Makeup Revolution Fluid Blusher in Malibu Ocean | Review

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I think I’ve found my blogging mojo again! Yay. I recieved this blusher from Makeup Revolution in the BBB Dream Box by the British Beauty Blogger a while ago and when I saw they were being discontinued, I had to share. These are supposed great dupes for the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush, which I have been lusting after for agess! These were originally priced at £3, however are reduced to £1.50 and come in 5 shades. Much more purse friendly – you could buy the entire range for less than 1 DS blusher.

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Time to shake it up, shake it up!

The shade I have is more of a Bronzer than blusher and ideal for summer. It’s Malibu Ocean and even that name makes me think of summertime. I think come shorts weather I will be using this on my legs as I have a nasty scar on my left leg which I am concious about and as such tend to hide. The coverage of this is enough to sort of draw the attention away from the scar. The formula is really thin and does have the tendency to separate, requiring a good shake before use. The bottle is cute, but does feel a little cheap (not complaining, just observing!).

The dispenser

The dispenser

I find the best technique is to dispense a drop onto the back of my hand, allow it to spread slightly and quickly grab my brush. This stuff is very pigmented and does dry quite quickly, so I don’t find I have much time before a stain appears on my hand. In terms of blending, I’ve had no issues – if you do go a bit heavy handed it should be easy enough to blend out. The thing I didn’t really like about this is the siliconey feel of it, you know what I mean like slippery. It is really odd.

Straight out of the bottle

Straight out of the bottle

Starting to run - see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Starting to run – see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Partially Blended (no it isn't streaky fake tan)

Partially Blended (no it isn’t streaky fake tan)

Fully Blended

Fully Blended

I quite like this colour, it isn’t too shimmery but does add another dimension to my skin. Would I wear this product every day? Probably not because I don’t rate the siliconey feel of it and do worry that with prolonged use it could irritate my sensitive skin. It does claim that it doesn’t block pores, I can’t say it did or didn’t but I do shower and wash my face pretty often. For special occasions or weekend wear though, I love this. I had mixed results with wearability – one day it wore for 6 hours including a sweaty and hot 12 mile mountain bike and another day it seemed to disappear within 2-3 hours. I think it probably depends on what foundation and primer you wear, but I can’t pinpoint why such a big difference. It is marketed as water proof and budge proof, but I wouldn’t say that is necessarily true. I doubt I coulo go swimming in this and it would stay in tact, but who swims in makeup anyway? That’s just asking for Panda eyes!

Available from Makeup Revolution for £1.50

Who loves Makeup Rev? Have you tried this or are you tempted?

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UK Box Swap with Cats for Life

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It’s been a while since I blogged hasn’t it? So this post is a good way to ease me back into it. I know your probably sick of me saying I am busy at work, but it’s true! Topped with an untimely visit to A and E, a horrible cold and the landlord deciding to replaster the house we stay in, I’ve been pretty busy. I move department again in a few weeks time, so looks like the 12, 14 or even 16 hour days could be a thing of the past for me. I really love my current department and although this past 2 weeks have been insanely busy I will be really sad to leave. I’ve enjoyed getting stuck into different things. The replastering of our house came at the totally wrong time and there is just stuff everywhere. It’s horrible. It’s even a struggle to sit down at my computer and write this post.

Anyway, I arranged this box swap with the lovely Jordannah back in the new year and we had originally planned to do the swap in March/April time around Easter. We ended up delaying it as Jordannah was on holiday for a few weeks and before I knew it, it was June! I actually got my box a few weeks before Jordannah, even though I posted her box before she posted mine. Her boyfriend ended up forgetting to take the box with him, so poor Jordannah had to wait over 3 weeks to get it from him! I felt pretty bad for her, but eventually she got her box, so we agreed we would show you all what we got!

I was so excited when I opened the box by the sheer amount of things she had managed to cram into our budget. I felt like my box was a little lacking in comparison. I couldn’t wait to rip off the cute orange and red tissue paper and see what was in store. And boy I was not disappointed! Jordannah also included a really cute little cat postcard – we both love cats. I thought the yellow cards that were stuck onto each of the little bundles explaining why she included things was a great idea.

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Skincare

Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream

‘I had too many of these Vichy Serums lying around so thought you would love one!’

