Sample Beauty Kismet Palette | Review and Swatches

After receiving the beautiful Coax Palette from my husband for Christmas, I decided to treat myself to another palette from Sample Beauty. I fell in love with the bold colours and fantastic pigmentation, so went with another palette containing bright and unique shades – the Kismet Palette.

Inside the palette are 16 beautiful shades – 11 shimmers and 5 mattes. Once again, the mattes are absolutely incredible. So so pigmented and bold – use sparingly! The shimmers are stunning – I’m blown away by the brightness and beauty of the light blue shade on the bottom row, far left. I just had to use it on my eyes last night, even though my eyes are already blue, I couldn’t let that colour go to waste. The shimmers transfer to the eyes beautifully, I didn’t once have to wet my brush or use my finger for better pigment. Check out the swatches for yourself –

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Kismet Palette – Top row in natural light
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Kismet Palette – Bottom row in natural light

This palette also contains a very fair matte shade which matches my skin tone exactly (it doesn’t show up in the swatches). This eyeshadow is perfect for setting the primer on my eyelid and produces a nice, even base. My only downside to this palette is that there isn’t a suitable transition/crease shade for my skin tone. The browns are just a bit too dark to use in my crease – I’m really not brave enough! This wouldn’t be a problem for everyone though. Plus, I have plenty of eyeshadow palettes with neutral transition colours in them, so I’m really not fussed.

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An eye look created using the palette – just look at that light blue in my inner corner!

I have to mention the packaging for this palette too. I love it! I love its simplicity – just a white outer cardboard case with the brand printed in black. It is also super slim-lined, without compromising the size of the pans – you get a lot of product for your money! There is a mirror inside the lid too – which you all know by now, is something I really appreciate.

To buy your own Kismet Palette, click here. You will not be disappointed. Be sure to check out other items for sale too – they even do clothes and phone cases!

Kerry x

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Exposed Cosmetics Bold Definition Highlight Kit | Review and Swatches

Here’s my second review of an Exposed Cosmetics product and this one is a beauty! As you saw from my previous post, I am absolutely in love with the Exposed Cosmetics English Rose Eyeshadow palette, read that here. So I was expecting good things form this highlight kit too!

As with the eyeshadow palette, this kit comes in simple cardboard packaging which has a little window in it so you can see the shades inside. It’s a cute little size, making it great for on the go. On the back of the box is an image of a woman showing you where to apply highlighter to your face. Now let’s get to the swatches!

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Exposed Cosmetics Highlight Kit swatched in natural light

Eeek, aren’t they all just so beautiful? The colours are – Pale Champagne, Iridescent Rose and Glistening Bronze. The shades have a gorgeous sheen to them and are super shimmery – minus the glitter. They have that much coveted ‘wet look’ on the skin. My most wearable shade, for my skin tone, is definitely Pale Champagne but the amazing thing about this palette is that you can mix the shades together to create your own custom highlight. They’re just stunning! They would make beautiful eyeshadows too.

This Bold Definition Highlight Kit is just £4.99 and available to purchase here.

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Pro HD Glow Getter Highlighter Palette | Review and Swatches

For the last few months I have been gaining experience as a makeup artist by joining my photographer friend on any shoots he invites me along too. When prepping for a shoot, I love going through my makeup and picking out the perfect products for the lovely models. When I saw that Makeup Revolution had put together this gorgeous highlighter palette, I knew straight away that it would be perfect to go into my kit bag. 

The style of this palette really reminds me of the pricey Ofra one On the Glow (find it here), but is a fraction of the price at just £15. You receive eight highlighters in this well packaged and good-sized palette and a lot of product for your money.

I love the range of colours – peaches, champagne, lilacs, a mint green and many more! I’m also in love with the multi-highlight pans which have complimentary colours placed together (once again, very much like Ofra’s Beverly Hills). 

Left to Right – Rose Gold Kiss, Champagne Kiss, Dream Kiss, Glow Kiss, Golden Kiss, Peach Gold Kiss, Prismatic Kiss, Mint Kiss

The highlighters from the Kiss range were released a while ago by Makeup Revolution and I reviewed one back then (Ice Kiss). Since then they have redesigned the packaging and released more shades in the range. 

