Last week saw the release of four, yes FOUR, new I Heart Revolution Chocolate Bar palettes. My husband bought me all of them, so expect reviews over the next couple of weeks. I thought I would begin with the Lemon Drizzle palette because it is already my favourite.
As always with the chocolate bar palettes, the eyeshadows come in a sturdy chocolate bar-style case with the dripping chocolate design. This one is bright yellow. Inside is a large and very convinient mirror and 18 refreshing eyeshadow shades.
There are 10 mattes – a mixture of yellows, reds, browns and nudes – and 8 shimmers.
You can find a description of each shade on Revolution’s website.
As you can see, the shades swatched well – especially the bright red/pink and pure lemon yellow. I really love the colours in this palette and the way they work together so nicely. They blend well and last all day on the eyes.
To buy your own I Heart Revolution Lemon Drizzle Chocolate Palette, click 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.
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.
I treated myself to two palettes from the Reloaded collection of four – Newtrals 2 and this one. Newtrals’ warm tones really appealed to me but what really drew me to this one was its likeness to the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette.
I’ve been eyeing up the Naked Heat Palette since its release as I love how the chilli pepper tones have translated into such beautiful eyeshadows. When I saw this pretty much perfect dupe from Makeup Revolution, my bank account gave a sigh of relief! This palette costs only £4 compared to Naked Heat which retails for around £40.
There are some absolutely gorgeous shadows in this palette and one in particular actually blows my mind. It is the last shade on the bottom row – a black/brown with a duochrome red/orange effect. It’s amazing! I keep swatching it on my hand and gasping each time!
As usual, I swatched the colours in natural light after dipping my finger in each pan and swirling it around twice.
Can you see how pigmented those eyeshadows are? There isn’t one that is a dud or a let down. The shimmers are especially easy to work with and are surprisingly creamy and buttery when you consider the tiny price tag. There are some shades which are perfect for the crease and some bold brights that will look incredible all over the lid. I’m loving the possibilities with this palette!
You can buy it from TAM Beauty here, or Superdrug here.
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 –
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.
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!
This isn’t my first review of a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, you can read all about the last liquid lipstick I reviewed here. This is the one shade I chose from his Christmas Collection. Christmas Cookies is a gorgeous peachy nude and the one shade in particular, which really stood out to me. This collection also saw a gold shade called First Class, which I’m hoping will eventually go into a Beauty Bay sale and which one day I’ll be brave enough to wear! I do have to say that all the colours are gorgeous, I’m just not cool enough to wear them!
As you can see from the photos, the packaging is stunning. This is my favourite design so far – the glitter and sparkles really appeal to me and not just for this time of year. My camera didn’t pick up the full impact of the glitter (as usual) but take my word for it that you won’t stop looking at it under a very bright light! I have a short video of it on my Instagram highlights in ‘Beauty Faves’ – check it out!
The lipstick comes in a holographic box with the name sticker acting as a seal. The liquid lipstick comes in a very sturdy and expensive feeling container with the gorgeous pink and glittery packaging. The lid also clicks shut which means it won’t come open in your bag – phew! It has a curved doe foot applicator which makes applying the lipstick easy and slick.
The colour itself is lovely, I’ve been wearing it every day since I received it because it’s the perfect everyday colour. I wouldn’t say it lasts all day and it is quite drying. It looks lovely when first applied though.
To buy Christmas Cookies for yourself, click here.
And last thing to say – Merry Christmas to you all! Thank you for your amazing support and I hope you have a wonderful time ♥
I came across Exposed Cosmetics on Instagram and instantly fell in love with their English Rose Eyeshadow Palette. I had seen a few mini video tutorials on their grid and was amazed at how well the shadows blended and how pigmented they were. I just had to give them a go for myself! I was able to pick this up super cheap too because it was Black Friday weekend – win!
There are 18 eyeshadows in this palette, which is incredible value for money considering it is only £9.99. There are eight shimmer, metallic and foil shades, each one absolutely stunning and very, very pigmented.
The mattes in this palette also pack a real punch. They are buttery and easy to blend. The colours compliment each other beautifully too, so many unique eye looks can be created from this one palette.
