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.

Makeup Collection & Storage


I’ve been putting off doing this post for so long! I kept thinking, ‘there’s just one more thing I want to buy first’, or ‘I’m just going to move a few things around’ but the excuses are getting ridiculous so I’ve decided it will be a nice start to 2014 to talk about my make-up collection! Maybe it can be a yearly thing, that would be pretty cool.

Just as a little disclaimer- I don’t have an insane amount of make-up, but I definitely have more than I need. I love collecting make-up and trying new things but I’ve bought everything with my own money and quite a few things were gifts from friends and family. I’m writing this post purely because I think it’s something some people might be interested in and because I think it’ll be nice for me to look back on in a few years:) .

I store all of my make-up, nail polish, hair care, body care and some of my skin care in the Ikea Alex 9 Drawer unit, what a surprise, which is absolutely perfect. I’m only going to talk about the cosmetics drawers in this post but if anyone’s interested I could maybe do a post with all the other stuff too at some point..? But anyway:)

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These are the random things I keep on top of my cabinet- mostly everday things or things I’m still trying out. My collection of lip balms is getting a little out of hand, too. *Also, five points to the first person to spot the Supernatural merch*.

Starting out with the top drawer (my favourite) which is where I keep all of my lip products. Everything’s a little bit of a mess at the moment, I need to move some things around and maybe donate a couple of things to my sisters. Some of my favourites from this drawer are my Revlon Lip Butters, the lip crayons (particularly Soap&Glory, Clinique and Bourjois’) and my MAC Lipsticks- Plumful (x2, long story), On Hold, Syrup, Sunny Seoul and Patisserie (absolute fave!).

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The second drawer is where I keep all of my face products. If I could only keep one of my make-up drawers it would definitely be this one, I have a bit of a thing for foundations and highlighters. My favourites in this drawer are Bobbi Brown Skin, Rimmel Match Perfection, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Soap&Glory Glow All Out and Becca Ever Matte Perfecting Primer.

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The third drawer is where I keep all of my eye make-up, which is basically palettes and eye liners. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but I haven’t worn mascara for about three years. Crazy, but I can’t stand having anything on my eyelashes, it just makes me feel really uncomfortable. Luckily my eyelashes are ok-ish, I can kind of get away with it:) I used to be fine with it and wear mascara every single day when I was about eleven, but now I don’t even like how I look with long eyelashes, it’s really weird.

I just thought I’d mention that in case anyone thought it was really weird that I don’t have any mascaras:D.

Anyway, my favourites in here are my Naked palettes, the Laura Mercier artist palette for eyes, Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoos, Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner and my Soap&Glory quad.

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The final ‘cosmetics’ drawer is my make-up brushes- do they count? I think they count:) My favourites in here are my Real Techniques brushes (literally all of them, maybe I should do a more in-depth review?) and my Shu Uemera Eyelash Curlers. I love them so much, they’re kind of a must for me because of the whole mascara thing, they just make me look a little bit more awake.

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I really hope that was a little bit interesting or helpful! Let me know how you store your makeup, my organisation is a bit of a mess:). If you see any products here that you want a review for, feel free to let me know in the comments too!

*I’m actually ashamed of how awful these photos are, I’m sorry. The lighting and weather has been really really bad recently, but I wanted to get this post up asap.*

Happy New Year!

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Urban Decay Naked 3 | Swatches, Comparison & Review


I think it’s official- I am addicted to Urban Decay’s palettes. Not the worst thing to be addicted to, but definitely not the best thing for my bank account. When this lovely little rose gold palette turned up on my doorstep yesterday, the very fist thing I did was take about 374 pictures so I could do a quick blog post (this one) but now I’ve finally finished swatching so I think it’s about time I did a real review (is this the 100th review of the Naked 3 palette you’ve read?) with some pictures that are possibly slightly more useful:).

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Naked 3 comes with four primer potion samples (Original, Sin, Eden and Anti Ageing) which is alright if you’re looking for a new primer, but personally I’m a little upset that it doesn’t come with a mini product. I feel like you should get free primer samples with these sort of products anyway, so it would be nice if it came with a little eye pencil or something.

