Sunday, 12 February 2017

MUA Professional Haul | NEW Products

Hello, Lovelies. As we saw last week, I'm a big fan of Makeup Revolution. Super affordable prices but amazing quality? I'm there! However, MUA were kinda there first. Then MUR came in and stole their thunder. Terrible, I know! I don't splash out on MUA as often as I do, but I love their lip lacquers, and still buy the odd thing. So, when I got an email to announce some new releases, I thought it was the ideal time to dive back into the MUA life. 
I'll have first impressions of all of these up this week!

All of these products are from the professional range, which I can only assume means they're better quality than their standard range, and aimed at a professional make up artist audience building up a kit. I bought these products from Superdrug, which in hindsight I regret as they didn't have the full range, but we'll get into that in a second. 

First, I couldn't pass up this Correct and Conceal concealer palette, £6. I regularly use the Freedom concealer palette, which has far more shades than this palette. However, this MUA one has got larger pans, and deeper tones I thought I could use for cream contour. I love the fact this has got a white shade - just like the Freedom one - which I use to lighten up the shades which are just a touch too dark. I picked mine up in Light, but they actually had a fairly decent range of shades you can find here. However there's nothing for a super deep skin tone, in my opinion. Superdrug have got all the same shade options as online, which wasn't the case with another product. 

Next, is this Ultra-fine Loose Setting Powder, £4. I don't often set my makeup with powder, but I've been trying a lot of powders lately for the occasions I do. I've loved their hydro powder in the past, so I was super excited when I saw this. It claims to be 'delicate and colourless' with an 'invisible finish', which just sounds ideal doesn't it? This also claims to be suitable for every skin tone, which would of course make it ideal for a starter makeup kit, so that's a claim I'm excited to try out too. 

Finally, the product I'm most excited about is this Foundation Mixer, £4. I picked this up in Lightening Warm, but they've got another in Deepen Warm on Superdrug here, However, on their own website they've got a Dark option in the Deepen range, and a Cool option in the Lightening range. You can find these here. Being super pale, even the lightest options in most drugstore foundations are a touch too dark for me. I've seen similar products to this from a few other brands, but couldn't pass this up for £4. My main concern for this would be it changing the coverage and/or finish of the foundation, however I'm excited to see how it actually works. 

So, there you have it! I feel like MUA have been massively overlooked since MUR came around, but by the looks of things they're upping their game with these products. I'm definitely excited to see what else they've got in store from us this year after seeing these, and just hope the products live up to my expectations now! I'll have first impressions posts up throughout this coming week, so keep your eyes open for those if you're interested in how they performed. 

Much love, Maxine xo
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Mystery Blogger Award Tag | Get To Know Me!

Hello, lovelies! I was tagged by the gorgeous Cody to do the Mystery Blogger award tag. Created by Okoto Enigma, the aim is to get to know the person behind the blog whilst showing a bit of love to our favourite bloggers. I love little things like this, so I'm super excited to dive in!

The Rules
1. Put the award Logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog.
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
 6. Nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify each one of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
8. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with a weird or funny question (specify)
9. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself:
1. I'm a dog person. 
2. I wanted to be a vet until I was about 16
3. I don't like tea.

Do you  have a bucket list? if so what’s on it?I do! Loads. Get through uni, travel, learn new languages, own my own home, learn to drive... the list is endless.
What’s the one thing in your life that people get wrong about you?I think I can verrrry easily come across as a typical, mean, dumb blonde. But, I'm really not! I'm super shy, which can come across as a bit stand-offish. I promise I'm nice, though! And, I'm a bit dim at times which makes me seem a bit less intelligent than I am.
What’s your go to essential in your wardrobeA bomber jacket. I'm sure they've gone out of style now but I still love them. I won't be binning any of mine anytime soon!
What did  you want to be when you where 10?
A vet! 
If you could live inside a Movie which would it be? and why?
Ooooh, good question! Harry Potter, probably. Probably the Prisoner of Azkaban if I had to pick a specific film in the series. Do I even have to answer why?

My Question’s are!
1. How does your dream career differ from the career path you're taking?
2. If you could organise your own music festival, what would it look like?
3. Sweet or savoury?
4. What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?

FUN QUESTION: What super power would you like to have most and least?
And anyone else who wants to do it because I'm rubbish at tagging people!
And, finally here's my favourite post so far!
Much love, Maxine xo
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Makeup Revolution Affirmation Palette | First Impressions + SWATCHES

Hello, Lovelies. The final in my Makeup Revolution first impressions of the week is this gorgeous Affirmation palette, £8. After picking up the flawless matte palette I reviewed earlier this week, I wanted to try a palette from the range with a bit of sparkle to it. I'd heard good things about this palette, so didn't hesitate to pick it up.

The first half of this first row didn't swatch very well at all, which instantly made me very nervous. However, I've applied them to the eye over a base and they apply really well. That's seemed to be a running theme with these palettes, for me at least. They apply so much better than they swatch, so that's maybe something to be aware of. The rest, as you can see, are very pigmented. I love the rusty, orange tones of the last two shades.

Now, this second row swatched beautifully. Those first two pale, shimmery shades are absolutely gorgeous for brightening an eye look up. Again, the warm toned browns are gorgeous, and staples for most looks. 

