Sunday, 30 November 2014

Makeup Revolution #Liphug Lipsticks

Ahh, Makeup Revolution. You had me at hello with these latest lip smackers. Dubbed, the #Liphug, (Naww) they've been specially formulated and designed to give you super intense and super huggable lips. Now, if you can explain to me how one goes about hugging someones lips, there's likely to be a gold star and a Kinder Egg in it for you. 

Jokes aside, these new lipstick offerings from Makeup Revolution are a step-up, price wise from the I-Can't-Believe-They're-Only-£1 Amazing Lipsticks. Priced at £2.50, you get a choice of twenty brand new shades as well as a prettier package and some interesting shade names to boot. 

So what have we got then?

To Get Lucky
Who We Are!

I Am Ready!

Still Missing My Baby

From top to bottom - To Get Lucky, Who We Are!, I Am Ready!, Still Missing My Baby

I ended up opting for two very similar red shades and two brownish/reds - Still Missing My Baby is very much the winter berry/mulled wine shade that I was hoping to add to my Winter lippie wardrobe... if I owned such a thing. A word on the formula, the Liphugs are so up my street, they're practically in my front door. Creamy, moisturising and oh so hydrating, they feel great to wear and the pigmentation is pretty good too; however it does takes a couple of swipes to get an intense wash of colour.

In terms of wear, I'm surprised to be writing that you can get a good couple of hours out of these without the need to reapply. The shade, To Get Lucky is particularly forgiving and I had that on for over three hours the other day before it started to give up on me. It's safe to say I'm impressed. You can see me wearing it in this post right here

I really do rate these lipsticks and I think Makeup Revolution did a cracking job with the shade range and aesthetics, my only bugbear is the smell. I'm a nit picker at the best of times and for me, these lipsticks felt slightly cheapened by the almost plasticky scent that they had to them. It draws me back to my pre-teens and my pink, glittery 'First Makeup Set' that I'm 90% sure was a freebie from my Sugar magazine. It wouldn't stop me repurchasing, I mean hello... have you seen the price? Although I do wish MUR had given these a more nostril-friendly scent. 

On the whole, these latest lip offerings from Makeup Revolution are completely worth their budget-friendly price tag and would no doubt make great little stocking fillers for lipstick loving friends and family. There really is a shade to suit everyone. 

What are your thoughts on the new #Liphugs from Makeup Revolution? Are there any shades in particular that you're rating or what would you like to see next from the budget beauty brand?

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Christmas Jumpers - For Him & Her

Christmas Jumpers For Her

Christmas Jumpers For Him

Oh, I do love a good Christmas jumper! For me, it's an absolute festive essential, along with turkey, mince pies and more chocolate than one person should ever eat! Will you be wearing a Christmas jumper this year and if so, have you picked out your style already?

Friday, 28 November 2014

Festively Bronzed - Soap & Glory Wonderbronze

This was definitely one of those, 'I'm here buying Christmas presents so I'll pick something up for myself' kind of purchases. As far as I'm aware of, you can't buy Soap & Glory products in Finland, so I thought I'd have a little browse of the cosmetic stand whilst I was in my local Boots. As soon as I clapped eyes on this beauty, I knew it was coming home with me. 

I'm a serious magpie when it comes to all things sparkly and this shimmery, bronzer/blusher brick was no exception. The shade is Sundaze and if I can remember correctly, there were a couple of other similar products on the Soap & Glory shelf too. This, however, is right up my street. There are five separate shades which make up this bronzer/blusher. I've swatched them individually and also blended them together to show you what you can get from this gorgeous product.

There's everything from a pale, off white shade to a deep coppery bronze. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that these shades would also double us as seriously beautiful, shimmery eye shadows? Blended together, the outcome is flawless. I absolutely love it. It's shimmery, but not overly so and gives you the perfect, sun-kissed, bronzed goddess glow without you looking like you've been in a fight with a bag of soil and a pot of glitter. It's b.e.a.u.tiful and I can guarantee that I'll be rocking this right through the festive season. 

I don't even need to really mention the packaging. It has the usual Soap & Glory retro vibe to it as well as being a sturdy little package with a generous-sized mirror inside too.

Here's the Wonderbronze on my face... and I'll make a note of the other products too, because I'm good to you!

- MAC Prep&Prime Skin Base Visage

- MAC Mineralize Foundation in NW25

- YSL Touche Eclat No.2

- Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Soft Sand (5)

- Soap & Glory Wonderbronze Blush Brick in Sundaze

- Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Palette - The brown and gold/cream shades

- Maybelline Crayonbrow. (I don't have a shade or anything for this as I picked it up in Vietnam.)

