Makeup Revolution Blush & Contour Palette

Hey guys! As you may have seen, there’s a major love for Makeup Revolutions palettes among the blogging community, and who can blame us, look at how gorgeous they are!

I’ve had the ‘Golden Sugar Blush & Contour’ palette for quite a while now, and I’ve been really impressed with it, so today I’m going to talk you through why I really like this product.IMG_1939Firstly, there’s the formulation of this product. As Makeup Revolution describe this palette, “we explore the most amazing collection of bronzers, merged blushers, baked bronzer and 2 merged baked highlighters.” Each colour is incredibly creamy, particularly the baked highlighters and blushers.

Makeup Revolution actually are my favourite brand (apart from Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminated) for highlighters, as they are so beautifully pigmented and the shimmer makes everyone that wears them look like sparkling, radiant beings.

I was also highly impressed with the variations of shades within this palette. If you’re a Makeup Revolution fan, you’ll know that they have quite a wide collection of highlighters, bronzers, and blush palettes, but usually they conform to a particular shade, and include slight variations of that shade. Whereas this palette covers a much cooler variation of shades, which I think makes this palette perfect for many more variations of skin tone.

Overall, my favourite thing about this palette is the fact that it pretty much covers your entire base. With highlighters, blushers and bronzers, it’s perfect for including in a travel makeup bag, since it contains everything but your base.


That’s everything I can think to mention about this palette, I would definitely recommend picking it up and giving it a try for yourself, especially because just like all Makeup Revolution products, it’s highly affordable.

Have you tried this product? Let me know how you found it in the comments!

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Brand Focus: Benefit

I recently realised that I showed you guys my beauty advent calendars at the start of December, but I never gave you guys an update of the products that were included!

So today I thought I’d do another brand focus post, and talk you through the products that I received, and review everything!IMG_1771Total Moisture Facial Cream | This face cream is actually a lot better than I expected it to be. I thought that it’d have a really strong scent, and that as soon as I applied it, it would maybe sting my sensitive skin, and make it so red that I couldn’t use this product. But instead I was pleasantly surprised by a light scent of mango butter, a natural plant-based emollient known to provide moisture, so I didn’t hesitate to put it on my skin, because I knew it would be gentle on it. It left my skin feeling instantly refreshed and highly moisturised.IMG_1772Rockateur Cheek Powder | This cheek powder is a fabulous alternative to both blush and bronzer, because it has both bronzing and peach undertones. You only need a very light swipe of this across the apples of your cheeks, and your complexion is instantly lifted and given a really worthwhile warmth. Benefit describe this product as perfect for giving your skin “a fresh-off-the-stage glow.” Your skin can’t look better than that!

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Watts Up! | This highlighter is in my favourite packaging, because I find it so much easier to apply in this twist-up chapstick-style format. The colour itself is a really gorgeous golden champagne, with a lot of shimmer and shine (obviously!). The only thing I found with this particular product (the travel size) is that it takes an awful lot of blending at the edges, to look right. This difficulty obviously doesn’t exist with the full size product because it comes with a proper ‘smudger’ on the other end of the product.

High Beam | This highlighter is my favourite shade of all of Benefits highlighters, because it has a really cool pink undertone, and I find that that shade suits my skin tone best. It is a liquid, so I would recommend using this sparingly, and then blending it out, and gradually applying more if you want a more obvious highlighted look.

Ooh La Lift | This is actually an ‘under-eye brightening’ highlighter, so it’s like a wonderful mix of a concealer and a highlight. As it says itself, its perfect for putting underneath your and in the inner corners of your eyes to really brighten them up and cover any other dark areas you may have, without being overly ‘highlighted’.IMG_1779The Porefessional Primer | I think this is one of Benefits most well known products, it was definitely the first product of theirs that I ever heard about, so I was really excited to give it a try! It’s tinted, but the colour really dissipates once you’ve properly applied it, and I’m really glad to be able to say it’s actually one of the best primers I’ve ever tried. I’ve found that it increases the staying power of both eyeshadows and foundation/concealer for all-day wear. It’s also quite unique because you can apply it under or over your makeup, and I think that’s perfect for those (like me!) that can sometimes forget to apply a base before putting on your makeup.

