Are Sub Boxes Worthwhile?

I’m sure that we’ve all heard a lot about subscription boxes, whether good or bad, we all know what they are, and it seems like everyone has at least tried one out at some point. Unfortunately, recently all of the reviews I’ve seen surrounding sub boxes have been negative, as the receiver seems to be disappointed with the products included.

I managed to get May’s Birchbox to review, but today I’m also going to be weighing up whether or not I feel that subscription boxes are worthwhile.IMG_7760

May Birchbox

Products Included:

Spectrum Collection’s Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge RRP £4.99

theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen RRP £10

Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm RRP £18.50

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet RRP £23

Rituals Tao Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Body Scrub RRP £19.50

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Wonder Sponge | The sponge is cruelty free, which is a great aspect, as I think that we are all gradually becoming aware of cruelty and non-cruelty free companies and products, and this is beginning to affect our buying habits. This sponge is just as easy to use as any other sponge or the famous beauty blender, and comes in roughly a pound cheaper. However I do think that this is a product that people either already have, or don’t have it because they prefer using brushes. It’s not necessarily a worthwhile product to ‘try out’ in a sub box. It is also, as Birchbox boast, a full size product, but it would be difficult to dispatch these sponges in smaller, tester size.

Stainiac | I was actually nicely surprised by this lip and cheek tint. The deep blood-red colour of the tube made me weary of trying it, as I thought it’d be far too pigmented, and perhaps sticky and uncomfortable on the face or lips. However when I did try it, it just added a light touch of a pink-red hue to the lips, and dried to the point that I couldn’t even feel it, not sticky or uncomfortable at all. I would probably look into repurchasing this if I wanted a tint.

However, this product showcases how I think sub boxes are misleading. The stated RRP for this product is £10, showcasing that you’re getting a great deal, as the box itself is £12.95. However that RRP is for the 0.3oz stain, and in the box, you get a 0.04oz product. This might sound confusing and like it doesn’t matter, but what it means is that you’re getting 1/12th of the product that is worth that £10. So technically, this product is worth 83p. Or you can get it free as a tester HERE.

Polishing Balm | As I’ve spoken about my love for them before, I was actually really excited to try this out. I was really impressed by the consistency of this product, it isn’t quite a balm, but it is similar in consistency to that of a conditioner. It distributes easily throughout the ends of the hair, and does leave it smelling delicious, while it also smooths down any flyaways and frizz.

However again, the impressive RRP of £18.50 is for the 75ml product, and you receive a 20ml product. So this tester is actually worth £4.93. Although this is again, misleading, I do still find almost £5 worth of product to be impressive.IMG_7755Moisturising Sorbet | It takes some time to work out what this product is for, as it explains that it’s a moisturising sorbet, but it doesn’t say where it is to be applied. Fortunately on the back of the product, underneath the French usage instructions, it says that it’s for the face and neck. It is a somewhat moisturising product, but I found it to be like applying cold water to your face, at first you feel moisturised, but then your face is just wet, not actually moisturised. It took a lot of working this product in for it to completely be absorbed into the skin. I did find that it left an incredibly light and flowery scent, but nothing overpowering at all.

This product is clearly the most expensive included in the box, an insane RRP of £23. I know, more boring maths coming your way, but please bear with me. The product that you receive is actually worth just under £6. Again, this is insane for a 10ml product, so it’s better to have it included in a sub box than it is for you to buy it alone, but I don’t think this is the type of product that anyone is going to fall so madly in love with, that when this tester is empty, they buy the £23 version.

Body Scrub | As I’ve spoken about Rituals recently, you can see my review of their hand cream HERE, you know that I love everything about their products, so when I saw that this body scrub was included in the box, I was pleasantly surprised. Obviously I loved this product, and am impressed to say that you can get 2 uses out of this sized product. I also think that this particular size is good for a tester, as it gives you a good sense of whether or not you want to repurchase the full £19.50 tub version at 325ml.