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Naked 3’s brush is dual ended, one side for application and one for blending, and it’s rose gold like the tin- so pretty! I think I prefer this brush to the other two, the application side for applying colour is the same (see below) but the blending side is awesome for getting a defined-but-still-blended look.

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The brushes from Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3.

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The packaging is very similar to Naked 2- it feels pretty strong and contains a full sized mirror which I love. This one is meant to look like an art tin, apparently, which is a cute idea but I kind of just think it looks ‘rippled’..? What do you think? I am, however, absolutely loving the colour of the tin- I have a bit of a thing for rose gold. It matches the colour scheme of the eyeshadows so beautifully!

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The swatches! So bloody beautiful:

Strange is a very pale, matte baby pink.

Dust is a light metallic pink.

Burnout is a shimmery, rosy peach.

Limit is a pale, matte dusty pink.

Buzz is a metallic, almost purple toned rose gold.

Trick is a metallic peachy-bronze.

Nooner is a matte, brown-toned medium pink.

Liar is a very rosy shade with metallic gold.

Factory is a shimmery, cool taupe.

Mugshot is a light, shimmery slightly grey brown.

Darkside is a matte, dark grey toned taupe.

Blackheart is almost black with red shimmer.

I think the rose gold theme in this palette is so beautiful. I’m absolutely loving Burnout, Limit, Trick and Liar but Blackheart is the most insanely beautiful colour I have ever seen. I think the combination of finishes in this palette is even better than in the previous two- there are three mattes, and few metallics and the rest are either slightly shimmery or satin. No crazy glitters this time!

I don’t think I really have to say anything about the formula or staying power of these eyeshadows other than it’s as perfect as all of Urban Decay’s. They’re lovely:)!

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Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit.

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Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar.

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Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.

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Ok, this is the real question surrounding this palette- do you need to buy it?  Honestly, out of all the palettes this one is definitely the most unique. I think that with the first two you can kind of pick one or the other (I personally think Naked is better if you have a warmer skin tone, and Naked 2 is nice if you have a cool skin tone if you’re wondering:D) but Naked 3 is something else altogether. If it wasn’t for the packaging, I’m not sure I would even know it was a Naked palette and I mean that in the best way possible. I can’t think of a skin tone or eye colour that wouldn’t be able to pull this palette off- though I do think that if you have green eyes and a tan this would look stunning.

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Naked vs. Naked 2- very old post of those here!

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Naked vs. Naked 3- the only somewhat similar colours here are Strange (N3) & Virgin (N), Dust (N3) & Sin (N), Liar (N3) & Tease (N), Mugshot (N3) & Sidecar (N) and Blackheart (N3) & Creep (N).

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Naked 2 vs. Naked 3- a few similarities in these palettes, mainly Trick (N3) & Chopper (N2), Nooner (N3) & Tease (N2) and Darkside (N3) & Pistol (N2).

All the shades in Naked 3 are new and (for now) exclusive. They’re absolutely stunning and I actually love this palette just as much as I love Naked 2. The colours, even though some of them look a little bit scary, are totally wearable for everyday and evening eye make-up. I’m completely in love.

Are you thinking of buying Naked 3? Actually, I think the better question is ‘are you strong enough to resist it’? :).

It’s being released in the UK tomorrow, for £37 (£1 more expensive than the last two, of course) at Debenhams, House of Fraser, Beauty Bay and Look Fantastic.

What do you think?:)

Urban Decay Naked 3


I quite literally just screamed. Look what finally arrived!! Isn’t it magical?

I’m working on a swatch/ comparison/ review post right now, but I just had to get a few pictures up. My next post will be up later today or tomorrow, so if you’re not sick of the reviews of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette yet then please stick around!

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Did I say ‘a few pictures’?

Sleek Oh So Special


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I’ve just been sitting here looking at my keyboard for about seven minutes trying to decide what to write here.

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I’ve had my eye on the Oh So Special palette for about six months, and I have no idea why I’ve only just picked it up but I’m so happy I did! It’s wonderful and the colours are beautiful; it’s basically a neutral palette which isn’t boring, containing pinks, bronze-y browns and a few very dark plummy shades.

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I have to talk about the names. Ribbon, Celebrate, Wrapped Up- they’re pure festive adorableness. I can’t.

 Anyway:) I’ll try and write a coherent review now I promise.

