Beauty Boxes: Why I Chose the Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014

Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014

Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014

 

For me, the Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 beauty box from latestinbeauty.com was the best one so far. I actually really wanted nearly everything in the box!

I am a fan of Philip Kingsley so I was looking forward to trying out one of his styling products and the Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray is as good a place to start as any.

I really like the Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Lipsticks so I was hoping to get another shade that would suit me as I already have Coffee Craze.

I had recently made my first Laura Mercia purchase – a foundation which I reviewed here so I definitely wanted to try the primer.

I have heard a lot about Liz Earle skincare so I definitely wanted to try her Hot Cloth Cleanser, which came with a muslin cloth!

I’ve read a few blog posts on the Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes and I wanted to see for myself if they are anything special, especially for the price.

Finally, I was intrigued by the whole concept of a 1 Seconde Mascara by Bourjois. I have used the 1 Seconde nail polishes but how does this work with a mascara?

I’m not sure I can call the James Read Sleep Mask Tan an added bonus, bronzer will be fine for me!

I’ll review the products I have used as soon as I can!

Beauty Boxes: Why I Chose the Glamour Beauty Edit Box and the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

 

As you might have read on my blog already, I like to know what I’m getting in my beauty boxes before I get them – it seems I don’t like total surprises!

I got the Glamour Beauty Edit Box and the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box over the spring and summer but I was unable to blog about them at the time. Rather than review the boxes, because plenty of bloggers do that already, I’ll tell you why I picked these boxes over others. I will review some products in separate posts.

Both boxes are from Latest in Beauty. Sometimes will contain different shades of product and that is enough of a surprise for me!

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

The main thing that convinced me to go for this box was the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick as I really wanted to try a Glamore lipstick. It also made the box very good value for money. I had previously purchased an infamous Illamasqua matte lipstick but it was far too drying for me so I was looking forward to testing the new formula.

I was also curious to try the Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector as I had never tried any kind of tanning product before.

Finally, I wanted to try out the Bourjois Cram Blush as I like Bourjois and this was a good excuse to try a new product.

I figured if all else failed, I would have a nice little bottle of the DHC cleansing oil which I know I like, and a Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, hopefully in a shade that I didn’t already have!

That meant the Magnifibres Brush -On False Lashes, Velvotan the Original Tanning Mitt, the Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip and Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 were added bonuses.

I think this was a great box to prepare for summer. It was very well put together and I especially liked that the tanning mitt was included with the instant tan bb lotion. The sun cream was in a useful SPF and cream blush is perfect for summer.

I will briefly say that on this occasion, the lipstick, instant tan and cream blush did not suit me. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

The Dream Box by British Beauty Blogger

I was so glad I was at home the day this went on sale as it sold out in a flash! This was the third BBB box. I missed the first because I didn’t know about it and didn’t buy the second because the buying process was far too complicated. Then BBB teamed up with Latest in Beauty and I had no reason not to try it.

The main thing I wanted from this box was the Essie nail polish as I had never owned an Essie polish before. I wanted to try a La Roche-Posay product as bloggers seem to love this brand and I was intrigued by the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Kisses. I also wanted to try the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream. Benefit is a bit hit and miss when it comes to make-up for brown skin so I was hoping that at least I could use the skincare, which comes in very pretty packaging. I had heard a little about the L’Occitaine Immortelle Divine range which is out of my price bracket so this box was an excuse to own a little piece of it!   A new mascara is always a good thing, I religiously throw them away after 6 months to avoid eye infections so they always need replacing and why not try Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara? Finally, how could I not want another Makeup Revolution Palette? I just had to hope the Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette was not one I had already bought as there was a choice of shades.

This box also came with a Bourjois Cream Blush which luckily was a different shade to the one I received, a Bee Good Honey and Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water which was a random bonus for me, Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream which was great because I do tend to neglect my feet, a Kniepp Herbal Bath something or another which was new to me, as was the Janjira Hand Wash, Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge fragrance, Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream which was worth trying and a Lola Kabuki Brush – a girl can never have too many make-up brushes!

