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?

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

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!).

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!

Top 10 Under £10


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And, once again, I have failed to narrow it down to the number in the title.

Soap&Glory Eyeshadow Quad in ‘What’s Nude?’- £10review– this quad is simply beautiful, definitely a favourite and one that I reach for pretty much everyday- mainly because ‘Mudhoney’ is a great brow colour for me.

Sleek Blush By Three in ‘Lace’- £9.99– you can read my far-too-rambly review of this here, if you’d like, because this is honestly the best blush formulation I’ve ever tried. The colours are so beautiful, and you can really customise the intensity of them with different application methods.

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Vintage Romance’- £7.99– another one that has it’s own post dedicated to it (with swatches!)- this palette is stunning, and the horribly over exposed picture above (sorry!) really doesn’t do those purple shades justice.

Revlon Lip Butter in ‘Wild Watermelon’- £7.99– I could honestly have put any one of the lip butters in this post. They’re all incredible, and you can take a look at my collection swatches here. Wild Watermelon is one of my ultimate favourites, though, because it’s a really cool toned red that can be applied quite sheer making it wonderfully easy to wear.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in ‘Nudist’- £8review– I love the finish of the Soap&Glory lip crayons. They’re much more like a gloss than others I’ve tried, they smell like vanilla, and this colour is a pretty-but-natural shade that actually (surprisingly) works with my skin tone.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in ‘Red Sunrise’- £7.99review– super glossy, incredibly lightweight and available in some really gorgeous colours. I love these so much! This shade especially is really gorgeous, it’s kind of a cool toned pink-red.

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in ‘Keep Mauving’- £7.99review this shade is just really pretty. It’s kind of plum toned but still very natural, and it’s one I reach for quite often. Smells like vanilla, too! Anyone else see a theme, here?

Topshop Lips in ‘Hazard’- £8–  the only Topshop lipstick I own, actually, for whatever reason. This lipstick creates the most beautiful berry red stain ever. Do you have a favourite Topshop lipstick? I really want to try some other colours.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer- £5.99– mattifying but not drying, shine reducing but not dull-looking. This is wonderful for everyday wear because it doesn’t feel too silicone based, and it makes whatever makeup I wear on top of it last a lot longer.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in ‘010 Porcelain’- £6.99– my favourite foundation ever. Can I say that? I think I can, because this foundation is what I reach for when I don’t want to have to think about what makeup I’m wearing. The coverage of this can go from light to somewhere in between medium and full, and it leaves a really beautiful satin finish. And it’s actually pale enough for me.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation in ‘100 Porcelain’- £9.99– this is showing up much darker on camera than it is in person, sorry about that. I rambled about this foundation in my last post, in case you’re interested in a brief description of it’s wonderfulness. This foundation isso incredibly different to anything else I’ve been using it pretty much non stop since I bought it.

What are your under £10 favourites? Or, more specifically, your between-£5-and-£10 favourites, though that really doesn’t have the same ring to it. There are so many I had to cut out of the final post, so if you like this kind of thing I might do another Under £10 post (and this time I might be able to include makeup brushes and nail polish, too…).

Top 5 Under £5

*I wish I’d thought of something creatively April-fools-y for todays post. Damn*

Currently Loving #3


No- Makeup Makeup

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £9.99

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (part of the Starter Set) £21.99

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation in Porcelain £9.99

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair £4.19

Bourjois Happy Light Primer in Matte £10.99

Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon £7.99

MAC Lipstick in Syrup £15

Bourjois Java Rice Powder £9.99

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder £6.99

Urban Decay Naked Basics £20

I’ve been wearing very natural looking makeup at the moment- so not the most exciting of posts but I have been loving all of the products I’ve been using. A lot of these are new (which you might remember from one of my more recent haul posts?) and I’ve been using them pretty much every single day since I bought them. *I’ll be updating my favourites soon for a more Spring-esque look, so if pastel colours are your thing then stick around for my next ‘Currently Loving’ post.*

