Testing Makeup Revolution

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will know that Makeup revolution is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I recently went into Superdrug for one particular product and came out with a few extra items. I thought I’d show you what I bought and how I got on testing them out. I was especially excited to get started on all the products because at first glance they all looked incredible. I think Makeup Revolution is an amazing brand and you’ll always find a lot of high end dupes.

Concealer

The product I’d gone into buy was the Conceal and Define, which I’d been so desperate to try. Sadly this was one of two items from this haul that I didn’t get on with. It’s meant to be a dupe for Tarte Shape and Tape and I love, love the packaging and the large applicator. I found it to be quite drying on my skin, which is a shame because everyone was saying how great it was. I won’t go on about it too much here, but if you’d like to find out more, head over to my full review.

Lips

I picked up two lip products, both very different, The first one I was drawn to because of the pretty rose gold bullet shape packaging, no surprise there then. I chose the shade Chauffeur, a browny nude shade (playing it safe here!). It’s got quite a sheen to it and I love that it’s a bit more moisturising, perfect for dry lips. The colour is absolutely stunning, it’s one I’d wear for an every day look, although it’s a glossy shade it’s still really pigmented. it doesn’t last as long as some I’ve got but I’d definitely buy this lipstick again.

I also picked up one of the Matte Lip Kits that contains a lip liner and a liquid lipstick. I bought the shade Echelon, a beautiful dark brown nude which I absolutely love. It applies really nice and dries quick quickly into a matte finish. It feels super comfortable to wear and lasts pretty well. It’s super affordable for a great lip kit. The liner has the creamy consistancy which I prefer as it doesn’t drag over my skin, but it’s long lasting and stays on for ages.

Blusher

I absoultely adore the Sugar and Spice Ultra Blush palette and have been using it for so long, I thought I’d try one of their single blushers this time. I chose the Vivid Baked Blusher in the shade All I Think About Is You, a pinky nude shade, which is just the perfect colour for for a simple natural look. It’s just as pigmented as the palette, I only needed to gently dab my brush to pick up any colour and it blends in beautifully. I honestly can’t believe this only costs £2.50!

Eyebrows

I’m not great at doing my eyebrows and most of the time I use an eyeshadow to fill them in. I was interested to try Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade and found that I really loved it. I got mine in the shade Blonde but there are a number of different shades. It has a beautiful creamy consistency that’s easy to work with but not too creamy that it slides everywhere. It’s just a really lovely texture to thicken your brows and create the arch. It does come with a tiny applicator but I preferred to use a Spectrum A17 brush to apply it with. The Brow Pomade is really affordable, so if your like me and not great at doing brows, then this is a brilliant product to get you started.

Eyeshadow

I already love their eyeshadow palettes, they have such a range to choose from and they all look incredible. I chose the Reloaded Newtrals 2 palette which has 15 warm brown toned eyeshadows, varying from orangy, pinky, red shades, to burgundy and neutral brown shades, it’s just such a gorgeous palette. The quality of Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes are amazing considering they are a budget beauty brand and this one is an absolute bargain at only £4! As with all their other eyeshadow palettes, the colours are really pigmented and I didn’t have any fall out, the shades blend in beautifully. I’ve been trying different looks using the metallic burgundy shade (bottom left) which is so stunning, it’s almost foil like.

Testing Makeup Revolution

Highlighters

What on earth made me choose 3 different highlighters from Makeup Revolution I don’t know, but at these prices I’m not breaking the bank. The first one I tried is the Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, so I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

I then tried the Rose Gold Ingot Highlighter and all I can say is wow. It’s a gorgeous shade that will look amazing when I have more of a tan in the summer. It’s just as pigmented as the Sun Kiss highlighter and lasts pretty well.

