Monday, 21 July 2014

Makeup Revolution | 'Essential Mattes' Eyeshadow Palette | REVIEW


Hello everyone!

I'm all for a matte lip, but matte eyeshadows are a territory I've never really travelled to before. That said, I'm always up for trying something new.

Today's post is the last in the trio of products I was lucky enough to receive from Makeup Revolution. However, it won't be my last review of the brand, oh no. I will most definitely be making a purchase in the future, I just need to figure out how to make my basket not total in excess of £100! That's right, even though Makeup Revolution is a very budget brand, you can't help but want everything.

Here's the £4 palette you'll want to add to your collection.




The PACKAGING
On first glance, it's a very standard looking palette. The packaging is made from a black plastic and has a clear window on the top. All very typical of low-cost palettes. It might not be what those with more expensive tastes are used to but personally, I like it. While it's not exactly 'pretty', there's nothing wrong with it! If it's not broken don't fix it, right? It's actually pretty sturdy and doesn't feel like it costs under a fiver. Anyway, it's what's inside that counts!

The SHADE RANGE
In terms of the shade range, I think it comes equipped with pretty much all of the matte shades you could possibly want! You can create anything from a really neutral eye using the various lighter shades to a fully smoked brown, blue or purple. I'm a big lover of purple shades but I generally banish blue eyeshadow to the memories of my early makeup days. On experimentation with this however, it's surprisingly wearable. I believe they've hit the nail of the head with every one of these truly essential shades!

The COLOUR PAYOFF & The CONSISTENCY
Pigmentation and consistency are the aspects which really boost my appreciation for this palette. The shadows are soft like their hues and the colour payoff is quite impressive, so much so that I was taken aback with the quality on first swatch! I do find them to be quite powdery and there is a fair bit of fall out in the palette, but once on the eyes they blend nicely and really stay put.


The LASTING POWER & The PRICE POINT
Upon testing, I've noticed they actually last a really long time - even without primer! They do fade a little coming towards the end of the day but for a purse friendly palette, that's to be envied! For £4 - that's 33 pence a shade - this is without doubt a true winner.


PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE
Here's an example of what I created using the Essential Mattes and my Real Techniques eye brushes. While there is an applicator included, I don't tend to use those for eyes. Instead, it's a brilliant sized sponge for nail art ombré-ing! 

Here I took some of the brown shades to do some light contouring in the crease, then used the RT angled brow brush and the darkest shade with some water to achieve a cat flick that I'm pretty proud of! While this is a bit more dramatic than your everyday 'just popping out to the shops' look, it is also really easy to create subtle but impactful eyes with the palette. 

Oh, and my one slight annoyance with shimmery shadows is that when you use a black liquid liner on top, the shimmer tends to transfer onto the liner and stay there! Not with mattes. Oh, AND being matte there are a couple of shades which could easily double up as brow powders too!


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Although I'm eager to try Makeup Revolution's shimmer palettes, (Flawless palette, I've got my sights set on you!) I'm now most definitely a matte convert! 

Which Makeup Revolution products would you recommend to me?
Which would you most like to try?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x

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Click here and here to read my previous Makeup Revolution reviews!
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♪ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? ♪
No, I wouldn't.
This post contains products which were sent to me for reviewing purposes but all opinions are honest and my own.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Watermelon Nail Art! | NOTD + Tutorial


Hello everyone!

Have you seen that watermelon slice clutch bag that's around at the minute?
I think it's so cute! There are lemon and orange and other fruit versions but my favourite by far is the watermelon one.

I got inspired and came up with a Summery nail look that's actually really easy to recreate if you'd like to.
Here's what I came up with!


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Step by Step

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Optional Prep:
I like to start all my manicures with OPI's Nail Envy but this isn't an essential step at all. It's a nail strengthener and does work over time but take my advice - don't pay the full price for it. Shop around and get it on Amazon like I did for less than half the price!