I’ve been starting out with the Bourjois Happy Light Matte Primer, which is lovely because it’s not too intense but it keeps most of my natural oiliness at bay. I’ve then been buffing on some Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer with the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush on just the areas where I tend to have redness and spots- using this brush with the Collection concealer gives a really natural looking but full coverage finish, which makes a perfect base for the L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation. This foundation is very light coverage but it’s so easy to build, and it literally will not go cakey. When this was first released I was adamant that I didn’t want it, but now I’ve tried it it’s definitely one of my favourite foundations. It feels like a very light powder on the skin, but looks like absolutely nothing while still giving me a little bit of coverage. I’ve even looked at this in natural sunlight with one of those horribly unflattering magnifying mirrors and it’s honestly invisible. My only problem with this is that it’s ever so slightly too dark, but I can get away with it because I normally only use one or two drops. I blend this foundation in with my fingertips, but I like to just double check that everything is blended with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. 

At this point in the makeup application, everything looks a little bit too matte, so I’ve been using just a teeny, tiny bit of the Bourjois Java Rice Powder on the high points of my face. It leaves a really pretty, natural looking sheen- nothing too sparkly. Next, I’ve been using the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder very lightly around the outside of my face with a Real Techniques Blush Brush, just to put a little bit of colour back in my face after using the high coverage concealer. I love this blush for bronzer, you can read all about that here, if you want.

For eyes, I have literally just been dabbing W.O.S from the Urban Decay Naked Basics (review) palette all over my eyelid to hide the redness or veins, and then I’ve been using Venus to highlight my brow bone and inner corner. Very lazy, but it just makes everything look that teeny bit more perfected. For my lips, I either use MAC Syrup which is a beautiful, neutral plum colour or a Revlon Lip Butter (reviewin Macaroon. Both are really pretty natural colours, which just give a little bit more than most my-lips-but-better shades.

What do you use for no-makeup makeup looks?

Currently Loving

Currently Loving #2

Top 5 Under £5


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I tried to narrow it down to five things- I really, really did.

Maybelline Baby Lips£2.99– photo:Cherry Me- The Baby Lips lip balms have been the buzz of the drugstore beauty world for a while now, so if you haven’t had a hundred reviews of them shoved down your throat then where have you been hiding? The tinted balms in particular are wonderful, and they’re almost always on three-for-two at Boots and Superdrug. It’s not a question of ‘have you tried them?’, it’s more of a ‘how many of them are kicking around in your handbag?’. 

Natural Collection Lipsticks– £1.99- photo:Raspberry- I’ve written about these quite a few times before, but I honestly cannot get over the quality of these lipsticks. The colour, the lasting powder, the price tag- it’s all good.

Natural Collection Blush- £1.99– photo:Peach Melba- I love this blush so much- it’s the only shade I’ve tried but it’s really pretty, easy to wear and goes with everything. It’s surprisingly pigmented, too, and another one with a double-take price tag.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder- £3.99photo:Transparent- I’m not normally one to go crazy over powders, but this one is pretty damn good. It sets everything nicely, controls oils and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad review.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- £4.19photo:Fair- This concealer is truly incredible, and it’s one of the few items I actually own a  back up of. It’s incredibly pigmented and long lasting and the lightest shade actually matches my skin tone *screams*! The packaging and shade range of these has very recently been changed, so I’m going to have to do some Superdrug swatching very soon.

Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner- £3.99photo:Black- Easily the best eye liner pencil I’ve ever tried. Enough said. I definitely need to get my hands on some of the other colours, because so far I’ve only used Black.

Maybelline Color Tattoo£4.99– photo:On & On Bronze, Metallic Pomegranate- These cream eyeshadows are truly incredible. They’re easy to use and the colours are oh-so pretty! I just wish the UK shade range was a little bit better. I really want to try Barely Branded and the new nude collection, preferably without Ebay’s painful shipping rates.

Barry M Nail Polish£2.99/£3.99photo:Pomegranate, Nude Vanilla- At this point on my blog I feel like I should mention that I am not sponsored by Barry M. I seem to be crying over the perfection of their nail polishes every other week, though, so I would understand if there was some confusion. Pretty much every single nail polish of theirs that I’ve tried has been stunning, and if you type ‘Barry M’ into the little search bar on my blog then there will be more than enough nail polish swatching goodness to keep you mildly entertained for at least a few hours.

What are your under £5 favourites? I’ll be doing a £5-£10 favourites post soon-ish, too, so any recommendations in that price zone are definitely necessary at the moment for, ahem, research.

