Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Review

This little tube of concealer has caused quite a lot of excitement in the beauty world over the last few months. Every trip I made to my local Superdrug store I found there was a mass of people huddled round the small Makeup Revolution counter, pushing and shoving to get their shade in the Conceal & Define Concealer. When I I eventually got to the front there would only be few manky looking testers left. The internet wasn’t any better. When everyone’s talking about a product and you really want to get you hands on it, the words “Out Of Stock – Email me when back in stock” are the most frustrating words ever.

When I did get hold of the Conceal and Define, I was ever so slightly disappointed.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define

First things first, it’s an absolute bargain, costing only £4 and it comes in 18 different shades, which is excellent for a budget brand. The rose gold packaging makes it look really pretty and it would look at home sitting next to any high end products on my dressing table.

Sadly, I didn’t fall in love with it as much as I thought I would. This concealer is a heavy formula with amazing coverage, any blemishes I had were completely hidden and you couldn’t see the tiniest hint of a dark circle. The short wand and sponge applicator made it easy to apply but it took a while for it to blend in. I found it to be extremely drying on my skin, with an almost powdery consistency and it felt slightly uncomfortable to wear. It wasn’t long before it had started to crease around my eye area. Imagine the disappointment.

I decided to give it another go, this time wearing it on it’s own and not over foundation. I thought I could use it on days where I only want very minimal makeup. Unfortunate the same thing happened. If you have any fine lines this will accentuate them even more. It’s a shame because Conceal & Define is excellent for covering up those blemishes, it was just the consistency I didn’t get on with.

I’ve seen a lot of people saying how wonderful this is, so it may work better for you. It’s also meant to be a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape concealer, and £4 is an absolute bargain compared to £22. It’s got to be worth a try, who knows, you may think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately, the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define wasn’t for me.

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too Faced, Urban Decay, W7

Most beauty lovers have a selection of eyeshadow palettes that they absolutely love. I’m no exception and had a drawer full. When I actually thought about it, there were eyeshadow palettes in my collection that I just didn’t use, or I’d just pick out one shade. So a bag of stuff has gone to a couple of my friends, who can give everything some much needed love.

These are the 5 eyeshadow palettes that I reach for time and time again, whatever my mood, no matter what season it is and whatever the occasion.

W7 Delicious Eyeshadow Palette

W7 Eyeshadow palette in Delicious

It took me ages to get my hands on this beauty and I’ve been absolutely obsessed with it ever since! It’s a dupe for the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, but much more affordable at only £12.95. There are 14 different eyeshadows with a mix of berry and neutral shades, including matte and shimmer, some of which were once totally out of my comfort zone. I’ve mainly been using the darker, berry tones, which are highly pigmented and look absolutely stunning.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Took me a while to dig this out from my drawer and start using it, by the time I had, everyone and their Auntie had posted about it. The shades are absolutely stunning, I’ve been able to create so many different looks as it’s one of those eyeshadow palettes that’s not only for a summer bronzed look, these colours look amazing all year round. I flippin love this eyeshadow palette, especially the shades Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

This has been one of my go-to eyeshadow palettes for as long as I can remember. It comes with 12 beautiful golden, neutral toned shades, including matte, satin and  shimmer. Each eyeshadow has a silky texture which blends in effortlessly, the shades are super pigmented and have amazing staying power. I apply Naked all over my lid, Smog in the crease, I’ll add Darkhorse in the outer corners, blending it up into the crease and along my lower lash line. Finishing with Sidecar on the inner part of my eyelid and Virgin right in the inner corner. If I’m in a rush, Ill go for a more natural look and sweep the shade Toasted across the whole of my lid.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow palette

Yes, I was drawn to it because it had Chocolate in the name, but honestly, just look at those shades. They are gorgeous! It’s another one of those palettes that will see me from day to night, I’ve been able to create loads of different looks, whatever the occasion and the eyehadows blend in beautifully. Believe me when I tell you it smells amazing too, just like the perfect hot chocolate.

