26 July 2014

Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation

Finding a super pale, drugstore foundation without a strong yellow undertone is pretty much mission impossible. I've spent a ridiculous amount of money over the years buying foundations that I thought were pale enough, only to discover that they're in fact much too dark for my pale skintone. Pale skin isn't a rarity.. lots of people have pale skin, so I just don't understand why brands don't create truly pale foundations? The Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation is available in an impressive eleven shades.. I can't even name a drugstore brand that has eleven shades in their range?! Not only are there eleven shades, they even have pink tone, mid tone and yellow tone options within the shades which is incredible. The palest shade is 02 Pink Tone which is without a doubt the best foundation shade match I've ever found from drugstore and high-end brands and it costs only £3. I just can't believe how good a shade match this is for my skintone. If you have very pale skin like mine then I urge you try this shade of foundation, I guarantee you'll be blown away by how pale it actually is.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation in Shade 02 Pink Tone - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation in Shade 02 Pink Tone - Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation in Shade 02 Pink Tone - Review and Swatches

The Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation £3* is described as being an high coverage, easily blendable foundation. It claims to have BB Cream high coverage qualities that is suitable for all skin types and is long lasting. The consistency of this foundation is very thick and almost identical to the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, and just like Skin Base, is best applied with your fingers as a brush leaves brush strokes. It's important to apply this foundation over a silicone based primer to help the foundation blend into the skin better, otherwise it does have the tendency to sink into pores and cling onto dry patches. The foundation claims to have an high coverage which I'd have to disagree with.. even though it's very thick, it doesn't cover blemishes or acne scarring very well so I have to use quite a bit of concealer in the areas I need extra coverage.

If you like a light-medium coverage foundation with a radiant finish then I'd really recommending trying this foundation. I would love, love, love for Makeup Revolution to create a fuller coverage foundation in this exact shade as it's such a perfectly pale shade. I'm just so impressed with Makeup Revolution as a brand.. they actually listen to their customers and produce good quality yet affordable products.

25 July 2014

Fragrance Direct Haul

Fragrance Direct Haul

When Fragrance Direct had 10% off last week, I knew I had to take advantage and place an order. I've always been an huge Fragrance Direct fan, but they've recently revamped their website and it looks so much better and it is a lot easier to navigate. Their prices are always so amazing, and I managed to buy all of the items above for about £20 which is pretty good going, I must admit. 

Fragrance Direct Haul

I always buy my Essie polishes from Fragrance Direct as they're so much cheaper than Boots or Debenhams. I couldn't believe it when I saw that they had the shades from the Essie 2013 Encrusted Treasures collection from last year.. I knew I had to snap a few shades up. I opted for Hors D'oeuvres, On A Silver Platter and Peak Of Chic all for only £2.25 each instead of £9.99. They are all SO beautiful...

Fragrance Direct Haul

Next up I got two Rimmel Nail Polishes; one Lycra Pro Polish in My Denim and a Salon Pro Polish in Purple Rain - both were only £1.25 each. I also bought the Sally Hansen Kwik Off Moisturising Nail Polish Remover for only £1.50, and it's huge.

Fragrance Direct Haul

I got two items from W7; the W7 Aye Aye Captain Very Black Liquid Eyeliner £1.99 after seeing a rave review, the W7 Brow Twister Eyebrow Pencil £1.99. The last product I bought was the Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation in 30 Porcelain £5.99. The lightest shade of Max Factor's foundation in the UK is Light Ivory 40 and I've never seen shade 30 Porcelain before, so I'm hoping this might be a better, paler shade match than Light Ivory. I'm so impressed with how much I got for £20, especially when two of the Essie polishes alone cost £20 when bought anywhere else. 

Have you got any bargains from Fragrance Direct recently?

24 July 2014

Maybelline 'Pure Nude' 24HR Color Tattoo

Maybelline 'Pure Nude' 24hr Color Tattoo Review and Swatch
Maybelline 'Pure Nude' 24hr Color Tattoo Review and Swatch
Maybelline 'Pure Nude' 24hr Color Tattoo Review and Swatch
Maybelline 'Pure Nude' 24hr Color Tattoo Review and Swatch


When Maybelline launched their limited edition Dare to Go Nude Collection in March, I was gutted that I couldn't get my hands on the six new Color Tattoo shades. I am a massive fan of neutral shades so this collection couldn't have been more perfect for me. Whilst perusing eBay, I spotted a UK seller (here) that was selling all five shades of the Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoo collection, and selling them at a very reasonable price too. I knew I had to snap up the shades I wanted quickly, as they were bound to sell out quickly seeing as they're all limited edition shades... I chose four of the six shades and they arrived the very next day. Since receiving my Color Tattoo's, I've bought quite a few other products from the eBay seller as they sell a lot of American exclusive products and shades.

The first shade I chose was Pure Nude which I was worried at first, may have been very similar to the shade Barely Branded (reviewed here) which I already own. Pure Nude is seriously stunning. It's a pale yellow-toned beige shade with a beautiful shimmery finish and a lot less metallic than Barely Branded.. Pure Nude has more of a sparkly iridescence to it. Just like all of the Maybelline Color Tattoo's, Pure Nude has an amazingly creamy texture which applies effortlessly all over the lid with either a brush or fingertip. It can be worn quite sheerly or it can easily be built up and works perfectly as a base for any shade of eyeshadow/s or just worn alone. I love how pretty Pure Nude is when worn alone and teamed with liquid liner.. it's just such a beautiful, easy to wear shade and even doubles up as an inner corner highlight, too. 

Snap it up quickly before it sells out!

23 July 2014

Cute Clutches

Top Six Clutch Bags

1. Lamb 1887 The Cannes Clutch - I love the contrast of the pale grey snakeskin leather against the bright lemon piping of this clutch. The lemon yellow leather also features inside the bag, as well as being interwoven through the detachable gold chain. Not only is the outside of this clutch beautiful, the inside is fully lined with luxuriously soft suede.  

2. Lamb 1887 The Audrey Clutch - Millie Mackintosh owns this exact clutch which she used for her engagement party back in 2013, and I remember falling in love with it then. The Audrey has a colour block style in white and arctic grey, with a gold twist lock clasp and metallic trim. I also really love that all of the Lamb 1887 bags are complete with an adorable gold embossed lamb.

3. Warehouse Leather Pocket Front Clutch - How beautiful is the colour of this bag? Although it's not the most practical for someone as clumsy as myself, I must admit. I like its simple design and that it comes with a long, thin shoulder strap. It comes in a few pretty pastel shades too, if blue isn't your colour.

4. New Look Lemon Clutch - I love this bag.. although I think it would look better on holiday than in the UK. The segments are all individually stitched, and the attention to detail is amazing considering it's less than £10. I really like how big this bag is too as you can fit more than just your phone and one lipstick.

5. Klear Klutch Hologram Clutch - I have a serious love for Holographic accessories so I had to include this beaut from Klear Klutch. The clutch is made of a semi-sheer plastic with a holographic finish which is really unique with a secure popper fastening. I like how subtle the holographic finish is, as some can be a bit too garish for my liking.

6. French Connection Char Pouch Clutch - No clutch love list would be complete without a little leopard print. Call me a chav but I love (tasteful) leopard print. This clutch is 100% real leather and a pouch design so it'd be nice and roomy inside for night-out essentials. 

Which is your favourite clutch?