The Makeup Removing Trio


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Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Lotion- Incredible gentle, and does a pretty awesome job of removing makeup. This one’s particularly great for removing your base makeup and eyeshadow, and all you have to do is massage it into your skin with your fingertips. And because it’s a lotion, it hydrates and moisturises the skin while removing makeup yet doesn’t leave it feeling greasy- perfect for all skin types.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water- This micellar water has pretty much replaced my love for Bioderma and the L’Oreal Micellar Water. It’s strong enough to remove any eye makeup (including waterproof eyeliner on the tight line- very impressive!) but gentle enough that it doesn’t sting or burn your eyelids. I also love that it comes in a 400ml bottle because I go through makeup remover like I go through oxygen.

The Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing OilThis is a pretty new discovery of mine, and after just a few uses I can already honestly say it’s awesome. This is the first actual oil that I’ve used on my skin- I’ve always avoided them before because of my combination/ oily skin- and though using it is a little scary, it really is incredible for removing makeup. I tend to use this on days when I’m wearing a blush that stains or a higher coverage foundation. *I’ve used this to remove eye makeup a couple of times now, and though it removes, it also leaves my eyesight a little blurry. So, note to self, getting makeup removing oils in your eyes doesn’t hurt, but it is rather uncomfortable being visually impaired.*

Honorary Mention- The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing ButterThis cleansing butter is basically a solid version of the Cleansing Oil- it does pretty much the same job, but works best when used more like a face wash. As with all of these makeup removers, though it’s is best to still use another face wash afterwards, though, just to get rid of any traces of, well, makeup remover.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Les Blancs Nail Polish


Admittedly, I’m a little late on my Spring nail polish releases.

I’ve had my eye on L’Oreal’s Les Blancs nail polishes for quite a while now, and I finally own them so here- look how pretty they are!

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In my defence, I would happily wear pastel nail polish all year round- I generally prefer them to bright, Summer nail polishes (which I personally reserve for those rare days in England when we have bright, Summer weather) and these ones are just so perfect. They’re pretty much opaque in two coats, but you can get away with three without it affecting the drying time, which, by the way, is very quick. I love the brush for these nail polishes too, it coats the whole nail in one swipe- which makes it incredibly difficult to end up with streaky, messy nails- and once this nail polish is on and you’ve added a top coat, it won’t chip for at least three days.

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 Peach Neglige, Lemon Meringue, Pistachio Drage, Nouvelle Vague

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Have you tried these? I think my favourite at the moment is Nouvelle Vague, but Lemon Meringue is completely different to any other nail polish I own, or have even seen. Let me know what you think!

Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked Palette | Review & Swatches


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Makeup Revolution’s Romantic Smoked Palette contains 6 shimmer shadows and 6 mattes, all of which fit into a kind of purple-brown-khaki theme. This is the palette from Makeup Revolutions line that I was the most excited about- the shades are completely different from any other eyeshadow palette I own (more on that later), and I think the quality and pigmentation of these shadows is even better than in the other Makeup Revolution Palette’s I’ve tried- Iconic 3 and Essential Mattes.

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 The shimmer shades

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 The matte shades

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Isn’t the colour scheme pretty? I love Shade 6 (shimmery, khaki green) and both of the purples, and I’m really happy that this palette actually contains a couple of matte blending shades. As far as pigmentation goes, these shadows are definitely better than those in the Matte palette, and they’re possibly a little better than in Iconic 3, too. The shimmer shades are really lovely- a few are slightly gritty, but nothing too difficult to work with, and the matte shades are, though slightly chalky, very easy to apply and blend.

This eyeshadow palette is £4 from Superdrug and from the Makeup Revolution website, and seriously, I love it a lot- I’ve never come across anything like it (though I think I did mention a while ago that I’d love a Naked palette with green, gold and purple tones, kind similar to this) and I’m having a pretty hard time coming up with any dupes. It reminds me a teeny bit of the Laura Mercier palette from this year:

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See? There are no completely matching shades, but they have the same neutral-cool toned shades with lots of purple and brown. Still, I think that if you missed the Laura Mercier palette (which is incredible, by the way), Makeup Revolutions Romantic Smoked Palette is definitely worth taking a look at.

What do you think? Have you tried this one, or any of the others?

The Body Shop Haul


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Pink Grapefruit Body Mist, Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

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Blueberry Shower Gel, Early Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel, Vineyard Peach Shower Gel

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Blueberry Body Butter

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 It’s been an surprisingly long time since my last Body Shop haul, and when I was looking at the website (looking= putting absolutely everything I’m remotely interested in owning into my basket, looking at the total, sighing, and closing the tab) I came across the new scents- Blueberry, Raspberry and Peach, which I think is a good enough reason to buy things. I went a little overboard with the Blueberry range because I already own the lip butter, so I know I like the scent, but I think I did quite well in just picking up the shower gels in Raspberry and Peach.