As you can see the box was absolutely packed – I’m sure the lid was not on properly but everything arrived safe and sound. This box was perfect for trying out new as well as familiar brands so I’m looking forward to the 4th box!

Review: Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

 

I bought the Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy because Celestial was too pink for me. Apocalips is very easy to apply thanks to the plush, angled applicator. It feels so smooth and soft and effortlessly follows the contours of the lips.

This shade is perfect for me as it is a subtle purple. I find that purples suit me the best although I love pink. I think it because it is the perfect combination of the dark outline of my lips with the pink in the rest of my lips. For some reason this reminds me of black cherry flavoured yoghurt!

The gloss is not sticky and has a nice shine due to the almost microscopic shimmer particles. It fades nicely rather than making my lips look silly and it lasts for a good amount of time before needing retouching.

I’m sure I’ll try out more shades and I really want to try one of the new Apocalips Lip Velvets.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

I bought the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial last year but didn’t get around to reviewing it. I wanted a high street replacement for my YSL Rouge Our Couture Vernis a Levres in 107 Naughty Mauve. It is a glossy stain.

Apocalips is not quite the same as it does not stain but it does have good staying power for a high street product. I love the applicator, which is plush and angled with a little reservoir for the gloss in the middle. It glides on giving a good amount of product.

I really like the Apocalips concept but Celestial comes up incredibly bright pink on me so I don’t feel all that comfortable wearing it in the day. I bought another one in Galaxy which I’ll post about shortly.

Contouring with Sleek, Seventeen, MUA and sometimes YSL

(L-R) Sleek  Contouring Kit, MUA Bronzer, Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick, Sleek Face Form, Touche Éclat

(L-R) Sleek Contouring Kit, MUA Bronzer, Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick, Sleek Face Form, Touche Éclat

 

I use a combination of products to contour. I try to keep it subtle because full-on contouring for an average person in the daytime can look too “done” or over the top. I’ll turn it up a notch if I’m going out at night. Let’s face it, I’m not going to get snapped by the paparazzi and put on the front of a magazine am I?

I also use a selection of brushes mainly:

  • Real Techniques duo-fiber contour brush
  • Models Own powder brush
  • Models Own angled blush brush
  • No7 blusher brush

Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium with a blusher

use the dark shade in the Sleek kit to contour the shadows in the classic “3” shape- sides of forehead, hollows of cheeks, sides of chin plus the sides of nose. I use the light shimmery shade on the top edge of my cheek bones and sometimes sweep this up to my temples. I also use it in the middle of my forehead (risky I know!). I find I need a little something more with this kit so I add blusher to the apples of my cheeks and blend out. I either blend as I go along which is ideal, or blend it all afterwards.

Sleek Face Form in Medium

 

With this all-in-one palette there’s no need for anything else. The dark and light shades are the same as in the Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium so I use them in the same way as in the contouring kit. I then apply the bronzer to the apples of my cheeks and blend out.

 

MUA bronzer in Shade 3 with Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze

 

The MUA bronzer is not as dark as the dark colour on the Sleek palettes so I use this when I don’t have a tan or when I want more subtle colour. I use it for the shadows in my contour routine. I then use the three bronze colours in the Seventeen shimmer brick on my cheeks and the lightest colour to highlight the cheekbones. This is my favourite combination.

 

Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium with Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze

 

If I want a more dramatic shadow I use the dark colour in the Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium with the bronze colours in the Seventeen shimmer brick on my cheeks and the lightest colour from the shimmer brick to highlight the cheekbones.

 

 

For all of the options, sometimes I use Touche Éclat on bridge of my nose, under my eyes, under the brows, on the cupid’s bow and in that crease above the chin but below the lip. What is that called by the way?

Why Contour?