I was super excited to try the Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Eyeliner

Last of all I thought I’d give the Double Flick Liquid Liner a try in the hope that I’d be able to master the perfect winged liner first time. Sadly not, and I don’t mean just because I’m rubbish at doing them. The double ended felt tip pen has one thick nib and a thinner one at the other end, I love the shape of both brushes and the design of the pen was easy to hold. Unfortunately I found the liquid liner itself wasn’t as good as other drugstore brands I’ve used. It was very patchy and didn’t apply very well. It was quite a sticky texture that really didn’t feel comfortable to wear.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m super happy with most of the items I bought from Makeup Revolution, if there’s one product I’d recommend from this haul then it would have to be the Sun Kiss Highlighter, closely followed by the eyeshadow palette, they are both absolutely gorgeous. I’m also pretty chuffed with the Love Conquers All palette, at the time it was free because I’d spent over £12, it includes 6 eyeshadows and a stunning heart shaped highlighter (like I need another one!). It’s just a shame about the concealer and the eyeliner, but I did pick up a lot of other amazing items and I’ll definitely be reaching for them again.

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favourite drugstore brand?

 

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February Favourites

Hope you’ve all had a good February? It seems ages since I wrote a Favourites post, probably because I got last months out really early and January is like the longest month ever. I’ve been trying out loads of new beauty products, I love spending an hour or two at my dressing table, playing around with makeup looks or styling my hair differently. I find it really therapeutic.

My February Favourites are mainly beauty items but there are a few random bits at the end. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the things I’ve loved this month.

February Favourites

Thanks to American English Seaberry Dry Oil  my hair has been frizz free and feels incredibly soft, it’s also given my hair a gorgeous shine. I’ve been using it as a heat protecting spray while using my straighteners or hair dryer, or on it’s own to make my hair look super sleek  This stuff is amazing and smells absolutely divine! It’s cruelty free and vegan too, so it’s suitable for everyone.

February Favourites

What can I say about the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Volume II other than it is stunning! There are four beautiful highlighting shades: Candlelight, Spotlight, Skylight and Daylight, the two lighter shades are just perfect to use as a highlighter on my skin tone. The darker two I’ve used on my eyes if I want to add a touch of sparkle. They are incredibly pigmented, so don’t go overboard like I did at first, and the powder is super soft. I’m so glad I took the risk buying it from the Tarte website as I didn’t pay any international shipping, and this is going to get a lot of use throughout the year.

The Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape has to be my favourite concealer, ever. It has amazing cover and conceals my dark circles and any blemishes incredibly well, I love that it has a huge sponge applicator so it’s super easy to use with just one swipe. I honestly didn’t think I’d love it quite as much as I do because it’s quite a heavy formula, but it doesn’t crease or dry out my skin at all. It’s worth every single penny!

February Favourites

I’ve loved using the Touch In Sol Flawless Skin Top Coat which is perfect for a natural, flawless looking complexion. I’ll add a few drops and blend it in with my fingers, as it reacts better to the warmth of my skin and I’ll get a more natural, glowy finish. The great thing about the Skin Top Coat is you don’t need separate products, it’s a three in one base: BB Cream, foundation and powder. It’s a lightweight liquid which doesn’t clog up your skin. I think this is going to be the one to use during the summer months, plus you can build it up to get the coverage you want and it doesn’t look cakey or too heavy.

February Favourites

Anything that promises to instantly boost the skin and I’m at the checkout before you can say Pixi Beauty. I’ve absolutely loved using their Skintreats Rose Flash Balm as a primer before doing my makeup and twice a week I’ve applied a thicker layer which acts as a mask, then just gently wiping it off after about five minutes. It contains rose extract and rose flower water, which are incredibly gentle on my skin, I know some people are sensitive to both of these. The balm is oil free and glides on beautifully without leaving any greasy residue, making my skin feel ultra soft and hydrated. It’s a great multi-purpose product that’s the perfect compact size for popping in your overnight bag.

February Favourites

I’ve totally fallen in love with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. The bottle looks simple and clean, and has a easy to use pump, with a lockable cap. It’s one of those products that works on everything, and yes I do mean including stubborn eye makeup, it’s extremely gentle, so you can use it to take every last scrap of makeup off. It has a jelly like texture, which I found a bit strange at first, at the end of the day I’ve been massaging it into dry skin and it simply melts off any makeup, removing every bit of dirt and grime. It didn’t leave my skin feeling dry in the slightest. I’ll leave the link to my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser review if you want to find out more.