They’re Real! Remover | I was confused at first by the name of this product, because I was so used to associating this name to the famous mascara, but this is the perfectly formulated remover for that mascara! All you need to do is apply a small amount of this to a cotton pad, and swipe it across your eyes, and it removes all waterproof makeup.IMG_1781Lollitint Lip & Cheek Tint | I have been blown away by the pigment and staying power of this product. When I first tested it, it had the formulation of a lipgloss, so I suspected that when I swiped it away, that it would disappear entirely. But after it had dried and I tried to wipe it off of my hand, it had done just what I least expected, and it had stained my skin a highly pigmented deep pink. I really like this product because it starts out with a consistency similar to a lipgloss, you have some time to apply and play around with it (especially when applying to your cheeks) before it actually settles and stains the skin.

Sugarbomb Lipgloss | Benefit have done it. They have found the perfect formula for a lipgloss that means it’s still a lipgloss, but it’s not sticky, so that’s already an insane pro to this product. This particular lipgloss actually contains some plumping qualities, so at first it does leave a tingly sensation on your lips, but after that, it is a really subtle pink-toned nude lipgloss.

Hoola Lipgloss | This lipgloss is similar to Sugarbomb, but it’s not plumping, and it’s a slightly darker nude shade, which makes it so much more suitable for all skin tones. Again, it’s not sticky, so it’s really nice to wear.

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Bad Gal Lash | I really like this mascara for when I’m applying it to both my top and botton lashes, because of the brush applicator, it’s easily buildable and it does take a few coats to get a really exaggerated lash look. So it’s perfect for building up the length and volume of your top lashes, while keeping it pretty and natural on the bottom.

They’re Real! | Possibly one of the most famous mascaras on the market, and I completely understand why. With just one coat, you’ve got an immediate false-lash effect. I don’t like applying this mascara to my lower lashes because the plastic applicator means it can tend to make them look spidery and transfer onto the underneath of my eyes, but other than that, this mascara is perfect for a quick false-lash look.


And that’s it for what was included in Benefit’s advent calendar, I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Have you tried any products from Benefit before? What’s your fave?

Brand Focus: Makeup Revolution

After finishing my beauty advent calendars, I realised that I now have a hearty collection of all things Makeup Revolution, so today I’m talking you guys through a selection of their products, with reviews of everything, now there is a lot, so let’s get through this!

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Primer | This primer is perfect for either all-over-face makeup, or just as an eyeshadow primer. It’s incredibly light and soft, and not sticky at all. I was impressed with this primer, as it made my makeup last a few hours longer than usual in the day. The only downside to it being as light as it is, is that you tend to use a little bit more than you would with other primers because you aren’t aware of it being on your face.

Highlight | These highlighters are insane. They are beautiful, and one of my favourite drugstore highlighters. My favourite is the ‘Pink Lights’ as I find that it suits my skintone the best. All you need is a very light dusting across your cheeks and you’re set for the whole day (or night!) They are nicely pigmented, so you don’t need to go overboard when applying.

Blush | I think the blushes are a bit of a miss, but this might just be because they aren’t well suited for my skintone. As you can see in my swatches, ‘Treat’ is much too similar to my skintone to be a blush, ‘Wow’ is a bit too barbie-pink for it to be wearable daily for me. The best blush for me would be ‘Now’, but I find it too orange-based for a blush, I’d be much more confident wearing this as an eyeshadow.