Contouring is amazing! I love sculpting my face!

 

Although it has been made popular relatively recently by Kim Kardashian West, I’m sure it has been a make-up artist’s secret for decades. I can see why.

 

It gives the effect of instant weight loss for the face which I love because compared with my teenage self, I’m sure my face is rounder. My friends, family and probably you guys think I’m crazy for picking on such a thing! My rational mind says I can’t look like a teenager forever but I’ve given into society’s image of beauty – just a little bit.

 

Actually, the best thing about contouring is that I can emphasise my best features (apparently I do have cheekbones!) but if I contour in a particular way, to some, it looks like I’m not wearing any makeup. That’s what I want really for day-to-day wear.

 

Some people will contour from the liquid foundation to powder but I seldom wear liquid foundation. I use powder only.

 

My contour kit is mainly from the high street- Seventeen, Sleek and MUA, with a YSL Touch Éclat thrown in if I’m in the mood. I’ll do another post on how I use them – it’s a complete mix and match affair!

 

Full face with flash - Hot Pink with Anita Grant and Kiko

Full face with flash – Hot Pink with Anita Grant and Kiko

Dark Blue Eyes and Ultra Nude Lips

Dark Blue Eyes and Ultra Nude Lips

 

Chocolate Week 2014

Today is the last day of Chocolate Week so I thought I’d do a little post on my chocolate themed make-up.

I didn’t create a look because I don’t think I could do better than this look from the chocolate festival earlier in the year.

If I did create a look, I’d have plenty of chocolatey make-up to choose from!

 

Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette, Sleek Au Naturel eyeshadow Palette, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Hot Cocoa, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Cocoa, MAC eyeshadow in Embark, MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate, Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Tiramisu, Revlon Colorburst Lip Lacquer Balm in Coy and Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Cocoa Bean

Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette, Sleek Au Naturel eyeshadow Palette, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Hot Cocoa, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Cocoa, MAC eyeshadow in Embark, MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate, Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Tiramisu, Revlon Colorburst Lip Lacquer Balm in Coy and Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Cocoa Bean

  • Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette because of the gorgeous velvet brown packaging.
  • Sleek Au Naturel eyeshadow Palette – a nice collection of high street browns.
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Hot Cocoa & Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Cocoa – both aptly named.
  • MAC eyeshadow in Embark & MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate (obviously!) – a gorgeous combination of dark and milk chocolate.
  • Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Tiramisu because there are always chocolate sprinkles on tasty tiramisu!
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Lacquer Balm in Coy – a chocolate brown glossy crayon.
  • Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Cocoa Bean – the name says it all – the origins of chocolate!

Hot Pink with Anita Grant and Kiko

Eye with flash

Eye with flash

Lips

Lips

Full face with flash

Full face with flash

I wore this look with a white Grecian style maxi dress to attend a party. I needed to inject a little colour into the outfit!

 

The look centred around my eyes using mainly Anita Grant products which I’ve had for ages but still hadn’t used and my new Kiko lipstick which I was desperate to try.

Face and base kit

Face and base kit

 

Face – Base

Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation in B70 using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Golden using my Bobbi Brown Cream Blending brush

Laura Mercia Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 17 to set the liquid foundation and concealer using my Real Techniques duo-fiber face brush

Kiko Eye Base Primer on my eyelids

When I finished all of my make-up I set it with Kiko Face Make Up Fixer spray.

 

Face – Contour

Sleek Face Form in Medium 374 using my Real Techniques duo-fiber contour brush- the dark shade for the shadows in the traditional “3” shape and on the sides of my nose, the lightest shade to highlight the tops of my cheekbones blended up to my temples and the bronzer on the apples of my cheeks.

Real Techniques multi task brush to blend the contour to make sure there were no harsh lines.

YSL Touche Éclat in 5 to highlight under my eyes, the bridge of my nose and my cupids bow applied directly and blended with my fingers.