Ultimately I think that sub boxes are a really good idea, you get to try out new products each month, and you don’t have to shop around for them. However I do think that people can be mislead into think that they are getting more than the box is actually worth, for example, if you took the RRPs as gospel for this Birchbox, you’d think you’re getting £76 worth of products, when in fact you get £19.83. (Assuming you paid for the lip and cheek tint, and didn’t get it free as you can elsewhere.)

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m obviously not just talking about Birchbox here, this is true of all sub boxes. I’m not dismissing the fact that the company need to make a profit, while still paying some companies to feature their products, but I do feel that sub boxes need to be more inventive with what they include. I’ve seen many people complain about receiving toothpaste and clear nail polishes. To me, the key to a good sub box is, getting to try products that you either don’t already have, or wouldn’t buy yourself, either because it’s slightly more luxurious, or a brand you haven’t heard of.

I also am aware that you pay £12.95 a month for these boxes, so even if it is worth £19, you’re still up by £6. But to me, I think that the prices of sub boxes can come down drastically and perhaps feature less, but full sized products. Or the prices can be increased slightly, but you’re guaranteed full sized products, and you can input preferences. (i.e. no toothpastes)


Thank you so much for reading this post, it really means a lot to me as I know it’s really long, but this felt important to me. Also don’t forget that I am daily blogging for this entire month, and you have a brand new podcast series that starts THIS FRIDAY!

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Spring Favourites

Hey guys! I haven’t done a favourites post since November of last year, a huge 7 months ago, as this year I decided that I’d do my ‘Snippets’ videos instead of monthly favourites posts. So since it has been so long, I thought I’d share some of my favourites that I’ve been loving throughout Spring.IMG_7712Maybelline’s Colour Show Nail Polish in ‘Dusty Rose’ | When Maybelline released their ‘Blushed Nudes’ collection, I knew that I was going to love almost the entirety of the nail polishes, because I’ve been adoring lighter and more muted tones on my nails lately. The brushes of these polishes are a good size, not quite as big as Rimmel’s, but not thin and difficult to use. I love this colour in particular because it’s so pretty, goes with any colour outfit, and perfectly matches my new LYDC bag!

Rimmel’s Brow This Way Brow Gel | At the start of this year I decided to step up my brow game, as I occasionally filled them in, but they never stayed looking how I wanted them to throughout the day, so I decided to try out a brow gel, and with this product, I enjoy doing my brows every. single. day. This product has also inspired me to keep on top of my brow game by shaping them, so that when I use this gel, they look exactly as I want them to. This gel keeps them put all day long, and is slightly tinted so I don’t even need to pencil them in before using this product.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara | I know I’ve spoken about this mascara before, but I’ve been loving it again this year because it’s affordable, but really elongates and curls the lashes.IMG_7715Katy Perry’s Mad Potion Perfume | I recently got this perfume, and I’ve been wearing it every day since. I really feel like it’s light enough to be worn as a perfect Spring daytime perfume, but also sultry and deep enough to wear in the evenings. It’s a really unique but sweet scent, with the main accords of vanilla and peony.

MAC Lipstick in ‘Please Me’ | I had actually seen someone with similar colouring to myself wearing this lipstick, and it looked amazing, so naturally I decided to buy it. It’s a matte formula, but not like most matte lipsticks where it turns crumbly and just makes you want to lather your lips in lip balm. It’s surprisingly creamy, and a gorgeous medium pink shade, I’d recommend it to anyone with a fair to medium skin tone, as it’s not a distracting and overboard pink, it’s just really pretty and adds a touch of colour.IMG_7717Garnier’s Micellar Water | As I’ve been gradually growing my makeup collection, and therefore the amount of makeup I’ve been wearing daily, I often get to bed at the end of the day and can’t really motivate myself to get up and carry out my usual skincare routine, so I’ve been incredibly grateful to having this product (alongside a stack of cotton wool pads) right next to my bed. I can be half asleep, but I’ll always remember to take my makeup off with this handy and quick micellar water.

