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 –

Kismet Palette – Top row in natural light
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.

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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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.


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

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Palette Night | Review, Tutorial and Swatches

Makeup Revolution released the beautiful Renaissance palettes last week, including this Night version, a Day one and a glow palette. The Day palette contains all matte shades and the Night one a mixture of one matte and four shimmer shades. 

This palette came beautifully packaged in a gorgeous black box with rose gold decoration. The palette was inside a gorgeously soft pouch inside the box, which adds an extra element of luxury. The palette itself has a matte black case and a beautiful rose gold clasp, which I’ve never seen on a palette before. 

Inside the case lid is a mirror – I love Makeup Revolution for this – and a double-ended brush. The shades themselves are beautiful. The matte colour is a white, perfect for highlighting the brow bone, as I did today. The pink and bronze tones are intensely shimmery and pigmented. The final two shades have reflective glitters in them and are stunning. 


I created an eye look today using a majority of the shades in the palette – 

  • Use the matte white to highlight the centre of the brow bone 
  • The lighter brown on the outer V and slightly into the crease, also along the lower lash line 
  • The copper tone over the rest of the lid and along the inner part of the lower lash line
  • The light pink on inner corners as a highlight 

The shades in the palette are very easy to work with and blend. I experienced little to no fall out. The shadows are of a very high quality. 

Overall, I’m very pleased with this palette. The packaging is stunning and compact enough to travel with. I also think this palette would make a brilliant gift. 

To buy yours for just £8, visit TAM Beauty here

Kerry x

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
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

Makeup Tutorial using the Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade Palette

This beautiful eyeshadow palette has been surrounded by a lot of controversy over the last week, when Kat Von D herself posted a very angry Instagram photo calling out Makeup Revolution for completely copying her Shade & Light palette. The whole reason I wanted this palette for myself was because of the fact it was such an incredible dupe of the ridiculously overpriced original. Of course the quality will be better, but I really can’t justify spending £37 on an eyeshadow palette.

I had been after this palette a while and it had been out of stock on TAMbeauty. I was so happy to find in in my local Superdrug however, and have been putting it to the test ever since! I have to say that I absolutely love this palette. It was a brilliant £8 and there are so many neutral looks to be created with it. The palette is split into three quads of complementary neutrals.


I had a go at putting together a look for you to try – let me know if you give it a go!Firstly, set your primer/concealer with the light shade all over the lid up to the brow bone

Next, I added this very light, almost peachy shade along my crease


This brick red shade was placed on my outer corner and along my lower lash line

I then placed this light brown all over my lid and stopped below my crease

Finally, I used a darker brown as a kind of eyeliner along my upper lash line



This is a very subtle look, suitable for everyday wear.

The palette is still sold out on TAMbeauty, but you can purchase it online at Superdrug (with free delivery!) here.

Kerry x

Girls with Attitude – Glow It! Highlighting Palette

Girls with Attitude launched this beautiful highlighting palette late last year. It contains three gorgeous, shimmery shades to brighten your skin for a radiant glow. 

The box is a beautiful rose gold. There is also a mirror inside – I love it when a palette comes with a mirror! I like the fact that it has an elastic strap to hold the lid closed – very handy if you’re keeping it in a handbag or suitcase. 

The shades inside are all year round perfect. I can see them looking amazing at Christmas, New Year, but also in the summer as they’d add a lovely bronze glow to your face and even your body. 

The colours will also work well to compliment all skin tones – there’s something for everyone! 


Along the palette from left to right

The shades are ultra pigmented and are velvety smooth to apply. They also have excellent staying power and I think they look beautiful. You can apply lightly for a more natural glow or build up the colour for impact. 

Girls with Attitude sell only cruelty free makeup, which is something we all want to hear nowadays. 

To buy the Glow It! Highlighting palette, click here. It’s a brilliant price of £11.99.
Kerry x

Beauty Product Review – The Balm NUDE’tude Eyeshadow Palette

Oh how I loved a well packaged, quirky makeup product! Here is a new fave – The Balm’s NUDE’tude Eyeshadow Palette. It consists of 12 gorgeous nude shades. 

I already own the How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek and Lip Cream Palette which has the most hilarious packaging. 

I love the half-naked cowboys and their loose links to the blushers inside! 

The packaging in the NUDE’tude palette is also fabulous. This time we have illustrated ladies with the eyeshadows in place of their underwear. 

The colours have been given names in the form of adjectives beginning with the letter ‘S’. My husband found it hilarious to ask me to guess which one he thinks best describes me, I answered with ‘Sassy? Sultry?’. But no, his answer was ‘Stubborn’ – nice! 

I have swatched the palette below – 

Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated
Sexy, Serious
Snobby, Stand-offish, Sultry, Seductive, Silly, Sleek

I used the palette today to create this eye look – 

  • Stubborn – all over the eyelid
  • Sultry – crease and cat eye
  • Snobby – inner crease and inner corner
  • Stand-offish – centre of lid
  • Sassy – Brow bone

I also have the How ‘Bout Them Apples blush on in Cider. 