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom palate.

This palette is probably my absolute favourite. I mean, isn’t it stunning? A dream came true when a friend of mine travelled to America and bought this beauty back for me. I’ve used just about every single shade. There are 12 soft creamy powders in a mix of gorgeous matte and shimmer shades. They blend in beautifully without any fall out. The darker shades are perfect to add a smokey eye to any evening makeup look.

All of these eyeshadow palettes work really well with anyone of my favourite lip colours.

What’s your most loved eyeshadow palette?

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Touch In Sol

I’ll often choose a fresh, natural makeup look if I’m meeting friends for coffee or busy running errands in town. So today I thought I’d let you get ready with me, right down to the finished look and my simple everyday fragrance.

To prep my skin I’ll start off by cleansing and moisturising using some of my skincare essentials. Then I’ll apply a small amount of Kathleen Amazing White Illuminating Serum*, I have mentioned this a few times already, but it honestly feels beautiful on my skin. I’ll leave the link to my full review here if you want to find out more.

Kathleen Skincare

 

Touch In Sol is a new brand I’ve recently discovered, I’d literally seen it everywhere and decided to make a few cheeky purchases. I’ll apply the Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base which is super hydrating and illuminating, I love the glow it gives to my skin then I’ll apply a few drops of Touch In Sol Flawless Skin Top Coat and blend it in with my fingers, as it reacts better to the warmth of my skin and I’ll get a more natural 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 you can build up to get the coverage you want and it doesn’t look cakey or too heavy.

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder

To add colour and warmth to my complexion I’ll sweep The Body Shop Bronzing Powder (shade 3) all over for a sunkissed look. It looks incredibly natural, as though I’ve spent all day out in the sun.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter

 

As I’m using a 3 in 1 base product, I don’t need to use a powder to set my makeup but I’ll apply a light dusting of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in the shade Dim Light to make my skin look even more luminous, instead of mattifying my complexion. I’ll apply a couple of tiny drops of Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter for a dewy glow, I absolutely love the pearly colour and creamy consistency.

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

I’ll apply a light dusting of blusher from the NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette, which is such a gorgeous palette. Today, I’m using the dusky pink shade (bottom row, second from the right) on the apple of my cheeks. The soft, creamy powders are extremely pigmented, blend in beautifully and aren’t drying in the slightest.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Keeping my eye look really simple I’ll apply the shade Toasted (fourth from the right) from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I’ll sweep it all over my lid, going in a little heavier on the outer lid and along the crease. To add definition I’ll take a thin eyeshadow brush and run the shade Darkhorse close to my upper and lower lash line. A few coats of brown mascara and my eyes are done. I’m currently using one from Ted Baker which came in a makeup set, but another one I use lot for a super natural eye look is My Favourite Mascara by GOSH.

Joan Collins Beauty Glorious Gloss

I simply adore these two lip products from  Joan Collins Beauty. The one I’m wearing today is the Glorious Gloss* in the shade Piper, which is a stunning soft, rosey pink colour and just perfect for the look I’ve chosen. It applies lovely and feels comfortable to wear without being sticky like some lip glosses. I could easily adapt this to an evening look just by changing the lip colour. The Joan Collins Beauty Divine Lips* in the shade Lady Joan is a gorgeous deep pink shade and would look amazing if you wanted to feel slightly more glamorous on a date night.

Essence Cosmetics Nail Colour

Some days I’ll have gone all out natural, right down to my nails. I have found the perfect blush pink nail polish from Essence Cosmetics Nail Colour in the shade Rosewood Forest. Guess what, it cost’s a grand total of £1.60! I’ve not had much luck with some budget nail polishes but this one is an absolute dream. It’s easy to apply, one coat and it’s done, plus it last a good 4 days before showing any signs that it’s time to re-do my nails.

Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Spray

To finish off I’ll spray a spritz with a light fragrance to make me smell nice, such as this Ted Baker Body Spray in Blush Pink. It has a really pretty feminine smell, with soft florals and notes of jasmine, sandalwood and musk. The nail polish in this photo is by Sally Hansen Color Therapy in the shade Powder Room, which is a beautiful pearly pink shade and another favourite of mine.

