Beauty | Product reviews

Soph X MakeUp Revolution review

By on September 21, 2017

Hey guys!! So it’s been a long while since I last posted on my blog (sorry!), but I am back with a review on one of my current favourite palettes! If any of you are unaware of who ‘Soph Does Nails’ is, she is a beauty YouTuber with over 400,000+ subscribers and growing. I watch her videos quite frequently, so when I found out that she was binging out her own palettes in collaboration with MakeUp Revolution (aka one of my favourite brands, ever), I had to get my hands on them.

Initially, she has released an eyeshadow palette as well as a highlighter one, and oh man, they are pigmented. Firstly, let’s look at the eye-shadow palette and the range of colours that are included. One thing that I love most about this palette is that the colours cater for everyone, regardless of your skin type and there’s a mix of light whites, dark brows, reds, oranges, shimmer shades, and she even threw in a dark black shade! It goes without saying how diverse this palette is, which enables you to play around with the colours in lots of different ways; and doesn’t limit you to just one or two colours.

When it comes to the matte eyeshadow shades, they are pigmented, easy to blend and all work together nicely to achieve the perfect look. I found that with the shimmer shades, they were extremely shimmery / glossy and you don’t even need to wet your brush to pick up on the pigmented. One of my favourite shimmer shades is the green in the middle of the palette which you can see in the picture below. As well as being pretty to look at, it is also perfect for the Christmas season! There is also a gorgeous silver shimmer shade named, ‘Fairy Lights’ which works wonders as a inner corner / brow-bone highlight…. trust me on this one.

Now onto the highlighter palette. I have always been a fan of Make-Up Revolution’s highlighters for the simple reason that they are pigmented, blinding, and above all affordable. You get quality for a low price- is there anything better?! When it comes to the quality that I love, this palette was no different. What I love most about Soph’s collaboration palette is how the highlighter palette is also so diverse which means that there is a shade for pretty much any skin type. There’s the blinding white highlighter, a mix of blues and pinks, golden shades. If there’s one highlighter shade that doesn’t suit you, odds are that you’ll find another that does suit your skin shade.

Personally, I loved the blue / purple highlighter on the bottom row, and the silver one which is first in the pan. Normally I struggle with finding a good highlighter, and oh boy did this make me glow and above all…. it lasted on my face all day. Like with the shimmer shades in the eyeshadow palette, you don’t need to wet your brush in order to pick up pigment, but it does help. I used my Make Up Revolution setting spray to wet my brush and then apply my highlight and it worked wonders. We all love a good highlight, right?!

The eyeshadow palette retails at £10 for 24 shades and can be purchased from the Tam Beauty website hereor from Superdrug hereThe highlighter palette retails at £8 for 8 highlighters and can be purchased from the Tam Beauty website hereor from Superdrug here

Have you tried the new Soph X MakeUp Revolution collab yet, and if so, what are your thoughts? Make sure to leave them in the comment box below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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What’s WRONG with the ABH ‘Subculture’ palette?

By on August 2, 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills are back with a sister palette to the much loved ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette, and it seems like the whole beauty world (and world in general), have been going crazy over this new release.

With this palette only launching last Tuesday on the ABH official website, I knew that I had to add it to my collection as the MR palette is one of my holy grails of all holy grails. The palette features 14 shades, most of which are new eyeshadows, and feature a range of colours from pinks and reds, to dark blues and vibrant shimmers.

However, I am going to start by saying that this palette is not worth the money at all… and here’s why.

Firstly, I found some of the shades to be difficult to blend- especially the shades, ‘Untamed’ and ‘Axis.’ Disappointingly, these were the two shades that I was most excited to try out as I don’t normally go for any other eyeshadow colour other than reds and oranges (are you with me?!)

Next, I found that some of the shadows *cough* New Wave *cough*  had a lot of fallout. Normally, I’m not that fussed with fallout as there’s no such thing as a perfect eyeshadow. Fallout = high pigment as you will see in the Modern Renaissance palette. However, there’s a difference between a bit of harmless fallout, and half the eyeshadow colour spiting at me. On the other hand, I would like to point out that ‘New Wave’ is easier to blend than ‘Untamed’ ‘Axis’ so not all the matte shades in this palette are a battle to blend with.

And now onto the shimmers. If you’ve followed my blog or YouTube over the past few months, you may be aware that ABH shimmers are my favourite shimmer eyeshadows ever. They give any look such a glamorous pop, and most of the time don’t even need a bit of help with water (even though that does make it even more pigmented than they already are).

I first gave ‘Cube’ a go, and man it confused me. I totally forgot that it was a duo-chrome eyeshadow so I dipped into my white shimmer as you do to end up with a pink eyelid. But that isn’t all bad, in fact, I love that aspect of it. Next up was the one eyeshadow I was itching to use the whole tutorial, ‘Electric.’ From what I’ve heard and seen from this palette, this green toned shimmer really adds a major pop… and it’s green?! So I gave it a try. And it was definitely worth the wait. Even though I didn’t get to try out ‘Adorn,’ I would say that the shimmer shades were highly pigmented, and did not let me down.

Overall, do I regret purchasing this palette? No, as it’s so different to anything I currently own. But do I think it’s worth the money? Definitely not. I am a massive fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and will always back their products, but this palette was a let down for me. Compared to how well the Modern Renaissance was formulated, and how well it blended, this is on such a lower level to me. I don’t know what has gone on with this palette, but it definitely wasn’t what I expected.

Do you own the new ‘Subculture’ palette, and if so, what are your thoughts? Leave your opinions in the comment section below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

Suggested: ABH Modern Renaissance palette: review

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UD NAKED Heat palette GIVEAWAY!

