Makeup Revolution x British Beauty Blogger Fortune Favours The Brave Review

The Fortune Favours The Brave Palette is by no means a new release, in fact I’ve had this palette in my collection for the last 6 months, possibly even longer, but non the less I have decided to review it because it’s something that I use a lot and something that I enjoy using.

The palette is a collaboration between Makeup Revolution and British Beauty Blogger. Makeup Revolution is a very popular affordable brand who are becoming increasing known for their dupes of well loved high end products. In the UK you can find there counters in Superdrug stores, you can buy their products on the Superdrug website or you can buy direct from the www.tambeauty.com website.

Let’s get back to the palette in question. Now whilst MUR are well known for their dupes as I said before, this is not a dupe for anything already released.


I love the front design of the palette. It’s so sleek and stylish and it’s really easy to find in my acrylic drawers because even though I have a lot of Eyeshadow Palettes I don’t have anything else that’s gold in my collection.


Taking a look inside the colours are so pretty! There’s a mix of Matte and Shimmer shades and in my opinion they are all very wearable.


Over the past few months I have created some beautiful nude eye makeup looks with this palette. My favourite shades have to be the pink and nude shimmer shades. One thing I do find with these eyeshadows is a difference in pigmentation between the mattes and the shimmers. The matte shades swatch very patchy and they take at least two finger swipes to get any colour payoff on my arm, they are also quite powdery however saying that they are still very useable and do build up nicely if you are willing to put the effort in. The shimmer shades on the other hand are gorgeously buttery and creamy and they are super pigmented. For me, it’s worth having this palette just for the shimmer shades alone. I’ve done some swatches below and I think it’s easy to see what I mean in the difference between the mattes and the shimmers.





So what is my honest opinion on this palette? I think it’s definitely worth having in your makeup collection, especially when you consider that it is only £9.99. It’s full of very wearable shades that you will be able to create lots of beautiful looks with. Aside from the few lighter matte shades that are lacking in pigmentation compared to the rest, the colour payoff is great, especially for a drugstore product. If you can get hold of this palette then I definitely recommend you give it a try.

Do you have the Fortune Favours The Brave Palette? What do you think of it?

Rachel xoxo

February 2017 Empties

This months Product Empties features quite a lot of makeup and beauty items because I didn't do a January Empties as last month was so busy, so I saved them all up and have put them all in February's post. I hope you've got a brew and a snack – your going to need it!

Here's the products that I've used up over the last 2 months –

Unani Il-luminate Milk Cleanser

This Cleanser was from my January Glossybox and I've absolutely loved using it, it's so creamy (as you'd expect from a milk cleanser!). It removed my makeup with ease – even my eye makeup, leaving my skin feeling clean, smooth and fresh. Sometimes I find cleansers can be quite drying to my skin but that's not that case with this one. Disappointingly though I have been looking to purchase another one of these and I can't find a UK website to buy one from although on the Glossybox website it does tell me this would retail for £13.60.

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation

This Foundation has to be one of my all time favourite drugstore Foundations. I had this in the shade Vanilla Clair, although in all honestly I could probably have done with going one shade darker – I don't know why but for some reason I went through a faze of thinking I was paler than I am!! However that being said it was easy enough to darken it up with some bronzer. This is a light/medium Foundation but it is easily buildable if you like something heavier. It's non greasy, doesn't oxidise and it applies evenly. I buy mine from Superdrug and it retails at £10.99.

Decleor Hydra Floral BB Cream

My mum actually gave this to me about a year ago from out of a QVC TSV she bought. The thing I love the most about this is the frangrance, it's literally like summer in a bottle! It's so floral and pretty, I just love putting it on. This is a BB cream so your not going to get a super heavy coverage like you would from a foundation, but this is just perfect for a hot day when your looking to brighten up your skin but you don't want to feel like you've got a full face of makeup on. You can purchase this from the Look Fantastic website and it is £22.05 (what a funny price! Why the 5p? Are they sending it in a carrier bag?!).