The highlighters themselves pack a real punch and are just the most beautiful colours. As you can see from the swatches, they are very pigmented and very stunning colours. It was hard to pick which one to apply this morning! I went with Champagne Kiss and it is just so lovely! 

They are quite glittery, which I really enjoy but I understand not everyone likes that in a highlighter. Makeup Revolution also released Brighter Than My Future, a more bronze based palette, more suitable for medium/dark skin tones. Check this one out too, it’s beautiful! 

To buy your own Glow Getter Highlighter Palette, click here

Kerry x 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick | Family Collection | Nathan 

When I saw the launch video of the new Jeffree Star Family Collection, even I had to admit it was adorable. It was heart-warming to see Jeffree and Nathan in their family home, with their dogs, talking about their reasons for the colour choices and shade names in the collection. My attention was particularly kept by the shade Nathan, of course named after Jeffree’s partner.

Nathan is a beautiful muted terracotta nude shade which screams Autumn to me. If I could describe my perfect and ideal lip colour of the moment, this would be it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Beauty Bay stocked these so soon after they were released and that they were sold separately. The lipsticks are also available as part of a set (the other shades are BEAUTIFUL too).

I already own a couple of Jeffree Star Cosmetics lipsticks and I already love the formula of them. They glide on, they are pigmented and they stay put for hours. Yes, they are pretty drying on the lips, but just make sure you put on plenty of lip balm before bed and you’ll be fine. The formula of this new lipstick seems even more long-wearing I would say. I’m wearing it now after a pretty long day and two meals in between and it’s still hanging on. I was pretty disappointed that the iconic scent is not as obvious in this one though. I absolutely love the root beer smell of the previous lipsticks but really struggled to pick it up in this one.

This lipstick is vegan, cruelty free and matte.

To buy your Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in the shade Nathan, click here.

Kerry x

MUA Makeup Academy Prism Loose Powder Highlighter | Star Illusion

When I saw MUA had released a new loose powder highlighter as part of their new Prism range, I just had to give it a try. I don’t actually own any of these types of highlighter, so have been very intrigued to see what the excitement is all about. Firstly, I was surprised by the size of the pot it came in – it’s a decent size! There is 18g of powder inside too, which is a lot as it is very finely milled. I love the lid of the pot too – so sleek and classy in black plastic with holographic font on the top. It looks beautiful when it catches the light. Under the lid is a little sifter, perfect for controlling the amount of powder that comes out.

On first glance the powder looks white, but when you look closely it reflects pink in the light. A little goes a long way with this product. I poured the tiniest amount of it onto my hand for the swatch below and it seemed to blend out forever!

Yesterday morning I got the urge to create a pretty Halloween makeup look and this highlighter was perfect for the occasion. I attempted mermaid makeup and used the highlighter over pretty much all of my face. I applied it to the high points of my face as per, but then added a bit less product around these areas. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of this highlighter, especially considering its very low price tag of £5.

To buy your own MUA Prism Loose Powder Highlighter, click here. Or to see other products in the Prism range, click here.

Kerry x

The Makeup Revolution Halloween Party | 26th October 2017 

As my Mega Bus pulled into Norwich bus station yesterday afternoon, I had to ask myself if the last 24 hours had really just happened. On Thursday night I had attended the annual Halloween Party hosted by Makeup Revolution, which took place at One Marylebone, London. What a night it was! I thought you might like to hear about my evening and see some snaps too.

I was allowed a plus one to the party, so invited my bestie Natasha along. As you can imagine, on the coach down we didn’t stop talking and checking Instagram for party updates! After a quick trip on the tube, we found our hotel in Marylebone. Our room was lovely! Pretty much as soon as we had unpacked, we started to get ready.

I curled my hair with my Xtava curling wand and put on A LOT of makeup. In brief I used the Soph eyeshadow palette on my eyes along with the Fenty Beauty glitter release eyeliner, Ardell Demi Wispie eyelashes, Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife and Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Celebrity Skin. I also tried out The Ordinary coverage foundation for the first time and it was brilliant! I did use more products than this, but these were the ones really worth mentioning. 