Thanks 🙂 Jordannah! I had seen Vichy on so many blogs as it seems a staple product in those monthly subscription boxes but had never tried anything myself. This little 3ml tube will be fabulous for taking on holiday as it won’t eat into my liquid allowance too much. I’ve put this away in my drawer of holiday sachets, so hopefully it wont be there too long before I get to use it!

Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Masque

‘And who can say no to a chocolate face mask?!’

I love Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks. I actually have a tube of the chocolate and orange face mask, which I love and I imagine this one will be pretty similar. Mmm chocolatey.

Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

‘And to a bit of simple. Everyone needs some in their life!’

I knew I would forget to photograph something in the bundle. Sorry. Simple is not a brand I am hugely familiar with – I’ve tried a couple of things and I know it is super affordable and gentle on the skin. This wash is soap free and unscented. I’m going to let my other half try this one out too as he has really sensitive skin. This didn’t dry out my skin, or leave it feeling tight.

Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion

‘Hehe, this is the item I had to break into the box, to put in! I love this moisturiser, it’s by far the best drugstore one I’ve found.’

I am so glad that Jordannah delayed sending the box to put this in! Love it so much. I think it is probably the highlight of the box for me. It smells delicious, kinda citrusy and it so light on the skin. After using this my skin feels amazing and soft and not at all greasy. Applying makeup after this is a dream. I am in love. Thank you so much!

Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

‘I really love Halo as a brand and these make-up wipes are really good.’

I haven’t tried these out yet as I generally only use make-up wipes when I am feeling lazy. The packet is so compact that these would be good for a weekend away when you want to keep stuff to a minimum.

Hair and random stuff

Hair and random stuff

Hair and Miscellaneous

Beauty So Clean Wipes

‘I also put in some Beauty So Clean wipes to clean beauty items like lipgloss and lipstick.’

What a brilliant idea these wipes are and I will definitely make full use of these. More often than not I am cleaning up palettes and lipgloss, so this will be a much more hygienic than a tissue.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

‘For hair I love Batiste. Its a life saver.’

This can is so cute and compact and would be perfect for a festival. I don’t use dry shampoo as a shampoo, I tend to use it more for backcombing. Once my current can is finished, I will be giving this a try.

Tresemme Hair Shot

‘I also got a little hair conditioner shot for a little pick me up.’

I could really do with this right now, my hair is an absolute mess! Thanks for including this Jordannah, you must have read my mind. Once the replastering is done in my house, I will be having a pamper session, so will whip this out then.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate

‘For lips I’ve put in my all time fav baby lips – I’m already on my second.’

I’m surprised Jordannah has managed to go through one of these already! I haven’t tried this Baby lips before, but I have the Mint one which I love the smell of, but don’t find too moisturising. Hopefully since this one is actually targeted to moisturise the lips that it will far better.

Makeup goodness

Makeup goodness

Cosmetics

Collection Cream Puff in Cotton Candy

‘These collection Lip Puffs are great too! I chose a pretty standard colour just in case!’

They are actually amazing. The colour is perfect for me and compliments my skin really well. I love the idea of these, they dry to a matte finish but apply like a gloss. I managed to get around 2-3 hours wear from this and it did transfer a little when eating and drinking. One thing I noticed was that it required good lip preparation before so that my lips didn’t look flakey and liney.

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba

Ah good old natural collection. I used to love natural collection when I was in school as everything was so affordable. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented this blusher is and how smoothly it applies. This colour is really natural looking, so perfect for those no makeup days.

Collection Bronze Glow in Terracota

‘ I got you my all time favourite blush and bronzer so you can try out some contouring.’ 

I am a bad beauty blogger. I don’t contour. I wear blusher and sometimes bronzer and I guess you could say I sculpt my cheeks a little, but I never contour the jawline, hairline or nose. Lets give it a bash with this matte bronzer shall we?

Seventeen Phwoar Paint

‘I bought you my fav concealer of the moment, it says its for under eyes but works great on blemishes too.’

I’ve seen this on a few blogs and have been intrigued. I am the queen of dark circles, so really need something heavy. I haven’t actually tried this under eyes yet as I am worried it will crease, so need to wait for a day when I am not leaving the house but it is fabby on spots. So creamy and the colour is an okay match for my skin.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in Black

‘I really love the collection liquid eyeliner – it’s so easy to do a cat eye with.’