Bee Good Firm And Plump Moisturiser

Now I know this post is supposed to be for products that I have used up this month but I do have a couple of things that I just don't want to use anymore, and this is one of them. Unfortunately this is just not for me, mainly because of the overpowering Lemon scent. I just can't bare it! It's too strong and I always end up washing it off! For that reason this is going in the bin. The Bee Good Firm And Plump Moisturiser can be purchased from the Bee Good website and it is £9 for 15ml.

Caudalie Mosturising Sorbet

I'm not going to say much about this one because I have reviewed it before. I have literally got about 5 or 6 of these little tubes because they've been in various beauty boxes over the past few months. This is a tube that I had sitting on my bookcase and I used it everytime I couldn't be bothered to walk upstairs and get my main moisturiser lol! I quite like it, it does the job! The full size of this will cost you £23 from the Naturisimo website.

Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara

This is another one that is not an actual Empty, it's just something that I don't rate. I found this just went clumpy on me. No matter how I applied it, it just clumped up. Luckily this was just a sample sized Mascara that I got from Love Me Beauty before I unsubscribed. The Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara retails at £19 from Debenhams.

Molton Brown Dewy Lily Of The Valley And Star Anise Bath And Shower Gel 

This was a sample that I got in my Tili Box and I have absolutely loved it. It smells so gorgeous! It lathers up beautifully. There's not much else to say about this except it's just lovely to use. The full size is available from the John Lewis website for £18. It's a bit of an indulgence but totally worth it!

Sephora Lotus Sleeping Mask

A lovely friend brought me this back from New York last year. Although it's quite a small little pot it actually goes a long way and I got 4 full face uses out of this. I applied this once a week after my night time cleanse and it was such a treat for my skin. In the morning when I woke up my skin was so soft and plump and it felt really hydrated. This was from Sephora and a quick look on the website tells me it was $4, which is around £3.25.

Milani Easy Brow Tinted Fiber Gel

In a nutshell I hated this. I just did nothing, I'm not even convinced I could ever get any out of the tube. I purchased this from Beauty Bay because I absolutely love all the other Milani products I have in my collection and I was expecting the same level of quality from this but sadly that wasn't the case. So in the bin this goes! This is on the Beauty Bay website for £9 but honestly save your money – it's absolute rubbish!

N.4 Restore and Repair Oil

N.4 Restore and Repair Oil is basically a conditioning oil that you apply to your hair after you have washed and towel dried it. It is VERY concentrated so you only need to use the tiniest amount. I found that this made my hair quite greasy so I used it as an overnight treatment and washed my hair in the morning. Using it like that made this product work for me, I found my hair was softer, smoother and it wasn't as fly away as it normally would be. This retails at £18.60 for 60ml and you can find it on Birchbox.com.

La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes

This was a sample sachet that I got from the Feel Unique Pick n Mix service. I got about 5 uses out of this altogether but to be honest I wasn't that impressed – I found it really greasy. I'm glad I got a sample before I thought about purchasing the full size product. If you want to buy the full size product it will cost you £20.80 from the Escentual website.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

I bought this because I already use the Dipbrow Pomade and I love it, so I thought that for when I don't have as much time to do my makeup I would try this. Sadly it just doesn't live up to the Pomade. I got it in the shade Blonde and I just couldn't get any payoff from it at all. I was pressing on it so hard I was worried I was going to snap it! £15.50 most definitely not well spent! I'll be sticking to my Dipbrow Pomade.

So that's it! Those are the products that I used up (or threw away!) in the months of January and February 2017. What have you been using?

Rachel xoxo

Best In Beauty 2016

2016 has left us and it’s time for a new year and a fresh start. Lots of exciting new products to launch in 2017 that I’m looking forward to. First though let’s take a look at some of the great products that were around in 2016. This of course is my personal opinion, these are my favourite items from my makeup collection in 2016, you might agree with some of them or you might think I’ve liked some terrible products! Whatever your thoughts maybe you will find a product that you’d like to try. At the very least I hope you enjoy reading this post. I’m going to list these in order of the way I apply my makeup so let’s start with a flawless base….

