Saturday, 31 March 2018

I Heart Revolution Surprise Eggs Review

As it's Easter weekend, what better way to celebrate than with a review of the incredible new Surprise Eggs from I Heart Revolution? When the postman brought me these babies a month ago, I was so excited to give them a try. Available in six different varieties, I Heart Revolution's Surprise Eggs* feature five eye shadow shades each, along with two highlighter shades. All for just a fiver! 

I was lucky enough to be sent all of the six eggs and I'm honestly in love with them all. The eggs available are Dragon, Rose Gold, Gold, Mermaid, Unicorn and Angel. There is an egg for everyone, with Dragon being a beautiful mix of fiery coppers and reds, Mermaid a mix of bright blues with a gorgeous gold, and Gold a mix of stunning gold and brown hues. My personal favourites are probably Dragon, Rose Gold and Gold, as these are the shades I find the most wearable (and I'm really into coppers and reds at the minute!). 

I was really impressed with the quality of both the eye shadows and the highlighters included in these little eggs - both are really pigmented and blend beautifully, giving serious colour pay-off. I also like that there is a good mix of mattes and shimmers in these palettes, so you can create a whole host of different looks with the eye shadows. The highlighters are also really brilliant - I love that you get two shades in the palette so you have a bit more choice, and the finish of some of the highlighters are so beautiful, although I did find them a tad powdery in comparison to others I've tried. For the ridiculously low price tag, however, I don't think you can go wrong with these beauties! 

If you're looking for a new palette, fancy trying these out or are looking for a last-minute Easter pressie that isn't chocolate, I wholeheartedly recommend these. They are so unique to any other makeup product I've tried, are really compact so easy for travelling and are incredibly affordable too. I absolutely love them! 

Have you tried the new I Heart Revolution Surprise Eggs? Let me know your thoughts! 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer: Is It As Good as Shape Tape?

If you know me, you'll know I'm always on the hunt for the next best concealer and so when I heard all the hype about a certain new offering from Revolution, I had to give it a go. 

Touted as a dupe for the Queen of all concealers, Tarte's Shape Tape, Revolution's Conceal & Define concealer is available in a huge range of 18(!!) different shades in varying tones, and costs just £4. Yes, you read that right - just four quid will get you the concealer that everyone is talking about right now. 

After seeing a multitude of YouTube beauty gurus raving about it, I hopped on over to the Superdrug website and purchased three of the concealers. Why three? Well, because I wasn't sure on my shade and also I wanted to get a darker colour for contouring, as this concealer is meant to be great for that too (hence the 'conceal AND define' name). 

I have to admit, the first thing I noticed when I received my concealers was how little product you get in them. They contain just 3.4ml of product, in comparison to Tarte Shape Tape, which has 10ml inside. However, Tarte's offering does cost a whopping £28 (+£3.95 P&P) so I think we can forgive Revolution for this. 

Colour & Coverage

The applicator of the Revolution concealer is pretty much identical to Shape Tape's - both are a decent size with a spongy tip, and allow you to perfectly apply concealer under the eye. In terms of thickness and coverage the two are very similar: both are very thick yet easy to blend and give a gorgeous, brightening finish. Revolution definitely wins when it comes to colour range thanks to the 18 shades, against Tarte's poor offering of just six. 

I definitely think it's worth heading into the shop to take a look at the shades of the Revolution concealers - obviously as there are 18 to choose from it can be quite tricky deciding your shade just from looking online. Also, it's worth noting that whilst the shades start at C1-C18, with C1 being the lightest, they don't necessarily work in order of lightness. I picked up C5, C6 and C13 (for contouring) and swatched them in order below. 

As you can see, C5 is actually a fair bit warmer than C6, which I think is my perfect shade. It's worth bearing in mind that some of the shades are warmer toned whereas others are cool or neutral, so unless you know your skin tone I'd probably suggest taking a trip into the store and trying some shades out before buying. C13 is a really nice shade that I think is perfect for contouring - just bear in mind that a little goes a really long way!

Conceal & Define vs. Shape Tape

Whilst Revolution's concealer definitely wins in terms of shades, and is incredibly similar to Tarte's in terms of coverage and consistency, I do think that Tarte Shape Tape has the edge, just. I find I have to use a bit more powder with the Revolution concealer as it doesn't set as well and the coverage is not quite as good as Tarte's. However, there really isn't a lot in it and when you consider the price and the ease of actually getting hold of these concealers Revolution's Conceal & Define is a much more affordable option. 

I definitely think if you're considering trying Shape Tape, try Conceal & Define first because chances are you will love it. I have been reaching for Conceal & Define for every day wear and then wearing Tarte's Shape Tape for nights out, but I doubt I will repurchase it once it runs out when there is a much cheaper alternative out there!

If you'd like to see the concealer in action, I recorded a little video of me testing it out in comparison to the Shape Tape here

Have you tried the new Revolution concealer? Let me know what you think! 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Glossier Phase 1 Review

It's been the most hyped-up launch in recent times and literally everyone seems to want a slice of something Glossier. The brand seemingly came out of nowhere and has taken the beauty world by storm, pushing the boundaries and offering a completely new kind of product: a product made for the beauty customer and no one else. Launched by Emily Weiss, the brains behind beauty website 'Into the Gloss', Glossier has been a runaway success.

So, what's all the fuss about? I was recently lucky enough to get my hands on the Phase 1 set and after a few months using the products, I thought I would share my thoughts on the most wanted brand of the moment.

