Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set


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These are, without a doubt, the most beautiful brushes I have ever seen- I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to buy them (even though I’ve been in pretty desperate need for proper eye brushes since I bought my first eyeshadow palette, which was maybe five years ago?). They’re wonderful- super soft, wash well, the bristles have been remained perfectly intact and they’ve made eyeshadow application an absolute dream. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Real Techniques (mainly for the face brushes- revolutionary), but I feel like most of the eye brushes are sort of awkward. There’s not really a blending brush or even an applicator brush that I love for eyes, and I’ve found that they tend to be the wrong size, so I’m pretty thrilled with this Zoeva set. I’ve been deliberating over MAC brushes for a while too, but now I don’t think I’m going to bother- I’m pretty sure there are dupes in this set for at least a few of them (217, 219 and  239, from what I can tell?), and honestly I feel like I’m sort of set for eye brushes for now. I know, I know, it won’t last.

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230 Luxe Pencil / 228 Luxe Crease / 234 Luxe Smoky Shader / 231 Luxe Petit Crease / 224 Luxe Defined Crease / 227 Luxe Soft Definer

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 237 Detail Shader / 226 Smudger / 142 Concealer Buffer / 322 Brow Line / 317 Wing Liner / 315 Fine Liner

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My favourites so far are the 234, 231, 227 and 317, but I’ve actually used every single one of these. Zoeva really have put together a nice selection of brushes here, and the case is just so. damn. gorgeous. Now all I need to do is convince myself I need the Luxury Set, too…

Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set is £55 from Zoeva and £56.95 from LoveMakeup.

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The 2014 Beauty Favourites


I haven’t written anything on this blog for a very long time, and I have absolutely no excuses. I’ve got so many half finished drafts saved, but the longer I left posting them, the more intimidating finishing them seemed- but I couldn’t let 2014 end without writing up a little something about my favourite products of the year. (Actually, the writing part of this post is almost over now. I’m still quite nervous)

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Rimmel Match Perfection- pretty much the only foundation I’ve been wearing this year. 010 Porcelain is actually light enough for me, which makes a lovely change, and the coverage is kind of light/ medium, but buildable. I plan to branch out a bit, foundation wise, in 2015 but I actually have a spare bottle of this hiding in the back of my makeup drawer.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer- another pale skin saviour! This bronzer is completely matte (so great for contouring), and you can go pretty heavy handed with this stuff without looking too bronzed. I use it with the Real Techniques Blush Brush [not pictured].

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette- obviously. I honestly cannot gush about this palette enough, so I’m just going to sneakily link you to my review and swatches post.

Sleek Blush Trio in ‘Lace’- I’m not really an big blusher fan (I’m working on it!) but this palette has been one of my most reached for makeup items this year. I’ve been using the red shade on pretty much every makeup wearing day, but they’re so pigmented that I’ve not even dented the pan. Review and swatches here.

L’oread Miss Manga Mascara in Purple- a new addition, but a very welcome one. I don’t really love mascara, and I’m actually completely clueless when it comes to what makes a mascara good (I know I like Benefit They’re Real and Soap&Glory Thick and Fast…help?) but the slightly purple tint to this one is what I love. It’s just something a little bit different, and helps towards making my, honestly, swamp coloured eyes look just a little bit more like hazel.

MAC Lipsticks in ‘Patisserie’ and ‘Plumful’- I’m honestly not sure I need any other lipsticks. These are just beautiful, and I’m not going to say much more because one of the many previously mentioned drafts may well turn into a MAC lipstick swatch-a-thon.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks- I tend to think of these as MAC Lipsticks in gloss form. The smell like vanilla, have medium, but pretty colour payoff and they last really nicely. I actually have a series of posts about lip crayons, these included, which is right here.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant- the best lip balm ever, and a little goes a long way.  It’s also great for really dry skin and as a cuticle conditioner.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers- I’m not sure where I’d be without these. I have very straight eyelashes, and at my healthiest and most awake I look a bit dead (I’m coming across really well in this post) but these go a long way towards fixing that!

Carmex Lip Balms- another new discovery! The formula of these lip balms is actually quite similar to the Skin Protectant, but these smell a little nicer and are much more convenient for throwing in your handbag (or pockets. Or both. Out of interest, how many lip balms normally leave the house with you?).