This third row is by far my favourite row, and I'd pay the £8 just for this in all honesty. How gorgeous are those shimmery shades? The purples are perfect for adding a bit of something to a look without it being a ton of colour. You can get some lovely, wearable looks out of this row whilst still being creative and stepping away from a warm brown smokey eye, which I like. The shades I've tried all, of course, apply well and blend beautifully.

This final row is ideal for deepening up a look and making it super smokey. There's a tone ideal for whatever combination you've used in the previous rows, right through to a black in the far right. Do I even have to say that the apply and blend wonderfully at this stage or can we just take it as a given? 

Overall opinion: I can't say enough good things about this palette. It's my favourite of the three I've tried by a mile. You can get such a huge range of looks with this. It's the ideal travel palette in my opinion. You've got the wearable shades on the left in a mix of matte and shimmer, and the darker shades for a more intense, smokey look. You've even got a few shades ideal to add a hint of colour, like the rusy orange shimmer shade, the range of  purples and that gorgeous blue-grey shimmer shade. If you only buy one of these palette, buy this one! 

Much love, Maxine xo
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Makeup Revolution Acid Brights | First Impressions + SWATCHES

Hello, Lovelies. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I've been building up my eye makeup collection, and decided to invest in a few of Makeup Revolution's palettes. We've all heard of them by now; they're super cheap and typically amazing quality, so they're the first brand I headed for to stock up. Amongst my very grown up palettes, I couldn't let this Acid Brights palette, £4 pass me by.

The colours in this just looked too amazing to pass by. I've noticed I've gotten a bit 'safe' in my makeup lately, so I was eager to get back to the neon shades 18 year old Maxine loved so much. At £4 for 12 shades (that works out at 33p a shade!!) I snapped this up straight away. I've tried a few of the other palettes in this particular range and they've been a bit hit and miss, so this was probably the palette I was the most iffy about trying. However, I've been pleasantly surprised.

note that the bottom picture washed out the swatches a little.

When I first swatched this palette, the first thing I noticed was a few of the shades came out quite chalky and patchy, which made me a bit nervous. In particular, the white, yellow and purple. So, I tried these shades first in some looks and they were like entirely different shadows! They blended so well and weren't patchy at all. 

As for the rest, every other shade I've tried so far has performed well beyond my expectations. The khaki green shade is by far my favourite (I know, not a neon but it's so pretty). They've all been ridiculously pigmented, more so than they've appeared when I swatched them, and they've blended out well. 

The only real negative I've found so far is the shadows are quite crumbly, which means you can get a lot of fallout if you don't tap your brush off well enough beforehand. Again, it's nothing huge as it's manageable, but it's not ideal. 

Overall opinion: I'd 100% recommend this, especially if you're starting out with brighter shadows and/or on a budget. However, it's a great little palette for anyone, I think. There's a few niggles here and there, but nothing huge or unmanageable. 

Much love, Maxine xo
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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte Palette | First Impressions + SWATCHES

Hello lovelies!  I noticed recently that I've been focusing on face and lips a lot when buying new makeup, and my collection has fallen behind when it comes to new eye products. So, of course, Makeup Revolution was one of the first places I looked when I started to build my collection up, starting with this Ultra 32 Flawless Matte Palette, £8.

I've heard some amazing things since this came out, and since I'm going through a matte phase, I of course, couldn't pick up some palettes and leave this behind. At £8 for 32 amazing, matte shades it's such a bargain. Most are warm toned, with the exception of a few. But, I like that as it means I can create a lot of different looks with just one palette. You can go from something super simple, right through to a really intense smokey eye, and even add a bit of colour with the warm orange and pinky tones, and that lovely blue-grey shade on the far right. 
So, onto the swatches! 

When I first swatched the top row, I was fairly impressed. I know it's one of those cliche things all bloggers say, but these feel really buttery. I was very impressed with how the palest of these shades showed up, as they can often be the hardest to show pigmentation in my experience. I've used the first three in this row almost everytime I've used the palette, and they've applied really well. 

This second row contains one of my favourite shades in the palette, this gorgeous blue shade on the far right. It's absolutely beautiful, I'd pay the £8 just to buy this again in all honesty! The two warm, pinky shades in the middle are probably the two I've been using most, however. Again, they all apply so beautifully. No complaints here!

This thirds row is, without a doubt, my favourite. The third and fourth shades from the left are my absolute favourite types of shades. They just work with pretty much any eye look you're doing, and they're probably the most flattering on me personally. The first two in this shade swatched a little chalky, but overall another amazing quality row. 

For me, this final row is too similar to the row above to really be comment worthy. I've got absolutely nothing against the shadows themselves - the shades are all lovely, they're all pigmented and the ones I've tried have applied and blended well. I just feel like maybe this row wasn't needed when we've got pretty much the same one in the row above, yknow? 

Overall opinion: I mean, for £8 I really can't complain. Every single one of the shades is so pigmented, and they apply and blend so well. I've only had this a few weeks so I haven't managed to try all the shades properly, but I've tried the majority and I haven't had a bad experience with one. My only gripe, and it is minor, is the fact that those last two lines are just too similar for my liking. Overall though, this is a fantastic palette with an amazing shade range. I you haven't already given it a try, I 100% recommend it! 

Much love, Maxine xo
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