My first impressions are that the Blueberry range smells like Shloer, and that I will love the Body Butter and I cannot wait to use the Body Scrub, which looks exactly like jam. The Peach range smells slightly more apricot-esque to me, it’s still really sweet and fresh and I’m also tempted to say it’s my favourite of the three..? The Raspberry range smells more like Blackcurrant- very warm and comforting, more like an Autumn/ Winter scent, but still absolutely lovely.

The skincare is stuff that I’ve wanted to try for a while- I’ve heard great things about the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (and I seem to run out of makeup remover every other day, so cleansing oils are always worth having) and I’ve been meaning to try out more of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range ever since I fell in love with the moisturiser, and I was also in need of a new face wash- hence buying the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash.

I also picked up another Pink Grapefruit Body Mist (because seriously, at this point it doesn’t even seem to count as a Body Shop oder if I don’t buy something Pink Grapefruit scented), which I already know that I love, along with the Hemp Hand Protector which is one of my all time favourite hand creams. The Vitamin E Moisture Cream was then added to my basket as a free gift, which is awesome because I already use the Vitamin E Night Cream, so hopefully I like this one too!

Have you tried the new Body Shop scents?

Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette | Review, Swatches & Comparison


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What? An all matte palette? For £4? Yeah, this is totally what Naked Basics should have looked like, don’t you think? This palette is another gem from Makeup Revolution (a brand which I am now ever so slightly obsessed with, by the way) which I’ve been testing out for a couple of days now so I thought it was about time I wrote a little review! *Or tried to. I apologise in advance for this post, it’s kind of a mess*

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I’m so happy with the colour selection! I think it would have been pretty easy for Makeup Revolution to have filled up this palette with various shades of brown, but there are actual, wearable colours here. Including purples. I have such a thing for purple eye shadows. 

The only thing I don’t love about the shades are that the first four are actually very, very similar (see swatches below), and I feel like one or two of them are only there so this can be a Naked Basics dupe- see what I mean?!

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‘Foxy’ and Shade 2 are very similar in the pan, and so are ‘Naked 2′ and Shade 5- but anyway, swatches!

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The first four shades are incredibly similar when they’re swatched, because, to be honest, the pigmentation isn’t great. My super pale skin definitely doesn’t help, but those four are quite built up in the picture and they’re still barely visible. The rest of the shades, however, are pretty awesome. The pigmentation is much better, and you can really see the colour intensity when they’re swatched. They are all quite chalky, but applied over a good primer they’re all really easy to apply and blend- and they last pretty well too, some of the lighter shades are only about four hours but for the more intense colours I can get at least six hours of wear out of them.

Overall, I think for a £4 palette, this is pretty incredible. I’m so happy that there’s finally a good drugstore, all-matte eyeshadow palette, and one that has a really pretty shade selection. What do you think of the swatches? Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution palettes?

Available at Superdrug and Makeup Revolution.

Urban Decay Naked 3 vs. Makeup Revolution Iconic 3


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Introducing- the first Naked 3 dupe! Isn’t it beautiful? This is ‘Iconic 3′ by Makeup Revolution (a new brand which just launched at Superdrug) and I’ve been looking forward to comparing these two since I bought it, so I’m not even going to try and write a better into.

The Naked 3 Palette- £37

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‘Naked 3′ contains 12 neutral-warm toned shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). This palette of rosy-toned wonderfulness was only released a few months ago, and it’s been a pretty firm favourite in my collection since then. It’s incredibly easy to wear- despite some of the slightly scary looking pinks- because I find that the whole colour scheme sits quite nicely between warm and neutral and the matte shades included are much better transition shades than in previous palettes. There are fewer full-on glitter shades than in Naked 1 and 2, so that helps with the whole wearability thing. I can’t think of a skin tone or eye colour that wouldn’t suit the shades in this palette, to be honest, and the quality of the shadows are absolutely wonderful. The only thing I have against the palette is the price, but as this is my favourite of the Naked palettes I can almost not cringe about it.

The Iconic 3 Palette- £4

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‘Iconic 3′ contains 12 neutral-warm shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). The shades in this palette are almost completely identical to Naked 3’s shadows, but for a fraction of the price. If I’m dividing correctly (probably not), then I think you get slightly less eyeshadow in this palette than in Urban Decays, but there’s only 0.3 grams in it, so that’s not a problem. Iconic 3 comes with a dual ended sponge tip applicator (surprisingly useful for applying the glitter shades) and the packaging, though a little cheap and already slightly scratched, is pretty sturdy and quite simple, so it looks a lot more expensive than it is. The quality of the shadows aren’t as good as Urban Decay’s, but honestly, for the price, they’re absolutely incredible. There are a few slightly chalky shades, and a few that need to be built up a little, but most of them have great pigmentation, are easy to blend and last at least as long as the rest of my makeup.