GRWM: Everyday Makeup Look

It’s a super, simple makeup look, I feel dressed and ready for the day ahead. No fancy background, just me in my bedroom doing my makeup. Do you know what? I’m feeling good, and that’s what matters.

What one beauty product do you reach for everyday?

Items marked with an * have been sent for review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Hempz Beauty Shower Gel and Lip Balm

Hemp seed oil has been around for a number of years and although I’ve heard of quite a few brands that use it in their products, I’ve never tried any. Imagine my excitement when I managed to get my hands on a couple of items from Hempz Beauty, a US brand that is now selling in the UK. Hemp seed oil is rich in vitamins, including Omega 3 and 6, I loved the thought of having all these health benefits in my beauty routine.

I thoroughly enjoy spending time getting ready in the morning, almost as much as a full on evening pamper session. What better place to start than with a gorgeous smelling body wash to make me feel energized and ready for the day ahead.

Hempz Beauty Pomegranate Body Wash

Hempz Beauty Pomegranate Body Wash is packed full of fresh pomegranates and, oh wow, it smells absolutely incredible. When I first picked up the bottle all I wanted to do was keep opening and closing the cap just to have a sniff. It’s moments like this I wish there was such a thing as smelly-vision.

It costs £16.99 for a 250ml bottle, however you do only need to use the tiniest amount, don’t do what I did and merrily squeeze away at the tube, resulting in a mass of frothy white bubbles on your shower scrunchy and all over your body. My bathroom sure smelt wonderful for the rest of the day.

I’ve used so many shower gels that have left my skin feeling like crumpled old newspaper, which is no good when I already suffer from dry skin. I want any product I use in the shower to moisturise my skin as well as leave me feeling clean. That’s not too much to ask for, is it?

Well, Hempz Beauty Pomegranate Body Wash did just that.

It leaves my skin feeling super soft and silky smooth, as though I had slapped on a handful of body butter whilst under the shower. I know this probably sounds daft when I’m talking about a body wash, but after about a week I even noticed a difference in the appearance of my skin. It looked super healthy and slightly more radiant that normal, my skin also felt really nourished and hydrated. This body wash is extra gentle but still leaves me feeling clean and refreshed, so it’s perfect for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin like I do.

Hempz Beauty Herbal Lip Balm

For me, a lip balm is one of those all year round beauty essentials, so finding one that softens the skin but doesn’t feel like a blob of glue stuck to my lips can be tricky. Hempz Beauty Herbal Lip Balm is really nourishing and leaves my lips feeling really soft, hydrated and flake free. This lip balm conditions and revitalises dry lips, I’ve been applying it on it’s own or under matte lip products, a couple of my liquid lipsticks can make my lips feel extra dry so I’ll add a light layer of lip balm to make them more comfortable to wear. This one is quite thick but again, you don’t need too much. It costs £7.99 for a 14g tube but I think this is going to last me ages.

Have you tried Hempz Beauty before? What’s you favourite body wash or lip balm?

 

*These items were sent for a review, all opinions and images are my own

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January Favourites

January isn’t my favourite month of the year after the excitement of Christmas now it’s time for things to start to get back to normal. It’s been a quiet few weeks, although I did celebrate my birthday on the 5th which was amazing. This year I’ve set myself a few goals and they’re clearly written in the front of my journal. Some of them are a little out of my comfort zone, I think it will be good for me to push myself and learn some new skills, so watch out for a blog post coming soon. I’m also keeping a weekly log of things that have made me feel good, something that’s gone well that week or something I’ve just generally enjoyed using. Hopefully by doing this it will help me feel much more positive and stop those negative thoughts that creep in every so often.