By on July 30, 2017

Yes… you read the title right. I am giving away the new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette to one lucky winner.

This palette has been raved about so much over the past couple of months, and is already sold out on the official Urban Decay website. Retailing at £39.50, this palette includes 12 all new warm-toned shades which is enough to fire up any outfit.

Among the 12 shades, it features “warm browns, burnt oranges and rich siennas.” What makes this palette even better is the fact that it includes both matte and shimmer shades adding a bit of dazzle to any look.

To win this palette, all you need to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel here, and my vlogging channel here.

Do not forget to also enter via this form  as this is how a winner is going to be randomly selected, and RT this tweet.

Winners will be randomly selected, and the giveaway ends at 00:00am BST on the 31st August 2017. Full terms and conditions will be listed below… good luck!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

Terms and conditions:

Giveaway ends 31st August 2017 at 00:00am BST. **Open residents of the UK only.** Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the giveaway- failure to respond will result in another winner. Winners are chosen completely at random. All entrants must follow all the rules described- not doing this may result in disqualification. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. All entrants under 18 years of age must ask for parent / guardians permission.

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Is this the BEST drugstore highlighter?

By on July 29, 2017

Step aside Mary-Lou, I think I have found my new favourite highlighter- and what makes it even better is that it retails at only £5. Wowee.

Normally, I struggle with finding a good highlighter that is ‘blinding’ on my extremely pale skin. I don’t warm to gold-toned highlighters very well as I find that they don’t go well with my skin tone. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mary-Lou-Miniver and will rave about it until the day I die, but I think I may have found my new favourite alternative.

After watching Nikki Tutorial’s video on, ‘the best blinding highlighters,’ I noticed that she mentioned a highlighter which was from MUA. Now, I am not the biggest fan of MUA as a brand (I know, shocker), but I decided to give this highlighter a g(l)0(w)… see what I did there?

I managed to pick up MUA’s, “Strobe and Highlight” product from my local Superdrug despite the fact that it was sold out online… and boiiii I was impressed.

The highlighter comes with two sections- one with a powder highlight, and one with a cream highlight. Me and cream highlighters don’t get on the best, so I stuck to the powder section of the product. From the first swatch, I could just tell how *incredibly* pigmented the highlighter was- and then came the swatch.

Normally with swathes, I like to rub the product and see how well it would stay on my face with a bit of ‘wear and tear’ throughout the day- once again, I wasn’t disappointed. And then, of course, the highlighter on the face test. Honestly, a couple of swipes on your brush and it’s there. Poppin’ in it’s own little world. What makes this highlighter even better is that it has pink undertones, so it fits perfectly with my extremely fair skin.

Conclusion: Would I re-purchase this highlighter? Definitely *cue heart eyes emoji.* At such an affordable price, this ‘handy highlighter’ is also travel friendly, incredibly pigmented, and most importantly highlights my face like no other highlighter I own (it even trumps my Make-Up Revolution one *another shocker*).

This highlighter is from the, ‘MUA Luxe’ range and is available to purchase in stores now, even though it is currently sold out online.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Morphe 25A: Copper Spice review

By on June 17, 2017

I never thought I would ever write a review on this beaut of a palette… but Beauty Bay FINALLY started stocking it and I knew I just had to have one of my own. If you aren’t familiar with Morphe in general, they do incredibly pigmented eyeshadow palettes (one of their most raved about being the ‘Morphe 35O’) for an incredible price. You get my drift…

However, after purchasing the Morphe 35O palette a few months back, I was eager to add to my collection and find the right palette which would do just that. The ’25A Copper Spice’ eyeshadow palette is limited edition (which makes it even more of a gem!) and features all the ‘copper’ colours you would need for the most loved warm toned eye look.

The palette features 25 colours which consists of 16 matte and 9 shimmer. As mentioned earlier, the palette is warm toned so it features a lot of red / brown colours as well as an incredibly pigmented black to add some depth into your outer corner. Not only that, but the shimmer colours are bright and ‘poppy’ so adding some glam to your eye look isn’t a problem.

The first row of the palette also features some pale toned colours which are great as transition shades, and add diversity into the overall collection. When experimenting with this palette I used the yellow / brown toned colour on the top row as my main transition shade (which worked really well!) and went from there.

Next, I took a light brown colour from the second row to add some depth into my crease. I normally like to go for a bold eye-look which is full of dark colours, and then contrasted with a ‘pop’ of colour in the inner corner of my eye, so this colour was the perfect match for this. To add depth even further (and also because I LOVE red toned eye looks!), I used the seasonal red colour from the third row of the palette.

When I had the main base of my eyeshadow all ready, I used the ultimate black shade at the bottom of the palette. The pigmentation of this is absolutely incredible, and really helps to bring depth into the outer corner of my eye. It also contrasts well with the red and brown colours I used earlier, to give an extra ‘warm’ look.

As always… my eyeshadow looks aren’t complete without a tad bit of shimmer in there. This was one of the hardest choices I made when coming up with this eye look as this palette includes so many exciting shimmers to experiment with. However, I chose the ‘unique’ colour on the 4th row to brighten the eye look a little without distracting from the main crease colours.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the pigmentation and variety of this palette. The only thing I would point out, however, is that the colours in this palette are similar to those in the original 35O, so maybe opt for the 25B palette if you are looking for something a bit different to existing shadows. Even though I have so many palettes with colours similar to these, I am an absolute sucker for warm toned eye looks and this one did not disappoint. After being on my make-up wish list for so long, I’m glad I finally took the plunge and add some ‘spice’ into my collection.

The Copper Spice palette is now available on ‘Beauty Bay.’ (subject to availability).

The brush pictured is also by Morphe and can be purchased via the ‘Beauty Bay’ website here.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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