- Makeup Revolution Awesome Double Flick Liquid Eyeliner

- Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in Extreme Black

- Benefit BADgal Waterproof Eyeliner pencil in Black

- Makeup Revolution Liphug Lipstick in To Get Lucky

What are your thoughts, have you tried the Wonderbronze bronzer/blusher? Make sure you pop over to the Boots website to find out more and if you hurry, you can bag yourself a free gift when you spend £12 or more on Soap & Glory products. (No, this isn't a sponsored post, I just know we're all sucker for a makeup bargain here! - So what are you waiting for?)

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Still not over Makeup Revolution!

Feast your make up hungry eyes on this lovely lot, isn't it a sight? 

I shall spare you the usual 'cheap as chips/blogger fave/new kid on the block' spiel as I've proclaimed my love for Makeup Revolution more times on this blog than your average One Direction fan tweets about Harry Styles' floppy mop. With my *cough* super accurate maths skills *cough* I count sixteen products, and I bet you wouldn't believe me if I told you that I got my paws on this bunch of goodness for less than £50. Seriously. I even had enough change for a hot chocolate. Could you want for anything more?

I can't wait to start getting stuck in to everything and I will pop the reviews up online as I go so watch this space! 

Is there anything you're dying to try from the Makeup Revolution range or do you have any firm faves from the makeup moguls? 

A Weekend In Paris - Being A Tourist

Finally, I have managed to catch a spare moment in this majorly hectic month to sift through the astronomical number of photographs Scott and I took on our recent trip to Paree. Being the ever typical tourists, our camera/phones were glued to our hands for almost the entire time that we were there, with the only exception being for eating crepes or sipping a G&T... You know, priorities... I think the pictures pretty much speak for themselves so I will try to keep the chit chat to a minimum. (Yes, I said try...)

We arrived in Paris early Friday morning and immediately dumped our bags at the hotel and hopped on the Metro. I initially had my doubts as I'm not a lover of public transport; however I was amazed at how quick and efficient the Metro was to get about town. We bought a two-day pass and it was certainly money well spent. 
The first stop was the famous Arc de Triomphe, because no touristy Paris trip would be quite complete without it. 

I was immediately struck by how busy it was. People. Everywhere. I don't know if it was because it was nearing the weekend or if that's the norm for these parts; however I lost count of how many pictures I had to throw out because they'd been inadvertently photobombed. 

Scott and I wandered down the Champs Elysees and briefly attempted to shop, but thought better of this idea once we'd clapped eyes on the queues. I was definitely starting to sense a theme going on here. 

Once we'd walked the boulevard, our next steps are a mystery. All I know is we took a lot of pictures...


After what felt like a lifetime of walking, we decided to stop for a cold beer and some crepes. Scott went for Nutella and banana - drool, whilst I opted for traditional lemon and sugar. I wasn't at all jealous. 

Once we were fed and watered, we headed over to the Louvre. Now, if you're ever in doubt of the size of this place, let me tell you... it's huge! Like seriously, seriously huge. We got lost just trying to find the bathroom. 

I could easily bore you with 6970432718 trillion other pictures from this vast art gallery/museum; however I'm already conscious of how picture heavy this post is going to be! We rocked up at the Louvre fairly late in the day and there was a whole tonne of stuff that we never got chance to see. It's definitely a whole day job if you really want to have a good look around everything, perhaps even a couple of days. With neither Scott nor I being particular art buffs, we were happy seeing some of the more well known pieces and then called it a day; although we will probably visit again when we have more time to stay and really explore the beautiful art work. 

The evening saw us at this particular sight that needs no introduction. We followed advice and booked our trip up the tower beforehand online. Although we booked to go to the summit and was under the impression that booking in advance would mean you could skip the queues, we still ended up waiting a considerable amount of time halfway up the tower on one of the viewing decks, in the cold, trying not to let my fear of heights overcome me. It's safe to say that I wasn't amused. We probably waited over an hour at the very minimum to access the lift to get right to the top of the tower; however once there we made the most of the amazing views of Paris at night. 

The next day saw us up bright and breezy to cram in a few more sights before we made our way to Galeries Lafayette, an enormous Harrods-esque department store on Boulevard Haussmann. We hopped on the trusty Metro and made our way to Notre Dame Cathedral to kick off the day.

The was very much a festive theme going on inside the Galeries Lafayette, despite the fact that it was only October. Scott and I couldn't agree on whether this was an upside down Christmas tree or a festive carrot... thoughts? 

Funnily enough, the department store was heaving and the entire shopping experience was quite stressful to say the least. Maybe I've been living in Finland too long and the sheer lack of people/crowds/shops there, has rubbed off on me, either way the craving for gin was too strong for either of us to ignore any longer so we called it quits and got silly on G&Ts before ending our Paris trip watching Lady Gaga in concert. (I'll save that for another post, but one word... absofuckingamazing!) 

(Straw up my nose)

Phew, that was a long-winded, picture heavy, waffle of a post, I hope you enjoyed it! I can't believe how much Scott and I crammed in, in the short space of time that we were in Paris, yet I still feel like we've only just scratched the surface. 

Until next time Paris...
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