Rituals Miracle Balm | I’ve only just talked about this product to you guys, see that post HERE, but I’ve been loving this hand balm for a little while now, as it’s everything I’ve been looking for in a hand lotion, but haven’t found before.

John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Touch Up Creme | With dyeing my hair a fair few times this year already, I have seen something of a change in the condition of my hair, so I recently decided to improve my haircare routine, see a post on that HERE, but this product in particular has really been saving my hair on days when it is determined to be frizzy and kinky. This product acts as a leave in conditioner that you apply to dry and styled hair, working as a sort of moisturiser for the ends of your hair. I love applying it to my hair after blow drying it.


Those are all of the things that I’ve been loving this Spring, I hope you enjoyed this post!

What products & things have you been loving throughout this half of the year?

Boutique Of Molly: Spring Fling

Hey guys! Now as many of you know by now, I love a good dress. I’ve loved wearing dresses for so long now that I can’t even express how much I love them, I just do.

So during a Twitter chat one night, you can imagine my absolute joy when Boutique of Molly contacted me, asking if I’d like to review some of their clothing.

I immediately dashed (can I say dashed? I clicked furiously) onto their site, and browsed through to see what they had to offer, and immediately fell in love with 2 dresses in particular. (Well ok I fell in love with about 5, but I didn’t want to test my luck.)

Boutique Of Molly is a really fun and unique brand, that aim to offer celebrity-inspired styles, at affordable highstreet prices. I personally love that brand new styles are added daily, so it’s fun to check out the site each day and see what new styles have been added!

So today I’m showing you guy the two gorgeous dresses that I was kind enough to receive!

ezgif.com-optimize‘Lilia’ Dress

As soon as I saw this dress, I knew that it had to be mine. It fits in with my girly style perfectly, and as we all know, if there is a skater style dress covered in flowers, I’ve got to have it.

However, I chose this dress because I thought that it is quite unique. I do have a lot of skater dresses with floral patterns on, but they are usually coloured dresses with a black floral print on, whereas this is a really bright and vibrant tulip pattern on a crisp white dress.

I also love the straps, as they split into two smaller spaghetti straps as they reach up to your shoulders, giving this dress a fun, flirty summer vibe.

I was really happy with the quality of this dress, as I think I’d gotten too used to how Primark and New Look dresses feel, so when I felt this dress, it felt like a nice high-end quality dress. It’s made of scuba-like material, meaning that you never need to iron it, and it sits beautifully when you’ve got it on.

ezgif.com-video-to-gif‘Rosa’ Dress’

A bodycon dress?! That I like?! Boutique of Molly have actually done it, and created a bodycon dress that I enjoy wearing, and feel comfortable in. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone is going to love this dress as I do think you’ve got to feel comfortable with it really hugging your curves.

It’s obviously a plunge neck dress, but with a magical metal insert in the V, that gives you a lot of hold, so you can feel confident wearing this dress without a bra. I tried wearing this dress with a strapless bra, but it was visible through the plunge, so I would recommend wearing it without one at all. Don’t worry, with the combination of this scuba material, and the V, you’ll be guaranteed support.

The straps are so thin and delicate that I think really adds to the luxury feel of this dress, and makes it perfect for summer events. It’s also quite a modest length, so you don’t need to worry about showing too much skin.

Both of these dresses feel amazing on, and I love them. They are definitely of a higher quality than any other dress I own (apart from my prom dress, ha!) but are still pretty and modest enough to wear casually.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and have a cheeky look through Boutique of Molly’s site, to see if there’s anything that you like, I can’t recommend them highly enough, shipping was so speedy, and the service was absolutely lovely.

