Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Makeup Revolution | First Impressions

If you've been reading blogs for the past 6 months or so you're probably aware of Makeup Revolution. They've taken the blogging world by storm with a promise of high quality yet affordable products. I'll admit that when reviews started popping up left right and centre I was a little skeptical - could they really be that good?

When they offered to send me some of their products to try I couldn't pass up the chance. I received the 32 piece Flawless eyeshadow palette, the Sugar and Spice blush palette, the Focus & Fix eye primer, bronzer and Vivid baked highlighter. I knew pretty much upon opening that the bronzer was a little too orange toned for my complexion, so I passed that on to my mam who loves it. 

Here's the exciting part though - the palettes. I was not expecting the eyeshadows from the Flawless palette to produce such intense pigmentation with little to no dud shades. In fact, the only shade which lacks a bit is the first one in the palette - Paper. All swatches below were done without primer, but teamed with the Focus & Fix they last on the lids all day with no creasing.

The Sugar & Spice blushers are just as impressive; so much so that you need an incredibly light hand to apply. Consider that your warning - don't delve right in and end up with clown cheeks like I did! They do tend to wear off on me after a few hours though, which would be the palette's only downfall.

Finally we have the Vivid baked highlighter in "Peach Lights." For £3 it's a bargain. Although the pattern makes it feel quite rough in the pan, once applied to the cheekbones it creates a lovely glow without creating a disco ball effect. The packaging on this does feel slightly bulky unlike the sleek black palettes. This would be my only gripe as it becomes far less travel friendly.

Honestly? Makeup Revolution far surpassed my expectations with these. For those sticking to a budget with makeup you honestly can't go wrong. The Flawless palette retails for £8, while the Sugar and Spice palette comes in at £6. The primer, bronzer and highlighter won't break the bank either at £2.50, £2 & £3.

Have you tried any of Makeup Revolution's products yet? The eyeshadow obsessive in me is now lusting after the iconic palettes!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Trying Something Different from Lush

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll be fully aware that I love Lush's bath products. However they're pretty much the only thing I buy from there, give or take a few lip scrubs and shower gels. So when I was last in store I thought I'd go for something a little bit different and came out with two products from the haircare range, Curly Wurly and American Cream.

I'll openly admit that I'm not the greatest at looking after my hair. I wash it every day. I blow dry it every day. I straighten it every day. Hell, I haven't been to a hairdressers in over 5 years and I cut it myself. So far, so bad - right? But I bought them anyway.

They're not bad, but they're not life changing either. The high point for me is the fragrance of Curly Wurly. Me and coconut scents are a match made in heaven, so it was obvious that I'd love this. In fact, I'd repurchase for that reason alone. But the formula isn't bad, either. I've definitely noticed smoother, more nourished hair. If you don't use conditioner though, it can be a pain to use due to the actual coconut that is in there. Without a follow up of conditioner the pieces will get stuck in your hair.

So I bought American Cream to go with it. The scent to me is less impressive (because it's not coconut) but it's still pleasant. It has more of a strawberry/vanilla fragrance going on. I normally skip conditioners because my hair tends to grease up pretty quickly, but this is light enough so that it nourishes the ends without coating it and weighing it down. I'll be picking up the full sized bottle next time because I actually really like it.

So far I'm pretty impressed with Lush's haircare offerings. I'd love to know if you've tried anything else from the range!