Moving on to my January Favourites, I have a right mix of beauty and lifestyles, so let’s get started.

january favourites, anatomicals puffy the eye bag slayer

Even with the best will in the world there are some nights I just cannot sleep, no matter how good my bedtime routine is. well, ok, so it’s probably down to staying up til the wee small hours, drinking and chatting with my friends. This doesn’t happen too often but when it does I look piggy and bleary eyed the following day. These Anatomicals Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer are the first eye masks I’ve tried and oh my word, they are amazing. They are shaped to fit under and around the outer corner of each eye, after leaving them on for about 10 minutes any puffiness has disappeared. Of all the under eye gels I’ve tried for tiredness, these beat any of them, hands down. They feel so refreshing and cooling on my skin, they almost have the same effect as putting a few ice cubes under my eyes. I think I’ll cry if Anatomicals ever discontinued these.

January favourites, lee stafford coco loco dry shampoo

January has been a month where I’ve not felt like doing much with my hair, to be honest an extra 10 minutes snuggled in bed in the mornings felt so much better than washing and styling my hair every few days. I discovered Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo CoConut Dry Shampoo by accident while shopping for a few other beauty bits. This is now an essential for one of my “I can’t be bothered” days, it doesn’t leave my hair looking all white and powdery and it soaks up any greasy areas at the roots, without leaving it feeling dry. My hair feels soft and looks like I’ve spent a bit of time styling it as this dry shampoo adds some volume. Did I say, it also smells amazing too.

January Favourites, Ted Baker Body Spray

Even on the days I’ve been at home I still like to spritz a light fragrance to make me smell nice, especially after my morning shower. I’m also one of those people who adds a few squirts when I get into my pyjamas at night. The fragrance I’ve been using through January is the Ted Baker Body Spray in Blush Pink. This has a really pretty feminine smell, with soft florals and notes of jasmine, sandalwood and musk. I felt dressed and ready for the day, even in an old t-shirt and leggings.

January favourites, Where's The Unicorn

Yes, I know I’m an adult but I’ve literally had so much fun with this book, I think it was one of my favourite presents I received for my birthday. Where’s The Unicorn is a brightly coloured book and you need to find a collection of unicorns as they travel around the world. If you loved Where’s Wally (or Unicorns) then you’ll love this book as much as I do, just no peeking at the answers at the back.

January favourites, Barry M Molten Metal nail paint Ice Pink

I love Barry M nail paints and have probably worn the shade Ice Pink from the Molten Metal Collection for most of the past month. It applies beautifully and lasts really well before any chips start to show. I wore this shade all over Christmas and have only just stopped applying it, I think it’s such a gorgeous colour. I’ll definitely be digging this out again during the summer months when I’m applying a bronzed makeup look.

January Favourites, The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

I’m already obsessed with The Body Shop’s Vitamin E range and recently picked up the Hydrating Toner with my loyalty points. Having dry sensitive skin I always have problems finding a toner that doesn’t leave my skin feeling as though it’s been completely stripped of any moisture. I’ve seen loads of people raving about this one, now I can see why. It’s super gentle and refreshing on my skin, removing any traces of makeup or cleanser. My skin feels extremely soft afterwards and it’s even helped clear up any blemishes I’ve had. This may be one of my January favourites, but I’m definitely repurchasing this and adding it into my skincare routine.

January Favourites, Anatomicals Cruisin' For A Snoozin' Sleep Balm

I ran out of my usual sleep spray and saw the Anatomicals Cruisin’ For A Snoozin’ Sleep Balm whilst on the ASOS website. I’ve been using it every night since as it has a wonderful relaxing fragrance including Lavender. Rosemary, Ginger and Lemon. The balm comes in a tiny tin and you take a small amount and gently rub it into your temples to help get you get in the mood for sleep. I think between the smell and the gentle massage movements it helped me switch off to anything I may have had on my mind before going to bed. I’ve also been taking it with me on journeys to use if I feel a bit anxious and honestly I’ve found it really helped settle my nerves and feel a lot calmer.

Well that’s all my January Favourites for now. I completely missed last months but still had some wonderful makeup favourites over Christmas.

What have you been loving this month?

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