Real Techniques Brushes | Review & Collection


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Why has it taken me so long to get around to writing this post? I love Real Techniques brushes, and I’ve built up quite a collection over the past few months, so I’m going to attempt to type up a bit of a review.

Warning- I apparently cannot move my thoughts to the keyboard today so this could be a bit of a mess.

Flawless Base Brushes

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Powder Brush- I love using this brush with setting and mattifying powders, which need to cover a large surface area and don’t need to be precisely applied. It’s super soft and the bristles aren’t too dense, so you can get a light but even coverage of powder.

Buffing Brush- This one is great for quickly buffing in liquid or powder foundations. It has quite a large surface area and very dense bristles so it’s perfect for building foundations to medium/ full coverage.

Expert Face Brush- I use this one for buffing in liquid foundation too, but I actually prefer it to the Buffing Brush. It’s slighter smaller and more of a domed shape, so you can be more precise with where your foundation goes. 

Contour Brush- This brush gives a really precise but blended effect, which is great because I’m bloody useless with contouring. I find it works better with powder products, though, because the bristles aren’t very dense.

Pointed Foundation Brush- My least used RT Brush, purely because I don’t like the whole ‘painting on foundation’ thing. I’ve used this with powder to set under eye concealer a few times, though, and it works quite nicely for that.

Detailer Brush- Quite nice for concealing small areas, but again, not really one that I reach for. 

Duo-Fibre Face Brush- This brush is perfect for blending away harsh blush/ bronzer lines. Honestly, I think it’s pretty useless for applying products, but when used on already-applied-makeup it gives a really flawless, airbrushed finish. 

Perfected Finish Brushes

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Blush Brush- This brush is awesome, it’s a really unique shape and I think it’s perfect for kind of three-shaped-bronzer (do you know what the hell I’m talking about here? Sorry). I’ve used it for blush too, but I find it’s a little bit too soft and that makes the colour quite difficult to control. 

Multitask Brush- This brush is my current favourite for powders. It’s a great size, so you can be precise but still cover a large surface area, and it seems to pick up the perfect amount of product.

Stippling Brush- My ultimate favourite for foundation. I’ve mentioned before that this brush seems to hide any spots and even out my skin, while still keeping coverage to a minimum. The bristles are quite sparse (when I bought this, I was expecting it to be denser than the Buffing Brush, but it’s actually much flimsier) so it’s awesome for blending, too.

Setting Brush- I use this one for setting under eye concealer because it’s tiny, but still a really nice domed shape. It’s kind of a very, very small version of the Blush Brush, and it’s perfect for precisely applying setting powders or highlighter.

Duo-Fibre Contour Brush- This ones nice for a really, really light contour. It doesn’t pick up much product and it blends like crazy, so I also quite like it for very light blusher.

Enhanced Eyes Brushes

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Deluxe Crease Brush- If you ever go for a concealer-only look, you need this brush. It’s perfect for blending small amounts under the eye and around the nose and works like a tiny Buffing Brush.

Base Shadow Brush- This brush is nice for a really blending in a really soft, barely-there crease colour. I find it’s a little too rounded to apply darker all-over-lid shadows, but with lighter colours it works fine.

Essential Crease Brush- I think that this brush is kind of the better version of the Base Shadow Brush purely because it’s slightly smaller, which means it’s easier to apply colour and blend at the same time. 

Shading Brush- This one’s the perfect size and shape for applying colour all over the lids. It’s super soft and picks up the right amount of colour- love!

Brow Brush- The thickness of this brush is almost exactly the same thickness as the thinner end of my eyebrows- so it’s not the best for filling them in. It’s also way to thick for eyeliner, but it can be useful for doing a really defined crease colour or shaping the outer-v for cat eyed eyeshadow.

Accent Brush- Perfect for highlighting the tear duct and brow bone.

Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush- I love this one for pin point concealing, but I personally think it’s way to thick to be an eyeliner brush. It might be good for blending eyeliner, though?

Fine Liner Brush- Again, not one I’d really be able to use for eyeliner, but it’s great for very precise concealing. 

Duo-Fibre Eye Brush- Great for blending your finished eye shadow for a really perfect finish.