When we got to the venue at around 7.30pm, we were greeted by the sight of the Makeup Revolution logo projected onto the building. I already knew it was going to be a good night! Walking in, my breath was taken away by the size and beauty of the venue. There was a round bar in the centre of the room, with a large Makeup Revolution lipstick displayed in the centre. Waiters and waitresses were stood at the sides with trays of drinks and we were allowed to help ourselves! The cocktails were so tasty and there were even mini bottles of prosecco to drink too! Natasha and I wandered around the venue looking at the Halloween displays and seeing if we could spot anyone we knew. 

At around 8.45pm we all gathered below the big screen and listened to an amazing speech from Adam Minto, the creator of Makeup Revolution. He thanked us all for supporting the brand and emphasised that this party was not to promote new products, but to celebrate the success of the brand and to show his gratitude to all the supporters of it. At this point I felt very overwhelmed and very grateful to even be there.

When the speech was over, we were treated to a performance by some amazing dancers (this dance was also incredibly terrifying!).

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After the performance, a dance area was opened up and a DJ started to play music – the party had really started now! Food was brought around on trays for us to help ourselves – hot dogs, burgers, cones of chips, pots of southern fried chicken – it all tasted incredible! Natasha and I went over to some display cases to look at current and future new releases from Makeup Revolution and its sister brands. I’m especially excited by the multiple highlighter palettes (top left photo). 

Upstairs in the venue was a ‘Creepy Convent’. This area had been decked out in all things spooky and was actually pretty scary! If you saw my Instagram stories from the evening, you’ll know what I’m talking about! 

 

Before we left, I managed to catch Adam to thank him for such an amazing party and also for inviting me along. He spoke to me for a while and said things that I felt so amazed to be hearing, that I actually had a little cry afterwards. I won’t tell you what he said, but let’s just say that I will persevere with this blog and my studies in beauty. I’m not going to give up!

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Dress – Boohoo Pandora Floral Crochet Waist Maxi Dress
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A picture of Natasha and Me taken in the Spooky Photo booth – we got a real shock in there!

As we left the venue, we picked up our goody box. We walked back to our hotel and took in the sights of London at midnight on our way – that city really does never sleep!

The contents of the goody box

The next day consisted of a quick trip to Primark on Oxford Street and then a long coach journey home. I felt so unbelievably happy all day and woke up this morning wondering if it had all been a dream.

Thank you Makeup Revolution. Thank you Adam. Thank you Natasha. And thank you London.

Kerry x

 

 

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Glow | Bronzer and Highlighter

You may have read my review of the Makeup Revolution Night Palette, one of the eyeshadow palettes which belongs to the Renaissance collection. A big part of the appeal with these palettes is their beautiful packaging. They come in a black box with rose gold decorations. Inside the black box, they are packaged in a cute velvet pouch (a little bit of added luxury). The casing itself is so so beautiful – matte black with rose gold edging and I just love the clasp which opens and closes them. 

The Renaissance Glow contains a bronzer and a highlight. The palette was re-released last week, claiming to be ‘New and Improved’. I never tried the original myself, but I’m happy with the reformulation of this one.

The bronzer is matte and very light. To be honest, I haven’t been using it as a bronzer but actually as a contour. It is the perfect contour shade for pale skin as it has grey, shadowy undertones. 

The highlighter is the main reason you should buy this palette! It is gold and gives a ‘wet look’ on the high points of the face. A little goes a long way with this one, I really like it. I’m off to a very special party in October and I will be packing this in my overnight bag. 

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Glow Swatches in Natural Light

To buy your own Makeup Revolution Renaissance Glow palette, click here

Kerry x

Barry M Fall in Love Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

When Anastasia Beverley Hills released the Subculture eyeshadow palette last month, I became slightly addicted to watching YouTube reviews. The bottom line with that palette was that the shadows are super pigmented, but so hard to work with and very, very crumbly. As much as I loved the shades inside, there was no way I was going to fork out a ridiculous amount of money for a palette with problems. You can understand my excitement and intrigue then when Barry M took over Superdrug’s Instagram account on Friday and they posted a photo of this baby. One of my besties actually tagged me in the post and said how it was a good Subculture dupe. I had to agree with her there!

