A Little Birthday Makeup Haul

So last Monday I turned 21 and since my family knows me quite well I received quite a few makeup bits and pieces along with some other things of course but I thought why not do a little haul and show you which makeup items I got. Let’s get right to it!

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Tom Ford in 04 Pussycat

The very first item I received is this absolutely stunning Tom Ford lipstick. I personally love Tom Ford lipstick despite the heavy price tag and I’ve been trying to hunt down this specific color for a while now because it is such a gorgeous color but I seem to have been out of luck. Hence I was quite ecstatic when I unwrapped this little stunner. 

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Mac Single Eyeshadows in Jest, Cork and Sketch

Ever since I started trying to build up my Mac palette I’ve created a list of colors I still need for my palette and these three have been on that list for quite some time. So far I’ve only tried Jest and Cork and I absolutely love both. Just as expected Cork is such a perfect crease color but I was even more surprised by how much I liked Jest when I first applied it. It’s so beautiful and very nicely pigmented. Now I’m really intrigued to finally try Sketch.

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Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

I love Zoeva brushes but had never tried anything else from the brand, which is why I had my eye on this little beauty. Okay, seriously how freaking pretty is the packaging? This is just one of the palettes I would buy alone just for its pretty packaging. But I also love the Rose Gold inspired colors in this palette. I’ve used the palette only twice since I got it but I’m really liking it so far.

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Real Techniques Core Collection

Everybody seems to love these brushes, which is why I’ve been wanting to try them out and put them on my wish list. I guess you can never go wrong with some basic brushes. As you can probably tell from the picture I’ve already tried them (sorry I did not feel like washing them for one photo). So far I’m definitely liking them. 

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Chanel Lipstick in 99 Pirate

This is such a stunning lipstick I don’t even have words for it. It’s so perfect from the packaging to the color. But it’s Chanel so there’s not really much more to say.

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The Balm Mary-Loumanizer Highlighter

This is another product I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time because everyone raves about it and I have a bit of an obsession with highlighters. I cannot wait to use it!

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Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in 13 Orchid Haze

This one I actually chose myself and got it with a gift card. I thought about this long and hard and whether it was worth the splurge but then again I’ve been dreaming of owning one of these for the longest time, so in the end I just went with it and so far I’ve not regretted it. The shades are all so pigmented and just beautiful! 

So this concludes my little haul of what I got for my birthday. Well at least makeup wise. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

Lots of love,

Sophie

Makeup Revolution Haul

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Hey lovelies,

how are you all? Can you believe September is nearly over? It’s practically fall now! Ever since school started  again the weeks seem to have just been flying by! Anyway… since I’m working on the weekends now and earning some money I thought it was okay for me to place another Makeup Revolution order. I love all of their products I’ve tried so far and was curious to test some more. There were two palettes I really wanted to purchase anyway as I’ve been looking at them for a while now and then somehow those two turned into 8. But they did have a 3 for 2 offer and I got one palette for free so technically I only bought 6, right?

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Let’s start with the face palettes. So one palette I’ve really really been wanting to have for the longest time, practically ever since I first saw it online, is the Ultra Blush palette  in Golden Sugar. Seriously though! Just look at it! How freaking pretty is this palette? I’m not gonna lie I could just stare at it. This might be one of the prettiest looking things from the drugstore I’ve come across so far.

While looking through their face palettes I also saw that Makeup Revolution had just released a contour palette. If I’m being completely honest here I know do not actually need it. I don’t contour much and when I do I have my Anastasia Contour Kit, which I absolutely love, but their palette looked really pretty and they are so affordable, so I bought it anyway. I tried to justify this purchase by telling myself that I could see how it compares to my Anastasia palette. Please don’t judge me. I couldn’t help it.

Lastly I also purchased the Protection Professional Makeup Palette in Light obviously. I really like that this palette includes several shades of concealer, a powder, blush, bronzer and a highlighter. I thought this would be a good chance to try out their concealer and the palette is pretty great for traveling, because it has everything in it you would need for a decent face makeup. I’ve already tried two of the concealers and the powder today and they match my skin quite nicely so that’s great. Now I’m interested to see how well they last.

