Make Up Revolution ‘Midnight Unicorn’ eyeshadow palette review 

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Forever an advocate for amazing budget beauty; Make Up Revolution have been absolutely killing the game recently. Launching cult highlighters, lip kits to rival Miss Jenner…and now this amazingly pigmented Eyeshadow Palette. 

It certainly looks the part! With 16 colourful shades, there really is a myriad of looks you could create using this palette. The blurb claims that the shadows are heavily pigmented, and suited for professional and SFX use.


So does it perform as great as it looks?

The performance (da da daaaaa!) 

I decided to use the palette for the first time on my birthday weekend (great excuse to go OTT with the eye Make up). The colours are as vibrant as they appear in the palette, and they are super easy to blend. I used the pink and black shades, and they lasted 8 hours of drinking cocktails, formidable English rain and a rather humid sushi restaurant. It’s fair to say they got staying power. My only criticism would be the standard brush that comes with the palette is quite hard, it’s stiff and it makes application awkward. I used another of my brushes and they blended nicely. 


Overall 9/10 

I actually can’t pick any faults with this palette. And the fact that I am over excited to get the chance to use it again, really accentuates how fab it is! And you know the best best best part? It’s only £6 😱 

If you don’t buy it, I will seriously have to question your sanity. 

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Benefit’s They’re Real Double The Lip Lipstick review 

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When I read on the box of this lipstick that it can apply both your lip liner and lipstick for you, I was rather sceptical. This product, if it’s claims are true to form, could revolutionise the game for lipstick wearers, saving us untold amounts of time and money. But am I ready to be throwing out my Mac lip liners just yet…? 


The review 

I overline my lips. I know a lot of people think it’s unattractive, but I believe that I do it in a subtle way. It’s because I can’t afford lip fillers right now, so it’s a cheap alternative that makes my lips look much poutier than they are naturally. For me, lip liner gives me that freedom to draw with precision a curvier shape to my lips; so initially I couldn’t see how I’d be able to do that with a pointed lipstick? 

Upon application, you tilt the lipstick so that you can line using the tip. To my utter surprise it did quite a good job without any smearing! The lines were straight, and despite looking a darker colour to the bulk of the lipstick, the liner actually blended into the lipstick perfectly. 

My only criticism is that as it wears down, (as lipsticks progressively do over time), how well will the tip (the liner part) hold out? If the shape of the lipstick becomes distorted it means it will no longer work with precision? Unlike traditional lip liners which can be sharpened. 

Overall I think the product sucessfully carries out its claim of encapsulating a liner and lipstick in one. However a pencil liner gives slightly more precision, and as mentioned I am apprehensive as to whether this particular product would have longevity. It is helpful for those wanting to save time, and perhaps those who do not use liner or only use it to stop lipstick bleeding (which is probably more it’s actual purpose). 

Overall score: 8/10 

Personally I won’t be binning my liners just yet I’m afraid guys… 

Autumnal faves 

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This may possibly be one of the first autumnal posts you read that doesn’t mention pumpkin spiced lattes. Well, frankly because they are becoming overplayed and naff now in all honesty. Plus you consume zero calories make up shopping. At least that’s my warped justification. 


Of course each new season calls for a make up haul (literally any excuse). Typically in Autumn we move to darker lipsticks, extra moisturisation and cosy jumpers to prepare for the colder season. 

Here are my pick of the best buys for Autumn; 

1. Vitamin E Facial Serum, £3.99

I constantly have dry patches all over my face, it looks like I don’t moisturise at all – my face is like the Sahara dessert. This serum from Superdrug is brilliant value; it’s low cost but full of vitamins to enhance and protect the skin. The naturally sourced Vitamin E also claims to protect against environmental damage, meaning the product can be used as an anti pollution moisture boost. Two birds with one stone! 

2. Mary Kay Gel Lipstick In Red Smoulder, $18 (Available on eBay for U.K. Market) 

I’ve always been a huge fan of the classic red lip. A decent red lip ensures any girl feels as glamorous as Marilyn Monroe. This lipstick being a gel semi Matte texture, is not drying. As discussed in a previous blog post – this lipstick is amazing. This is the perfect shade for the autumnal time. A bright red, that isn’t too deep or frightening for the demure amongst us make up addicts. 

3. Mac Lip Pencil in Vino, £13

A deeper darker purple tone for the braver make up enthusiast – make a statement with a bold purple lip. Super fab. 

4. Mii Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream in Power, £16

Much like the Mary Kay Lipstick this lip cream has a great non drying formulation which lasts all day. Would highly recommend for longevity. A deep purple shade, which would be compatible with earlier mentioned Mac lip liner. Purple lips are great for catching attention, and suited to the winter time cold. Think Russian superstar. Yes darling! 

5. Elf HD Lifting Concealer, £4.50 

Great coverage for a bargain price. This concealer lasts throughout my 7 hour working day without flaking / segmenting. 

Good value for money – non drying also which is almost mandatory for the colder months. 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna x Killawatt highlighter in Trophy Wife review 

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I don’t know about you but I like my highlighter to be visible from space, man I want to be more flourescent than a WH Smith highlighter in yellow. So when I saw Fenty Beauty’s luminescent highlighters I instantly fell in love. It’s perfectly justifiable to purchase – because there is nothing quite like them currently on the market. 

