August 31, 2015
Today is the start of a week long feature on my blog; #FreedomWeek. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know how much I love Makeup Revolution so I was excited when they announced the launch of Freedom Makeup.. their ‘professional’ sister brand. I wanted to dedicate a whole week to showcasing and reviewing some of my favourite Freedom products I’ve discovered so far, so I really hope you enjoy these posts and make sure you come back each day to read the next installment in #FreedomWeek. For full transparency, I have purchased all of the products that feature this week myself, and if you like this feature please let me know of other brands you’d like me to perhaps feature in the future.
When Freedom first launched, I placed an order on their launch day (geeky fact but I was their third ever order) and one of the items I snapped up was the Freedom Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in the shade Peach and Baked. I love the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palettes, so I knew I had to try the Freedom equivalent although I was little apprehensive incase the shades within the palette were identical to those in the Makeup Revolution palettes. There are three Freedom Pro Blush and Highlight Palettes; each retailing for just £6, and all contain six blush shades and two highlighter shades. The layout of the Freedom Blush Palette is a little different to that of the Makeup Revolution Blush Palette as it has rectangular and square pans, whereas the Makeup Revolution use circular pans.
Peach blushes are my favourite, so the Peach and Baked Palette was an obvious choice for my first purchase. I have scoured all of my Makeup Revolution Blush Palettes, and I’m 905% sure that the highlight shades in this Freedom Palette also feature in Makeup Revolution Palettes and some of the blush shades too in all honesty. I personally don’t mind that there are repeats, but it might bother some. I’m a big fan of the size and shape of the pans as you can easily use your brush in each pan without worrying about picking up some of the bordering shades, and I always love the huge mirrors within the Blush Palettes across both brands.
Just look at that pigmentation.. I can’t quite believe that this palette is just £6. There are a few shades within the palette which look a little dark, but they’re a lot lighter once applied to the skin so don’t let the shades in the palette put you off a particular shade. This is definitely a glowy blush palette, with only one shade being completely matte (the top right corner) as all of the other shades contain varying amounts of shimmer, but none of them contain obnoxious chunky shimmer particles. I don’t typically like shimmery blushes, but I personally love every single shade within this palette, and they all look so pretty on the skin. I can’t believe how pigmented, creamy and easy to blend they are.. they’re just beautiful in terms of texture and shade and I find myself gravitating toward this blush palette more than my other palettes and the peachy shades really compliment my pale skintone.
August 30, 2015
For the month of August, the lovely Jorden of Chubby Cheesecake has been my Exclusive Advertiser. I loved Jorden’s review of the new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, especially as she included before and after photos..
Hi Everybody, I’m Jorden of chubbycheesecake.com. After 15 years in the beauty industry you would think I would be over it, but my little blog is proof that you can never have too much of a great thing (and that great thing being multiple eyeshadow palettes).My passion is independent and unusual brands, mixed with some of the better-known classics. I am a proud co-washer and I fly the flag for the curly girls, so you find hair posts targeted towards that too. I hope to see you soon.
The first of my Large August Advertisers is Jordan of Jordan Alice.
Hi everyone! I’m Jordan, a 22 year old beauty blogger, currently on medical leave from university with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My blog focuses mainly on beauty reviews and hauls, although in the future I’d like to try some lifestyle posts. I set up my blog mainly because I’m sure my friends and family were getting fed up of me constantly telling them about my new favourite blushes or the new products I was looking forward to trying! It has also helped me to deal with my illness a lot, being bed-bound for days on end can get very boring & lonely! Although I haven’t been blogging for long, I absolutely love it! I hope if you pop by you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them! x
Hi, I’m Kara (aka Abracadabra Girl) I’m a MUA/beauty therapist, reiki Master and ex-salon owner. I started Abracadabra girl In March 2014 as a place to express my love of writing (blogging and fiction) and to share my knowledge and advice to anyone who thought it was useful. I’m so glad I did! I’ve met some amazing people along the way and found you all – the blogging community. So do pop by and say “hello” and introduce yourself and your blog. Finally myself in a few words: Londoner, mama, juice and smoothie addict, amateur photographer, writer and shopaholic.
Hi I’m Jo and my blog is A Little Pop of Coral. It features new products launches, reviews on make-up, skincare and haircare, current trends and beauty edits. I am from the UK but currently live in New York, which is so exciting, I love being in a city that is so vibrant! Since arriving here in the summer, I have become obsessed with Sephora and the drugstore where there are always so many new and exciting products, especially in the run up to Christmas! Make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss all latest beauty news from the US as well as a taste of New York life in my weekend lifestyle posts. I look forward to you joining me!
Ahaarr my hearties! I’m Laura and I blog over at TeaseFlutterpout.com. With a love of beauty, life and random giggles. I hope you love reading as much as I love writing and sharing my thoughts with you! So come join the crew on my voyage through a sea of make up by checking out my blog and following me! Look forward to seeing you ( ps pirate talk is not necessary but always welcome lol)
Lots of love, Laura x
Mac & Cheese – Cheese and MAC! 2 of my favourite things. I am Antonia, and my little blog is a mixture of beauty, and healthy low fat recipes and meal ideas. All I aim to do basically in my life – is play around with make-up and nail polishes and then cook yummy food, feeding my loved ones – and then I go on to write all about it. What could be better huh? Would love if you checked it out.
