B E A U T Y | V A M P N O I R*

Freedom Makeup – Vamp Noir | £8.00

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Ok, so um, here’s another thing I bought that I didn’t need. Ha!

I saw (somewhere on the interwebs) a picture of the new Black Swan Halloween kit and I thought to myself “oo, the range of products there looks quite nice but a) I hate Halloween so that’s a waste and b) it’s all black and white (obviously) which is so singular to this time of year that I wont get much use out of the products”.  Luckily, Freedom had another kit on offer, the Vamp Noir. I got mine in my local Superdrug when I was picking up another order. We don’t have Makeup Revolution on stands in my town, I usually get mine at Sheffield or online so I was surprised to see the Christmas and Halloween Tam Beauty offerings all lined up prettily. The Vamp Noir comes with one eye dust (glitter), one quad eyeshadow palette, a lipstick, a lipgloss and a gel eyeliner.

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B E A U T Y | B A N G K O K N I G H T S*

w7 Naughty Nine Swatches w/ Review – Bangkok Nights | £2.70

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“Bangkok Nights is one of four in W7’s The Naughty Nine eyeshadow collection.
Bangkok Nights ranges in purple and plum shades which vary in textures from shimmer to matte effect. The combination of finishes allows you to create looks for the day as well as the night time.
In its sturdy and small packaging, this compact palette can be easily slipped in a handbag or luggage for when you’re on the go”.

I initially bought this palette after seeing BeautyBreaksWithVicky talk about it on her Instagram. She didn’t say it was good or bad, she just posted likening it to the Mac x9 palettes.

This brings me to a different point…. Vicky later made a comment on that same picture that the quality wasn’t so great with these palettes (I am not getting at Vicky in particular). I’m aware that this palette was cheap as chips and it was my own decision to buy it but I feel that social media “influencers”, myself included have a duty to state an opinion….. Don’t just post ambiguous pictures of things looking pretty. Do you like it or do you not? Is it worth it or is it not? Is it comparable to the original product that it’s trying to mimic?

If she had said this clearly in the original post I’d have said “ooo, how pretty, but I don’t want to buy something that’s crappy”. And now I have bought it, all I have to say is that this palette is pants. Utter rubbish. 
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B E A U T Y | SL E E K – H A U L*

New From Sleek – Haul September 2016

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“Lose yourself in sumptuous romantic evenings; embrace the cosy warmth of dinner by candlelight and seductive nights by the fire. Create alluring looks with warm, rich shades including smouldering dusky rose, deep plum and iridescent shimmers”.

bloglineI saw yesterday on Sleek’s Facebook page that they had launched a brand new Limited Edition iDivine palette called “Goodnight Sweetheart along with three new Lip VIP shades, Icon, Elite and Paparazzi. A few months previously there were also six new Matte me shades added to the existing line (Shabby Chic, Velvet Slipper, Vino Tinto, Bittersweet, Fired Up and Old Hollywood).

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Shop My Stash – Collaboration w/ iDorottka

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We shopped our stashes and here’s what we found….

I recently met D in real life and we had a complete last talking makeup, men and all kinds of things and we just knew we had to do some sort of collab. We did an impromptu look of the day on Instagram a while back using the Makeup Revolution Naked chocolate palette but we just had to do something else. At the moment it’s just the two of us, but Folu from BoxBraids&Beauty will be jumping on as soon as exams are done with!

So in a group chat on WhatsApp between myself, Dorota and Folu, we decided on shopping our stashes instead of continuously splurging on makeup (don’t judge me, my next post is a haul, this conversation was a while ago ahahaha). The whole idea is not buying into so much beauty and using what you have already because let’s face it, we could all have stopped at maybe three palettes and two lipsticks but of course, that’s just never going to happen.

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M A R C H F A V O U R I T E S*

March 2016 Favourite Products

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This month has been pretty chill and low maintenance for me. I always use the easter break as a chance to recharge everything. Hair, skin, nails, blog and that meant less makeup and more concentrating on me. The first two weeks of March I still had uni so I got some good use out of some products but other than that beauty has been a one, two skip a few type thing for me.

