All About The Makeup Revolution Concealer

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Of course I had to jump on the bandwagon and test out the new drugstore hype. I don’t like spending a lot on makeup as I’m really falling or of love with it at the moment. So I love a good drugstore miracle as it benefits the bank!
I always stick to my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer which is only £4. So this newbie from Makeup Revolution seemed to bring some competition. It took me ages to get my hands on it as all the shades were out of stock due to the high demand for it. However I finally got my hands on it and had to write a little review. Because there isn’t enough reviews on this already!! Everyone seems to be head over heels with this concealer but there’s always one who isn’t. That happens to be me…

The Shade-
The shade range available is amazing especially for the drugstore when there can be a lack of shades. There definitely is a shade for everyone. I went for C1 which is the lighted shade available. My skin is very pale at the moment due to it being winter and I haven’t faked tanned in a while. So my ghost self is in full swing currently. Shades C1 and C2 looked really similar but I wanted a really brightening concealer so went with the lightest.
I really like this light shade as it was super brightening however I still feel like they need a lighter shade. Unless I just think I’m paler than I am. But this still wasn’t as light as I imagined it to be. However I think this will be perfect when ur got more colour in my face as it will highlight even more.

I compared C1 with my other two trusty concealer to compare the shades. This shows that the Makeup Revolution is pretty light especially compared to the Collection concealer. But the L.A Girl concealer does seem to be much more brightening, maybe because it has more yellow undertones.

Swatches ;
1. Makeup Revolution C1
2. Collection Lasting Perfection in 1 ‘Fair’
3. L.A Girl Pro Conceal ‘Porcelain’

Formula –
This concealer had been compared to the Tarte Tape Shape a lot. So I had high hopes for the formula of it. Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed. I found it to be really nice to apply and blend in as well as feeling really smooth. And it worked really well to apply a second layer as well which I tried. It didn’t cake up or feel uncomfortable. The concealer gives great coverage which I love, it definitely hid my dark circles and brightened.

But I just wasn’t a fan of the finish and final look. I applied one average layer under my eyes which looked really nice when applied. However throughout the day it looked so dry. And I already have dry skin so I need all the help I can get. So this really did not make me happy as my skin under my eyes looked awful. And I have found this concealer to crease under my eyes as well. Which is not the look I really want to achieve.
However on a positive note. It worked really well on my chin. As it highlighted really well and obviously didn’t crease. And didn’t look that dry on my chin. So I’d highly recommend for your skin however I just think it didn’t work for underneath my eyes. Lots of people love this concealer so it might just be a bad combination of my skin and the concealer.

Here’s a little selfie with me wearing the concealer. I’m wearing it under my eyes, chin, nose and forehead!

Overall I think I’d give this concealer a 3 out of 5 stars. For the price it is very good considering it gives great coverage and for the shade range. However I think because it had so much hype I was disappointed with the overall finish. However I’ll carry on to test this out and maybe it will be less drying if I use different products with the concealer.

Have you tried this concealer out?

Kate Xx

Go-To Makeup; Warm Tones & Flawless Base

2018, Beauty, Makeup, Uncategorized

I keep my makeup super simple and usually got for the same natural look.However I was having a good makeup day and loved my base.So I thought I’d share my simple makeup look. I used to be a true perfectionist with my makeup. But now I’m much quicker and ‘care free’. I seem to always do things in a random order and all over the place but my makeup always turns out decent!

I start with my brows which I simply fill in with my ABH Dipbrow Pomade in ‘Blonde’. And I always used to carve my brows by a line below my brow. But I simply primed my eyes with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1. And blended the concealer up to my brow to give a subtle carve. And set this in place with the Rimmel Stay Matter Powder in 001.

On the eyes I went for an all matte with warm tones from the Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Palette. I used shades ‘Pukey’ and ‘Pooter’. Which are light warm orange shades. I took these in my outer crease but blended them up to open up my eye. Then using ‘Buns’ and browner shade, I added depth to my crease and blended into my centre lid from the inner corner. And took ‘Mocha’ on my lash line to bring all the shadow together and add definition.

After my eyeshadow I prime my face using the Nivea Express Hydration Primer. As well as the Wonderland Studio Finish Primer on my t-zone. These two primers work really well together as they keep my skin hydrated and makeup on all day. Next I colour correct redness below my foundation. I use the Freedom HD Longwear Concealer in Green. Which has always been a staple for me.
For foundation, I’m using a mix of my two favourites. The Boujois Healthy Mix Serum in 52 and the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow in 202 ‘creamy Natural’. I love this combination as my base looks super flawless. But the foundations are both light and comfortable. I blend these in with my Spectrum A02 brush which is actually amazing!