The Mascara Edit

I think mascara is one of the first things people tend to experiment with when it comes to makeup, but we often fall into the habit of always just repurchasing the same mascara that we always use, never knowing the effects of endless other mascaras! So today I thought it’d be interesting for me to talk you guys through the mascaras that I have tried, and let you know how well they work, if they last all day, and if they do everything that they claim to.

IMG_2243Rimmel’s Wonderfull Waterproof

I was initially drawn to this mascara because I’d had a real problem with my mascara transferring onto my eyelids and underneath my eyes throughout the day, so I thought a waterproof one was just what I needed to combat this happening. This was also one of the first plastic applicators that I’d ever had, and I was keen to see how that affected the application. The brush itself is big enough to catch all of your lashes in one go, so it’s a lot easier to build it up into a couple of coats, and I can confirm that this mascara will only budge when you properly remove it at the end of the day!

Makeup Revolution’s The Viper

I briefly spoke about this mascara in my Makeup Revolution Focus post that went up a couple of months ago, and like I said then, I was quite disappointed with this product. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Makeup Revolution, their highlighters, palettes, lipsticks and lip lacquers are absolutely perfect. But I think the combination of this mascara being a bristle brush applicator, with a ‘snake-like’ shape, makes it difficult to apply properly. I found that it can give reasonable volume, but no real length or lift.

Avon’s Super Shock

I was really impressed by just how long the applicator for this mascara was! The bristles are short, and really condensed, so you catch a lot more of your lashes when applying this mascara. I’ve found that this product is quite affordable and effective, but it definitely works much better if you’ve curled your lashes first, as the straight brush does make it tough for you to get a nice lift and curve to your lashes.

IMG_2245Benefit’s They’re Real

This mascara is as famous as it is, because it truly is amazing. Just one coat of this and it really gives you an effortless ‘false-lash’ effect. The varying length of the bristles means that it catches long and short lashes all in one swift swipe. The only con I can think of when it comes to this product is that it’s incredibly difficult to apply to the lower lash line, because it’s almost too good at lengthening the lashes, that it can leave them looking spidery and transfer onto underneath your eye.

Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash

The formula of this mascara is incredible, as it never flakes or crumbles throughout the day. The black colour is one of the most intense I’ve known when it comes to mascaras, and Benefit tackle the one issue I have with “They’re Real” with this mascara; it’s really difficult for applying to the lower lash line. I think it’s because the applicator isn’t plastic, so it holds onto the product, meaning you don’t over-apply the product. It’s also one of my favourites because the brush is twice the length of any other I’ve previously used.

IMG_2247Soap & Glory’s Thick & Fast

As I’ve gone through so many various types of mascaras, I never thought I’d find the perfect hybrid of all of these, until I saw Soap & Glory’s 7 sided super mascara! I’ve found that this mascara does wonders for curling your lashes up, but only really adds noticeable length and volume after a couple of coats.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational

Everyone’s favourite drugstore mascara, and I can completely understand why! Whether you only apply one coat, or you prefer to build it up, this mascara is always noticeable and adds everything you’d like to add to your lashes, curl, length, and volume, all while remaining pretty and not spidery. It’s even the perfect formula and brush for applying to your bottom lashes. This is by far, my favourite mascara, because it does the job so well, and it’s affordable.


That’s it for all of the mascaras I’ve tried! Do you have a favourite that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Recommendations

Hey guys! I realised recently that I’ve grown quite a nice collection of books that I would definitely regard as my favourites, and I really enjoy talking to people about my favourite books, so why not combine all of those things and do a blog post on them?!

Now I know this isn’t your typical beauty, fashion, lifestyle post, but I’m just going to very quickly run through four of my favourite books and explain how I found them.

Richard Dawkins The God Delusion | I’ve been meaning to read this book for so many years now, and when I was out this past January, I decided to make a point to pick it up. This book is incredibly well known, and undeniably holds a major role in all science vs religion debates. It is quite a dry read at first, but if, like me, you uphold a high interest in religion and its arguments/applications/basis, then you’ll be hooked. Dawkins covers everything from the ‘God of the gaps’ debate, the cosmological argument, homoeopathic magic and perhaps the relationship between religion and science as symbiotic.