February Favourites

I couldn’t let February pass without mentioning Valentines’s Day. We stayed at home, ordered a take away, opened a bottle of Prosecco, and watched a film, just the two of us. Adrian very kindly bought me this adorable Unicorn mug from Vinegar Hill in Hitchin, which I absolutely love! Isn’t it just the cutest thing ever. It now sits on my shelf alongside my collection of other cute, pink mugs,

February Favourites

The book I’ve enjoyed reading is 100 Pieces Of Me by Lucy Dillon, it’s a bitter sweet story that made me want to sort my life out and enjoy every single day the best I can, as if it were my last. It made me think about who was important in my life and all the things around me, were they part of who I am now or was I just holding on to bad memories and things I didn’t need anymore. It made me think about everything and everyone I take for granted, and anything that gave me negative thoughts, when I could have been surrounding myself with people and belongings that filled my life with joy. I have to say, this book probably had a bigger impact on me than any of the non fiction self care books I’ve read.

What’s the one thing you’ve done during February that you’ve really enjoyed?  it can be anything at all.

 

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Random Acts Of Kindness

Does it have to be someones birthday or Christmas to show a simple act of kindness? Even the smallest thing can make a big difference to someone’s day. Think of all the lovely things that people have done have for you, that moment of joy which put a smile on your face.They will almost certainly work for other people too, some of these random acts of kindness may seem small and they are easy to forget when we’re rushing about, getting on with our own busy lives. The world would be a lot nicer place if we were kinder to each other and smiled a bit more, instead of having a face like thunder just because we’re in a bad mood. I include myself in there as I can throw the biggest strops going, just ask my husband. I’ve been making every effort to simply smile when I’m out and about, even to complete strangers in the queue or waiting room, because I know they will have gone away having a moment of joy during their day. Very often, they will smile back to, so the kindness is returned.

Simple Acts Of Kindness

Send a hand written letter – as well as receiving a letter, why not include a motivational card they can pin in their office to make them smile every day

Compliment someones work – if you’ve enjoyed what a person has written, give it a like, retweet it or leave a nice comment. A few words of encouragement can go a long way to making someones day.

Offer to make a cup of tea – on a break at work, why not offer to make your colleague their favourite hot drink, or make one for your mum who’s been busy at work all day.

Love an outfit, let that person know – doesn’t have to be a friend, it can be a complete stranger, believe me they will go away with a spring in their step if you tell someone their outfit looks good

Hold the door – sounds simple enough, but the amount of times people have gone through the door in front of me and just let the door slam shut

Recycle your old magazines – take them to a DR’s waiting room, this will bring a smile to more than one persons day

Help someone in a supermarket – maybe that person can’t reach the top shelf, offer to get a product down for them

Give up your seat to someone who may need it – maybe they are elderly, pregnant or disabled and can’t stand for very long

Remember the assistant who helped you – did they go that extra mile to assist you as a customer, let them or their manager know, we’re all too ready to make a complaint, but when was the last time you praised someone who works in your favourite store?

Acts Of Kindness

Listen – another simple act of kindness, but could mean so much to someone who needs to talk through their problems, the smile on their face afterwards will be one of relief and make their day seem a little brighter

Offer to do the shopping – OK, I don’t mean a full weekly stock up, but maybe a neighbour or family member can’t get out through illness or they’ve just had a baby and would really appreciate a pint of milk and loaf of bread. The secret bar of chocolate hidden at the bottom of their bag for them to find could be enjoyed even more.

Share your loyalty points – don’t have a loyalty card for the store your in and never likely to, maybe the person behind you in the queue has and those extra points will help them towards their next money off voucher

Send a thank you card – been given a lovely gift for a special occasion, send a little note instead of a text, it’s much more personal

Make a memory book – know someone who has lost a loved one, use a notebook or scrap book and add photos of that person, ask friends and family to write a few lines about them.

