Mascara

As I am currently on unpaid maternity leave, money is pretty much non-existent. So when I ran out of mascara, I desperately searched the web for a good and cheaper alternative. I came across a few reviews of this SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD mascara and I have to agree with the good ratings. I have very short and stumpy lashes, so I’m always looking for a mascara that will add length to the lashes, without weighing them down. This one separates my lashes and makes them extra long. I’ll use it in a tutorial soon! You can buy yours here.

I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts – Goddess of Love Highlighter

I cannot stop wearing this highlighter. It is so beautiful. It’s gold with a peachy/pink reflect. It is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. You get 10g of product, which will last you a long time. Once again, this product is available at my favourite beauty website – TAM Beauty here. You can also purchase it at Superdrug.

Makeup Revolution Duo Brow Pencil Light Brown

I always prefer to draw on my eyebrows with a pencil and was excited to try this Makeup Revolution one. I got it in the shade light brown, which is actually a perfect match for me. I really like that it has a little spooly brush on the end. It’s always good to start your eyebrow routine the right way by brushing your brows into place. Once again, this pencil has excellent pigmentation and very little product is needed on each eyebrow. Buy yours here.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit – Ultra Fair C01

Oh my goodness, this little kit is fantastic! It is just £3 and for this you get a lot of pigment for your money! The kit contains a bronzer, highlighter and blush. I originally bought this for the blush, which is pink with a stunning peach reflect. It really warms up the skin and gives a healthy glow. However, I have also been reaching for the bronzer everyday as it’s a gorgeous tone on my skin. And now for the highlighter… It’s blinding! I think it is actually one of the most pigmented and stunning highlighters in my whole collection (and I own a lot of them!). Buy yours here

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick Vow

These new lipsticks from Makeup Revolution really remind me of the Charlotte Tilbury ones, but are a fraction of the price at £4. They are velvety soft and glide onto the lips. I have it in the shade Vow, which is a brown nude. This is very long wearing and I find it to be nourishing on my lips. I’m hoping to buy a couple more shades from the range in the future. Buy yours here.

Oh K! Sweet Peach Detangle BrushOh K! Sweet Peach Detangle Brush

This cute little detangling brush was from my sister, on my birthday. It smells like peaches! It is so adorable and just shows how well my sister really knows me – I love anything with a cute, happy face on it! It also does a good job of detangling my crazy hair too. I love it!  Buy one for yourself here.

Other favourites this month include –

Basic Beauty Tools | Foundation Blender and Spongedry

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Makeup Revolution Renaissance Palette Night | Review, Tutorial and Swatches

Benecos Natural Beauty – Product Reviews

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Kerry x

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Makeup Revolution ~ I Heart Makeup – Unicorn Love Palette with Swatches! 

Makeup Revolution’s sister brand I Heart Makeup, have just launched this beauty. It’s the Unicorn Love palette and oh my gosh, it has a furry outer case!

Inside you get 16 matte and shimmer shades all with elements of fantasy and unicorn. Each shade has a fairytale name, for example – Fortune, Magic, Wings, Sparkle (my personal favourite name for obvious reasons!). There is a lovely range of shades – not as wild as I’d have expected from a palette named after creatures of the rainbow – but they are subtly beautiful. There are some perfect crease and transition colours, some beautiful, glittery brights and some all-round stunning shimmery shades.

You also receive a double-ended sponge applicator. I would’ve preferred a brush as I find sponge applicators to be the most useless makeup tools known to man – why oh why? There is a large and extremely useful mirror which spans across the whole inner casing lid and doesn’t distort you like something from the House of Mirrors.

I have swatched all of the shades for you below – I took one photo with the flash on and one without. I swatched from left to right, starting on the top row.

Unicorn Love Palette – Taken without a camera flash
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Unicorn Love Palette – Taken with a camera flash

The shades I am particularly impressed with are –

  • Flutter – a beautiful peachy shade
  • Fortune and Gallop – both orangey/pinky browns one is shimmer, one is matte
  • Story – Gold and so sparkly – just stunning!
  • Wings – The perfect neutral brown crease shade
  • Love – a gorgeous champagne gold and white

I created this look with the palette, here’s how –

  1. All over the lid, use Pure to set your primer and create a smooth base
  2. In the crease, use Flutter
  3. On the outer crease, use Wings to add more definition
  4. To create a Halo Eye look, use Fortune on the inner and outer corners and then blend them together along the crease so that they meet there in the middle
  5. Use Fortune again along the lower lash line
  6. To darken up the edge of the outer corner, use Gallop and blend out
  7. Using your finger, put Story in the middle of your eyelid and the middle of your lower lash line – this really adds to the Wow Effect!

As you can probably tell, I am a little bit in love with this palette. I love the range of shades to suit all skin tones and eye colours. There are endless looks to be created with it. The colour pay off and pigmentation is fantastic – particularly in the shimmer shades like Story. I’m wearing this eye look now and it hasn’t moved all day. I do use an eye primer, but it hasn’t dropped down below my eyes or moved into my crease. I am very impressed for a palette that costs only £7.99.

You can purchase this palette from TAMbeauty, but be quick as it does keep going out of stock very quickly! As I write this, there is only 1 left! Here’s the link to buy – Unicorn Love Palette.


Kerry x