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Highlighters Swatches
Pressed Highlighters: ‘Pink Lights’ ‘Golden Lights’ ‘Hidden Lights’
Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Blush Swatches
Pressed Blushes: ‘Now’ ‘Wow’ ‘Treat’

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Palettes | If I was forced to pick only one product from Makeup Revolution, it’d definitely be a palette. The palettes combine a huge amount of perfectly blendable creamy shades. I was surprised at the amount of shades in the palettes, as they are so affordable! My favourite palette of them all is the ‘Beyond Flawless’ as it has everything you need to create basic eye looks, more complicated looks, rose gold inspired looks and a dark smoky eye. So many of the shades in this palette remind me of those in the Naked 3, and it’s only £8! I also really like that Makeup Revolution have more unusual palettes, as a lot of palettes available nowadays are quite basic nudes.

Mono Eyeshadows | I have never known such creamy and well pigmented mono eyeshadows. My favourite shade is ‘Mountains of Gold’, because it’s a beautiful gold colour, but with a shimmer that I’ve never seen before. (It also really reminds me of my favourite shade from Urban Decay’s Naked 3, ‘Trick’!)

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Swatches
Mono Eyeshadows: ‘Mountains of Gold’ ‘Base!’ ‘Delicious’

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Lip Lacquer | I picked up this lip lacquer just before Halloween last year, and my only wish is that I could wear it more often! As it says, it goes on as a liquid, and dries matte. The Salvation Lip Lacquers are really gorgeous colours, but they are usually not ones that you can wear daily. I also found that you need to reapply quite frequently as they do break up after roughly an hour.

Intense Lipgloss | Now as you can see, I could only swatch the red lipgloss, and that’s because the doe foot applicator for the pink shade is stuck at the bottom of the lipgloss. I was really disappointed as this shade looks like a lipgloss that I’d actually enjoy wearing! The lipglosses themselves aren’t particularly sticky, but as you can also see, the really deep red actually comes out as more of a pink, so they aren’t as pigmented as they appear in the packaging.

Sheer Lipgloss | The sheer lipglosses are a lot stickier than the Intense Lipglosses, but they are available in really gorgeous colours. The first one is a very subdued gloss, adding just a touch of shimmer to your lips, and the second one is a very wearable medium-nude pink

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Lipglosses Swatches
Lip Lacquer (#2): ‘Velvet Vamp’

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The Viper | This is one of the only things that has disappointed me. The wand is shaped just like the head of a cobra, which I understand is inkeeping with the name of the mascara, but it makes it quite difficult to apply, and once you have applied it, is doesn’t really do much to elongate, curl or volumise lashes. This mascara is one of the only things I wouldn’t repurchase.Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Mascara The Viper Wand

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Lipsticks | Another one of my favourite things from Makeup Revolution! These lipsticks are creamy, well pigmented, and highly wearable! When I saw some of these colours I was quite intimidated by them, but I’ve found myself even wearing the orange shade! They are reasonably long lasting, but I would recommend reapplying roughly halfway through the day. I can’t believe how much I really like these lipsticks, again, considering how affordable they are.Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Lipsticks Swatches

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Nail Polishes | I like  there is a wider variety of polishes, and they’re not exclusively bright or pastels. They dry quite quickly, usually in just over a minute. For the colour to be true to that of the bottle, you do have to apply a a couple of coats, and they last around 5-6 days.


That’s it for today, do you have any favourite products from Makeup Revolution, or have you never tried any of their stuff?

2015 Highlights

Hello everyone! It’s the start of a new year, so that of course means I’m going to talk about my favourites from the last year!

I’ve included random favourites as well as beauty favourites, but I have limited myself, because if I was going to talk about everything I loved from this past year, we’d be here until Halloween.

So here we go with my 2015 (almagamated) favourites!IMG_0496BEAUTY

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette | Yes, as this past year was the year I started my blog, I thus opened my eyes to the world of Urban Decay, and naturally, the famous Naked 3. I am so glad I invested in this palette because it has everything you could need in a palette, whether you’re new to makeup, or much more confident in it. These rose-gold hues really do live up to the hype, and the lasting power (when used in conjunction with Urban Decay’s primer) is unreal.

