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Makeup Revolution Blush Queen palette review

The Makeup Revolution Blush Queen palette is my favorite high street blush palette, for all the right reasons. The appeal of Makeup Revolution is not only the low price, but its variety and amount of beauty products. I am a little obsessed with their blush and eye shadow palettes to say the least.

The Blush Queen palette features eight highly pigmented and baked shades of blush and highlighter, which are the perfect shimmery collection for transitioning from an every day glow to a more defined evening look.

Four shades are neutral, while the remaining prove more vivid and pigmented. Although the shades are not named, it features an array of velvety and marbled nudes, peaches, pinks and rouge.

 

Makeup Revolution Blush Queen palette The LDN Gal 4

So, what do I think of the Makeup Revolution Blush Queen palette?

The formulation of these shades are of a good quality for a high street brand and for the price of the palette. What I love about this palette is its simplistic design, it is lightweight, portable and bright. It doesn’t include a mirror to which some may be dissapointed to discover, but lets be honest, they only get covered in powder eventually anyway!

These shades give a wonderful subtle glow that is buildable. I simply adore the fact that the palette features both highlight and blush shades. You can use the highlight to define your cheekbones and the blush upon your cheeks to define your look.

It is slightly unfortunate that this palette does not feature some matte shades, but hey, it can’t have everything! For me, it is a winning combination and well worth adding to your makeup collection.

Have you tried any Makeup Revolution products? What do you think of this blush?

Stephanie xox

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Betty Boop

MAC Betty Boop RED Lipstick 

It would appear that the new MAC and Betty Boot collaboration has landed – for lovers of the thirties jazz-inspired flapper girl, this is very exciting news indeed. However, some disappointment may ensue on discovering that this lovable icon and her dazzling Pantone red lipstick has not been themed very well.

Although the exterior packaging has that Betty Boop flair, the actual MAC Betty Boop red lipstick casing is classic MAC, a combination of black, embossing and silver. Now, this only saddens because of how often MAC spices up their packaging with these rather frequent and exciting collaborations.

MAC Betty Boop Red Lipstick

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Just take a peek at a few of their latest collaborations, the James Kaliardos lipstick got a regal gold font embellished with signature and stars and Caitlyn Jenner mixed up the original silver lipstick shaft with gold casing and personalisation once more. Pretty much every MAC lipstick collaboration has its casing jazzed up one way or another.

I’m pretty disappointed that there is no sign of Betty Boop on the actual lipstick casing, only the packaging (which we all throw away eventually). Why theme it so heavily when marketing, when the casing looks no different? Maybe I am being overly fussy, but it seems a shame to those that invest and collect these themed beauty products.

The new lipstick is available exclusively online and has been developed by Pantone to recreate Betty Boop’s signature red lip.

What do you think of the new Betty Boop lipstick? Does the packaging bother you at are you not as fussy? 

Stephanie xox

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Scones at Patisserie Valerie Oxford, Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie review

A Patisserie Valerie Afternoon Tea review

Afternoon tea is one of the numerous pastimes that makes me rather proud to be British – it is a fabulous tradition. After a busy week at work, what better way to unwind than with good company, deliciously quaint sandwiches, and a selection of delicious treats?

The best thing about Patisserie Valerie is that it offers quality afternoon tea for two, nationwide – they are literally everywhere. Being my thrifty self, I indulged in a Groupon voucher (please, stop presenting me with so many good offers) and saved myself over 20% off the original price!

What is included in the Patisserie Valerie Afternoon Tea?

So, what did we get in our Patisserie Valerie afternoon tea for two? Check out the menu below:

  • A selection of finger sandwiches: cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and cress, ham, spinach and mustard and chicken, pesto and sunblazed tomatoes
  • Two mini vegetable quiches
  • A selection of mini cakes: mini Victoria sponge, 2 mini chocolate éclairs, mini carrot and walnut cake, mini mixed berry mousse slice and mini chocolate mousse slice
  • Four homemade scones (two plain and two fruit), clotted cream and a selection of preserves
  • A pot of tea or two hot drinks of your choice

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So, what did I think of the Patisserie Valerie Afternoon Tea?

My initial reaction was how wonderfully it was all presented, there is such an array of food on offer so it is all pretty indulgent. A nice touch is that sandwiches are made to order and there is also vegetarian options available.

However, I will truly be impressed if you manage to finish it all. There was far too much there for us to eat, and our lovely selection of mini pastries were beautifully packaged and taken home with us to indulge in later.

I found the staff to be a little brash, but this may have just been the Oxford branch. Some venues even cater to bubbly-fanatics and offer a glass of prosecco alongside your afternoon tea – go on, treat yourself.

Have you tried the Patisserie Valerie Afternoon Tea? Where is your favourite place to have afternoon tea?

Stephanie xox

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All of these entries will be collected and the winner will be announced at random on The LDN Gal Facebook page  on the 8th of April.

 
Good luck everyone! 😘

Stephanie xox

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Sabai Soaps, Green seaweed soap bar

Sabai Soaps review

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Sabai Soaps. An ethical and family run soap business based in the UK. Their aim is to present the beautiful beauty products of Asia to the European market.

All Sabai Soaps products are organic, natural and vegan-friendly, handmade in Thailand from exquisite natural ingredients before being lovingly packed back to the UK to be sent out to their new owners across the world.

I was very lucky indeed to be gifted the Green Seaweed Soap*, this lavish soap arrived beautifully packaged in printed Thai paper and emitted the most wonderfully subtle peppermint scent – and this was before I had even opened it!

Sabai Soaps, Green seaweed soap bar

So, what did I think of the Green seaweed soap?

This refreshing soap bar is rich in essential vitamins and oils, and left my skin feeling clean and soft with its fabulous combination of ingredients – who doesn’t adore smelling fresh and having really soft hands and skin? 

It contains a wonderful array of 100 per cent natural and cruelty-free ingredients, including coconut oil to soften and treat the skin, peppermint oil to leave it glowing, and the addition of seaweed to exfoliate, dragging out excess oil in order to leave the skin feeling revitalised.

If that isn’t fabulous enough, 20 per cent of all Sabai Soaps company profits are donated to local charities within the communities in which they work with to produce these beautiful soaps.

Having used the Green Seaweed Soap for over a week now, I am utterly delighted with the results, it has worked wonders on my dry skin and has proved to be lasting too! You can shop the rest of Sabai Soaps natural soap collection here.

What do you think of Sabai Soaps? Which handmade soap is your favourite?

Stephanie xox

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