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Now on to eyeshadow palettes. They’ve had a 3 for 2 offer on their Salvation palettes and of course I couldn’t resist. So the first palette that caught my eye was the Pro Looks Palette in Stripped & Bare. Basically this palette is split into three sections that help you create three different looks. The first section offers variety of neutral colors, the second has some light pinks and berry colors and the last section includes more greys and olives, which look perfect for a smoky eye. I really like the shades this palette includes and how they all fit together so perfectly.

The next eyeshadow palette I went for was the Run Boy Run palette. This palette comes with 6 matte shades and 12 shimmery ones. Basically I thought this palette had some great color for fall in it and since it’s nearly October it would come in handy soon. Hence it ended up in my shopping cart.

Since I had already chosen 2 palettes I needed one more and I ended up going for Unicorns Unite and not just because of the name. I promise! But who doesn’t like unicorns? Seriously! Anyway… I really like the matte shades this one has to offer as well as the teal and purple shades.

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Since I spent more than £15 I got the I Heart Makeup Fast Love palette for free along with my order. Obviously I’d never complain about free makeup! Because who doesn’t like free stuff? This palette comes with 22 shimmery shades and 10 mattes. Although I probably won’t use all of the shades, it does include some very pretty ones I’m excited to try out.

Okay, so I don’t just hoard makeup I also constantly seem to be buying new brushes. But you do need the right tools to apply good makeup, right? So it’s totally understandable, right? Makeup Revolution offers some very affordable brushes, which is why I really wanted to try at least one. Eventually I ended up going for their contour brush and I can’t wait to try it out. Plus I really do like their sleek black design.

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Last but definitely not least I purchased their Naked Chocolate palette. This palette is probably the main reason for my order because I’ve been lusting after it for weeks. But it’s just so stunning, isn’t it? I’ve already been playing around with it and I can’t wait to test it out further.

So this completes my little haul. I know there are tons of reviews out there of these products already but if there is any product you’d like to read my thoughts one just let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to write a review on it.

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So have you tried any Makeup Revolution products? Which are your favorites? What should I get next?

Thank you for reading and much love,

Sophie

What I Got For My Birthday

After a bit of contemplating and asking on Twitter I’ve finally decided to do a What I Got For My Birthday post after all. I, personally, always enjoy reading them, so I decided to write one up for you guys. But before I get into what I received, let me just say that I am very grateful for everything I’ve received for my birthday and I really appreciate everything I got and I would’ve been happy with a lot less. The most important thing for me was to just spend it with my family anyway! Now that I got that out of the way let’s get right into it.

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If you’ve read my last blog post you know that I got to spend my birthday in London to go see Wicked, which was my main present and pretty much the best thing ever. But my parents also got me a pair of Beats headphones! This was my main wish ever since my brother got a pair for Christmas. The sound quality is such a difference and they are so much more comfortable to wear than my regular Apple earphones. Since I basically listen to music all the time I was so so so happy when I unwrapped these and my parents even got the color right. I have a bit of an obsession with everything white.

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Another thing I got from my parents is the Urban Decay Naked 2. I already own the Naked 3 and I have the Naked On The Run as well and the Naked 2 was next on my wish list. I’ve already used it quite a lot and I think I might even like this one more than the Naked 3. Now I do feel like I need to get the Naked 1 though just to complete the collection.

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So my brother has pretty much outdone himself. His birthday is in May and I already got his birthday present and I didn’t think he could top mine. My brother and I both listen to a lot of R&B and HipHop/Rap and I got tickets to go to a J Cole concert because my brother and I both love his music and though this blush can’t top that, it gets pretty damn close. Just look at this absolute beauty! I could just stare at it for hours! It’s so freaking beautiful I don’t even wanna touch it let alone use it.