Estée Lauder All Over Face Compact | This compact is another great all-occasions-product. The bronzer is my favourite bronzer to use for contouriing and adding some dimension and colour to a base, and the variations of blusher colour are great to adapt to different looks.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara | I tried this mascara out reasonably early in the year, and I haven’t bought another one since. It creates a false-lash look, without the mess/hassle of applying falsies!

Collection’s 24 Hour Extreme Felt Liner | As if I haven’t already spoken enough about this eyeliner. It’s my lifetime favourite, not just from 2015. You can hear plenty more about it HERE, HERE and HERE.

Rimmel Lipstick in #700 ‘Naughty Nude’ | I’ve always been after a nude colour to suit my skin tone, and holy heck have Rimmel found it. So if you are also looking for the perfect nude, and we have similar colouring, definitely check out the ‘Only 1’ range.

Maybelline Baby Lips | The best chapstick on the market. I also really like that they are available in different colours, so you can have a slight tint to your lips without having to use a lipstick as well as a chapstick.

Makeup Revolution Highlighter in ‘Pink Lights’ | This is one of the prettiest and most affordable drugstore highlighters. It looks beautiful, and you only need a light swipe of it for it to really shine.

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Dead Sea Mud Masks | I picked these up one day because they are really cheap, and you get 2 masks in a pack, so I thought I’d try them out. In fact, you can generously get 4 masks out of these 2 packs, so it’s even better value for money! These masks are perfect for a pamper night while you’re in the bath, or just a quick mask before bed. They’re very refreshing and cooling, so also suitable for all skin types.

Lush’s ‘Shoot For The Stars’ Bath Bomb | Again, perfect for a pamper night. I think my love for the sea means I have a deeper love for blue bath bombs, because it turns your bath into a gorgeous clear-blue sea colour. An the added sparkle just makes the whole thing a dream, come on.

Bluetooth Speaker | These speakers are amazing. I know they’re nothing new, but I am now old enough to be fascinated by the fact that the music is being transported through the air from my phone/laptop to this speaker. It’s also surprisingly loud in comparison to it’s size!

Nivea Sensitive Day Moisturiser | Once I’d realised the error of my ways with using Nivea’s ordinary moisturiser in my regular skincare routine (clogged pores, greasiness, makeup sliding!) I wanted to find a much lighter and gentler moisturiser to use daily. And this moisturiser is the ideal one! It’s light enough to be used regularly, and not clog your pores.

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Sparkly Shoes | 2015 was the year I widened my shoe-horizon and discovered a world outside of dolly shoes and heels, and by far, these sparkly flats are my new favourite type of shoes. They are insanely comfortable, and look fabulous, let’s not deny that.

Makeup Brushes | What with starting my blog, I saw the taboo of using the makeup sponges that come with almost every eyeshadow palette, and discovered the world of makeup brushes. This set came with 15 brushes, everything you’d need to start out with makeup, from Amazon!IMG_0707Scarf | This scarf is amazing. It keeps you ridiculously warm when you need it, but also doubles as a blanket during lectures. So that’s all very good, and much more than you expect from a scarf, for sure.

Backpack | My little backpack is definitely my favourite bag from 2015. It’s practical and cute. All of the compartments and pockets means that even the contents of my bag are sorted into categories, how exciting!

Space Flask | Again, perfect for when you’ve got 10am lectures and your brain likes to come through at roughly 11am. I really like this design from Paperchase, and it’s available in multiple products, I’ve actually got a matching poster because I like to rep space, it’s pretty cool after all.


THAT’S IT! Phew, well done everyone for making it through that, it was certainly a recount of an entire year if ever there was one. Again, I’m going to soppily thank you all for reading this lil site, it means a lot to me. At the end of this month, Organicbynerve is going to be turning 1, and I can’t wait to celebrate that with every one of you!