Now believe me when I say, I have a hell of a lot of eyeshadow palettes and I can honestly say that I don’t have any that contain a gorgeous mustard shade like this one does. That mustard shade was my biggest temptation in my decision making about buying this palette. Mustard tones go beautifully with blue eyes and it was something I really wanted to experiment with.

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Fall in Love comes in an Autumnal themed cardboard box. I like the simplicity of the palette and I also like its size. It is very travel friendly and fits comfortably into your hand. Inside the magnetic lid is a mirror – excellent stuff! There are 10 matte shades of both warm and cool tones.

I managed to pick up the palette in my local Superdrug and as soon as I got home I swatched the eyeshadows. To be honest, I was a bit worried that this was going to be a disappointing palette after doing these swatches as the colour pay off just wasn’t at all impressive from some of the shades.

As you can see from the photo, the lightest shades barely show on my skin. They were definitely the hardest to swatch.

This morning, I finally got the chance to experiment with the palette and use that mustard coloured shade that I’ve been dying to use. Oh my goodness, I was not disappointed! The deeper shades in this palette are STUNNING! They are so super pigmented and so easy to blend. There is some kick back and fall out, but I would expect this from such pigmented shadows. I would highly recommend this palette to beginners and experts as the colours are unique but easy to work with. I’m in love with this palette – what a brilliant start to my Autumn!

To create this eye look I used the beige/mauve colour in my crease. I then deepened the crease using the orangey brown on the top row. On the inner part of my lid I used the coveted mustard yellow and on the outer half I used the cranberry red. Along my lower lash line I used the orangey brown and cranberry red together.

To buy this palette for yourself check out your local Superdrug, or buy it online here.

Kerry x

Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick Collection | Review and Swatches

When I received a box of twelve Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipsticks, complimentary of Bourjois and Influenster, I couldn’t have been more excited to try them all out! Every single shade appealed to me and I just didn’t know where to begin!

The packaging for these lipsticks is simple but elegant and they have a very secure closing lid which clicks loudly so you can guarantee it won’t come off on your travels and in your bag.

The Rouge Velvet lipsticks have a matte finish – but the thing I love about them is that they go on in a creamy, almost typical lipstick formula and then dry down to a matte finish. It’s like magic!

After trying the lipsticks for a few days now, I can say that they are non-drying and very comfortable to wear. They last for a few hours but the real test is when you eat. I wouldn’t say that they last very well through a meal, only a small amount of colour remains.

My favourite shade is ‘Brunette’, the darkest of the collection. Watch the video below for swatches and names of all the lipsticks.

I was MUA to Kitty Clements this week, on a shoot with the amazing Oliver Lall and I used one of these on her. We went for the shade ‘Fuchsia Botte’ as Oliver wanted a blue and pink theme (more about this in a separate post soon!). The colour looked fab and here’s a sneak peek from the shoot…

Photo Credit: Oliver Lall, Model: Kitty Clements

To buy these lipsticks for yourself, visit Boots here.

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter | Liquid Champagne

With high end brands releasing their own highlighter drops with a high end price tag, it’s great to see Makeup Revolution producing these little beauties for us money conscious gals. Let me tell you, these are just as beautiful, blinding and long wearing as the Iconic London and Cover FX drops claim to be.

Of the four Liquid Highlighters I bought, Liquid Champagne is definitely my favourite. The shade is perfect for my skin tone and it has that ‘wet’ look about it that I’ve been searching for from a highlighter. The champagne colour itself is just stunning and so perfect for special occasions. I also can’t wait to put this all over my face, shoulders and collarbone at Christmas!

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Liquid Champagne swatched in natural lighting

Like Liquid Starlight, Liquid Champagne is a dream to blend and very little product is needed for a beautiful glow. Once again, like Liquid Starlight and Unicorn Elixir, the highlighter’s staying power is second to none. I’ve never used such long-lasting highlighters before and they stay as gorgeous as when you first put them on all day.

To order your Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters, visit TAM Beauty here.

Kerry x