The formula of the eye shadows in this palette are even better than in the Vintage Romance palette, I think that might have something to do that this palette isn’t limited edition..? I’ll just have to buy another one to find out. But they’re all really soft and blendable, with no fall out or chalkiness, which makes them so easy to use! I’m even tempted to test this theory by handing this palette to my seven year old sister and seeing what she can come up with, I just need a willing model.

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These are all, literally, barely swatched. And they look like this- they’re so amazing! I think the very best ones are probably Pamper, Gateau, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz and Wrapped up, purely for pigmentation. The only slight problem I have with the colour selection in this palette is that there are a few shades (The Mail, Ribbon and Pamper) which are really beautiful but I just can’t imagine I’ll wear them. I wish there was a shimmery white highlight in this palette instead, that would make it perfect for a complete everyday look.

What do you think of these colours? I think they’re really beautiful and I’ll get quite a bit of wear out of them- right now I’m wearing Organza, Boxed and Celebrate as a liner and it looks quite pretty:)

Sleek Oh So Special is £7.99 and available at Superdrug.

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Sleek Vintage Romance


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Quite a while ago, I reviewed Sleek’s Lagoon palette. I was totally in love with the colours, but they’re pretty outrageous and mermaid-esque so the palette kind of got pushed to the back of my makeup drawer. I forgot about Sleek for a while, but then reviews of the Vintage Romance palette started popping up everywhere and it just looks so beautiful- I decided that with my new obsession to use eyeshadow, it would only be fair if I tried this one out too.

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Aren’t the names just the cutest things ever?!?

The colours in this palette are all really dark- much darker than I’m used to wearing. I do love the purple and gold tone though, so I’m going to have  to start playing around with it to make it work. I also love the formula of these shadows so much more than Lagoon- they’re much more powdery so they’re easier to apply and blend, but they’re not chalky so you don’t get too much fall out.

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Pretty in Paris- shimmery silver

Meet in Madrid- pale, shimmery gold

Court in Cannes- sparkly bronze

Lust in LA- shimmery greige/ bronze

Romance in Rome- slightly shimmery dark blue

Propose in Prague- matte terracotta

A Vow in Venice- slightly shimmery plum

Marry in Monte Carlo- sparkly purple

Honeymoon in Hollywood- dark slightly shimmery purple

Bliss in Barcelona- shimmery purple/ blue

Forever in Florence- very dark sparkly purple

Love in London- sparkly black

Look how pretty they are! Some of these shades are quite built up, but most of them are so pigmented that I barely touched them and they swatched completely opaque. I did these swatches yesterday, but I believe it was Court in Cannes, Lust in LA, Honeymoon in Hollywood, Forever in Florence, A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlo  and Love in London that had the amazing formula. I think the worst two were probably Romance in Rome and Bliss in Barcelona- I really couldn’t get those two to look as pretty swatched as they do in the pan.

Overall, I am really loving this palette. I’ve only used it a few times and I’m still trying to decide on my favourite colour combinations, but they last really well and are pretty easy to apply. This palette would be perfect for the Christmas and New Years party time of year, but hopefully I’ll be able to work out a nice everyday look for Project Use Eyeshadow!

Have you tried this, or any of the Sleek palettes?

Sleek Vintage Romance is £7.99 and available at Superdrug.

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Soap&Glory Lid Stuff


This little quad of eye shadows has been sitting neglected in my eye makeup drawer since July, how awful. I’ve gotten into a bad habit recently of buying eye shadows because they look pretty- but then never getting round to actually wearing them. Enter: Project Use Eyeshadow. Very creatively named, I think, and I also think that this quad needs to be used first. I’ve been wearing this for the past few weeks and I’ve really grown to love it.

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Ok, so, I’m pretty useless at doing my own eye makeup. I can do other peoples alright, but I have a really awkward eye shape so applying eye shadow is pretty difficult. Soap&Glory’s Lid Stuff is definitely the easiest to apply of all the eyeshadows I’ve tried, though, so I can kind of make it work. What I do, is press Vanilla all over my eye lid, right up to my eyebrow. It’s enough to cover the veins on my eye lids, but not too much to look unnatural. Then I apply Pink T over the lower part of my eyelid (with one of those eyeshadow sponge things) but no higher than the crease. Then I put Mudhoney on the outer corner, a little bit of Aubersheen along the crease and blend it all with a fluffy brush. These eye shadows are so powdery, that as soon as you’ve blinked a few times they almost blend themselves. It’s very difficult to go wrong, and the colours are really pretty and natural. I can hardly even tell I’ve got eyeshadow on, it’s awesome. 