Overall, the palette contains some highly pigmented shades. When I first received the palette I felt slightly disappointed by the tiny amounts of eyeshadows you get, but upon using it I can see that you only need a little of each shade. A little goes a long way! 

To buy the palette from Superdrug, click here

Do you have any The Balm products? 

Kerry x

Beauty Product Review – FREEDOM House of Glam Dolls ~ Fairy Doll Palette 

What’s that you say? A magical themed face palette, especially aimed at those seeking the face of a fairy? Count me in! Introducing the FREEDOM House of Glamdolls Fairy Doll Look Palette

This palette contains four brow powders, three powder highlighters, ten powder eyeshadows, two powder blushers and four lipsticks. Below are swatches of the eyeshadows (minus ‘light’ and ‘jet’).

Here I have swatched the four lip colours –

The bottom lip shade ‘spell’ is a lovely iridescent tone which can be used over the other colours for a bit of shimmer.

The palette also came with a look guide, which I had a go at today. Here’s the result on the eyes –

And the cheeks and lips –

To create the look:

Apply foundation, concealer, etc as you would normally do

  1. Use ‘starlight’ to highlight the brow bone
  2. Cover the whole eyelid in ‘light’
  3. Place ‘sorcery’ over the mobile lid
  4. Use ‘glade’ on the inner eye and blend out
  5. Put ‘bloom’ and ‘petal’ in the crease and blend
  6. Define under the eye with ‘bloom’ and ‘ash’ 
  7. Add ‘pure’ beneath the brow for extra WOW!
  8. Contour using ‘nature’ to define cheeks and ‘starlight’ to highlight
  9. Use ‘flutter’ as a blusher
  10. Mix ‘enchant’ and ‘spell’ on the lips and the look is complete!

This palette is a bargain at £8.00 and brilliant for those just getting into make-up. There are many looks just waiting to be created with this product.

Some of the eyeshadows are super pigmented, as you can see from the swatches, but some are a bit subtle. The lip colours have longevity and are good colours for an everyday look.

You can buy the palette from Makeup Revolution here.

Kerry x

Beauty Product Review – NYX Strobe of Genius

Yesterday I purchased this gorgeous NYX Strobe of Genius palette. It contains many shades to give you the perfect highlight. I’ve been watching many YouTube tutorials on strobing and have been keen to give it a go. 

I’m particularly intrigued by the lilac shade in this palette – I think it would be wonderful in the winter around Christmas (sorry I just said the ‘C’ word!) as it is has a cool tone. There are some lovely rose gold sections in the palette too and also some bronze ones. Right, let’s show you some swatches! 

Top row of palette, highlighters from left to right
Bottom row of palette, highlighters from left to right

I’m really impressed with the variety of shades and also how sparkley they are! I’m definitely going to be using these as eyeshadow too as they’ll look beautiful in this amazing sunshine we’re having recently. Here’s how I used the palette today – 

I layered up the shade on the furthest right, bottom row with the pinky toned one on the top row on the top of my cheeks. I also used the pinky tones on my nose, Cupid’s bow and chin. You can’t see in the photo, but I used one of the bronze tones to highlight along my hair line on my forehead. 

I was very subtle with this because the powders are super pigmented and I didn’t want to go too crazy! I’m a bit of a whimp like that! It’s made me realise I really need to invest in a decent fan brush as none of my brushes were really suitable for the application of the product. 

Overall I’m very pleased! The colours are so pretty, I can’t wait to try them all out! For the darker shades on the bottom row, I’ll probably use them as an eyeshadow as my skin is quite fair and they might not look right on my cheeks, etc. 

Have you tried out the strobing trend? 

Kerry x

The Grand Opening – Too Faced Totally Cute Palette

I am so excited! Hermes just posted this through my door… 

It’s a parcel from Debenhams containing the totally cool Too Faced Totally Cute palette

I just love the box, it’s so pretty with all the cute character sketches. There’s also a unicorn – always a winner with me! 

Inside the box is the palette itself which is a metal tin and also two sheets of stickers. The stickers can be used to decorate the tin (I know what I’ll be doing this evening!). 

Now to the palette itself. It contains 9 eyeshadows, divided into 3 different looks – Ice Cream Cutie, Lucky Girl and Totally Cute. 

The larger of the eyeshadows can be used as a beautiful base to the rest of your look, just perfect for sweeping across the brow bone to highlight. The palette contains a mix of matte and shimmery shades. 

Tucked inside the tin is a glamour guide which contains three looks. Too Faced claim these three looks have only three steps and can be achieved in three minutes – I accept the challenge! 

I will be trying the looks out over the next few days and will upload photos when I have. If you want to join me in trying out the palette, you can buy it from Debenhams here. I hope you enjoyed this post. I absolutely love Too Faced, I think their products are just so much fun and the eyeshadows are highly pigmented and just look beautiful. What do you think? 

Kerry x