Primer

My go to primer of 2016 was the Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer. Now I have to say, this does have a bit of a strange smell, it smells like bubbles! You know, bubbles that you blow when your a kid! It’s not nasty, it’s just weird! But even smelling like bubbles it is still my favourite Primer of the year. I suffer from oily skin and it really does keep me looking matte during the day. This retails for £29 and is available from the Laura Mercier website.
Foundation


Without a doubt my favourite foundation of 2016 was the Revlon Colourstay Foundation. This retails at £12.99 so it’s very affordable and in my opinion it rivals a high end foundation no problem. I wear the shade 180 Sand Beige in the Combination/Oily Formula and for me it is the perfect flawless coverage. This a full coverage foundation, it’s easy to blend, the colour is a perfect match for me and it last all day. 100% recommend this foundation. 

A close second in the foundation catagory is the Boujois 123 Perfect Foundation. This is a lighter coverage foundation but it’s still good for giving a flawless radiant base. I wear the shade Vanilla and it retails for £10.99.

Concealer

Thanks to Zoella and her makeup tutorials this year I have discovered the Boujois Radiance Reveal Concealer. I love love love this concealer. It’s absolutely perfect for brightening up my under eye area, an area that can get very dark on me thanks to lots of sleepless nights. I wear the shade TO1 Light and find it really does lift my complexion nicely. This concealer retails at £7.99.


Loose Powder

I will admit that I would never in a million years have tried any of the makeup from the Primark PS…Pro Collection. Not because I’m a makeup snob – I will happily buy budget makeup, in fact some of my favourite products are from Makeup Revolution, MUA and Collection – but because I’m not a fan of buying makeup from companies that are not solely cosmetics based. I feel like companies who just sell Cosmetics concentrate more on the products, the formulas, the colours and just generally the quality of the products more than a company that’s main focus isn’t their makeup line. However, this is most definitely proving me wrong! I actually got this in a Glossybox and wasn’t even going to bother trying it but I’m so glad I did. This powder is so soft and so finely milled it’s perfect for baking my under eyes and setting my concealer into a flawless finish. You can buy this from any Primark store and it retails for £5. 

Brows

There are 2 stand out products for me in the brow department this year. I have been loving using the Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade. The colour, the consistency and the formula just works really well for me. If I’ve got time to spend a lot of time on my makeup then the ABH would be what I reach for to do my brows and I wear the shade Blonde. ABH Dipbrow Pomade retails for £15 and I got mine from Beauty Bay.


My number one brow product though for this year is without a doubt the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. It is just literally so easy! You can have the perfect brow in seconds. So easy to use, it’s creamy, it doesn’t drag across the skin and the colour that I use – 2 – is just the perfect shade for my brows. I absolutely love it and I’ll be honest, I don’t think I will look at any other brow pencils for as long as I live! Yes that’s right, I Rachel do take the Goof Proof Brow Pencil to be my lawful wedded Eyebrow Pencil, to have and to hold, on good brow days and bad, as long as we both shall live! The Goof Proof Brow Pencil retails for £18.

Eyeshadows


The first Eyeshadow Palette I have really enjoyed using this year – and probably the one I have reached for the most – is the Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape Palette. These Eyeshadows are just so beautiful, the colours are just perfectly me and they are so pigmented, so buttery and creamy. I find I can make so many gorgeous looks out of this palette and they just blend beautifully. When I bought this palette it was £14.99, however I believe you can get it much cheaper now in some stores. 


There’s another Palette that I have really enjoyed using this year and that is this Nude Toned Palette from Wet & Wild. I am based in the UK and we don’t get Wet & Wild in the UK so I actually got this in a box swap that I did in a FB group with a beautiful girl from America called Brittney. The palette features some gorgeous neutral tones that are perfect for using with other palettes as crease and transition colours and of course there’s enough colours to create a beautiful natural eye look using this palette alone. I don’t actually know how much this palette retails for but I know that Wet & Wild is a drugstore brand in the US and so it will be very affordable. 