 

Lip kit

Lip kit

Lips

Kiko Invisible Lip Liner Primer all over my lips but paying special attention to the outline.

Kiko Luminous Chrome Lipstick in 713 applied directly

 

Eye no flash

Eye without flash

Eye kit

Eye kit

Eyes

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Tiramisu all over the lid up to the brow bone using MAC brush 239

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Ginger Snap under the brow bone using MAC brush 239

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Dragon Fruit all over the lid using MAC brush 239

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Blackcurrant Liquorice in the crease using my Real Techniques duo-fiber eye brush

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Raspberry Coulis in the inner corner of my eye using MAC brush 219

Extra blending using my Real Techniques setting brush

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack using MAC brush 209 along the top lashline and waterline

Kiko Luxurious Lashes waterproof mascara on my top and bottom lashes

Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany and the angled liner on my Bella Pierre dual brush to define my brows

Close-up of eyeshadows

Close-up of eyeshadows

Close-up of eyeshadows with names

Close-up of eyeshadows with names

Full face no flash

Full face no flash

Beauty Boxes: How Do I Choose Mine?

Beauty Boxes

Beauty Boxes

You don’t need to search very hard to find that there are a huge number of beauty boxes out there. For a taster, check out whichbeautyboxuk.com – crazy!

 

I like the idea of subscription boxes. The first one I encountered was Glossybox in its pretty pink packaging. At the time I didn’t want to make the monthly financial commitments with a minimum term so I tried Miss Glossybox which was aimed at teenagers so there was no long term commitment. Unfortunately this was discontinued. I also tried Glowwbox which is a subscription service aimed at women of colour.

 

I decided that subscription services were not for me. Although it is nice to receive a monthly box of beauty goodies, here’s what doesn’t suit me:

 

Beauty boxes have to cater for the majority and brown skinned beauties are in the minority in the UK. This makes it more likely that the goodies in the boxes will be completely unsuitable which is a shame. That’s not too say that’s always the case- it’s just a probability thing. This is where boxes such as Glowwbox come in to solve that issue. So still, why do subscription services not work for me?

 

There is also a risk that I will not be able to use anything in the box. If that was ever the case, it would be a complete waste of £15-20 which I could have used to buy something I know I like. I don’t like to waste money!

 

I’m not a fan of subscription services which have minimum terms. When you get to a certain age there are plenty of other regular bills to pay! I like the freedom to choose from month to month if I want something.

 

Finally, I thought I was the type of person who enjoys surprises and what could be nicer than a monthly surprise box of beauty products? Turns out I’m no such person. I want to know what’s in the box before I get it.

 

Good thing there’s Latest in Beauty! You can either build your own box or buy one of the themed boxes. It suits me perfectly as I can see what’s in it before I buy it and there’s no monthly subscription. As to whether the products will suit me, I can gauge that before buying. There is a small risk in that the shade of cosmetic received will not suit me but I can weigh that up with the other products in the box such as skin care and hair care. So a certain lipstick shade might not suit me but everyone can use mousse.

 

So, in all, I prefer my one-off boxes. Which do you prefer – one-off or subscription?

Review: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

 

This is my favourite gel eyeliner! I find it really easy to use, it is versatile, very black, long lasting and waterproof. Although I usually wear it to line the top lashes, I have used it to line the waterline. I always use MAC brush 209 to apply it as I feel I have much more control that way. It doesn’t flake off or crack, even after all-day wear. I’m not sure what else I can say really – I just love it!

Review: Laura Mercia Smooth Finish Foundation Power in 17

Laura Mercia Smooth Finish Foundation Power in 17

Laura Mercia Smooth Finish Foundation Power in 17

I bought this Laura Mercia Smooth Finish Foundation Power in 17 as an alternative to Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF12 in Golden 6. When I went to buy a replacement for the Bobbi Brown foundation I was told that it was discontinued and my only option was to try other stores. I had already driven hours from my house to find it so decided to go for another brand.

