You may have read my pretty moody review of one of Maybelline’s latest releases – the Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter (and if not, click here) and there I mentioned I’d also picked up the Master Chrome in a Superdrug deal. Thankfully, this review won’t be anywhere near as angry because this time round, I’m pretty pleased with my purchase.
This gorgeous little highlighter was doing the rounds on many a US YouTuber’s channel but took a lifetime to appear in the UK. When it finally arrived in Superdrug, I was excited to see if it would live up to my expectations and its amazing reviews from overseas. As you know, I hated the Master Holographic which arrived in the same package, so the need to enjoy this highlighter was pretty high!
I adore the pattern pressed into the powder itself – geometric lines are just so aesthetically pleasing! The colour, on first glance, looked pretty intimidating for my fair/medium skin and I was worried it would make my cheeks look bruised on application but it actually sits pretty well. It’s a very flattering gold which I feel works well on most skin tones (but maybe not the super pale).
The powder itself is finely milled and not full of microglitter (like its ugly sister) and blends out beautifully. It is a very bold highlighter – not one for those of you who love a subtle glow! It builds well and sits still on the skin all day.
Phew – well that’s a relief! My faith has been restored in Maybelline – what a gorgeous little offering this highlighter is! I believe there is a pinky toned one coming/already here – but I am yet to find it. I’ll definitely let you know my thoughts when I am able to get one.
Buy the Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter here.
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.
I am seriously loving the chocolate themed palettes from I Heart Makeup at the moment. An obvious dupe of the Too Faced ones, the I Heart Makeup range of palettes offer an affordable but very high quality alternative. The range of colours available in the varying themes is astonishing too. I love them and if you don’t own one yet, I promise you’ll fall in love with them too. This Chocolate Orange palette is just made for me – take a look inside and you’ll see why…
All my warm tone dreams have come true! Every single shade in this palette is what I usually gravitate towards from multiple palettes. Having them all in one place is a real gem and super convenient. Another bonus? The palette actually smells like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges!
Inside the very bright orange topped case, is a large mirror and a mixture of 16 matte and shimmer shades. There are some dusty roses and pinks, orangey browns and then there are some pure orange tones! There is also a shimmery gold which swatched amazingly and looks stunning on the eyes. You’ll see what I mean from the swatches below.
As usual, the quality of this palette has not disappointed me. I’ve never had a dud from I Heart Makeup to be honest and I have to say that they’re getting more exciting with every one they release. The colours are once again, beautifully complimentary and also long-wearing on the eyes. Yes, some are more pigmented than others but overall the pigmentation is excellent for it’s low price tag.
I’m excited to see what 2018 brings for I Heart Makeup, as their products are always so quirky and exciting. The packaging is always fun and the products themselves are excellent quality and extremely popular. Some of my most searched reviews on Sparkle with Kerry are the I Heart Makeup eyeshadow palettes!
To buy your own I Heart Makeup Chocolate Orange palette, click here. You can also watch a tutorial by the gorgeous Tammi below.
Here’s a quick post on one of the beautiful and incredibly affordable new eyeshadow palettes from Makeup Revolution. This right here is the Re-loaded Newtrals 2 palette and it is one of four to make a huge impact since it’s release last week.
If you already own the original Neutrals vs Newtrals eyeshadow palette, then you’ll know that it is full of gorgeous pinks and reds all warm and lovely, with some cool tone colours thrown in. This Re-loaded Newtrals palette contains all warm tones and is so up my street. It comes with 15 shades, a mixture of matte and shimmers – some so subtle that you’ll sparkle under bright lights. There is a brown on the top row which has very pretty micro glitter in it and I love it! Took me a while to realise it was there though as it only appears in certain lights – so unique!
The best part? This palette is only £4! That’s right, you heard me correctly, £4! Don’t think that this low price brings low quality either – the pigment from a majority of the shadows is unreal. I’ll say that a couple of the mattes are quite pale and patchy – but those shimmers pack a real punch! They are so buttery too and blend like a dream.
As I was swatching this palette this morning I knew that it would cause real problems for me – I wanted to use every single shade on my eyes there and then! You’ll probably feel the same if you get yourself one. The colours are just so pretty and so complementary to each other, you’ll be overflowing with ideas on how to use it. I went for a very basic and as usual, boring look today.
To buy your own Makeup Revolution Re-loaded Newtrals 2 palette, click here. Check out the other palettes in the collection too (there are some incredible dupes in there)!
I swatched this palette months ago in store and instantly fell in love. I didn’t buy it at the time because it was sold out and has been ever since. I couldn’t buy it on Superdrug online either. This week in Boots however, I was pleasantly surprised to see some on the shelves! I also had enough points to buy the palette which is £9.99. Who doesn’t love a freebie?
The Barry M Meteor Storm palette contains eight metallic and duochrome shades – all stunningly unique and like nothing I already own. The more I get to know this palette the more amazed I am with the quality and its beauty.
The packaging is a simple cardboard box with a magnetic closing and a mirror inside. It is extremely lightweight and portable.
I swatched each shade lightly on the back of my hand.