I'll be honest, Glossier didn't really pique my interest until I started seeing literally everyone and their mother talking about it. It just didn't have any 'wow' products for me - when it comes to beauty brands, I'm always going to get more excited about makeup than skincare, and as Glossier is very much about that natural, dewy glow, I was unsure if it was the brand for me. 

However, despite being a makeup girl through and through, I do still love and understand the importance of skincare, so I thought I ought to give the brand a go. I was also drawn in by the pretty packaging, the cutesy little stickers and the unique clear bubble makeup pouches you get with every order. It's definitely unlike any other beauty brand I've ever seen!

So, the Glossier Phase 1 set seemed like the obvious first choice for me - it's basically a little starter kit (again, I've never seen another brand that offers this) that gives you an introduction to what Glossier is all about. It comes with the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturiser and Balm Dotcom, in whichever flavour you choose. It costs £35, which is £8 cheaper than if you were to buy all the products separately. 

The Milky Jelly Cleanser is by far my favourite product of the three. I've been using it day and night for a few months now and I just love it. It smells amazing, is super soft and milky on the skin, and leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. This is what Glossier is all about: hydrated, dewy skin, so it makes sense that this is one of their star products. Whilst it's not the cheapest, costing £15, it's not unreasonable either, and I definitely think I'll repurchase once it runs out. I don't use it to remove my makeup, so I can't talk about whether it's good at that, but to actually cleanse my skin once my makeup is off. It's definitely a winner for me!

The Priming Moisturiser is full of skin goodies: Hyaluronic Acid, Mushroom Super Hydrator, Anti-Redness Complex, Oxygenating Agent and Antioxidant Blend - basically, it claims to hydrate your skin, reduce redness, improve texture and help protect against skin damage. For me, however, I didn't really notice that big of a change with my skin - it definitely keeps it hydrated, but I found it quite hard to judge the other claims. For £18, I feel like I could probably get a better moisturiser elsewhere, but I will still continue to use this one until it runs out. 

Finally, the Balm Dotcom has been another popular product and it's not hard to see why: it's super hydrating, comes in six cool flavours and has really cool packaging. For a tenner, I definitely think it's worth investing in if you're keen to try something from Glossier - I have the Birthday Balm and absolutely love it. Okay, so I was first drawn to it because of the holographic packaging, but it also smells like CAKE (I KNOW!) and really does keep my lips smooth and hydrated. 

Overall I think Glossier is a really cool brand that looks good and offers some really unique products that actually work. You only have to take a look at the reviews on the Glossier website to see that the brand is a hit, and as they keep bringing out amazing products people have never seen before, I can't see this stopping any time soon. 

Have you tried anything from Glossier? I'd love to hear your recommendations, as I'm keen to place a new order sometime soon!

Friday, 23 February 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is fast approaching and I have to admit, I love this time of year. Spring is on its way, the shops are filled with flowers and Easter goodies and generally things are looking a bit brighter. I also love the opportunity to spoil my mum - I know everyone thinks there mum is the best, but trust me, mine puts up with a lot! 

I thought I'd put together a little Mother's Day gift guide as I was perusing L'Occitane's bodycare shop and it gave me the inspiration for a Mother's Day post; it's not Mother's Day without smellies, after all! Also, I've not done a gift guide in a while and there are just too many cute things out there to ignore. I've gone for a range of more expensive items to more affordable ones, depending on budgets and how much you're happy to splash out on your mum! 

First up, whenever I think of Mother's Day I immediately think Radley London. It's just one of those brands that screams 'mum' to me. That's not a bad thing, it's definitely a brand I'd wear myself, too, but I know a lot of mums love it and I can see why. This 'If you want a rainbow...' purse is super cute - it says 'you've gotta put up with the rain' on the inside which I thought was really sweet. 

Of course, it wouldn't be Mother's Day without perfume, and I love the look of this new one from Victor & Rolf. I love the original Flowerbomb so I'm pretty sure this Nectar version will be just as good, if not better! 

You can't do a Mother's Day gift guide without offering up a mug, am I right?! There are loads of mugs with 'World's Best Mum' etc. scribbled across them but I couldn't resist this cat-shaped one - perfect if your mum is a cat-lover! 

If you're planning on splashing out this Mother's Day, I think a gorgeous floral watch from Olivia Burton has got to be a winner. I absolutely adore all of their watches - they even do a range of vegan friendly ones too! 

I also think another sure-fire winner of a gift for Mother's Day has got to be some smellies/pampering treats. As I said, I was inspired for this post after having a cheeky little look at L'Occitane and I have to say, their Almond Shower Oil is my absolute fave. If you like the smell of almonds/marzipan, you need this in your life. It's pricey, but a little bit goes a long way and it's the ultimate luxurious treat - perfect for mum (or, you know, for you!)

I'm a sucker for cute little bitty bits when buying pressies, and this 'Home Is Where Mum Is' hanging decoration from Paperchase immediately caught my eye - it's only £6 so an absolute bargain. Another 'little bits'-type thing I found was this GORGEOUS 'Mum's Precious Things' dish from Sass & Belle - I absolutely love everything Sass & Belle do and this is so cute. 

Finally, what does every Mum want? A super snuggly dressing gown, of course. I found this cute bunny one on Next and just thought it was too cute not to mention. I might have to place an order myself! 

What are you planning on getting your mum for Mother's Day? I'd love to hear your ideas! 
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