Next I’d like to introduce Eltoria of Eltoria’s Secrets. Eltoria has the most incredible photography on her blog, and I particularly liked her feature on a couple of gorgeous Smashbox Eyeshadow Palettes – just wow.
Ciao bellas! (Or to any amigos out there). I am Eltoria and as you can probably tell from the header, I am slightly obsessed with facemasks and all thinks beauty related over at www.eltoria.com. I also blog about fashion, lifestyle, fitness and prize giveaways, but I have more recently been doing some collaborations with some amazing YouTubers and I really hope that my little channel continues to grow throughout 2015. Please come and by, leave your details, and let’s get linked!
Hi, my name is Carrie and I write beauty, (and the occasional lifestyle) posts, on What I Love Today x. I have been blogging for a couple of years now and love sharing my thoughts on new discoveries as well old favourites. I am a freelance makeup artist with an interest in natural skin care products (there are some amazing brands out there). I’d love you to pop over and say hi!
August 30, 2015
There are a fair few beauty products which are deemed cult favourites such as the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder or Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, and there are thousands of reviews of them which are generally very complementary. One of the skincare cult favourite products which I’m sure everyone that reads beauty blogs, is aware of is the Pixi Glow Tonic. I have read endless rave reviews on the Pixi Glow Tonic, and I’d even go as far to say that I’ve never read a negative review so I decided to finally purchase it when I noticed that ASOS had started stocking it as it was cheaper postage wise to order from ASOS than it was from the Pixi website directly.
The Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating facial toner which contains ginseng and fructose and 5% glycolic acid. The toner works to even out the skintone for a brighter, clearer complexion, whilst gently exfoliating away dead skin cells to reveal healthier, glowing skin. It has an oil free, and alcohol free formula so it’s suitable for even sensitive skin which I can vouch for, as it’s very gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any redness or irritation whatsoever. I really quite like the scent of the toner as it doesn’t smell ‘chemical-y’ like some exfoliating toners. The Glow Tonic has more of a fruity, herbal scent which is especially nice to use in the mornings when I’m half asleep.
I have been using the Pixi Glow Tonic for around six to eight weeks now and I have to agree, it is a nice toner but I have to be honest.. I’ve not found it to be the amazing, life changing exfoliative toner that I thought it would be from the many, many reviews I’ve read and I actually much prefer the Clinique Clarifying Lotion. The Pixi Glow Tonic is very gentle which I guess is one of its selling points as it’s very gentle on the skin, so the results I’ve seen to my skin have been very minimal compared to those I’ve experienced with the Clinique Clarifying Lotion. There is absolutely no doubt that the Glow Tonic is a good product which is loved by so, so many but skincare is so personal, and for me it just wasn’t amazing.
I know the ingredients within the Glow Tonic are a lot nicer, and kinder to the skin than those in the Clinique Clarifying Lotion but they just work better for my skin in terms of improving my skin’s texture, brightening my skin, reducing blackheads and blemishes and minimising acne scarring. I have been enjoying using the Pixi Glow Tonic as my morning toner, and then use my Clinique Clarifying Toner as my evening toner of choice and they seem to work wonderfully when alternated. This is by no means a negative review, as there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Pixi Glow Tonic whatsoever, it’s just that the Clinique offering works better for my skin and I’d even say the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner was considerably better results wise than the Glow Tonic.
If like me, you weren’t wowed by the Pixi Glow Tonic, I’d love to know? I can’t be alone on thinking this toner is a little over hyped?
August 29, 2015
Vera Wang Princess is a fragrance which I’ve always wanted to try as the notes sounded like my kind of fragrance, and I’d read nothing but rave reviews. I finally took the plunge and purchased it when I noticed the 100ml bottle within the Feelunique sale for only £23 which was crazy, especially as the 30ml version retails for £39. The bottle is really beautiful, and girly which is very fitting considering its name. The glass bottle is shaped into an heart with the perfume being purple to match the box. The lid of the bottle is a gold crown shape with purple crystals, and there’s a gold ring which can be detached and used as a ring – if you have super small fingers that is, as it’s teeny tiny.
Vera Wang Princess is described as an oriental floral scent which celebrates youth and femininity. The top notes feature water lily, apple, mandarin and apricot, whilst the heart consists of guava, tiare flower, tuberose and dark chocolate. Finally, the base contains vanilla, amber and wood. It’s actually a lot different to what I expected it to be, and I’m not entirely sure I know how I feel about it – I really am on the fence. In the many, many reviews I read of Princess, it was described as being a sweet and fruity scent but to me it’s actually quite powdery and it smells like baby wipes on first spritz but it does sweeten, just slightly.
It’s definitely not an horrible fragrance, but it’s just ‘nice’ in my opinion, and nothing special… and definitely not worthy of its super inflated price tag. When it comes to fragrance, I’m easily pleased but there’s just something about this scent that doesn’t work particularly well with my skin as I’ve smelt it on other people and I’ve really liked it so I’ll perhaps use it layered over scents to see if it makes any difference. It’s really funny how fragrances smell so differently on different people as I know that so many people love this, but sadly my love for it goes as far as the packaging.