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30.10.14

Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette


The Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette Review

Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette The Browns

Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette The Blues

Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette The Purples

Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette Look


Another Makeup Revolution product, seems I can't keep away. After the not so impressive Shimmer Palette, their 'What You Waiting For' palette put Makeup Revolution on my makeup radar, if you couldn't tell. One of their best known items is the Essential Mattes Palettes, which I couldn't wait to try. I am a lover of anything matte, and this was one of the reason I kind of turned my nose up at the shimmer palette...my mistake.

The Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette consists mainly nudes (duh), ranging from the lightest beige to a dark chocolate brown, with peachy shades and beiges thrown in the mix. The three plum shades, a medium brownish colour with a strong purple undertone, a greyish light lavender and a soft, cool lilac, are right up my street. 

The pale yellow is one shade I am unsure about, as well its yellow. I’m sure I’ll find a way to make it work for me at some point, but I've not yet, so any suggestions are greatly welcomed... One more shade I can not warm up to is the steel blue, which doesn't seem flatter my green eyes. 

Those two poor shades aside, I have been using this palette daily and with the pigmentation being surprisingly strong the colours last all day too. I have even received a few compliments from my mother (we all know they can be rare) that my eye makeup actually looks nice, and what colours was I using? Well if that isn't the ultimate seal of approval for the Essential Mattes Palette then I don't know what is.


Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes Palette £4 - Like I need to mention how good price this is?


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29.10.14

Dirty Looks Hair Extensions & The Ultimate Care Guide


Dirty Looks Hair Extensions Toasted Highlights Review

Dirty Looks Hair Extensions Toasted Highlights


Besides mascara, the next thing I know a lot about is hair extensions, and since I have been wearing them since I have been 16 I like to think I know a thing or two about them and their care. And the one brand I have sworn by? Dirty Looks. Pretty much the only decent clip in hair extensions in my opinion. These extensions are Grade - A, Remy Human Hair. Meaning they are pretty much the best on the market, you only have to look at other companies whilst buying to see they don't offer this quality. No synthetic straggly hair extensions here.

I recently went for a bit of a style change, and have been wearing the Dirty Looks Hair Extensions Toasted Highlights in the length 12-14 inches, and have compiled a little list of things that I do to ensure my extensions last, and actually still look good.

Dirty Looks Hair Extensions Toasted Highlights Review & Care Guide

The Dirty Looks Hair Extensions Toasted Highlights Review & Care


Let's start with the basics-shampooing. I always try and use a rather gentle shampoo and conditioner and don't skimp on the quality. Don't ruin your hair and/or extensions by trying to save a couple of pounds on the super cheap stuff. I've learnt that one the hard way. When it comes down the washing, I always make sure the are entirely tangle free, and gently place the extensions into warm water and leave them to cleanse for no more than ten minutes. Don’t be tempted to swish or swirl the hair around as this will only cause the hair extensions to tangle. Again, one I've learnt the hard way.

Once you have finished washing your hair extensions, gently squeeze out any excess water before laying them flat on a dry towel. Note - you will take up the entire bathroom doing this, and is a good way to scare anyone you live with.  Next up, applying a good quality conditioning treatment to the extensions is vital. A leave-in conditioner or an Argan oil treatment will do the trick, and I have always found you can't go wrong with adding a little extra. When it comes to drying them, the hair dyer is the ultimate sin, and is one way to mess up your extensions. Air drying is your friend, trust me.

When your extensions are good to go, I always try and not use to many heat tools, easier said than done admittedly, but 200c of curling heat is never going to make the extensions last long. When I do succumb to the heat, a heat protector is essential. I am actually better remembering to use this on my extensions rather than my own hair for some reason.

When I am finally done with my extensions, till the next day anyway, I just make sure they are tangle free, this is because some hair products have a knack of damaging or discolouring my beloved clip-in hair extensions if left on for too long. Plus I would always make sure they’re kept free from mildew and mustiness, and always remember to make sure that they are completely dry before putting them away, back in their box. This way you’ll avoid any unpleasant surprises. Yes, mouldy extensions do happen. But hopefully with these simple care tips not only will you have wonderful swish worthy extensions, but they'll also be mould free. Perfection? I think so. 




Do you have anymore hair extension care tips?



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28.10.14

Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks


The Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks Reviews

Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks

The Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks Shimmer

Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks Mattes

The Shimmer Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks

The Matte Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks

The Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks Annabel

So, it is safe to say I go from one extreme to another..one moment Makeup Revolution were totally off my radar, the next, I am hands down addicted. I have been lucky enough to be trying out the Makeup Revolution 'The One' Blush Sticks.  Hello Nars iconic 'The Multiple' dupe. I've never tried the Nars ones so I won't be comparing them, but even I, noticed the resemblance. And nice price difference, 'The One' Blush Sticks a steal at £5 in comparison to the £30 for the Nars 'The Multiple'. Tough decision eh..

'The One' Blush Sticks come in four matte and four sheer colours, there's a combination of nude tones, bright pinks and bronzing shades. The matte ones are actually in a matte box, and a matte finish tube. I like the logic. Similarly, the shimmery ones are in a glossy finish box and tube. The only down side is that the tubes don't have the shade names on but at least you know if it's a glossy or matte one. But names would really help.  

The colours are the same, just matte and shimmery, a bronzer (Malibu), a shade that doubles as a highlighter (Dream), a pinky/coral shade (Rush) and a bright pink shade (Pink).

'Malibu' is the chocolate-eque colour, that has golden shimmer in it. While the matte one makes a rather good contour. Hello Kim K.

'Dream' is a super pale, almost quite pink whereas the matte version has a hint more colour and a little more warmth to it. The shimmer is a unexpected decent highlighter, and the matte version is a lovely blush. And yes, I have been wearing pink blush. Shock horror.

'Pink' is a much more barbie pink whereas 'Matte pink' is a more coral shade. Both are lovely, just a bit bright for my non-daring colour phobe self. 

'Rush' is an orangey/coral shade with gold glitter in it and 'Matte Rush' is a much deeper, more dense shade. This would be great on darker skin tones I would imagine, but I am yet too scared to get this past the swatch on my arm.

While I am talking swatches, this showed how long wearing they were, and as I found out they don't removed with just water. Makeup remover is needed. On to my face, I have been wearing ' Matte Malibu' and 'Matte Dream' daily (pictured in fact), and I am so impressed with how creamy they are too blend it, and they look way more natural than I ever expected cream blushes too appear. Saying that, until these arrived on my doorstep, pink blushers were such a scare they never made it on my face. And now look at me, pink blush AND 'budget' makeup? 


Makeup Revolution Blush Sticks £5


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