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If you’ve read my wish list you might know that I was looking for a new handbag and my lovely grandparents bought me this one for my birthday. I’ve already instagrammed it a little while ago. As I was in London and couldn’t celebrate my actual birthday with my grandparents they took me shopping two weeks before and I got to pick a present, so I went for this beautiful purse. Obviously it had to be white.

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Since I also got some money for my birthday I decided to spend a bit of that on make up, of course. So when in London my mom and I went to Selfridges and I went for this gorgeous Tom Ford lipstick in the shade Plum Lush and this super pretty Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette. This is my first ever Charlotte Tilbury purchase and I’m already hooked. It’s such a lovely palette!

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Yesterday I met up with my best friend and look what she got me! I’ve been lusting after Mac Sin for the longest time and she got it for me. It’s even in the Mac Toledo edition packaging, which is so pretty. The color is so stunning and I’m so happy to finally have it. And she also drew me this card! When I first saw it I thought she printed the images out and colored them in but she actually drew everything herself, which I can’t quite believe because it looks so perfect. I wish I could draw like her because I can’t even make a stick figure look cool.

So apart from this I just got a bit of money and some gift cards as per usual. I’m so so happy with everything I received because basically everything was on my wish list! I definitely do have some amazing family and friends.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

As always much love,

Sophie

January Haulin’

Okay, so today’s post is a sneaky not so little haul, that was totally not planned. Actually this wasn’t supposed to happen at all because I didn’t want to spend any money on make up all throughout January but I guess I just did it anyway because, well, no self control! I’d bought quite a few make up with my Christmas money in the beginning of January, and I wanted to leave it at that. Somehow I ended up buying things anyway ( I swear they all must have appeared in my room magically) and I’ve now noticed that it were quite a few, so here’s a January Haul for you guys.SAMSUNG CSC

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

This is the first make up item I bought this month and I feel like it doesn’t completely count because it’s more like a repurchase. This is one of my absolute favorite foundations. I’m always torn between this one and my Dior Star foundation but I could never pick one of them because I love them for different reasons. Anyway.. my old double wear was a few shades too dark, like seriously too dark. I’d bought it over the summer when I apparently had much more of a tan. When the Dior foundation came out I got totally obsessed with that one forgot about my love for double wear. However, I recently used it again and got reminded of why I love this foundation so much. It’s so long lasting and has such great coverage; it makes my skin look so good. When I discovered that it was definitely too dark for me at the moment I was pretty gutted and there was no way I could work with it. Eventually I caved in and ordered it a few shades lighter. It’s a much better match now and I’m so glad to have this back in my collection in a shade I can actually wear.

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The Born Pretty Store Lip Products*

I received a lip crayon in more of a neutral shade and two bright pink lip stick by the Born Pretty Store this month. I adore the design of the lip crayon and I love the shade I have it in. It’s more of a neutral shade and almost like a your lips but better shade that adds some nice volume to your lips but it is slightly darker despite it looking a lot darker swatches it’s a bit lighter on the lips. One of the lipsticks they sent me is quite sheer and adds a nice glossy pink shimmer to your lips. The other one is just bright pink and more of a matte. I’m actually really looking forward to Spring and Summer because I know I’ll be getting a ton of use out of those pink lipsticks. Gotta a love a bright pink in Spring and Summer.

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Maybelline Brow Drama

I don’t really have the best relationship with my brows. I’m naturally blonde but somehow my brows ended up being pretty dark, which, I guess, is one of the reasons a lot of people ask me if I dye my hair even though no blonde color has ever even come near my hair. I don’t have the thinnest brows either, so I always struggle a bit with what to do with them. I’ve heard a lot about Maybelline’s Brow Drama Sculpting mascara, so I figured I could just give it a go. I got it in the shade medium brown and it’s a pretty good match. So far I’m really liking it.

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Milani Blushes

I reviewed the Milani blush in the shade Corallina not too long ago and a few people commented and recommend Luminoso to me so I went out and got it alone with the shade Berry Amore. I’ve only tried each of them once because I got them very recently, so I can’t say too much but I have a feeling I will love them just as much as Corallina as both shades are pretty stunning in the pan as well as when swatched.