When I saw this I turned away and groaned. I am so useless at liquid eyeliner as my hands are so shaky, so I thought I would just make a mess. I wasn’t wrong. So much mess. Anyway, Brittany from the Beauty deputy had a cool technique to use tape to mark off your area for a flick. I’m gonna get some masking tape and try this out. In terms of formula, I don’t really have any other eyeliners of the liquid variety to compare to, but it seems quite wet, drying to a semi matte finish. I will report back if I successfully manage a flick.

Alima Eyeshadow

‘I also put in a little loose eyeshadow I had but never used. I know you love eyeshadow more than me!’

Awh this was very sweet to get this included. The colour of this is hard to describe, a kinda grey-brown shimmer. I’m going to review this soon as I had never heard of the brand.

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Food and Non-Beauty Stuff

Brush Roll, Notebook and Gel Pens

Cute notebook

Cute notebook

Couldn't resist a close up of the pens

Couldn’t resist a close up of the pens

Brush roll

Brush roll

Ah how cute is the brush roll?And she hand made it! I was scared to use it incase it gets dirty, but its washing machine safe! Once my house is back in order, this will take pride of place on my dresser. The notebook with the stitched on dolls was a cute addition too. And the swirly gel pens took me back to my childhood.

Food :)

Food 🙂

Haribo, Mikado, Eton Mess Chocolate and Necklace

I already ate most of the strawberry haribo as I opened them at work and shared them with people. The mikado were amazing –  never tried them before. I’m ashamed to say that me and the BF ate the whole box in one sitting. #Piggies

Has anyone else ever down a box swap? Big thanks to Jordannah for agreeing to do this swap with me:)

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Thrifty Thursday # 3|Sleek MakeUp Coral Blusher|Swatches and Review

 

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Its been a while since I’ve written a Thrifty Thursday Post and coincidentally the first one was also a blusher. I like this blusher better. I like it so much that I have made a massive dent in it already. For me this blusher is almost a bronzer. It’s not really what I would think of as being coral, that’s for sure. I’ve had so many comments from people when wearing this on how ‘glowy’, ‘healthy’, ‘tanned’ and even ‘beauutiful’ I look. It has quickly become a staple in my daily makeup and I don’t remember the last time I used a blush that wasn’t this one on a work day. My silly drop box deleted some photos and my packaging is now quite badly scratched, so I’ve decided not to show it. Apologies for the photo of the used blush, silly dropbox!

Sleek Coral Blusher Swatches and Review|theLittleScottishCorner

The big mirror inside

I was initially sceptical about Sleek MakeUp, as we got off to a bad start. Fast forward 3 months and I’ve accumulated 4 out of 11 of their shades and 2 of the blush by 3 palettes. I really love these blushers that much and at a fiver a piece, you can’t go wrong. The packaging is simple matte black plastic – very sturdy and it definitely won’t open in your hand bag. One of the reasons we got off to a bad start is that I broke a nail trying to open this little blighter. I mean not cool. Anyway, it’s not just the coral shade the other 3 I have are stupidly hard to open but the blush by 3 palettes are find. I’ve found a system now, I just don’t close the lid fully. If I need to take the blush anywhere for on the go use, I wedge my house key into the packaging to open it. Quite effective really. I like that these include a good sized mirror in the lid and that it’s an actual mirror not just a  plastic piece of rubbish like you would find in a fun house. These are also insanely compact for the 8g of product you get in them. For reference it is about a third of the size of my mobile phone which is a Sony Xperia U and is similar in size to an HTC One or Iphone 4.

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Unused blusher, not a great colour representation

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Sleek Coral Blush in the pan

Pigmentation of this little beaut is fantastic. The first while I had this, I couldn’t quite get the amount I needed on my brush right and was a little bit orange. It’s cool though – nobody noticed! This is definitely more brown in colour than orange, but I really love the healthy glow it gives me. The texture of the blush is quite hard in the pan and when you first get it I would recommend sticking your finger in there and rubbing it around a little to break the surface. There is some micro shimmer in the blush, but when it is on the face it is barely noticeable.I really love how blendable these are and how pigmented it is. I also really love the price. Wear time is really good, this starts to fade on my skin after around 7 hours, but even after a full 14 hours at work there is still a trace of this on my face. Fantastic.

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Unblended Swatch

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Blended Swatch

Sleek is currently part of the massive 3 for 2 offer at Boots or you can buy the blush individually for £4.49 from Boots and Superdrug.

Which Sleek blush should I buy next and is there any you would like me to review? I have Pixie Pink, Pomegranate and Antique. I’ve never tried anything else from Sleek, but any ideas on what I should buy next?

