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Glossier makeup review

I’ve heard mixed reviews about Glossier. It seems to be the marmite makeup brand for millennials – we either love or hate it.

The brands tagline? ‘Skincare and beauty products inspired by real life’. The brand promotes natural ‘IRL’ looks, demonstrated by a plethora of customer-generated pictures on their Instagram feed. It’s simple, they let their do the consumers do the talking.

The brand is pretty and simplistic, with a straightforward range and minimalist (often pretty-in-pink) packaging. But, are the products worth the hype?

Cloud Paint in Dusk review

Honestly, I love Cloud Paint. I can’t say anything bad about it. A little goes a long way despite the small tube size (annoying). A few dots along the cheekbones and a swish of a finger and you’re good to go. First of all, I was concerned that Dusk may be too dark for me as a brownish nude shade. However, it’s super complimentary and gives a very natural sunkissed glow! To sum it up, I kind of want every shade now. 

Cloud Paint comes in six shades:

  • Dusk (brownish nude colour)
  • Storm (warm rose colour)
  • Dawn (sunny coral colour)
  • Puff (light cool pink colour)
  • Haze (deep berry colour)
  • Beam (soft peach colour)

Birthday Balm Dotcom review

Everyone raves about Balm Dotcom and in my opinion, for good reason. I tried the untinted Birthday balm dotcom and have to admit, it leaves your lips feeling sensational. To start, it is really hydrating and leaves a nice subtle shimmer. A few people even asked if it plumps your lips! I don’t believe it does, but it certainly gives the illusion! In conclusion, you need it in your life. The product can be used as either a lip balm or a skin salve. Although you probably wouldn’t want glittery elbows…

Balm dotcom comes in seven flavours:

  • Birthday Balm Dotcom
  • Original Balm Dotcom
  • Rose Balm Dotcom
  • Cherry Balm Dotcom
  • Mint Balm Dotcom
  • Coconut Balm Dotcom
  • Mango balm dotcom

Boy Brow in Brown review

I mean, Boy Brow is a good product and does what it says on the tin (tube). However, I wouldn’t class it as life-changing by any means. I actually prefer to use eyebrow powders over pomades, as I like my brows a little darker. Saying this, if you are going for a natural but gradually defined look, you’re sorted. In summary, I’d say use this in the daytime and it’s a solid investment. 

Boy Brow comes in four colours:

  • Brown
  • Clear
  • Black
  • Blond

Any negatives about Glossier?

To clarify, I am now a pretty big fan of Glossier and will purchase from them again. However, there is a negative about the brand that irks me. That is to say, the amount of product in all of the above seems to be lacking. Therefore, I really can’t see these products lasting more than three months with daily use. Undoubtedly, this is a tad annoying. 

However, if you are into a brand that will give you a gorgeous and buildable natural look. Look no further than Glossier. Above all, invest in Balm Dotcom ASAP.

If you’re interested in trying Glossier yourself, you can get 10% off your first order using this link.

Have you tried Glossier? If not, what would be your go-to product?

Stephanie xox

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Revolution Pro launch

Last Thursday I had a very exciting evening indeed. I attended the Makeup Revolution 4th birthday and launch of Revolution Beauty London (formerly Makeup Revolution) and their newest range.

It was a fabulous affair, with hundreds of bloggers in attendance, beauty adorning every corner and delicious food and drinks. It was a night embellished with cocktails, chatter and fun.

Plus, I got to meet some absolutely wonderful girls and guys in the process.

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So, what do I think of Revolution Pro?

Most excitingly, the launch of Revolution Pro was announced with a stunning new collection which includes:

  • Foundation drops (18 shades)
  • Foundation mixers (4 types)
  • Full colour camoflague foundation and concealer (18 shades each)
  • Primers (10 types)
  • Supreme highlighter (3 shades)
  • Eyebrow cushion (8 shades)
  • Supreme eyeshadow palettes (4 types)
  • Regeneration palettes (9 types)
  • Supreme matte lip pigment (30 shades)

I simply cannot wait to make my way through the new collection and have already treated myself to the gorgeous Revolution Pro Regeneration Palette in Trends Celestial.

Expect a mini-haul any day now! You can check out the Revolution Pro video here.

What do you think of Revolution Pro? Which items will you be snapping up? 

Stephanie xox

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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.

 

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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.

You can also read my review of the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highligher here.

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

Boop-Oop-a-Doop

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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impress nails review

I’ve been having a bit of a nightmare with my nails of late, I say a bit, they are in an utterly dreadful state. After falling madly and deeply in love with acrylics, I soon discovered the sorry state that they had left my nails in.

I am now in the process of attempting to grow them naturally. So, when I came across the ImPress stick-on nails, I was rather excited. My initial reaction was how pretty they were – everyone loves a bit of glitter – and how lovely the nail varnish bottle shaped packaging they came in was.

Taking them out of their rather cute casing, I cleaned my nails with the provided wipe, roughened their surface a little with the inclusive file, and peeled off the plastic tab on each nail. Application of the nails was an utter breeze, with each nail firmly sticking on due to its gelled backing.

SO, What did i think of the stick-on impress nails?

They look absolutely wonderful on, and I wish my nails could actually look this pretty daily! Although seemingly secure, unfortunately, I did lose a thumb nail by day two and had to seek out some nail glue elsewhere. Although I salvaged it and reapplied the nail, it was a shame that it hadn’t lasted its promised week.

However, the rest have been very secure, and I do partly blame my long hair for catching the nails and teasing them up. This isn’t overly practical for someone who commutes in rush hour within London daily – my hair is literally everywhere.

Overall, I am very impressed with the ImPress nails, the selection available is extensive – and fabulous – and they really are a great alternative to acrylics and gels. I have found them to damage my nails so terribly now that I will probably avoid them all together now. If you are looking to grow your nails without damage, ImPress nails are for you.

Have you tried ImPress nails? What do you think of the ones I have chosen?
Stephanie xox

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Lottie London Pastel Makeup Brushes Review

It is never easy shopping for makeup brushes, especially with so many available nowadays, the market is getting slightly saturated with promises galore. However, I think I may have just found my new favourite makeup brushes.

Lottie London, are a relatively new makeup brush brand on the scene, and their pastel coloured makeup brushes are to die for, they are literally so beautiful and ever the bristles are colour-tipped – a cute little detail in my opinion. 

The pretty Lottie London Pastel Makeup Brushes are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and super affordable, and there is an incredible collection available.

So, how do I feel about the Lottie London Pastel Makeup Brushes?

With super soft but firm synthetic bristles and a weight to the brushes, makeup application is wonderfully precise. They are easily cleaned and available in a great array of bright colours, what more could you want from your makeup brushes?

These makeup brushes are utter perfection, I have currently invested in their entire eye makeup brush collection and I have to say, I am optimistic to nab them all. You can buy Lottie London makeup brushes at Superdrug – you will love their chic monochrome packaging.

Do you have any of the Lottie London Makeup Brushes? Which is your favourite? 

Stephanie xox

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