*My Favourites— Expert Face Brush, Contour Brush, Blush Brush, Stippling Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, Essential Crease Brush, Shading Brush, Duo-Fibre Eye Brush.*

All of these brushes are amazing quality, don’t shed, are incredibly easy to wash and they’re all synthetic and cruelty free. I love the colour coded handles, too- they’re so pretty! Real Techniques are amazing and they’re so affordable- I honestly don’t feel like I need to try out any other more expensive brands (looking at you here MAC).

I hope this was helpful! What do you think of Real Techniques Brushes, and which ones have you tried? I’m really excited to get my hands on the new retractable ones (I think they’ll be so useful for throwing in my makeup bag) and the Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Real Techniques Sam’s Picks


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Look what just arrived on my doorstep! Aren’t they pretty? I’ve been wanting to get my hands on these brushes for so long. I actually ordered them from Escentual forever ago, but there was a problem with shipping or something. Anyway, they’re here now and I literally cannot wait to start using them. The set exclusive looks so lovely, arghh!

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The Real Techniques Sam’s Picks Collection contains 6 brushes- the Multitask Brush, the Setting Brush, the Buffing Brush, the Pointed Foundation Brush, the Essential Crease Brush (set exclusive) and the Fine Liner Brush. They’re all amazing quality, and, of course, they look absolutely beautiful.

I’m going to be doing a review/ collection type post of my Real Techniques brushes very soon, so keep an eye out for that if you’re interested!

This set is available from feelunique.com for £29.99 and escentual.com for £25.40.

Superdrug Purchases


 

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It’s been a while since I last went crazy with Superdrug sales, so I thought it was about time I placed an order. Also, there are new Barry M Nail Polishes! You might have noticed I’m utterly obsessed with them, so of course I had to order all of these ‘Silk’ ones. And have you heard that there are three new Hi Shine Gellies being released in, like, two days?! I think we can expect to see a review of those on my blog very soon (hopefully). 

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Complete Collection

New Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Polish | Summer

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Aren’t the beautiful? Swatches and review soon. 

Barry M Silk Nail Polishes– Truffle, Pearl, Blossom, Heather, Mist, Meadow, £3.99 (buy one get one half price).

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L’Oreal Eau de Teint Foundation– £9.99- Porcelain- I’ve heard really mixed reviews of this. When it was first released I was completely decided that I did not want it. I was wrong, and so far, I think I kind of like it. It’s way to dark (this is the lightest shade, of course) but I’m planning on buying Illamasqua Skin Base in White asap, so I’ll hopefully have a real opinion soon. 

L’Oreal True Match Foundation– £9.99- Natural Ivory- The shade range for this foundation is so confusing. This shade is the lightest neutral (as far as I can tell) and it is a tad too dark, but again, I’m working on it. I’ve heard a lot about this foundation recently, so I have pretty high hopes for it. I love it when a drugstore product gets randomly hyped up by everyone all at once. 

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer– £9.99- I’ve heard loads about this recently too! I am determined to fall in love with L’Oreal makeup. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer– £5.99- This has been released fairly recently, and I’m a little obsessed with primers at the moment (can you tell?). A lot of Rimmel is two-for-£9 at the moment, too.

Rimmel Scandeleyes Micro Liner– £5.49- Black– I love felt tip style eyeliners, and since I’ve just used up my lovely Maybelline Eyestudio Precise Liner, I thought I’d give this one a try. I really love the other Scandeleyes liners (there might be three of the black one in my makeup drawer at the moment, shhh) so I’m hoping this one will be good.

Bourjois Java Rice Powder– £9.99- I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to buy this for so long purely because I didn’t know exactly what it was. Turns out it’s a kind of brightening finishing powder (possibly more about that in a review or something soon) and I’ve only used it once, but so far, I think I really like it. It’s a re-release from 1879, too, which I think is really cool, something to do with Bourjois’ 150th birthday last year.

Bourjois Happy Light Primer- £10.99- Matte, Luminous– I’ve been so obsessed with the idea of the Happy Light range since it was released, but the foundations all looked really dark, so I’ve decided to try out the primers! I’ve barely looked at these two yet, so I don’t have much to say except that I am in love with the packaging (and all Bourjois packaging). 

Have you tried any of the things I’ve bought? And are you as exited as I am for the new Barry M Gelly nail polishes?!?

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