To conceal and highlights my under eyes. I’m using the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade ‘1’. I also take this lightly on my chin, nose and forehead to highlight. And I then set my base in place with the Technic Colour Correcting Loose Powder. This powder will be a forever favourite of mine. It colour corrects and keeps makes my makeup long lasting. But it doesn’t cake up at all so is a true winner. I mainly pack this on under my eyes and t-zone. And lightly around my whole face.

Moving onto ‘contour’ which I do quite lightly. I used the Maybelline Master Contour to sculpt out my cheekbones. I don’t often reach for this but I really liked how it looked and blended. And of course I bronzed up my face with the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer.This is truly the best bronzer ever and saves my pale face.
I’m falling out of love with highlighter currently. I never really feel like something obvious. So I used the Collection Speedy Highlight in Pearl Sheen.. As it’s quite subtle and the pearl shade suits my makeup. I also took this on my brow bone, cupids bow and nose as well as my cheekbones!

Going back to my eyes to finish off. I took the same brown shade again ‘Mocha’ on my lower lash line. I applied it on my outer lash line but blended it in towards the inner corner. I can never not do my makeup without applying shadow on my upper and lower lash line. And after this I used my favourite mascara. Which is the Maybelline Lash Sensation in Black.
For my lips I lined them with the ‘Caramel Nougat’ Lip Liner from MUA which is a simple nude. I did start of the day with a darker lip but I took these photos later on. Where I was wearing the Mac Liptensity Lipstick in ‘Doe’. Paired with the Natural Collection Clear Gloss over.

I did originally take my Mac Patent Polish Lip Stick in ‘It’s Really Me’. Paired with my Buxom Lip Cream in ‘Dolly’ for extra gloss. Which you can see in the photo below, if you’d want a slightly darker nude lip.

And finally, I don’t know why I do this step last. I’ve just got in the routine of doing so. But I use my L’Oreal Brow Artist Brow Gel in Light/Medium. To set my brows in place and gives them so more definition. I have to apply brow gel otherwise my brows look dreadful.

This makeup look is quite simple but is my go-to look. It’s so quick and I love the base and shadow. This is my first makeup look of 2018 so hope you all enjoyed!

Kate Xx

Falsies First Impressions; Ardell & Pinky Goat

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I’m a big lover of false lashes. My eyelids are quite small and close over quite a bit. So I love eyelashes as they open up my eyes as well as adding volume and length. I haven’t tried that many different varieties of lashes, I usually stick to my Ardell Demi Wispies. However I was super excited when FalseEyelashes.co.uk so kindly sent me these two gorgeous pairs of lashes.

I was truly spoilt for choice over on their website as there was so much choice. They stock over 1000 styles and all of the top brands for affordable prices. They have many offers as well as selling some lashes cheaper than on the highstreet. So make sure to sign up to their emails for offers as well as you can use the code LASH10 for 10% off your next order. And they have free 1st class delivery in the UK which I love as I hate paying for delivery!

Ardell Faux Mink Lashes Black 811 – £7.99 –
Shop here
The first pair I was sent are a pair from the faux mink range from Ardell. I love Ardell, their lashes are such good quality and affordable so my hopes were high for this pair. And I can gladly say, these lashes were everything I hoped for and more. The quality of them is fabulous and they’re the perfect shape. I was doubting how they’d look on my eyes as the lashes are quite big but on the eye they’re quite thin but wispie on the outer lash.
I found them super easy to apply, as well as being quick to apply. And the invisible lash band is a must for me so they tick the boxes.

The lashes themselves feel high quality and are light so comfortable on the eye. And I can imagine you’ll be able to get many wears from these. So for only £7.99 they’re a true bargain.
If you’re looking for a natural lash that gives volume and length then I’d say this is a very good contender. I’ll definitely wear these as more of a ‘casual lash’ for a shopping day or day out. As they’re natural but give the perfect amount of volume. And I feel super comfortable wearing them so it’s a big thumbs up from me on these lashes. I will definitely be repurchasing. And my demi-wispies might have to move over!