Offer to babysit – maybe the new parents haven’t had a night out since the little one came along, they will really appreciate some time alone together

Call your mum or best friend – for no other reason but to see how they are, honestly this will make their day

Bake a bit extra – make a few extra of your favourite cookies or brownies, take some round to a friend, neighbour or family member, believe me, they will thoroughly enjoy them

Remember to say Please and Thank you – no really, those little words can often get forgotten when we have a million and one things we need to do buzzing about in our heads or running late for an appointment

Don’t forget yourself – having a bad day, do what ever you do to recharge your batteries, spend five minutes reading your favourite book, start watching that series you’ve been meaning to for ages, lock yourself away in the bathroom for a long hot soak, Look in the mirror and tell yourself how awesome you are!

What random acts of kindness have you done that’s given someone a moment of happiness?

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Victim Or Survivor Of Sexual Abuse

One minute and twenty seconds. That’s all the time you gave me before slamming the phone down. I’d waited all those years to ask you just one question “Why?” I was feeling really strong that day, but it still took every ounce of courage to pick up that phone and dial your number.

Tuesday 4th July 2006 was supposed to be our day, a day for us to talk. Thinking about it now, you only came round to make sure I’d not told anyone, still trying to control me. You’d definitely not come to visit out of guilt. If only I’d realised that back then.

I’d not seen you both since the end of March that year, after I began having counselling, which had opened “Pandora’s Box” and brought back memories that I’d blocked out for so long.

So when you arrived on that Tuesday afternoon and he appeared behind you in the door way, I froze. May be you felt the need to bring him along as back up, in case I started asking awkward questions.

You both sat down and that’s when I started to panic. I had flash backs of those awful nights in your house, scenes that I couldn’t handle reliving.

I wanted to ask you both to leave but nothing came out of my mouth.

I was just frozen with those images in my head. I felt the fear all over again, I was physically shaking. I felt trapped and couldn’t bear hearing his voice or having his smell only a few feet away from me. I couldn’t even look at the both of you. The fear I felt was so strong that I had to send a text to a Adrian, asking him to come in straight away, luckily he was only working in the garden. All of a sudden there was another voice in the room. I had never been so glad to hear Adrian’s voice before. From that moment on I wasn’t trapped and alone with just you and that man, the pair of you trying to intimidate me.

Victim Or Survivor Of Sexual Abuse

All those times I wanted to say stop but was too scared. The times I just lay there with my face in the pillow, crying hoping it would be over. Breathing in his smell that was suffocating me. You were the adults, you knew it was wrong, yet still you carried on. Not just once, but over a long period of time, I should have spoken to someone back then, I stayed quiet through fear. The fear you put into me by telling me all sorts of things would happen to me if I told anyone what you were both doing.

That Tuesday in 2006 was the last time I ever saw you. I never did get any answers to all the questions I wanted to ask.  Up until now I have always blamed him for what happened, and thought of you as a victim too. Now I know that you were as much to blame, if not more. You should have been there to protect me, the one person who should have been there for me, but you let me down in every possible way. You not only allowed him to do what he did, but you were there in the room each time it happened.

I’m not sure what sick pleasures you both got out of what you did, but I do know it wasn’t my fault. I wasn’t to blame, I was just a child. You robbed me of an innocent childhood, one That should have been filled with love, support and encouragement, a time that I will never get back.

I do believe there is a name for people like you but it certainly isn’t Mother. You stopped having the right to be called that the day you willingly made the decision to do what you did. Mothers should protect their children, no matter what. You failed as a mother. Thank god you didn’t have any more children so they didn’t have to suffer the same way as I did.

I’ve seen you both now for what you really are. You made me feel dirty, an object you could both pick up and play with when it suited you, then stick me back in my room when you’d finished. All alone and feeling scared.

I wanted to tell someone but couldn’t, so I kept quiet. After all, a child puts their trust in their mother and believes what they tell them, don’t they? No wonder I was a frightened little girl.