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Jo Malone 

I’ve seen Jo Malone’s perfumes and candles on Instagram and a few different blogs so many times now and I always read such great things about them I really got curious. Plus I just adore the packaging. It looks so beautiful and luxurious, doesn’t it? So I decided I wanted to try one of the fragrances and payed a visit to a Jo Malone counter. I was so impressed with how lovely and helpful the staff was. They introduced me to a bunch of different fragrances and really did a great job with helping me decided on one. I eventually went for Blackberry & Bay and I’m head over heels with this. It just smells divine!

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Urband Decay Naked On The Run

To be honest I never intended to buy this. The Naked On The Run palette has been dominating my Instagram feed over the last few weeks and though it is absolutely stunning I convinced myself I wasn’t going to need it. When I saw it in reality in a store yesterday I couldn’t help myself though. The packaging is stunning and just on point. You get 6 eyeshadows, a blush, a bronzer, a gloss, an eyeliner and mascara in one of the prettiest little boxes I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Since I found out I passed a very important exam I honestly thought I had failed yesterday I decided it was okay to treat myself and ended up buying it. The more I look at it the happier I am I did buy it. I played around with the palette this morning and OH MY GOSH I’m in love with it even more now. I probably won’t review it as basically everyone else already has but I might use it for a make up look some time soon if anyone is interested.

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This concludes my little haul. If there’s anything you’d like to see a more in depth review of just let me know and I’d be more than happy to write one.

Have you treated yourself to anything nice lately?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Much love and thank you for reading,

Sophie

London Beauty Haul

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Just as promised today’s post is a haul of all the make up items I purchased while in London. To some people it might look like I got a ton of stuff but I’d been saving up a bit and used some of my Christmas money to buy these things. Since moving to the Netherlands for my BA degree I unfortunately have to miss out on most of the brands included in this haul as they are either not available in the Netherlands or very hard to find, so obviously I had to take this chance to finally be able to buy some of their products again, right? I think that’s a totally valid point! Anyway… let’s get into what I bought.

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Revlon Lip Butters

One of the first things I bought were these 2 lip butters in the shades Sugar Plum and Candy Apple. I love the Revlon lip butters and can’t get enough of them and since they were on a 2 for 10 offer I needed to add two more to my collection.

Revlon Highlighting Palette in 030 Bronze Glow

When I spotted this it straight away reminded me of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer bricks (which I totally love), so I wanted to give it a go. This seems like a pretty versatile palette, which you can probably use as a blush, highlight and even as eyeshadows. The shades look gorgeous, so I can’t wait to give this a proper go. However, as much as I like Revlon products, after hearing about the nasty racist comments Revlon’s CEO apparently made, I don’t think I’ll be getting any more Revlon products for a while.

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Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette Essential Mattes

After becoming totally obsessed with the Make Up Revolution Flawless Palette I really wanted to get another one. I have a bit of a thing for shimmery eyeshadows and definitely am lacking in the matte eyeshadow department, so I figured getting the matte essentials palette would be a good thing. I’ve used it a few times now and so far I’m loving it. You can never go wrong with some matte basic eyeshadows after all. Am I right?

Make Up Revolution Vivivd Baked Bronzer

I don’t own a lot of bronzers and I don’t own a single baked one. This bronzer just looked gorgeous and it was only 4 pounds. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory why I got this!

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I heart Make Up Bronzer & Highlighter Hearts

I already own the peach blush from this heart shaped cheek products collection and I absolutely adore it. The pigmentation is on point and the packaging is the cutest. The main reason I got these probably is the packaging but they just look so pretty and I just hope that they will be just as great the blush I already own

I Heart Make Up I Heart Definition Palette

I have a few bronzer and highlighting palettes made for contouring but I don’t have own that includes a blush as well. This little palette is put together especially for fair skin (which I have without a doubt) and it’s super handy for traveling. I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this one.