 

This should have been simple but there’s not much choice when it comes to brands stocking products suitable for black and brown skin. Some premium counters have parts of ranges which are suitable for my skin and others have nothing at all.

 

The Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder comes in 20 shades and number 17 is mine. It is for brown skin with yellow undertones. It blended perfectly into my skin and replaced the glow that had gone missing so I had to buy it.

 

Packaging wise, I’m not a fan as it is a little on the bulky side. The sponge is stored under the powder so you open the compact up to reveal the foundation and the mirror then you flip up the foundation to find the sponge. I can hear it rattle about when I move it which worries me however I’ve had it so long I’ve hit the pan and there is still no hint of cracking or crumbling. Must be a sign of good quality!

 

I find the foundation itself a little more difficult to apply when compared with the Bobbi Brown powder. I find it takes more effort to blend so it takes a little longer to apply. Once I have applied it, the foundation is weightless and looks very natural. I love the texture as it looks like skin rather than powder on skin and it does give me a very smooth looking complexion.

 

Much as I love the look and feel of this foundation on my face, I might not repurchase this one just yet, although I have my eye on many other Laura Mercier goodies!

Review: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF12 in Golden 6

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF12 in Golden 6

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF12 in Golden 6

I originally bought this as due to my tan, I couldn’t use my Honey 5 compact but I love the foundation.

 

This matches with my Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation in Golden 6 as a finishing powder although I use it alone as a light foundation.

 

I apply it all over my face using a powder brush for light coverage. It subtly evens out my skin tone without hiding my freckles. Although it is a matte powder, it seems to enhance my natural, youthful glow rather than hiding it or making me look grey. It is very comfortable to wear – I barely notice it.

 

As with my review for the lighter shade, I carry the compact with me for touch ups but I hardly need to do this, maybe once during the day. The large mirror makes it easy to touch up ( and apply other make up) and I just love how soft the sponge is. When I apply it with the sponge it glides on easily like a cream but leaves a matte finish.

 

My favourite aspect of this foundation is the versatility. I can set my liquid foundation with it either using the included sponge or with a powder brush or I can apply the powder alone using the sponge for medium coverage or a powder brush for very light coverage, usually as a base for my blusher to grip onto. Finally, and I have not tried this, it can be applied with a wet sponge for medium-high coverage.

 

Unfortunately, this is no longer available! It has been replaced with Skin Weightless Powder Foundation. Does anyone feel like this is an improvement? The reviews are good so it’s promising!

For All-Day Makeup, Primers Are Your Best Friend

Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, Kiko Invisible Lip Liner Primer, Kiko Face Make Up Fixer

Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, Kiko Invisible Lip Liner Primer, Kiko Face Make Up Fixer

The secret to all-day makeup is in the preparation. Just like building foundations for a house, we need a good foundation for our makeup. That said, I rarely follow my own rules through lack of time but when I do bother to prepare properly, the effort is worth it!

I gave this combination a go and my make-up lasted around 12 hours (yes, it was a very long day!):

Face – Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

Strictly speaking this is a skin product so I’ll post a review on the skincare blog. I used this all over my face except the eye area, applying it with my hands like a moisturiser. Primer is supposed to keep make-up in place and some keep oil at bay. Primers also smooth out the skin to which makes foundation application easier and less product can be used. Some oil did get through on my nose after a while but I only needed to powder once. I think that’s pretty good!

Eyes – Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original

I used a sample I received with my Urban Decay Naked Palette. It claims to give 24 hour staying power however did not test it to this extent! As the name suggests, it keeps eyeshadow in place. It certainly held my eyeshadow in place and once it got to the evening, you couldn’t tell that I had been wearing my eyeshadow all day.

Lips – Kiko Invisible Lip Liner Primer

I used this clear lip liner as I was wearing MAC Morange lipstick which is a bold orange colour. Just like with red lipstick, the colour can bleed. Unlike with red lipstick, it is difficult to find a lip pencil to match. This pencil certainly stopped the colour from bleeding and making me look like a smudgy mess!