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream- this might be the only hand cream I’ve ever used that is super nourishing, but not sticky. I’ve been using this hand cream nightly for almost a year now, and I’ve only gone through two of the full sized bottles, so it’s a really worthwhile buy. The packaging could be better- the lid isn’t the most convenient if you’re on the go, it’s definitely a bedside table thing- but it’s really the product that counts.

Manuka Doctor Skincare- that’s the Blemish Cream in the picture above, but I’ve been testing out a few products in the anti-blemish range recently (about two months) and I’ve been loving them. Skincare is definitely one of my new years resolutions (I actually hate new years resolutions and refuse to make any, but I promise I will get better at skin care!) and this range is at the top of my list of things to write a post about.

Thanks for reading! I’m going to try and get back to blogging a little bit more regularly in 2015- as I’ve been typing I’ve had a few ideas for posts that I’m actually looking forward to writing which I’m very happy about. I feel like I’ve missed loads, I didn’t even ramble about Naked Basics 2 (got it, love it, not as thrilled with the colour selection and eyeshadow quality as I was with Naked Basics, though)!

I hope you had a great year, feel free to tell me all about your favourite beauty products from 2014 in the comments! MAC Lipstick recs are also welcome, I’m obsessed again. Also blushers! What are your favourites?

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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 Oil– This 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 Butter– This 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.

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?

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!).

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!

Urban Decay Naked Palette vs. MUA Undressed Palette


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There have been dozens of copies of the Naked palette created since it’s release, and none of them ever really appealed to me until I came across MUA’s Undressed Palette in Superdrug. These shades look almost identical, and I thought it would be interesting to do a little comparison- mainly because of the rather insane price difference between the two. I’m planning a post like this for the other Naked palettes too, so let me know if you have any good dupes!

The Naked Palette- £37

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‘Naked’ contains twelve very warm toned shadows (10 shimmer, 2 matte). I’ve had this palette for almost a year now, and though I don’t reach for it often (purely because I find warm colours and lots of shimmer a little difficult to work with) it’s still one of my favourites. The quality of these eyeshadows- pigmentation, the colour payoff, the lasting power, you name it- is incredible. Urban Decay is definitely my favourite brand for shadows (closely followed by Too Faced, if you’re wondering) and the only thing I don’t love about them is the price. This palette used to be £36, which is painful enough, but then it was raised to £37 upon the release of Naked 3. I know, I know, it’s £1, but I still think that’s kind of ridiculous. Stop it, Urban Decay, you don’t need to keep raising your prices. Just stop it.

The Undressed Palette- £4

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‘Undressed’ contains twelve neutral-warm toned shadows (9 shimmer, 3 matte). I bought this purely out of curiosity, and I’m so glad I did because it’s awesome. Though the colours are almost exact dupes for Urban Decay’s, but they lean a lot more neutral and I personally find them a lot easier to wear. ‘Undressed’ even has that one extra matte shade- the copy of UD ‘Virgin’, a satin/ shimmer, which in the MUA palette is just named ‘1’, and is more of a matte/shimmer. Just that one extra matte shade makes a huge difference to the palette, I think, because it’s a nice all-over-lid shade for pale skin and a highlighter that isn’t too frosty on darker skin tones. Obviously, the quality of these eyeshadows isn’t as fantastic as Urban Decay. They’re a lot sheerer and often need building up, but that also means that they need less blending and you won’t be left with any harsh lines (always a risk with Urban Decays dark, super pigmented shadows). I don’t have any issues with the wear time of these, either. They seem to last as well as any other shadows, but I always use a primer and I rarely wear makeup for more than six hours, so I can’t really say for sure which would last longer.

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Some of these shades are crazy similar! I think the only slight differences I can see between these two palettes are that ‘Undressed’ is more neutral than ‘Naked’, and that the shadows in the ‘Naked’ palette (particularly the shimmery ones) are much more pigmented and have a slightly more true-to-the-colour-in-the-pan colour payoff.

What do you think of this comparison? Are you tempted to buy either of these palettes, or have you already tried them?

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