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby |“Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, til she cry ‘Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!” Now while technically this quote is an epigraph, and not a direct quote from the book, Fitzgerald really did catch the emotions engrained in Gatsby with this quote. Again, Gatsby is another incredibly famous book, and one that I would recommend for everyone to read. I thoroughly appreciate so many elements of this book, from Daisy’s hardened intelligence, masquerading as naivety, to the “colossal significance” of the green light.

Alain De Botton The Consolations Of Philosophy | I picked this book up when I was looking for The God Delusion, and it would seem I was on something of a religion/philosophy binge, so I read the blurb of this one, and couldn’t resist buying it. Botton explores the philosophical ideas founded by 6 philosophers, Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, and organises them into digestable and applicable ideals for our everyday problems, from love, anxiety and even the pressures to conform. Another perfect read if you enjoy philosophy and how many of these ideas can apply to our lives nowadays.

Derren Brown Confessions Of A Conjuror | I was trying to decide which of Derren’s books to include in this round-up, and that’s when I realised that Confessions Of A Conjuror is actually a perfectly covert biography, set around the retelling of a card trick. Derren takes you through the history of magic, psychology and as per usual, the correct way to poach an egg. This book really is a perfect insight into Derren’s mind and past. Two of my favourite quotes from the book would be “I loathed myself again. My heart pounded beneath my stupid blousy gay shirt” and “Then I woke up, then I died.” It’s also very telling that those are the very first and very last lines in the book. A must read.


That’s it for some of my favourite books, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, be sure to let me know if you did!

What are your favourite 2 books?

 

Perfume Picks

*This post was requested by Luxe Brands, with perfume compensation.

Hey guys! I recently mentioned on Instagram that I couldn’t believe that I’d never written a post about perfume, because I have quite a collection!

So today I’m going to give you a run through my favourites!

IMG_1913Katy Perry’s Meow! | This is my favourite year-around perfume because it is quite light. The most prominent scents are jasmine and vanilla, which keep this perfume sweet and fruity, but it’s not strong or overwhelming. Plus look at how cute the bottle is, I mean it’s a cat, c’mon. I think it’s suitable for day or evening wear!

Zoella’s Let’s Spirtz! | I wanted to mix this post up by including some body mists too, and this one is one of my summer favourites. I think that Zoella Beauty got it really right with this body mist, because it’s a lot stronger than most body mists, I’d definitely class this as more of an affordable perfume. The notes of raspberry and cassis are quite strong, so this is much more of a daytime summer fragrance for me.

Ariana Grande’s Ari | This perfume is really unique, with sparkling fruits and an ultra-feminine floral scent, spun with musks, woods, and a hint of marshmallow. I do really like wearing this perfume, and again it is suitable to be worn year-around, day to night, but the marshmallow tones means that with frequent wear, it does smell a bit too sickly.

Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle | This is actually an oriental fragrance, but it is still surprisingly fresh. Unfortunately because of the overwhelming tone of fresh orange, I can’t wear this perfume very often because it is really strong (and people tend to love or hate it.) It also contains light accords of jasmine and rose, which adds to the overall freshness of this perfume. I tend to reserve it for when I’m going out now, because it’s a long-lasting perfume, guaranteed to last through the night.

IMG_1918Ted Baker’s Body Mist | This body mist is actually the reason I picked up a Ted Baker gift set back during the Christmas period. This is my favourite body mist to wear, because it’s main notes are grapefruit and mango. These, teamed with subtle floral notes of neroli and jasmine, makes this another suitable scent for every occasion, all year around. I just wish it wasn’t so water based, so it could last longer.