Final touches – Kiko Face Make Up Fixer

I wanted to doubly make sure my make-up did not move all day, especially after I put in the hard work contouring! I sprayed my face with this and it worked. My make-up did not move which was all I wanted.

My First Anita Grant Spree

I first heard of Anita Grant only a few weeks ago when I came across a Brown Beauty Talk with Anita Grant on Twitter one Sunday. Following the talk there was a competition on Instagram to win a £30 voucher to spend at anitagrant.com and guess what? I won!

This was a new brand to me so before entering the competition I checked the website to see what Anita Grant did and I was pretty impressed. It is a family run brand which makes handmade skincare and haircare using natural ingredients. I like brands (for any product) where the owner puts something of themselves into it because it makes the products feel more special. It also makes mineral make-up which is supposed to be good for the skin. The best part for me is that as far as I could see, all the products come in sample sizes which are cheaper than the full-size versions. You can try them out for a fraction of the price before making a full commitment. As this is an online store, this is a very important option.

I won the competition in the middle of my spending ban so I have only just been able to spend the voucher. I had to make do with a Pinterest wishlist in the meantime. I wanted all 36 of the eyeshadows but that would have blown the budget. One purpose of the spending ban was to get me to focus on my beauty expenditure!

I wanted to sample a range of products and the voucher was the perfect opportunity to do this.

First I wanted to try a skincare or haircare product. Ideally I would have wanted to try the Curl Conditioning Clay Hair Wash but this is for afro hair so it is not suitable for me. I went for a sample of the Lavender Rose Babassu Shampoo/Shower Bar to use as a shower bar. It smells heavenly!

My First Anita Grant Spree Soap

My First Anita Grant Spree Soap

Then I chose two foundation samples – Spiced Pumpkin and Caramel. It took me two attempts and a couple of hours to figure out which shades to pick! There is a guide to picking foundation but I couldn’t work out whether my undertone was olive, neutral or warm and whether my shade was medium, tan or rich! I’ve never colour matched my own foundation before and I’ve never bought foundation online without having previously tried it in a store. I settled on warm tan. Unfortunately for me, after all the drama I discovered that there is no recommended shade for warm tan skin. I decided to take a guess and try Caramel which is for rich olive skin and Spiced Pumpkin which is for tan olive skin. If I get it wrong I’ll just order a couple more samples.

My First Anita Grant Spree foundation samples

My First Anita Grant Spree foundation samples

Finally I had the agonising task of choosing some eyeshadow colours. When they arrived I realised I picked a bunch of neutral colours so I need to add more brights to my collection if I like these. I’ve already got my eyes on Honey Dew Melon, a vivid green and Mauve Parfait, a berry pink. All of the eyeshadows have tasty names which makes me want them all. I don’t normally go for mineral eyeshadow because I can make quite a mess when applying make-up. I now need to address that!

I chose:

Blackcurrant Liquorice – a blue-toned nearly black shimmer
Dragon Fruit – a vivid hot pink shimmer
Moroccan Orange Drizzle Cake – a coral-orange with a hint of pink shimmer
Raspberry Coulis – a peach with blue shimmer
Ginger Peach – a ginger-peach with gold shimmer
Ginger Snap – a golden ginger-peach with minimal shimmer
Tiramisu – a pale bronze shimmer
Turkish Coffee – a copper-bronze shimmer

My First Anita Grant Spree eyshadow

My First Anita Grant Spree eyshadow

My First Anita Grant Spree open pots of eyeshadow

My First Anita Grant Spree open pots of eyeshadow

The colours are much paler than on the website according to my screen settings. It actually means they are more wearable!