I have a nice selection of favourites this month but I don’t have an eyeshadow palette because I’ve been hermitting in my room doing uni work for deadlines before exams so eyeshadow hasn’t really been on my priority list. If I’ve gone out, aside from my Full Face of Freedom, it’s been more foundation and mascara than anything bright and artsy. Although trust me, it’s Spring, bright and artsy is definitely coming!

But anyway, here are my favourites! ↓↓

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B E A U T Y | F R E E D O M F U L L F A C E*

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In my Makeup Revolution Birthday goodie bag we got a few Freedom products so I thought I’d do a full face with those and some of the other products I have in my makeup collection. I’m going to include mini reviews as well as two lip options. Enjoy!

** If you just want to see the finished look then look back at specific things in the post to see what I used then just skip to the bottom, I wont mind :).

Ordinarily I would start with the Freedom Pro Studio Moisture Cream as I’ve been doing most days for around six months. I didn’t want my base to be too emolient though because I was unsure how it would mix with the primer and the strobe cream so I skipped this step.

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B E A U T Y | G O O D I E B A G*

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A few weeks ago I attended the Makeup Revolution birthday party at Cafe de Paris in London (you can read about the fab night here). As we left we all handed in our little goodie bag coupons we had been drunkenly checking for throughout the night to make sure we hadn’t dropped it in amongst all of the boogieing. We were each handed a tote bag that said “I Helped Make the Revolution” printed on the side. That message was dotted all about the party and was a huge thank you to all of the bloggers and vloggers and press that helped Adam and the gang build the brand. It’s definitely something I’ll keep forever.

So, I didn’t open the goodie bag until the next day because a) I didn’t want to lose anything on the train and b) I was half asleep and I wanted to really appreciate what we were given.

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B E A U T Y | F O R T U N E*

Makeup Revolution & British Beauty Blogger – Fortune Favours the Brave | £9.99

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If you’re the kind of person that follows every beauty release then you’ll know that two weeks ago Makeup Revolution released a collaboration palette with Jane, the BritishBeautyBlogger. The palette is a complete labour of love which really shows in the overall quality.

I said I wasn’t going to be continuing the Makeup Revolution Monday series for a few weeks but today just happens to be MUR’s official birthday so I had to break that hiatus!! Here’s to many more years of drugstore domination! Keep giving us palettes as gorgeous as this and we’ll stay loyal forever!

Thirty shades of matte, glimmer and sheen combine in one golden palette for an every which-way smoky eye. From the lightest of brightening base colours to the darkest, most daring shades of navy, black and green and everything in between, Fortune is the most versatile, every-age, every-tone palette yet.
What you’ll find in Fortune Favours The Brave is light sheens and mattes, metallic bursts of colour heading through to the darkest shades of black, plum and navy. I (Jane) hope that it’s the kind of palette that you really feel you can sit down and experiment with and identify what shades really bring out your eye colour and compliment your tone.

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B E A U T Y | J O R D A N A*

Jordana Complete Cover 2-in-1 Concealer & Foundation – Golden Caramel | £4.95

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INSTANT COMPLEXION PERFECTION
The ultimate multitasker conceals dark spots, imperfections, dark circles and evens out skin tone for a flawless look
Flexible coverage – Full to maximum. Long wearing, water resistant & oil-free

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A while ago I kept having suggestions on YouTube about the Jordana Complete cover foundation after I’d searched for “foundation for dark skin”. The reviews were all great but it wasn’t something I could find in the UK to purchase. Then I realised that Beauty Crowd stocked Jordana and were also having a 50% off sale so I bought a few things in my haul here, plus the Jordana foundation to try. Continue reading

B E A U T Y | K I K O C L I C S*

My Kiko Infinity Clics Collection 2016 Review w/Swatches

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I went to Kiko yonks ago and added a few more colours to my Clics collection. My plan is to make a 24 pan neutral palette with my Clics. As much as I love colour, I’m not really a fan of some of the bright Infinity shadows, I think they’re a bit to gaudy but the neutrals are all gorgeous.

The shadows individually cost £5.90 but NEVER pay that much for them. They have sales every month so the price drops to £2.80. There are 48 Infinity shadows to choose from plus six Infinity Sparkle shadows so you’re not stuck for choice.

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