Also please do excuse how badly I applied these however they’re really easy to apply as I fixed them later on. But next time I wear them I think I’ll cut down the inner corner of the band as it was a tidy bit too long.

Pinky Goat 3D Mink Lashes ‘Mais’ – £19.99 –
Shop here

(Before I start, just wanted to clarify that these are cruelty free!!)
These lashes caught my eye straight away online and I knew I’d have to try them. They’re such a gorgeous lash and although they aren’t the most natural, I do love them! They are quite big but for the right occasion they’d be perfect for a glam look. Although they are a full-on lash, they lashes are sectioned so gives a more natural look. They have a voluminous base which fade into wispie lashes.
What I was most surprised about, especially due to their size, was how light they were. They are so comfortable on the eye and I could happily wear them for a long time. And they were so easy to apply as well, I always apply my lashes with my fingers. Tweezers never have worked for me and I could easily apply them. And they have a clear band so no harsh lines and make it more natural.

These lashes are £19.99 to buy on falseeyelashes.co.uk which for me personally is a price I wouldn’t usually pay for. However they are such good quality and “can be worn up to 15 times”. So for the amount of use you’ll get out of them, they’re definitely worth the price. And I’ve never tried Pinky Goat before but I’ve been impressed so I’ll definitely be looking at their other styles. They’re such good quality lashes and I think are affordable for what you get.
Pinky Goat also stock cheaper lashes so perfect if you want something more ‘bank balance friendly’.

(Please excuse my dreadful makeup as well, I call the look ‘been out all day in the rain’.)

I loved trying out these two pairs of lashes and I’d definitely recommend them both. And I will for sure be ordering again of falseeyelashes.co.uk because they stock so many gorgeous styles for affordable prices. And I’m sure these two lashes will feature again in a makeup look or favourites!
What are your favourite styles of lashes?

Kate Xx

Wonderland Makeup First Impressions

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I love trying out new brands of makeup so I was super excited to receive these products from Wonderland who so kindly sent me some of their products. I’d never actually heard about Wonderland Makeup before they got in contact with me but they have such a big range of products and is now a brand I’ll definitely turn to.

What I love about Wonderland is that they’re a cruelty free brand. Which also sell super good quality products at affordable and reasonable prices. So they tick all the boxes and I’ll definitely be shopping at Wonderland in the future as I love these products that I’ve tried.

Studio Finish Primer – £15 – Shop here

I’ve heard lots of good things about this primer so I was so exited to try it. And I’ve been so impressed by it and it’s definitely worth the hype. I’ve never actually used a silicone based primer before, I usually use an illuminating primer or moisturising however I’ve loved using this. It applies really smoothly and is the perfect base. I was actually really shocked when I first applied it because it made my skin so incredibly smooth! My foundation applies flawlessly on top of this primer. And the primer definitely reduces fine lines and makes my skin feel so silky smooth when applied.

I have quite dry skin and this worked so well, it kept my skin moisturised and radiant. As well as I made my sister try it who has oily to normal skin and she also loved it. So it’s definitely a good one for all skin types. I definitely noticed a difference in my makeup by the end of the day, by using this primer the coverage of my foundation definitely lasted longer. And made my makeup keep it’s flawless finish. I know for sure that I will repurchase the primer when it runs out as I’ve been so impressed. And this primer is a new staple product for me.

 

Eyeshadow ‘Doll’ – £7.50 – Shop here

This pink shade is a different shade to my usual tones however it’s such a pretty shade and I’ll definitely be using this a lot. It’s the shade ‘ Doll’ which swatches and comes out just like the same shade as it looks in the pan. The formula of this shadow is so smooth and creamy and gives a smooth finish on the eye. It’s also so easy to blend and blends so nicely on the eye which makes it feel really luxurious.
I was a bit wary on the shade however it’s so pretty on the eye as it’s more of a neutral pink so it’s easy to wear. I feel like I’ll get most wear out of this in the spring season as it would look gorgeous paired with a silver or gold. But this shade also looks so gorgeous just on its own built into the crease.

I also love the packaging of the eyeshadow, it’s super simple but I can’t imagine to to break whatsoever. So it’s definitely a good one to have in your bag for on the go or travelling as it’s small so easy to throw in. I do find it to have a tad more kickback than some other products I own. However it’s not a bad amount so this isn’t a huge downside to the product. But overall I’ve been super happy with this eyeshadow and I definitely want to try some different shades. As it’s such good quality and is long lasting on the eye so ticks all the boxes for me!