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Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace

Not too long ago I reviewed or more like raved about my Blush By 3 palette in Pink Lemonade and I said that once I’d go back to the UK I would need to get more of these. Well, I did. Though I didn’t get the one I originally wanted. Actually I wanted this palette that included dark berry and red shades but I accidentally grabbed the wrong one, so you can probably imagine my surprise when I opened it up in the hotel room for the first time and saw 3 bright oranges. I have a few peach blushes but not a single one that is this orange and I have no idea whether these will even suit me (probably not) but I guess I’ll just play around with it a bit and see if I can put them to use. I have to admit though these colors look a bit scary in the pan. They are so freaking bright.

Sleek Highlighting Platte

I read a review about this one a few weeks ago and thought this palette looked absolutely stunning. In reality it looks even prettier and I’m so excited to have this. It might be one of my favorite things I bought while in London.

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Kate Moss in 107 Lipstick

I feel like just about every beauty blogger out there has this and it took me 4 trips to the UK to finally get my hands on it. Every single time I went into a Boots or Superdrug it was always sold out and when I finally saw it this time I grabbed it right away. It’s just such a gorgeous perfect red shade.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

This is hands down one of my favorite concealers, so every time I travel to England I stock up on this as I can’t get it over here. I’ve actually bought 3 of these but one is already in use and looks crappy already.

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Tom Ford Lipsticks in Indian Rose & Flynn

Tom Ford lipsticks are the one thing I’ve been wanting for months now but never felt brave enough to splurge on. Over here they are a whooping 47€! I mean, what even? Still they are incredibly gorgeous and I just wanted one so badly. Since I was in London and I had some money from my budget, of how much I wanted to spend, left I finally gave in and bought one regular Tom Ford lipstick in the shade Indian Rose and one of the Lips & Boys collection in the shade Flynn. Both are just stunning! I decided to go with more neutral shades as I think I’ll definitely get more ouse out of those and if I do spend a little fortune on a lipstick I want it to be one I know will actually be worth it.

This now concludes my not so little haul. I hope you enjoyed reading this. If there is any particular item you would like to see a review on or used in a make up tutorial be sure to let me know.

Thanks so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

Some Shiny New Things

Hey everyone!

I actually have a little haul for you today! I’ve been accumulating just a few make up bits over the last few weeks, so I thought why not put them all together in one little post. Some are newer than others and some I haven’t even had the chance to try yet. But let’s get into it anyway, shall we?

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Artdeco Palette

I’ve talked about my Artdeco palette in my what’s in my advent calendar post before! As you can see it’s filled up quite a lot since then and I’m only missing two more shades! Eeek! So far I’ve loved every single shade I’ve discovered in my advent calendar. I just love the idea of how you can build palettes with the brand Artdeco and I think I might do a full post on the palette once it’s complete.

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Soleil Tan de Chanel

Okay, so I’ve been lusting after this beauty for months now but I could never justify spending this high of an amount on a bronzer. As much as I wanted it, I really couldn’t. But my mom is a loyal customer of this beauty store close to where we live and every few months she gets a 30% discount on all products, so she got this one for me as a little gift because I passed all of my midterm exams! Yay! Go me! Passed all my exams and got the bronzer of my dreams. But anyway.. this bronzer is an absolute beauty and so luxurious. It took me a week to finally get myself to use it because I just didn’t want to even touch it before. It’s just so stunning.

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Essence Lip Liner in Femme Fatale

I blogged about this yesterday and gave a full review of it. I discovered this amazing lip liner in my beauty advent calendar a few days ago and I’ve been loving it since. The color is stunning and the texture is amazing. If you want to read more just read the full review.

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NYX Powder Blush in Taupe

Apparently this is one of the best blushes for contouring for girls with pale skin that you can possibly get. I’ve read the best reviews about this one and since I’m pale and can’t ever get enough products I decided that I needed this in my life, so I went out and bought it. I’ve only tried it once so far, so obviously I can’t give a review on it but I’m excited to fully test this out in the next few days/weeks.