I really had lots of fun playing around with this palette. I absolutely love rose gold anyway, so eyeshadows around this theme really interest me. I’m obsessed with the pink shimmer shade with the peachy gold reflect and just had to use it all over the lid!
There are some mattes in the palette which make perfect transition shades and crease colours too. I’m really happy with this purchase and can’t believe the quality of the shadows considering the price – absolutely fantastic. The packaging is lightweight and simple, which is a good thing. This palette is simple to look at, but the eyeshadows do brilliant job. There was less time spent on packaging and more time spent on quality of the product – something which really appeals to me.
To buy your own English Rose Eyeshadow Palette, click here. Also, keep your eyes peeled for my review of their beautiful little Highlight Kit coming this week.
W7 I applaud you – well done on creating yet another affordable, high quality and practically identical dupe of an Anastasia Beverly Hills palette. The funny thing is, W7 have made no attempt to hide the fact that they have recreated the high priced Subculture palette – they even used the hashtag #WEVEGOTITRIGHT when posting it all over their social media. It’s no secret that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette turned out to be one big, disappointing mess. It was super pigmented but crumbly and difficult to blend. W7 have released this little gem and let me tell you, they definitely HAVE got it right.
The cardboard palette box holds 14 beautiful and unique shades. Each one is named and there is a mirror inside the lid. It’s a nice compact size, perfect for travel. There are three shimmer shades and 11 mattes. There is a double ended brush inside (also a dupe from the original palette) which is actually pretty decent – it has a fluffy end and a smudger end.
W7 are known for being extremely affordable, so I wasn’t expecting amazing results from the swatches but I was presently surprised. The shimmers feel so creamy and are so high impact. The mattes are absolutely beautiful and also very pigmented.
As you can imagine, I was keen to get this on my eyes as soon as possible. I used the palette today and contemplated what shades I should use for about ten minutes! My contemplation made me realise how truly versatile this palette is – warm toned looks, looks with yellow tones, a bronze eye look and greens and golds! It’s brilliant! I played it safe today and went warm toned (no surprise there) and used the dark purple called Maraschino Cherry on the outer corners. I used the pale shimmer called Sugar Rim on the inner part of my eye and was blown away by how pretty this colour is. The colours Moscato and Body Shot made beautiful transition and crease shades.
The palette was super easy to use – very little product is needed and the colours blend beautifully. The mattes are long wearing, although I did find that Sugar Rim started to fade and wear off by the end of the day.
You can purchase this incredible palette for yourself by clicking here. Also keep any eye on eBay for it as they’re even cheaper on there!
I love Christmas – the weather, the glittery makeup, the time with friends and family and the having time to relax and be merry. Now that I have Baby J in my life, Christmas is even more exciting. This year I want it to be as magical as possible. So when I was sent these glasses decorated with Christmas designs from Lolita, I knew they would make the perfect accessories to my perfect Christmas plan.
Lolita Glasses began with Lolita herself when she was served a Cosmopolitan cocktail on a night out with friends. After looking at the drink’s menu and receiving her drink, Lolita began to think about how a regular glass could be dressed up to suit the exciting drink it contained. Lolita started to collate her ideas for Martini glasses in 2001 and from there on the company was born.
These glasses aren’t just your ordinary drinking glasses – they are beautifully and intricately designed, hand-painted and embellished with jewels. They are the centrepiece of any party and girl’s night in and the talking point too!
The Lolita UK website has a wide selection of glasses for all occasions. I was sent some Christmas glasses, but also some which would be perfect for New Year. The little details in these glasses are just beautiful, I can’t get over the way the colours complement each other so perfectly and beautifully. The jewels are a gorgeous finishing touch too! Each glass has a unique cocktail recipe written on the bottom of it too – imagine the fun you can have making them!
To put the glasses to the test, I invited some friends over and we made the cocktails recipe on the bottom of the Pretty as a Peacock glass. We had so much fun together and it made it clear that nights in are as much, if not more fun than a big night out! I even managed to vlog the evening – enjoy!
If you would like to save yourself 10% off the price of an order at the Lolita UK website, then use my exclusive discount code which is SPARKLE10. This code is valid until 17th December 2017.