 

HE told me he’d never been asked to do anything like that before and he only wanted to show me the facts of life.

He was asked!!

He was insinuating that YOU had asked him to do it, wasn’t he? Did you? Even if you hadn’t, you still willingly went along with it.

I’ve felt angry with you for so long and tried to block out what happened, to forget what you put me through. I hid your dirty secret, until many years later.

I was a grown woman in 2007 by the time I reported it to the police and I had to relive every single, tiny detail, and explain everything you and my stepfather did to me. They believed me and were able to gather enough evidence to take it to court, which I’m so thankful for considering it was a historical case. Unanimously, a jury of 12 found you both guilty of all charges and you were given a prison sentence. That, I believe, is what they call justice.

Nine months. That’s all you served for the crime you’d committed against your own daughter. In that time I hope you finally faced up to what you did and stopped convincing yourself that you hadn’t done anything wrong.

Even though some of my family supported you through the court case, believing you were the innocent party and that I should have kept my mouth shut, I know that deep down in my heart I did the right thing and that you got the punishment you deserved.

I hope you feel guilty and ashamed of what you did.  I hope it eats away at you every single day and every waking moment.

I hope you have to look away from every reminder of me because it makes YOU feel guilty, dirty and disgusted with yourself because of what you did to me and how you made me feel for so many years.

You’d betrayed me. You’d let me down. You made me feel as though I was the bad person.

I’m not scared or frightened of you anymore, I don’t feel the anger that I once felt towards you, in fact I don’t feel anything. I am not a child anymore, I’m not someone you can control. And I’m certainly not a victim. I’m a survivor.

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Glossier

While everyone was going wild for Glossier when it launched in the UK at the end of last year, I sat back and waited. That’s me all over, I don’t mind being late to the party and would rather read a hundred reviews, then part with my cash and not jump straight in on what could be just a fad.

However, there was something about Glossier that really caught my attention and I couldn’t wait any longer. Maybe it was the simple pink and white packaging, or maybe because I’d read more favourable reviews than not, or quite simply because I felt left out of the beauty chatter on social media. I found myself saying “I really must try that” far too often, so I hit the Buy Now button at the Glossier check out and very soon I was the proud owner of two beautiful new beauty products. One very happy lady.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

After everything I’d read, I still wasn’t sure what to expect from the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, I’m used to a thick creamy one. The bottle looks simple and clean, and has a easy to use pump, with a lockable cap. It’s one of those products that works on everything, and yes I do mean stubborn eye makeup, it’s extremely gentle, so you can use it to take every last scrap of makeup off. It has a jelly like texture, which I found a bit strange at first, at the end of the day I’ve been massaging it into dry skin and it simply melts off any makeup, removing every bit of dirt and grime. I was pretty amazed that it even lifted away my waterproof mascara. Most non-creamy cleansers leave my skin feeling extremely dry, but the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser didn’t in the slightest. I’ve also been using it on wet skin while I’m in the shower before putting any makeup on and my skin feels squeaky clean. I just apply my daily serum and moisturiser and I’m good to go. If there’s only one product you try from Glossier, let it be this one.

Glossier Balm Dotcom

The Glossier Balm Dotcom had been on my wish list for so long, so naturally it was going to end up in my basket when I was making my Glossier order. It’s an all purpose balm that can be used on dry lips, cuticles, elbows, anywhere that needs some TLC. It comes in 6 different flavours, from Original to Coconut. Naturally I went for the Rose flavour, which has a translucent pink tint to it. The balm has quite a thick consistency, so I’ve been applying it to my lips every evening as part of my night time skincare routine and it’s really nourished my dry lips, they feel super soft the following day. I’ll also be using this on a minimal makeup day, when I want a hint of colour on my lips but can’t be bothered with lipstick. The tube is also a handy little size to carry in your bag through the day. I’ll be honest, it’s probably a more expensive version of Vaseline, however I really love the Balm Dotcom and I’d definitely recommend that you try it.

Have you bought anything from Glossier? How did you get on using it?

 

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