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Milani Baked Blush in 08 Corallina

Milani is another brand I’ve heard amazing things of and that I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time and now I finally ordered one of their blushes. Just look at it! How stunning is this! It’s one of the prettiest blushes I’ve ever laid my eyes on and I can’t wait to try it out because this literally just came in today. It’s the most stunning coral blush and I’m beyond excited to give this a good swirl.

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This already completes my little haul. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

Have you bought anything lately?

xx

Sophie

Makeup Revolution Haul & First Impressions

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and made it through Monday! I don’t know about you but my Monday seemed to drag on and on and wouldn’t end. Thank God that’s over now!

Now if you happen to be one of my lovely Twitter and or Instagram followers you might have seen that my Makeup Revolution order came in last Saturday morning and let me tell you I was quite ecstatic. Makeup Revolution is a brand from the UK and is based in London, I think. For some reason most of the bloggers I follow on Twitter are located in the UK and they kept raving about this brand as they apparently have very good quality products, which are incredibly affordable. Naturally I just had to try some of their products but since I don’t know when I’m going back to the UK next (there’s a slight chance I might go in December but I didn’t want to rely on that) I made a little order only having having discovered they actually ship world wide.

I’m quite impressed how fast it I received it! Now I’ve been playing around with all the items every day since receiving on Saturday and I thought I’d do a little haul and first impressions. Obviously I can’t give a proper review yet as I’ve only had these products for around 4 days. If you want an in-depth review of any of these things just let me know. But without further ado let’s see what I got.

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Flawless Pallette

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This beauty is definitely one of my favorites from my little order. It contains 32 eyeshadows ranging from matte ones to shimmery. Almost all of them are incredibly pigmented and quite long-lasting so far. I’ve used different shades for my eye makeup every day for the last couple of days and it’s always lasted until the end of the day, which is quite impressive considering how affordable these palettes are.

Blushing Hearts Peachy Keen Heart

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How gorgeous is this? Seriously though isn’t this so freaking pretty? I know these look a lot like the Too Faced heart shaped blushers, which I’ve had my eye on for ages but they are incredibly hard to get over here and super expensive, so I thought why not give this one a go. It looks just as beautiful. Having never tried the Too Faced one I obviously can’t compare the two but I can give you my thoughts on this one. I’ve been very into peach blushes recently, which is why I went for the peachy option and so far I’m loving it. It adds the most gorgeous shimmery peachy slightly pink kind of glow to your cheeks.

The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu and Dream & Focus &Fix Liquid Concealer

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I’ve read so many reviews of these blush sticks and how they are one of the best things ever. I thought they’d probably be good for contouring, which is why I chose the Matte Malibu one for a contour and the Dream one, which is quite sheer, for highlighting. So far I’m really impressed with them and I have a feeling they are going to last me ages as I only ever need a tiny amount.

I’ve ran out of my concealer and couldn’t find a drugstore shade over here that was light enough. I thought I’d give this one a try and it’s okay so far. I don’t think this will become a staple one but it’s definitely okay.

Makeup Revolution Lipsticks

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As you can tell from the picture I didn’t buy the most wearable shades, but that’s just what I do. I mean, I once spend 18 bucks on a glittery light blue Mac lip gloss, that according to my friends and family made me look like a corpse. I admit it wasn’t the best look but it sure was different. Anyway… I’m rambling. I just like collecting lipstick shades that are very unique. I probably won’t be wearing the green one to class any time soon but who knows. I’m sure it will come in quite handy one day. So the shades I got are Vamp, Blackheart, Serpent and Rebel with a Cause. Vamp and Blackheart are to very similar incredibly dark purples. I can already see myself wearing these despite them being so dark. Serpent is green and green is my favorite color, so naturally I had to buy it. IT’S GREEN! Rebel with a Cause is a pinky purpely berry kind of shade. All four are very pigmented and I’m excited to try them out more.

So this already rounds off my little haul. I’ve only had these products for four days but so far I don’t regret buying any of these and I’m quite happy with the products I chose to order. Do you own any Makeup Revolution products yet? What do you think of the hype?

Thanks for reading!

xx

Sophie