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 There are a couple of shades in Iconic 3 that look slightly paler than Naked 3’s, but apart from that I think they’re pretty incredible copies.   I love 4, 6 and 9- they’re all amazingly close to the pigmentation of their Urban Decay counter parts.

I’m seriously impressed with Makeup Revolution. I’ll be doing a few posts about some of there other eye shadow palettes very soon, but for now, what do you think of Iconic 3?

Urban Decay Naked vs. MUA Undressed

Urban Decay Naked 2 vs. MUA Undress Me Too

Urban Decay Naked 3 Swatches, Comparison & Review

Makeup Revolution Haul

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette vs. MUA Undress Me Too Palette


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 Time for part 2 of the Naked palette comparisons! There are a couple of good dupes for Naked 2, (the new Makeup Revolution one has caught my eye recently), but I think the MUA Undress Me Too Palette is the most popular one, so I thought it wold be fun to compare them.

The Naked 2 Palette- £37

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 ‘Naked 2′ contains 12 cool toned shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). I used to use this palette almost everyday when I first started using makeup (and probably used one too many super shimmery shades, eeek) but recently I’ve kind of neglected it due to it’s lack of matte blending shades. The closest thing to a crease colour is Tease, which on my super pale skin can look kind of muddy. I honestly love all the shades in this palette- it’s one of the few completely cool palettes out there- I just wish there was a matte brown. When I want to use ‘Naked 2′ I generally have to reach for another palette as well to blend everything out which is kind of inconvenient, so I tend to forget about it. These Urban Decay shadows, as with pretty much all others, are incredible quality, long lasting and easy to use. The only downside, like I mentioned in Naked vs. Undressed, is the fact that it costs £37.

The Undress Me Too Palette- £4

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 ‘Undress Me Too’ contains 12 neutral-cool shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). The shades in this palette are slightly less cool than in ‘Naked 2′, and the colours are slightly less intense so they’re slightly easier to wear. These shadows are pretty much exact dupes for ‘Naked 2′, and the quality of them is really incredibly. Most of the shadows are as pigmented as Urban Decays, they’re very easy to blend and on me, with a primer, they last just as long as other eyeshadows.

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 These are pretty much identical in colour, I think, and the only differences are that some of the Urban Decay shades are slightly more pigmented. Honestly though, I think that most of Urban Decay’s shimmers are more like pressed glitters rather than eyeshadows, so I don’t really expect a £4 palette to live up to that.

What do you think? Do you have either of these, or both? Let me know which you prefer the look of!

Makeup Revolution Haul


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 Makeup Revolution is a shiny new makeup brand that was released at Superdrug just the other day, and the reviews I’ve seen so far were all really great so I though I’d place an order! What do you think of what I bought? I went a little overboard because it’s such a cheap brand- think MUA prices- but I’m already thinking it’s much better quality. I’m going to try everything out and have some reviews and swatches up on the blog soon, so keep an eye out if you’re interested!

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Makeup Revolution is available at Superdrug, and on their website (which ships wold wide!).

Pastel Nails


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Happy Easter!

Barry M Silk Nail Polish in Pearl, £3.99

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes, The Spring ’14 Collection, £3.99 each

Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple, £7.99

Revlon Nail Enamel in Eclectic, £6.49

OPI Nail Polish in My Vampire is Buff, £11.50

Pink and Peach Makeup


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Oooh look it’s all of my favourite makeup brands conveniently put together in one post.

MAC Syrup £15- one of my favourite MAC lipsticks ever. It looks really purple in the bullet and swatches, but on the lips it’s a perfect medium, rosy pink.

Soap&Glory Glow All Out £11- a pink toned highlighting and setting powder. This powder is absolutely beautiful when lightly dusted over the high points of the face, or used with a powder brush all over to set foundation.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Blush £7.99- I love Bourjois’ little round pot blushes- they’re not the most pigmented or long lasting I’ve ever tried, but they leave a really beautiful healthy, glowing finish. The shade ‘Healthy Mix’ is gorgeous, but I also love ‘Peach Bloom’ for a more natural look.

Urban Decay Naked 3 £37- I’ve fallen in love with this palette all over again. I’ve been using ‘Strange’ as a base colour, ‘Dust’ all over the lid and then ‘Limit’ in the crease and blended up just a little and the colours just look so pretty!

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