The colours swatched beautifully and the pigment was impressive. I said an ‘Ooo’ with each one, it was like I was watching a fireworks display! The duochrome shades are especially eye catching as they’re so unique. They look amazing on the eyes too and stayed put all day.
The only downfall to the palette (for some people), is that there is no matte shade to use as a transition shade. This didn’t bother me in particular because I have so many palettes each with a decent enough shade for this purpose. To be honest, it’s nice to have a palette completely dedicated to metallic and duochromes – who wants a boring matte chucked in there too in place of a more unique colour?
Overall I absolutely love this palette and I’m so glad I managed to get myself one. I’ll be sharing my looks over on Instagram, so keep your eyes peeled. I would say that these eyeshadows work best and are way more intense when you apply them with your finger or a wet brush.
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!
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!
As you know, I already own quite a few Makeup Revolution products but I don’t own many of their lip kits. I have the Halloween Unicorn lip kit and the original Retro Luxe Matte kit in Echelon. However, the Echelon kit I own is in the original formula, which quite frankly wasn’t brilliant. Makeup Revolution worked hard to perfect their matte lip kit formula and I’ve heard only good things. I was super excited to see that they had put five gorgeous mattes, two glosses and three metallic shades into one box for Christmas and today I’m excited to share it with you!
The lip kits come in individual boxes inside a black, classy and pretty sturdy box. The kits are spread across two slide out drawers – an expensive looking Christmas present. Inside the top lid are illustrations of lips with the colours on and name of the kits. I really like this finishing touch.
The top drawer contains the matte lip kits and the bottom drawer contains two glosses and three metallics.
Let’s start with the matte kits. To be honest, I would buy this set for these alone. I love me a matte lipstick and five of them is just a bonus! They are mostly nude shades too, which are also my favourite (and a lot of other peoples’ at the moment!). Each kit contains a lip pencil and a liquid lipstick with a doe foot applicator. Each lipstick has a clear tube and matte rose gold lid. Each pencil is black, with a black lid and a little strip of the pencil colour on the bottom. The shade names are also written on the products.
Echelon – My favourite of the bunch! A pink based nude. This shade also won Gold in the 2017 Pure Beauty Awards!
Grandee – Very pink and very pretty. This is the brightest of the mattes
Noble – A close second favourite. This is a lovely brown nude
Duchess – A muted red/orange. Very sophisticated and slightly festive too!
Highness – A darker version of Noble – more brown but still in the nude category
Now for drawer two – glosses and metallics. Once again, all of these kits come with a lip pencil and liquid lipstick. The lids of the liquid lips are a shiny rose gold. So pretty!
Lip Glosses –
Honour – For a lip gloss, I actually love this. It isn’t gloopy and sticky. It is actually very wearable and super pigmented for a gloss. I love the colour too – a true nude brown
Original – This is my least favourite kit of the ten. It is very light and a peach colour. I just don’t think that it suits my skin tone. It would look lovely in the summer on someone with a fresh tan or even on deeper skin tones. I feel it just washes out my complexion. The colour is very pretty though.
Metallic Lip Kits –
Regent – This is the most pigmented and my favourite of the metallics. It’s a very festive red. It’s super unique and pretty. I feel this will be getting a lot of wear over the next couple of months!
Empress – This is a peachy nude metallic with a gold reflect. This looks gorgeous when it catches the light
In Waiting – another pretty pink. It’s the most natural of the metallics
When I swatched the lipsticks I didn’t use the lip pencils, I’ll hold my hands up this was probably not fair on the metallics. I feel the colours would be much more vibrant and stunning with a lip pencil underneath.
I have been testing out the formula of the mattes over the last few days and have to say I’m very impressed. The longevity of the colours is fantastic and lasted through various snacks, drinks and meals. The colours are also gorgeous. It is a lightweight formula and doesn’t have the stickiness that the original formula had.
If you’re debating whether or not to get this for someone for Christmas, or even as a gift for yourself I say get one! For £30 you’re getting £60 worth of products. There’s something in this set for everyone – you really can’t go wrong.
To buy yours, visit TAM Beauty here or Superdrug here.
Now that it’s November, I’m officially allowed to start talking about Christmas – and oh do I have some gorgeous Christmas goodies to share with you this year.
I wanted to start my Christmas posts with these gorgeous flash lashes by Kiss. They are perfect for parties during the festive season and New Year. They’re also extremely affordable and available in Superdrug and online so they’re super convenient too!
These lashes are my favourite of the two pairs I was sent. They’re so fluttery and long, but still natural looking. They have a very thin band which makes them comfortable to wear as they’re not heavy – It actually doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything on your eyes.
The lashes contain ‘multi-angle technology’, which means they’ll look fluttery from every angle and therefore more natural.
The lashes also come with adhesive, which is of good quality and makes application a lot less stressful!
To buy these lashes online, click here.
If you want to add a bit more volume to your lashes, but still look natural, then these are the falsies for you. They are a shorter length lash, perfect for every day wear. Each ‘hair’ has a tapered end, which softens their appearance.
Once again, they are easy to apply and feel extremely lightweight on the eyes. The eyelash band is ‘invisible’ meaning it doesn’t look heavy on your eyelids and is easy to work with.
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!).
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!
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 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.
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.