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31 October 2014

Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches

Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches

I can barely keep up with all of the amazing new releases from Makeup Revolution at the moment.. they appear to be launching new and exciting products on a weekly basis, and their newest release might be the most exciting thus far. Makeup Revolution have launched a collection of eight The One Blush Sticks which include four matte shades, and four satin/shimmer shades - costing just £5 each.

Makeup Revolution really have thought of (nearly) everything with the packaging of their The One Blush Sticks as the boxes and sticks themselves are either shiny, or matte to reflect the finish of the product inside.. although the sticks aren't individually named which is quite strange as you have to physically open each stick to see which shade you're looking for if you own more than two shades/finishes. The One Blush Sticks can be worn on both the lips and cheeks and quite obviously inspired the NARS Multiples, at just a fraction of the cost.

Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches

The four shades are; Malibu*, Pink*, Dream* and Rush*

Malibu is a dark, warm-toned orangey brown shade. This is the only shade that I can't get to work with my skintone as it's much too dark, but it would be better suited for those with medium to dark skintone. I'd love to see Makeup Revolution introduce a cool-toned brown in either the matte or satin/shimmer formula that would work for contouring, as both shades of Malibu are much too orangey unfortunately. 

Pink is a bright, blue-toned bubblegum pink with a satin finish. This is such a bright pink that it does look quite intimidating within the tube, however it can be worn sheerly for a more muted effect; which I much prefer.

Dream is a very pale pink-toned shimmer highlighter. I really love this shade.. it's just so incredibly pretty when worn on the cheek and browbones. I think Dream is my favourite shade from the four shimmery shades as it looks stunning when worn sheerly when applied with a duo fiber brush, or built up for a more intense highlight and it also works well as an inner corner highlight too.

Rush is a serious dupe for the NARS Orgasm Multiple.. they're identical in shade, finish and formula. It's a warm medium pink shade, with golden shimmer. If you've ever wanted to try the NARS Orgasm blush in either powder or Multiple form, then you seriously need to try the Rush shade as it's practically identical.

Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches

The four shades are; Matte Malibu*Matte Pink*Matte Dream* and Matte Rush*. Strangely enough only three of the four shades is actually matte which Rush.. the other three are definitely not matte. Matte Malibu, Matte Pink and Matte Dream don't contain any obvious shimmer or glitter particles like the first four, but they are very shiny on the skin - especially Matte Malibu and Matte Dream. 

Matte Malibu is almost a terracotta, orangey brown shade which is very warm and muddy in tone. This might suit deep skintones, but it's definitely too dark and muddy for fair to medium tones.

Matte Pink is a bright, medium pink with a blue undertone. I find this to be a little more wearable as a blush than the non-matte Pink, but both look pretty when worn sheerly on the lips.

Matte Dream is a stunning, pale baby pink shade that reminds me of a cream version of Illamasqua's Katie Powder Blusher. This is very much a blush shade rather than one for lips with my skintone as it's quite pale so it does give a concealer-lip look to the lips, but I love it as a blush.

Matte Rush is a bright (and actually matte) coral shade that looks lovely when worn on the cheeks or the lips. When I wear Matte Rush quite sheerly on the lips, it reminds me of a matte version of MAC's Ravishing Lipstick.

Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution The One Blush Sticks - Review and Swatches

These are the duo's swatched against each other so you can see how much each shade differs. Even though the formula is different for the two ranges, the shades are very different considering they have the same name.. which I don't have a problem with myself, but if you own say the Matte Rush shade, don't rule out getting the Shimmer Rush shade as you think it'll be too similar, as it's actually a completely different shade as you can see above with all of the eight shades. 

I think this is a great release from Makeup Revolution, and £5 is amazing value for a product that you can use on both your cheeks and lips and a release which is very, very similar to the £30 NARS Multiples. If you have a pale-light skintone, I'd recommend skipping both 'Malibu' shades as they're just too muddy and orange, but I love the other six - especially the two Dream shades.

Which is your favourite shade from the eight?

30 October 2014

Flamingo Candles Cinnamon Appleberry Halloween Candle

Flamingo Candles Cinnamon Appleberry Halloween Candle
Flamingo Candles Cinnamon Appleberry Halloween Candle
Flamingo Candles Cinnamon Appleberry Halloween Candle


If you love and obsess over candles as much as I do, I really do insist that you try at least one of Flamingo Candles' offerings. Flamingo Candles is a organic UK candle brand that hand pour their candles using soybeans and natural cotton wicks. The candles are all free from any petroleum, paraffin or beeswax products and their candles are made from 100% vegetable wax. Each of the Flamingo Candles' Classic Jar Candles are just £12 each, and offer upto 50 hours of burning time which is impressive for a candle of their size and I can confirm that they do burn for at least 50 hours each. There are an amazing 48 different scents to choose from, and my newest; Cinnamon Appleberry is from their new Halloween Collection.

Cinnamon Appleberry is described as a delicious blend of tart, juicy apples and sweet strawberries, raspberries laced with a cinnamon glow. To me, Cinnamon Appleberry smells like a cross between Apple Jacks; one of my favourite childhood sweets, and apple sponge cake. It's such a stunning scent for Autumn, and I'm really enjoying burning it every evening with it filling the room of delicious fragrance. I really love the cute, glass flamingo jars that Flamingo Candles use for their candles as I like to reuse them for storing cotton pads, cotton buds or makeup brushes.