Beyonce’s Heat | This perfume really lives up to all of the saucy advertisement surrounding it. It’s super sexy, perfect for wearing in the inescapably warm summer evenings. I can’t do this scent justice, so I’ll leave you with the description from the site, “Heat is a floral, fruity, woody perfume that features rare, sensual flowers and is both feminine and irresistible.”

Katy Perry’s Killer Queen | This self described ‘floriental fragrance’, contains notes of dark berries and lush plum that ‘blend into an opulent floral heart.’ It then blends into an intoxicating background of precious woods and sensual musk. This is no doubt, a highly unique fragrance, again I think it’s a more of an evening fragrance, just because it’s deeper than most scents.

Katy Perry’s Purr | In an online survey, people voted this fragrance as a Spring daytime perfume, and I think it’s mainly down to its main notes of forbidden apple and green bamboo. It maintains itself as a girly and wearable fragrance, with the heart of jasmine, pink freesia and Bulgarian rose.


That’s it for my top perfume picks, I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments what your favourite all time fragrance is!

Guide To Face Masks

I love a good face mask, who doesn’t? But if you’ve got, like me, sensitive skin, you can be quite wary about putting anything onto your face, especially as many face masks can be quite strong and end up burning your skin.

So today I’m going to give you guys a run down to the face masks that I really like, that are also suitable for sensitive skin!backgrounder (2)IMG_1029My 7th Heaven | These are the face masks that we will all have tried, they are some of the cheapest on the market, and they have a huge  and diverse range available. Every pack has a guide in the top right corner as to what skin type they are most suitable for, but they are all so gentle, that from my experience they are all suitable for use on all skin types, but if you want a particular one geared for dry skin, or congested skin, just look for one with that in the corner. Like I said, they aren’t particularly strong, so I would recommend giving any of these a try as you’ve got so many options, from mud masks to honey peel off ones!IMG_1030Soap & Glory’s Scrub Your Nose In It| This mask is another one of my favourites because it comes in a tube, so you’ve got a lot more masks for your money, but it does contain a much stronger formula than most drugstore face masks, so I only like to use this one if my skin is completely clear, otherwise it can tend to sting, and no, that is NOT what face masks are supposed to do! As it is a bit stronger, it means that it does leave your skin feeling really new and refreshed, but I wouldn’t use it if you suffer from acne or any other skin issues.IMG_1031Azure Spa’s Collagen Woven Facial Mask | These face masks are my second-favourite to use, because they are woven, so you don’t need to worry about correctly applying them, or using too much or too little, you just open the pack and place it on your face. I find that these are much better for soothing the skin, because you’re not rubbing at it to apply the mask.IMG_1036Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask | These masks are my absolute favourite, because they are unbelievably cheap, and with my experience, you can get two face masks from one pack, because the formula is so thick. So I’d recommend using these with friends, because you can’t really re-seal the pack once you’ve opened it, and it is a bit too much to use in one go.


That’s it for all of my face masks, I hope this little guide has helped you guys out! I did also talk about an entire brand of face masks that I recently discovered HERE, if you’d like to check those out too. Do you like using face masks? Let me know what your favourite brand is in the comments!

Brand Focus: Makeup Revolution

After finishing my beauty advent calendars, I realised that I now have a hearty collection of all things Makeup Revolution, so today I’m talking you guys through a selection of their products, with reviews of everything, now there is a lot, so let’s get through this!

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Primer | This primer is perfect for either all-over-face makeup, or just as an eyeshadow primer. It’s incredibly light and soft, and not sticky at all. I was impressed with this primer, as it made my makeup last a few hours longer than usual in the day. The only downside to it being as light as it is, is that you tend to use a little bit more than you would with other primers because you aren’t aware of it being on your face.

Highlight | These highlighters are insane. They are beautiful, and one of my favourite drugstore highlighters. My favourite is the ‘Pink Lights’ as I find that it suits my skintone the best. All you need is a very light dusting across your cheeks and you’re set for the whole day (or night!) They are nicely pigmented, so you don’t need to go overboard when applying.