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer/Highlighter/Blush – Swatch and Review

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Naked Flushed

I’ve found my blogging mojo thanks to all you lovely readers! I had been struggling for inspiration and the pressure wasn’t helping, but after so many lovely comments from you all, I am feeling a lot more relaxed and less stressed about the pressure of posting every day. So tonight I am going to focus on this palette I picked up in November from Urban Decay. I have been on the hunt for the ‘perfect ‘ blush for work and you may remember I bought Benefit Fine One One and Benefit Bella Bamba, but neither of those had everything I wanted. After buying the Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palete, this caught my eye and I picked it up hoping it could deliver all I wanted for an every day work blush. I was left feeling a little disappointed and here is why:

What Urban Decay Say

‘ Go ahead, get Naked…and FLUSHED…with our super silky bronzer, highlighter and blush. Use one or mix them all. Then bask in the radiant glow and let people wonder what you’ve been up to.’ – Urban Decay

Back of the Box

Back of the Box

Packaging

This comes in a little card box, so is great for gifting. I quite liked the description on the box, but as you can see the blush, highlighter and bronzer have no names! This disappointed me a little as urban decay are known for their quirky and less than appropriate names. The palette in itself is housed in a sturdy plastic case with a powerful magnetic closure and an excellent large mirror. I prefer this case to the Naked Basics because the writing it not rubbery feeling, so doesn’t attract dirt. The size is not much bigger than the Naked Basics (about the same size as a modern smart phone), making it great for travel. A little brush to apply would have been nice, but I guess this would make it bulkier. I would have preferred if the three shades were in separate pans, as the blush and highlighter are quite difficult to use separate.

Urban Decay Naked Basics and Flushed compared for size

Urban Decay Naked Basics and Flushed compared for size

Texture and Application

All of the shades are very soft and apply easily, gliding onto the skin. I would like to point out that they are quite dry, so be careful not to pick up to much product onto the brush. The blush blends out fairly well, as does the bronzer, but the highlighter is pretty difficult to blend. I was not impressed with it. The glitter seemed to get everywhere and my face ended up looking a mess.

Wear Time

The blush wore on my skin for a good 6-8 hours without budging, which I was pretty pleased with. I don’t know what happened, but the bronzer disappeared after 4-5 hours and the highlighter just did not budge, exceeding 10 hours wear. Overall, not the longest wearing products ever, but I’ve definitely used worse.

In the Pan

In the Pan

Colour Payoff and Swatches

These are all pretty pigmented as you would expect from Urban Decay, so a light hand is needed when applying.

Blush

Blush

The blush is a murky rose colour, with a satin like finish. I can’t quite work out if the shimmer is in the blush, or comes as a consequence of sharing the pan with the highlighter. I think it is the former and the blush actually has a slight shimmer, which was not what I wanted. The palette is aimed at all skin tones, but this didn’t really suit my medium skin, it made me look like I had just run ten miles. Not cool.

Highlighter

Highlighter

This is a pretty standard champagne highlighter, but it is packed with shimmer. The shimmer is over powering and just gets everywhere. The finish is very frosty and the shimmer sinks into any lines or pores, making them look bad. This is why I dislike this palette so much.

Bronzer

Bronzer

The bronzer is quite dark and again a bit murky, but very wearable and need I say it, maybe good for contouring? It looks fairly orange in the pan, but once blended out creates a healthy glow. I actually quite liked this. Be warned though, you only need a little unless you favour the ‘I’m an Oompa Loompa’ look.

Artificial Light

Artificial Light

Natural Light

Natural Light

Blended

Blended

Price and Where to Buy

I got mine from Debenhams for £20 for the 14g palette.

Final Thoughts

I am not really too impressed with this and think it was a waste of £20. I wish I had put that £20 towards another Benefit blush or a few of Sleeks offerings, or maybe, just maybe a blush from Nars. Although this is probably a nice palette, I don’t think it worked with my skin type or tone and as I mentioned in previous posts, I wanted something with no shimmer. If you like shimmery and pigmented products, this is worth a try, but for the purpose I bought it for it just wasn’t right.

Can you recommend a shimmer free blush for me with good staying power? I am thinking about getting some of Sleek’s offerings: has anyone tried these?