Lastly in the Eyeshadow section I had to give Colourpop a mention for their Super Shock Shadows. These are just amazing! When I first felt the consistency of these I was so confused! They are like a sort of squishy gel/powder. Just so weird! When I first used one of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows I couldn’t believe how pretty and pigmented they are. Honestly, if you haven’t tried any of these you really need to. Colourpop is currently a US only brand but they do ship to the UK (you will get customs on orders over £15 so bare that in mind) and Shadows are $5 each.

Mascara


In 2016 I discovered Tarte Cosmetics and I’ve so glad I did because their Lights, Camera, LASHES Mascara and Lash Primer quickly became my go to! Using these 2 products together gives me the most amazing, fluttery, long lashes I could only dream of.

Bronzer

The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is the Bronzer I am choosing as my favourite this year. I am told that this is perfect for contouring, however I don’t contour. I use this all over my face for a sun kissed glow. This is quite pigmented though so make sure you use a light hand and build it up otherwise you will end up with a muddy face! Benefit Hoola Bronzer is available from the Benefit website and retails at £23.

Blusher

My favourite blusher of 2016 is the Sleek Blush in the shade Rose Gold. It’s just so pretty & flushed looking. A lot of people say that this is a great dupe for Nars Orgasm so I’m going to pick that up this year and do a comparison. It’s a super pretty rosey pink colour with a gold tone to it, exactly as the name would suggest! This retails at £5 and is totally worth picking up. 

Highlighter


The Highlighter that I have reached for the most in 2016 is not actually a highlighter! Yes you read that right! It’s an eyeshadow! Specifically the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in the Shade 208. This is just the perfect Champagne Gold colour that I love. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with it other than sweeping it across my cheekbones. It’s just so pretty and at £8 it’s really affordable as well. 

Liquid Lipstick


In 2016 I fell in love with Gerard Cosmetics. Particularly their Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Liquid Lipsticks were BIG in 2016 and these for me are up there with the best. They retail at £10.50 each (this often fluctuates because of the £/$) and in my opinion they are totally worth it. They are really nice to apply, they don’t feel too drying which a lot of Liquid Lipsticks can, they are long lasting and they have the prettiest shades available. If you love Liquid Lipsticks then you HAVE to try these. 

Setting Spray


Lastly, of course, is Setting Spray. I have chosen the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray, specifically the Peach one as my favourite of the year. It smells A-MAZING, like really amazing. It’s so refreshing and it keeps my makeup in place all day long. I love it!

Well that wraps up the Best In Beauty 2016 in my opinion, what products did you like in 2016? I’d love you to let me know in the comments below. 

Rachel xoxo

Look Incredible January 2017

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few weeks, then you will know that I have been rather disappointed with the Beauty Box Subscriptions that I have recently received. Both Glossybox and Birchbox’s January boxes left me feeling slightly underwhelmed so I decided to have a look and try and find another subscription service that could possibly be better. I came across the Look Incredible website and thought that it looked good – it seemed to suggest that it would have a good mix of makeup and beauty products from better brands and always full sized products. At £18.99 plus p&p it is a little bit more expensive than Birchbox and Glossybox but I decided to give it ago. 

My first impressions of the box wern’t good, the box itself is just a bit plain and boring looking and my one was a bit scraped and scratched so that left me a bit anxious to open it. However, when I did open it I was pleasantly surprised! Aside from the poor excuse for shredded paper I found inside (literally a small handful, what’s the point ?!) I found 5 full sized products and I’m actually quite happy with them!

Inside my box was the cutest Too Faced Brush (it’s so soft, I can’t wait to use it!), a Rosie for Autograph Mascara (I’m excited to try this as I’ve never had a product from this brand before), a Bee Good Honey and Camelina Facial Exfoliator (I’ve had this before and really like it), a Bare Minerals Daily Recovery Concentrate and a Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Eyeshadow. So as the saying goes – never judge a book by its cover – I was actually quite excited by what I found inside January’s Look Incredible Box and for now I will be staying subscribed. Can’t wait to see what’s in February’s box.

Rachel xoxo