1.
Paint the nails all over with a bright pink polish of your choice. I chose Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine in 'Dragon' which is a gorgeous shade with a few tiny shimmers suspended inside so it sparkles whenever the light catches it. The formula is definitely one you have to get used to using as it's quite thick but once mastered gives a lovely gel-like effect.

2. 
Once your pink is dry, take a white polish along the bottom of your nail, as if doing a French manicure. I went for MUA's 'All Nude' which is an absolute bargain at just £1! If I'm ever using this as a full nail look it does require a few coats to be fully opaque but the end result is worth it.

3. 
Now for the pips! I use liquid eyeliners for detailing on my nails all the time - if you don't particularly like a liner, don't throw it out, put it in your nail art stash! You will need to put a clear top coat over it to keep it in place as well as to smooth everything out. A glitter top coat never fails either!

4.
Lastly, go over the white with a green polish, leaving just a little bit of white peeking out, Then add your top coat and you're done! I used a Collection polish in the shade 'Look At Me!' which barely gets used but since picking it up I've realised I really should get it out more! It's a really unusual but unique colour. Imagine mustard was green, and that's how I'd describe it. The pigmentation is actually really nice, and I want to get some more Collection polishes!

What I used . . .




I'm so pleased with how this turned out! 
It's really bright and poppy. In my opinion, Summer is the best time to go wild with a bit of nail art, especially for those of us who aren't allowed it at school!



What's your favourite Summer mani?
What would you like me to create on my nails next?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x

Monday, 14 July 2014

(Just a little) Boots Haul


Hello everyone!

Just a little haul for you today as I recently picked up a few things in Boots! I'm trying to save up my pennies for formal so didn't go crazy, although I was tempted by the Maybelline Color Tattoos. Pink Gold grabbed me in particular but they only had the tester left which was quite disappointing! The lady in Boots informed me it's usually sold out so it must be a popular one. 
Let me know if you've tried it and I'd also appreciate any cream eyeshadow recommendations in the comments!


I'll get the least exciting out of the way first, shall I? The cotton pads are one of my everyday essentials for removing makeup, nail polish and applying toner water, therefore I'm always running out of them! These are my usuals and happened to be on offer for buy one get one half price. In my basket they went!

Next up, I finally found the Garnier Micellar Water! I still haven't used up my Softening Cleansing Lotion but if you've read my post on it, you'll know that I never seem to be able to find their Micellar water instore. Mais alors, there it was! I've only tried it out a wee bit so far but on first impressions it does seem worth the £4.99 I paid for it. It's going to last for ages and it really dissolves makeup with ease. Review coming soon if you'd like!

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While we're on the topic of Micellar water, I'm just wondering how do you  pronounce the word 'micellar'? I pronounce the 'c' like a 'k' but I've noticed some pronounce it with a soft c. Which do you say?

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Now, onto the really exciting finds - the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms!
I've never bought into the whole crayon craze before but when these came out I sat up and listened. I've been loving me some matte lips since trying out Makeup Revolution's Velvet Lip Lacquer and so far these haven't disappointed. 'Audacious' is a bright orangey red shade while 'Elusive' is more of a muted purple pink. I'll not go into too much detail here as I'm going to test them further and get a review up as soon as I can, but for now I will say I think it's gonna be a very positive one! Oh, and did I mention these were on offer for 2 for £10? That's a bargainous £5 each!

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Well that was what I bought on a recent trip to Boots! Not a lot, but I got some essentials as well as two little treats. I'm a happy bunny!

Have you tried any of the products here?
What's on your Boots wishlist?


Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x

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Psst! Notice how I had to spell 'colour' the American way twice in this post! 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Weekly Reflect | #1

Hello everyone! 

I thought I'd start a little series here on Thrift O'Clock where every Sunday I reflect on the week gone by and share it with you!


This week I . . .

  • . . . put up a new post everyday and although it was quite a bit of work, I really enjoyed daily posting! I loved being able to put out fresh content everyday and I really admire anyone who can keep up with doing it week upon week. While it would be amazing to continue, it's not entirely practical for me but I'm thinking about posting every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and keeping this series going on Sundays. What do you think?

