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.
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).
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.
Well, Makeup Revolution kept these Life on the Dance Floor eyeshadow palettes very quiet indeed! I literally had no idea these even existed until they were released for sale on the Superdrug website! There are four palettes in total – Guest List, After Party, VIP and Sparklers. Each comes in a glittery plastic case, Guest List in particular has a rose gold glitter finish. There are also three lipsticks in matching coloured packaging, which go with the four palettes – although I am yet to try these. I’m very impressed with the glitter look actually, unfortunately and as usual, my camera doesn’t do it any justice. It is extremely sparkly and very smooth. The glitter isn’t ‘3D’, so doesn’t catch on anything or flake off.
The palette itself is actually a pretty decent size. Inside the lid is a huge mirror and 24 eyeshadows. The colours inside, as you probably know by now, are right up my street. I love warm tones, especially oranges, reds and purple/browns. This palette stood out to me the most from the four because of this. I have also been after a neon orange for a while now and this palette had a few perfect little pans of colour.
I’m very happy with the quality of the eyeshadows themselves. They were easy to swatch and I didn’t find one dodgy or patchy shade. They all blended onto the skin nicely too. There are a couple of stand out shades in there that seem almost duo chrome – a shimmery peach/gold and a berry burgundy/pink. I love that all the shades compliment each other so perfectly, there aren’t any which would clash.
I have used the palette a couple of times since receiving it and I’m very happy with the looks I have created. I tapped my brush into the neon orange pretty much straight away and was pleased with the out there look it provided. The colours are easily blended out and stay put for hours. I tried the palette both with and without eye primer and the results were good both times (although better with the primer).
To buy your own Life on the Dance Floor Guest List palette, click here. To see the other palettes in the collection, click here.
For the first time ever, I’m actually pretty excited about Halloween this year. The reasons for this being, I have a very lovely Baby J who looks extra cute in a little Halloween outfit (it has a pumpkin on it). Secondly, I’m going to a very exciting Halloween party in London this coming week. Finally, I absolutely love seeing all the amazing Halloween themed makeup looks going around the internet at the moment! I have already experimented with a few Halloween products from Makeup Revolution (read about those here) but these have just been the gory ones. I wanted to try something a bit less scary and a bit more pretty – that’s why I picked up this unicorn themed lip kit!
I already own one of the Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kits in the shade Echelon and I absolutely love the quality of the lip pencils. I was excited to see that the pencil in this kit was nothing like I already own. I was very surprised by the swatches to see that the purple pencil also has a gold reflect to it. It is absolutely beautiful! The gloss which goes on top has micro glitter in it and is also very pretty. Both products could be worn alone.
But combined they create an even more beautiful look!
Now, I’m really not the biggest fan of lip glosses, in fact I find them gloopy and extremely annoying when my hair gets stuck to them and then smears across my face. However, I didn’t feel any of this with the gloss in this kit. It isn’t gloopy at all and it felt very comfortable to wear. I also liked the finish of it as it wasn’t so wet looking that I looked like I was dribbling.
This will look stunning as part of a unicorn Halloween look, but I’m also thinking it would look cool on a mermaid one too (something I’m going to be having a go at over the next week – keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram).
To buy your own Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Holographic Lip Kit in the shade Unicorn Dream, click here. It is also available in Superdrug stores now.
Everyone knows who Joan Collins is, right? Not everyone knows that she has her own line of makeup though. I didn’t know myself until I stumbled across the Timeless Beauty Instagram page. I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous gold packaging of the lipsticks (a nod to the Charlotte Tilbury ones) and I was very fortunate to be sent two gorgeous shades by Alex Silver PR.
I received a red shade – Helene – and a shimmery pink – Lara. Both are very wearable and perfect for every day wear. Helene is very festive and perfect for a party. I have worn Lara more because it is lovely during the day and due to its sheer finish, looks very pretty on minimal makeup days.
The Divine Lips lipsticks are extremely nourishing and moisturising. I actually can’t believe how good they make my lips feel. They also make them look fuller, which is always a bonus! The lipsticks contain hyaluronic acid, which isn’t as scary as it sounds. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent ingredient and something which our skin already contains. It plays a big part in hydrating the skin – so having some extra in your makeup and skin care is a brilliant thing.
To buy your own gorgeous Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips Lipsticks, click here.
I reviewed a Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter a few months ago now and it was one of my most read posts. These highlighters were a very popular release for Makeup Revolution, so I really wasn’t surprised when I saw they had released four more shades last week. I was very fortunate to be sent this particular shade and I couldn’t wait to give it a go.
Lunar is an ultra intense lilac toned highlighter. It is absolutely stunning and one of my favourite tones for a highlighter. I love the uniqueness that a lilac one gives on the skin. I was pretty blown away by the swatch I did (below) and was even more amazed when I applied it to my face. I literally tapped my brush in the pan and began to apply it and the glow was insane! I actually had to blend it out a bit with my foundation brush because, believe it or not, I actually felt I had too much on! I know, shock horror!
The highlighter stayed on my skin all day and even managed to cling on during a very sweaty run this evening. It looks very pretty on the high points on my face. I spent a lot of the day moving my head in odd positions in front of a mirror just to make the highlighter ‘flash’ back at me!
To buy your own Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter, click here. These babies are only £3!
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.
To buy your own Makeup Revolution Renaissance Glow palette, click here.
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.