Blush | I think the blushes are a bit of a miss, but this might just be because they aren’t well suited for my skintone. As you can see in my swatches, ‘Treat’ is much too similar to my skintone to be a blush, ‘Wow’ is a bit too barbie-pink for it to be wearable daily for me. The best blush for me would be ‘Now’, but I find it too orange-based for a blush, I’d be much more confident wearing this as an eyeshadow.

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Highlighters Swatches
Pressed Highlighters: ‘Pink Lights’ ‘Golden Lights’ ‘Hidden Lights’
Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Blush Swatches
Pressed Blushes: ‘Now’ ‘Wow’ ‘Treat’

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Palettes | If I was forced to pick only one product from Makeup Revolution, it’d definitely be a palette. The palettes combine a huge amount of perfectly blendable creamy shades. I was surprised at the amount of shades in the palettes, as they are so affordable! My favourite palette of them all is the ‘Beyond Flawless’ as it has everything you need to create basic eye looks, more complicated looks, rose gold inspired looks and a dark smoky eye. So many of the shades in this palette remind me of those in the Naked 3, and it’s only £8! I also really like that Makeup Revolution have more unusual palettes, as a lot of palettes available nowadays are quite basic nudes.

Mono Eyeshadows | I have never known such creamy and well pigmented mono eyeshadows. My favourite shade is ‘Mountains of Gold’, because it’s a beautiful gold colour, but with a shimmer that I’ve never seen before. (It also really reminds me of my favourite shade from Urban Decay’s Naked 3, ‘Trick’!)

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Swatches
Mono Eyeshadows: ‘Mountains of Gold’ ‘Base!’ ‘Delicious’

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Lip Lacquer | I picked up this lip lacquer just before Halloween last year, and my only wish is that I could wear it more often! As it says, it goes on as a liquid, and dries matte. The Salvation Lip Lacquers are really gorgeous colours, but they are usually not ones that you can wear daily. I also found that you need to reapply quite frequently as they do break up after roughly an hour.

Intense Lipgloss | Now as you can see, I could only swatch the red lipgloss, and that’s because the doe foot applicator for the pink shade is stuck at the bottom of the lipgloss. I was really disappointed as this shade looks like a lipgloss that I’d actually enjoy wearing! The lipglosses themselves aren’t particularly sticky, but as you can also see, the really deep red actually comes out as more of a pink, so they aren’t as pigmented as they appear in the packaging.

Sheer Lipgloss | The sheer lipglosses are a lot stickier than the Intense Lipglosses, but they are available in really gorgeous colours. The first one is a very subdued gloss, adding just a touch of shimmer to your lips, and the second one is a very wearable medium-nude pink

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Lipglosses Swatches
Lip Lacquer (#2): ‘Velvet Vamp’

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The Viper | This is one of the only things that has disappointed me. The wand is shaped just like the head of a cobra, which I understand is inkeeping with the name of the mascara, but it makes it quite difficult to apply, and once you have applied it, is doesn’t really do much to elongate, curl or volumise lashes. This mascara is one of the only things I wouldn’t repurchase.Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Mascara The Viper Wand

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Lipsticks | Another one of my favourite things from Makeup Revolution! These lipsticks are creamy, well pigmented, and highly wearable! When I saw some of these colours I was quite intimidated by them, but I’ve found myself even wearing the orange shade! They are reasonably long lasting, but I would recommend reapplying roughly halfway through the day. I can’t believe how much I really like these lipsticks, again, considering how affordable they are.Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Lipsticks Swatches

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Nail PolishesNails

Nail Polishes | I like  there is a wider variety of polishes, and they’re not exclusively bright or pastels. They dry quite quickly, usually in just over a minute. For the colour to be true to that of the bottle, you do have to apply a a couple of coats, and they last around 5-6 days.


That’s it for today, do you have any favourite products from Makeup Revolution, or have you never tried any of their stuff?