Christmas Gift Idea: Benefit Little Love Potions and It’s a Love Fest – My Initial Thoughts

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I bought a small Benefit kit back in May time called How to Look the Best at Everything as my friend from uni swore by Benefit. I thought this was a great way to try some products out relatively cheaply as it contained four sample sized products (primer, foundation, concealer and powder). Previously I had only ever tried the Benefit mascaras as they were free with a magazine and I loved them so much I had purchased full sized tubes. I sort of felt like if it aint broke don’t fix it with my makeup and was not prepared to pay £25 for a foundation and end up hating it. Anyway to cut a long story short, I loved the Porefessional Primer and my tube of Bad Gal mascara is on its last legs, so I decided to order replacements. After perusing the Benefit, Feel Unique and Boots websites, I decided to order the It’s a Love Fest Kit at a cost of £39.50. I know, I know it’s such a lot of money and I am Skint with a capital S this month, but a girl can’t live without mascara right? The 22ml of Porefessional retails for £24.50 and a tube of They’re Real for £19.50. My calculator tells me that’s a total of £44 for the two and It’s a Love Fest is £39.50, so in my book a saving of £4 is amazing. Not only that, but I got a 4ml sample size of Sun Beam and a sample size of Coralista. Okay I didn’t need another lip product (last count I had over thirty!), but it was free, well that’s how I keep justifying my purchase. I have had a full sized tube of They’re Real before and the reason I switched back to Bad Gal is purely because They’re Real is a nightmare to remove. It has some staying power I tell you! I tried Sun Beam out for going out last night and it was a dream to apply and looked gorgeous on my skin. I will do a follow up post on this once I have put it to the test for much longer.  Sun Beam retails at £19.50 for 13ml, making the 4ml cost around £6. I am super please with this set and the tin it came in is so cute! I haven’t found a use for it yet, but I am sure I will. Coralista lip-gloss retails for £14.50 for a 15ml tube, so the 6.5ml Coralista would come in at around £6. This makes the total retail value of this kit around the £56 mark. NOTE, if you are ordering from Feel Unique, it states the lip-gloss is 15ml but this is not the case.

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Little Love Potions contains ten sample-sized products and retails for £29.50. I must stress that the products are very small, especially the posie tint, stay don’t stray and high beam, however from experience a little goes a long way. I’ve shown a standard eyeliner next to the kit in the phot so you can get an idea of size. They are great sizes for travelling and as I said before it is an affordable way to try Benefit. If you have Boots points, then this is a great way to spend them, if not I would recommend giving Feel Unique a try as I managed to find a voucher code to get a massive £12 off (Google I salute you!). So far I have tried the stay dont stray out and wow, it did not budge at all. After 6-7 hours of sweating it up in a bar, with lots of dancing, my makeup still looked fresh. For you geeks like myself, who like to know the relative cost of everything, I have included a breakdown below.  Beware the next paragraph is rather tedious and repetitive. All the costs are based solely on a volume to volume basis of the full size product since Benefit does not sell minis or sample individually.

As mentioned above, 22ml Porefessional retails for £24.50 making the 7.5ml around the £8 mark.14.2g of It’s Potent Eyecream retails for £24.50, making the 3g tub around the £5 mark.A 13ml bottle of high beam will set you back £19.50, making this cute little 2.5ml sample worth £3.75. 12.5ml of the Positint costs a whopping £24.50, making this tiny 2.5ml tube worth almost £5. Stay Don’t Stray retails for £20.50 for a 10ml tube and in this kit you get a 2.5ml tube worth £5. A 9.4g stick of the Watts Up highlighter costs £24.50, meaning the little 2.5g stick in this kit is worth almost £6.50. Bad Gal mascara costs £17.50 for the 8.5g full size, in this kit you get a 4g mini worth £8. Benefit retail That Gal primer for £22.50 for 11ml and in the kit you recieve the sample size of 7.5ml worth £15. Hoola bronzer retails at £24.50 for 8g and in this kit you get a rather generous 3g of product worth £9. Finally Hoola lipgloss retails at the same price as the Coralista, a 15ml tube for £14.50 making this 6.5ml sample also worth around £6. By my calculations the total worth of this kit is actually worth over £70, so essentially you save yourself over 50%.

I would recommend the Little Love Potions to anyone just looking to try lots of Benefit products or maybe teenagers who are just starting out with a makeup collection as this has everything you need minus a foundation and eyeliner. The It’s a Love fest is also a brilliant bargain, especially if like me you need a new primer and mascara. Apologies for the lengthy post, I just had to share these absolute bargains with you all.

Have you tried any Benefit cosmetics before?