I wanted to be extra daring and chose the shade Trophy Wife, which is a bold gold as shown. 

My thoughts & first impressions 

Honest, photos do not even do it justice. It’s pigmented to death…it’s glittery, it’s shimmery and it’s super light on the skin. Even one swatch will leave you glittering like a unicorn – so I can only imagine the drama if you tried layering the highlighter. 

Another great element which I really love is that Rihanna has created the range without any exclusivity. All the products suit all skin tones, her range of 40 colours of foundation has received untold media attention. And rightly so, If Rihanna can launch such diversity in her first range – established brands could and should be doing even more. But they just aren’t, the lack of diversity in the beauty range has been an issue for decades. It’s great that a figure with such prominence is drawing attention to the issue, and actively launching steps towards change. 

 Even the casing screams class, I’m so impressed at the quality of the product; considering that the price is relatively cheap. The  highlighter (in all shades) is available online now for £26. 

Top tip : Apply the highlighter not only to your cheekbones, but also on the eyes too. This highlighter is more pigmented than most of my eyesjwdows, ironically. 

Get your glow on girl! 

Urban Decay Naked Heat palette review & swatches 

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It’s THE palette that everyone has been talking about. Urban Decay are infamous for their pigmented, cult eyeshadow palettes. The naked heat palette has a lot to live up to. 

So let’s crack straight down to business and talk about whether this palette is worth the major hype surrounding it? 

 
The colours 

As you can view above in the swatches, there is a good mix of matte and shimmer shades. The colours epitomise autumnal feels, and fiery warm nights by the bonfire. There is a combination of reds, browns and Metallic golds. However, these colours stand out against other brands and palettes. If I see someone wearing this palette, I can tell straight away. I think that distinguishable pigmentation and colours will ensure that this is a cult palette. They are colours I wouldn’t necessarily chose, but they work so well together. 

This will be the ultimate palette to transition your make up looks into autumn. 

Quality 

I love the fiery design, it adds real depth and personality to the eyeshadow palette. 

The brush provided is better than the one in naked 3, the latest brush provides a soft blend. Making it easier for eyeshadow novices to create Insta-worthy looks! 

Overall 

Great colours, great design, and utterly unique in all its fabulousness. Would highly recommend, as I can guarantee you don’t own another palette like it. And that is why everyone needs this. 

Written in collaboration with Elizabeth May Wilkins 

Photo creds to: Elizabeth May Wilkins 

Is it worth investing in a liquid highlighter / Illuminator? 

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All over my Instagram and further afield, I have picked up on everybody’s Illuminator drops obsession. So I decided to see what all the hype was about. I’ve purchased Collection’s illuminating touch liquid radiance, which retails at £5.99. 

I love reviewing budget brand products, because the feeling of satisfaction when you discover a new cult product – or better still, a brill dupe, is amazing. 
The collection illuminating touch comes in a pump bottle (I was hoping to find drops but nevermind), and contains gold pearl. 

I was completely under the impression that liquid highlighters were that bit more pigmented, and that was probably the fundamental reason I purchased this. I used it as I would my normal powder highlighter, it’s easier to glide on, being fluid. It’s not as gold or as pigmented as I would have liked (I like to shine to the high heavens). But it is buildable; you got to give it a minute to dry, then you can view its luminous qualities. 

I layered it with my usual powder highlighter and it worked a treat. It’s safe to say that my everyday Primark highlighter is not going to be replaced. However, this product is great for those who want a natural dewy glow, and because it’s liquid it will last forever. 

Happy glowing! 💦

Best of budget: Aldi’s caviar cream review 

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This little baby here, costing a mere £6.99 from popular budget supermarket Aldi is a real game changer. The caviar cream has already been compared as a dupe for La Prairies skin caviar luxe cream, which is a staggering £299.95 (prices may vary slightly depending on website retailer). 

How does the Aldi version perform? 

I have been using the cream daily for around 1 month. It has improved the radiance of my skin, and the moisturisation has longevity. 

Moreover, according to scientific studies the cream decreases the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 35% and has a 24 hour moisturising effect. 

The cream has a luxuriant feel. It’s thick without being cloggy (think I just invented a word there, but it sounds great if you ask me?). It contains an spf, so you don’t need a seperately product to protect against sun damage. And the packaging also scream elegance and class. 

Let’s talk ingredients 

Surely if the La Prairie version is so much more expensive, it must contain exclusive ingredients right?! RIGHT? 

Actually, not really. Both the creams contain algae extract and caviar extract. 

The caviar extract is what gives skin an anti aging boost 

The algae extract is said to provide hydration 

The La Prairie cream does contain a few ingredients which the Aldi version does not. Gold extract, horsetail extract, and ginseng root extract. However gold extract is not scientifically proven to improve skins elasticity – so this could be just another marketing trick for the product to appeal more luxurious. And the horsetail extract is irritating to some skin types, so better left out. 

Overall the creams are completely on par which it comes to quality of ingredients. 

I have to ask myself, why is the skincare industry so behind with scientific ingredients? Why do brands like la prairie charge the earth for ingredients which can be found in a cream that costs £6.99? 

Before investing in luxury skincare, analyse the ingredients and the budget market. Because throwing away good money is pure idiocy! 

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