  • . . . have been thinking about starting up a Youtube channel. I've wanted to do it for ages but for a couple of reasons just haven't been able to. I couldn't really sleep last night so my brain went into overdrive and I got myself thinking of loads of video ideas! I think I've found a good place to film so all that's left to do is bite the bullet and start.

  • . . . had some really weird dreams. See here and here!

  • . . . was given an opportunity to interview someone quite exciting - a buyer at MyBag.com! The interview will be coming soon to a post near you so make sure to keep an eye out for it!

  • . . . tried Metcalfe's Skinny Topcorn for the first time. I got the flavour Sweet 'n' Salt and they are so tasty and addictive.They're hailed as a 'healthier' snack which is great for those trying to watch their calorie count. However lucky for me, I had salted caramel icecream in the freezer and so mixed the two together! A great combination.


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So that was the first Weekly Reflect! Let me know if you'd like to see more in this series and if you'd maybe like to see it in video form!

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x

Friday, 11 July 2014

Makeup Revolution | Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in 'Keep Trying For You' | REVIEW


Hello everyone!

If you're local to the land of beauty, you've probably heard of a brand called Makeup Revolution. Personally, I think they're on top of their game, with new products all the time and all for amazing prices. "But are they really worth the hype?" I hypothetically hear you ask. Well, the brand themselves kindly sent me a few items to try and let you know what I thought. Today's muse? Their Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer.

Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in 'Keep Trying For You'
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So what makes this lippy different?

Well, the Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer's are Makeup Revolution's answer to matte lips. Personally I think a matte lip helps a look seem more glamorous without looking like you've tried too much. Funny enough, this red shade is named 'Keep Trying For You'!


The APPLICATION, FORMULATION & PIGMENTATION

If you're a fan of sheer lip colours then steer clear my friends, this lip lacquer offers pigmentation and then some. For full on intense lip colour lovers like myself it's a dream. The formula is creamy to apply and not especially drying but does have a dry feel when you lick your lips. In all honesty, I think that's what you sign up for with a matte lip and it's not really too bothering if you don't lick your lips all the time. I recommend prepping your lips with a lip scrub and balm beforehand to get the best finish. Oh, and if you love a pigmented lip but the matte look not so much, you can always apply this and then a gloss over the top!

The PACKAGING

The outer packaging is very striking, that gold is definitely a pleaser in my books. As for the tube itself, it's a really simple and sleek design with gold touches that also ticks boxes for me. My one problem is the doe foot applicator. I mean, it's fine, but it's more suited to sheer glosses in my opinion. If you want really defined edges then I suggest lining the lips first or using a lip brush to smooth the lines. The latter option is my favourite as this way, I can ensure the colour is the same and I can completely manage how smooth I want the lines.

The LASTING POWER

I've found that once applied, it does take a little while for it to fully mattify but once it's on the lips, it really is on to stay. It lasts a very respectable 7 hours on me until starting to fade a little around the inside, but oily food choices can put it under pressure. I had a packet of Ready Salted about six hours after applying and have to say it did stand up pretty well against what I'm calling 'The Crisp Test', which basically consists of lots of licking salt off the lips. After an hour it was fading a little more and I rubbed it off to leave a nice red stain. Removal would be made easiest with an oil-based cleanser, but as I don't have one I've been using either Garnier's Softening Cleansing Lotion (my review here) or their Micellar Water (a relatively new addition for me, review to come soon!) and they both work wonderfully.


In one sentence:
Highly pigmented, matte and it lasts - just be careful when eating!

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As you can see above I also have a palette to review! That post will be up shortly, so until then, why not make sure you can be notified of when it arrives on Bloglovin' or GFC! I recently reached the pleasure having 100 of you lovely following lot on Bloglovin' so thank you very, very much for that! 

Have you tried any Makeup Revolution goodness?
What's your stance on matte lips?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x
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♪ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? 
No, I wouldn't.
This post contains products which were sent to me for reviewing purposes but all opinions are honest and my own.