 

‘Snow’ Nail Varnish – £6 – Shop here

I love this shade of nail varnish as it’s a simple white shade which looks so nice on the nails. It’s a gorgeous shade to wear on it’s own but also makes the perfect blank canvas for nail art or glitter. I would recommend applying two coats or more when it comes to wearing as two coats just builds up the shade the best. As one coat of the polish is a tiny bit transparent. However I’ve been really impressed with this nail varnish. The brush is a really good shape so it’s quick and easy to apply.  I find it to dry really quickly which is so practical especially for me as I fidget all the time!

I hate nail varnishes when they dry but then become sticky and you have to wait hours for them to become completely smudge proof. However I was so happy to see that this nail polish completely dries in a matter or minutes. So you don’t end up waiting hours on end for it to be dry! And with two coats it didn’t seem to chip easily at all. I know this nail varnish will be getting lots of wear in these upcoming months. I currently have it on my nails now and it looks so pretty and suited for winter.

 

I’ve been super impressed with these products from Wonderland and if you’re interested in yourself in any of the products. Then you can use the code Bloglife15 to get 15% off your order which is such a good discount. And is definitely worth it for the fabulous products Wonderland sell.

Have you ever tried anything from Wonderland?

Kate Xx

Winter Lip Picks

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I’m always so boring with my lip options and I never really adventure out to a different lip. However nothing is more screams Christmas than a red or dark lip. So I thought I’d have to share my four favourite lip products for the season. These are the ones I think I’d actually wear so if you’re like me and want a bold lip for a change or you’re a lover of a darker lip and want some inspiration then you’re at the right place!!

Swatches (Top to bottom) ;

  • Kiko Smart Lipstick
  • Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker
  • BarryM Matte Me Up Lip Crayon
  • Clinque Glosswear

Kiko Smart Lipstick 932 –

I’m not a red lip wearer as I’ve always felt like a red lip is a too bold for me. But this red shade from Kiko is my perfect red shade. It’s not too bright and has more of a darker undertone to it. The formula of this lipstick is perfect. It applies super smoothly and evenly and is so moisturising on this lips. I have found this to be quite long lasting however you have no chance on keeping it in your lips when eating to drinking. But I guess that’s what you expect with a glossy finish lip. I’m not too sure if this range is still sold. However it was super affordable and actually much cheaper than the majority of lipsticks from the drugstore so I’d definitely recommend Kiko’s lipsticks.

BarryM Matte Me Up Lip Crayon 5 –

Another red shade that I’ve pulled out from my drawer for the Christmas season is this lip crayon from BarryM. Which I’ve never worn properly but when I tested this out again I loved how it looked. With the right outfit and makeup I’d definitely try and wear this. It has a matte finish which I’m not usually a fan of. However it’s not drying at all so I’m a big fan of this one.
What puts me off a matte lip is the dry feeling you get when you rub your lips together but this lipstick is so moisturising. It’s comfortable on your lips whilst still giving the perfect matte finish. The shade of this when swatched looks quite pink-y toned but it’s not at all when wearing.  After trying this out I’ve been super impressed and I think I’ll definitely try to pull this off for Christmas!

Clinique Glosswear Cream Shines ‘Rich Raisin’ –

I got this gloss in a set of five a while ago and these glosses are some of my favourites. They’re so pigmented and this shade is perfect for the season. It’s a darker brown shade but looks like a darker nude on the lip. It’s easy to wear and I love a darker lip for the Christmas season. What I love about these glosses is that they have quite a thick formula and they have so much pigment. As well as having a super glossy finish so it’s the perfect formula. And I also love the applicator on this as it’s not your typical wand. The gloss has a tapered brush not a sponge which applies the gloss smoothly and evenly.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick ‘Plum Jam’ –

The Soap&Glory Mother Puckers are what my dreams are made of. They have a lipstick formula and pigment but a glossy finish which is literally what I live for!! The shade of this, Plum Jam , is a darker shade but because of the glossy finish it doesn’t come out too heavy on the lips. The shade of this is a dark pinky shade with a slight red undertone to it. I love the finish this gives on the lips as the glossy finish makes your lips look plump.
I love pairing this with a lip liner to make my lips look plump and glossy. I’d definitely recommend this as the formula of it is so creamy and moisturising and the shade is dark but so easy to wear on a day to day basis.

What’s one of your favourite lip product for the winter?

Kate Xx