Everything came securely packaged and wrapped in tissue paper, mini cardboard boxes and tiny plastic wallets. It felt good to be able to throw the packaging into the paper recycling bin rather than the landfill bin. Another touch I like about the packaging is the “hello beautiful” stickers on the pots – so cute! As an added bonus, the eyeshadows came with a guide to understanding my eye shape so I can get the best out of my new eye make-up and the foundations came with a guide covering application and other tips.

My First Anita Grant Spree eyeshadow boxes

My First Anita Grant Spree eyeshadow boxes

I am impressed so far. The service has been great, which is very important to me, and I’m sure I’m going to love the products. I’ll post when I have tried a few of them out.

My First Makeup Revolution Spree

My First Makeup Revolution Spree Purchases

My First Makeup Revolution Spree Purchases

Makeup Revolution was on all the blogs whilst I was on a spending ban -that was painful! To deal with this I created a Pinterest wishlist so now you can see what I actually went for.

As soon as my spending ban was over I placed this order. Having been disappointed time after time with another cheap make-up brand, I chose only a few products to test them out on the basis I can always order more.

I had to get all of the limited edition Scandalous lip collection as at £1 per lipstick, I decided this is the best way to try out some crazy colours.

I bought:

Vice – a bright orange because I am on a mission to find a reasonably priced bright orange lipstick which is not red, coral or peach masquerading as orange.
Immoral – a pale blue lipstick because since last year where blue lips kept popping up in the magazines, I decided I simply needed a blue lipstick.
Depraved – a lilac shade which I’m hoping will look good on me because purples tend to suit my skintone.
Crime – a fuchsia pink because for some crazy reason I do not have a fuchsia pink lipstick even though it looks amazing on my skintone.
Felony – a bright yellow lipstick because for £1, why not?
Finally, I bought one of the permanent collection lipsticks in Nude just because I was curious.

I think the Scandalous collection should be permanent and maybe Makeup Revolution can add more not-so-standard colours to the collection. It’s so annoying when every brand sells the same thing!

I then went for an Awesome Metals Foil Finish metallic eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper which should create a bold copper colour on my lids once I have mixed up the formula in the provided mixing tray. I haven’t seen anything like this before so I thought it would be fun to try out. I chose Magnificent Copper as I wanted something that would stand out but it also had to be wearable, as wearable as bright metallic eyelids can be!

Now on to the eye palettes. Realistically I wanted to try them all. I know they have been compared with the Urban Decay Naked palettes but I have not used these (yet) so I chose something a little different. First I chose the Awesome Eyeshadow and Eyebrow Palette in Disappear til tomorrow as it has a good selection of golden brown neutrals shades in matte and shimmer, plus some darker shades for a smoky eye and two shades for brows. I figured this would be a good one to start me off with. The colour segments are smaller than I thought they would be which is a little disappointing but I am pleased with the 14 eyeshadow colours – they are exactly what I wanted. The palette comes with a mini angled liner brush and a mini sponge applicator.

The second palette is the Redemption Matte Brights palette which is bigger than I thought it would be! I bought this mainly because it has a matte grey strip and I really like grey eyeshadow, as well as mega bright colours. I plan to have a lot of fun with this one!

This is a budget brand so the packaging is not very good quality. It feels a bit flimsy but for £4 per palette and £1 per lipstick, I can’t really complain. I know where to go if I want fancy packaging and the more I get to know about make-up, the less I am happy to pay just because the packaging is nice. For me, the main thing is that the product has to perform.

I also received some free gifts with this order, an Easter present from Makeup Revolution. I love it when brands do this.

I received:

Pure Pigments loose eyeshadow/eye dust in Cautious, a gold colour and Levity which is lilac. I don’t normally choose loose powders as I tend to get into a mess but I’m happy to try these now I have them!

Kajal which I almost bought so I’m glad I received it!

Nail polish in Cool Days, a spring mint green.

Thanks Makeup Revolution!

My First Makeup Revolution Spree Free Gifts

My First Makeup Revolution Spree Free Gifts

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