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I have a few other Soap&Glory shadows (which you can buy now in the Crazy Sexy Kohl Christmas Gift Set!) which I normally use with those other four, too. I use an angled brush to apply Smokin’ along my upper lash line, and then use a teeny bit of Dandy Plum along my lower lash line. It’s such a pretty purple!

And that’s it! It’s really simple but I’ve been loving  it for quite a while. Just as a side note, the formula of these is very powdery. I actually prefer that to creamy shadows because I think it’s easier to control, but if you have very dry skin these might not even stick to your eye lids. They last about six hours on me without a primer, and you can buy Lid Stuff for £10 at Boots.

Have you tried this? What do you think? I think I’ll be buying the other two quads at some point. 

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Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR | Timeless Black, Everlasting Navy, Metallic Pomegranate


Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR | Timeless Black, Everlasting Navy, Metallic Pomegranate

I bought these the other day on 3 for 2 at Boots! I really want to use them to do a Halloween make-up look- have you tried these shades? You can read my full Colour Tattoo review here-

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Sleek Lagoon Palette!


I can’t believe my last post was week ago:O I use to do a blog post every day, I’ve just been watching too many Disney movies recently;) But school starts again tomorrow (die) so I’ll probably be blogging more often because I can talk about make-up instead of doing homework! YAY!

I’ve bought quite a bit of make-up recently, and I can’t be bothered to take a million photos and do one big post, because I’m thinking about possibly doing a makeup collection/storage post soon? But I thought that since this is my first Sleek product ever, I’d do a little review:) So, Sleek Lagoon-

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The packaging is probably my favourite thing about this product. I love the ‘Aqua Collection Limited Edition’ box because it’s so so pretty! It irritates me that Sleek have used an adjective for their brand name though, because that just makes bloggers sound ridiculous. The packaging is, essentially, sleek. The mirror inside the palette is awesome, too. It takes up the whole top half of the packaging, and it’s actually big enough to do your make-up in. 

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It’s so difficult to take photos of products with mirrors;)

Since this is part of Sleek’s Aqua Collection, all of the eye shadows are kind of sea-themed and have really cute names. I literally bought this because I love The Little Mermaid.  The colours of these eyeshadows are all really pretty:) Some of them are almost everyday-wearable (almost) and the rest are really shimmery sparkly bright blues, greens, pinks and purples. And a yellow and a fluorescent coral. 

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Top, left to right: SASSEA, DEEP WATER, REFLECTION

Bottom, left to right: PINK JEWEL, SAND DOLLAR, UNDERWORLD

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Top, left to right: EMERALD, OYSTER, BLACK PEARL

Bottom, left to right: SEA SHELL, NIGHT SKY, ARIEL

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The formula for these eye shadows is really interesting, they aren’t like any other shadows I’ve tried- they’re almost like a cream-to-powder sort of thing, which is weird and pretty cool. Because they aren’t powders, the swatches on my arm weren’t brilliant, they’re fairly built up in the picture above- but on the plus side, you don’t get any fall out at all. Also, it only took about three seconds to remove the swatches. I’m not entirely sure whether that’s good or bad. But anyway, I like them, and the colours are stunning and more than make up for slightly lacking pigmentation.

Sassea- bright shimmery teal

Pink Jewel- bright shimmery pink

Deep Water- dark matte purple

Sand Dollar- bright shimmery yellow

Reflection- shimmery pale lilac

Underworld- bright shimmery blue

Emerald- bright shimmery green

Sea Shell- very shimmery bronze

Oyster- shimmery white highlight

Night Sky- medium matte purple

Black Pearl- matte black

Ariel- bright matte coral (beautiful)

I’ll probably end up doing an update on this post later with some better pictures of the colours in an actual eye-make-up look:) Or possibly a video soon with Cass, but either way I can’t wait to use these!:)

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