Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Makeup Revolution The One blush stick

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks - NARS Multiple dupe

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks in boxes

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks
Top to Bottom, L-R: Matte Malibu, Matte Dream, Matte Rush, Matte Pink, Malibu, Dream, Rush, Pink

Makeup Revolution The One blush stick
L-R: Malibu, Dream, Rush, Pink

Makeup Revolution The One matte blush stick
L-R: Matte Malibu, Matte Dream, Matte Rush, Matte Pink

I love a new launch as much as the next person, but when it involves blushers, and potential dupes, I get even more excited!

This little parcel of new Makeup Revolution goodies landed on my door step a few days ago.  I saw quite a few bloggers Instagramming pictures of these and swatches, and many have likened them to the NARS Multiple as these are for the cheeks and lips too.  I haven't used the NARS Multiple so I can't compare, but many seem to think they're comparable :)

All in all there are 4 different shades, both available in matte and shimmer.  The packaging for each relates to the product inside - so the matte ones are in a matte box, and a matte finish tube - similarly, the shimmery ones are in a glossy finish box and tube.

The shimmery ones include a bronzer (malibu), a shade that doubles as a highlighter (dream), a pinky/coral shade (rush) and a bright pink shade (pink).  The matte ones have much greater pigmentation than the shimmery ones which tend to be a tad more sheer.  If you are using the matte ones, you'll only need to use a tiny amount as a little goes a long way.

Each one retails for £5 each and can be used either wet or dry - using it dry will give the most pigmentation, but if you use it wet you'll get a more sheer effect, nifty!

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Thank you & announcement

Squidge week 1

I just want to say thank you to all the lovely guest posters who have helped me out over the last week by guest posting on my blog while I was in hospital being induced and becoming a mummy - they all did it at very short notice (less than 48 hours) and produced a fabulous range of posts from recipes, to autumn themed posts.  

It's been the most emotional week of my life and the one with the most physical pain.  If you're interested in reading my birth story, I'll be posting it over on my mummy blog in the next few days, in the meantime I'm also posting about the issues I've had with breastfeeding (it's not the idyllic picture I had imagined) and other aspects of parenting as I discover and hopefully overcome then. More importantly, there'll be a LOT of pictures of Squidge - and on my Instagram :)

Thank you all for your patience and I'll be back to normal beauty blogging soon, just as soon as I settle into a bit of a routine.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Guest Post | Autumn High Street Makeup Picks

Hello! My name's Hannah and I blog over at Midnight Violets. Whilst Georgina is taking a break from the blogging, with the baby (Congratulations!) I agreed to write a post for all you lovely people to help keep her blog going. For me it's all about highstreet make-up and finding the hidden gems at bargain prices! Considering my love of all things bargainous  and the current season, it only seemed appropriate to share the perfect additions to your autumn makeup bag. 

Autumn high street makeup picks

For me, the autumn months are all about moving away from shine control, instead opting for something more dewy and giving a fuller coverage. Lately I've been loving the Max Factor CC Cream in Light (£9.99), it has a lovely slightly dewy finish, good coverage and is a brilliant match for my pale skin. For the cheeks I'm all over the berry and plum blushes - I could write a whole post about the Autumn blushes I love! My all time favourite though is ELF's Studio Blush in Blushing Rose (£3.95), it mixes a beautiful glow with the shade of naturally flushed cheeks. 

Autumn high street face makeup

Autumn high street face makeup swatches

When it comes to eyes I'm all about something a littler darker and smokier as soon as it starts getting colder. This year we're being told it's all about jewel tones - I can't deny they're beautiful! The SEVENTEEN Starry Eyes Trio in Neptune (£4.99) is just the thing. As well as being pigmented it has some beautiful shades - purple, khaki and gold. If cream eyeshadow is more your thing I'd highly recommend the ELF Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Gala (£3.95). Aside from being a mouthful it's the most beautiful mahogany shade you ever did see, full of shimmer and perfect for parties! 

Autumn high street eye makeup

Autumn high street eye makeup swatches

When it comes to lips I have three go to's - the tinted balm, the nude colour and the red/berry shade. For tinted balms you can't get much better than Sleek Pout Polishes (£4.49), their pigmented, glossy and hydrating - just what you need with the current chill in the air! My favourite is 'Perfect Plum'- I'll let the swatches do the talking! For nude lips I currently obsessed with the Essence XXXL Long lasting Matte Lipgloss in 06 Soft Nude (£2.30), on my skintone at least it's the perfect brown toned rose shade, a little deeper for autumn too! Finally, if you're after a red lip I would highly recommend the new BarryM Lip Stain Paint in Absolute Burgundy (£4.49), creamy, rich and long lasting! 

Autumn high street lip products

Autumn high street lip product swatches

Thank you so much Hannah such a great post and pictures :)  Don't forget to head over to her blog - she has great posts on budget high street makeup :)