One brand review – Makeup Revolution

Hey my loves, im back with another one brand review, this time reviewing a brand im not too familiar with – Makeup Revolution! Its a brand I like keeping updated with online but always walk past their stand at the drugstore, and not really have any products from. Makeup Revolution has recently been the talk of the beauty world lately with all their new exciting releases, so I thought to give my opinion on some products which caught my eye!

I’ve heard so many positive reviews about eyeshadow palettes from this brand. The Iconic Fever palette is the one that looked the most appealing with all the lovely warm mattes and shimmers!

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Iconic fever palette, (£4, Available from Superdrugs)

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SWATCHES – The swatches of the matte shades were a little disappointing. Swatches from the lighter transitional shades turned out to be patchy whereas the darker shades turned out to be a little richer in pigment. However, the shimmer shades look beautiful  and swatch beautifully too. The shimmers are pigmented and have a grainy buttery feel and the shades look amazing!

APPLICATION – For an easy smokey eye, where I would pat either a dark transition shade or a brown shade on the centre on my lid and blend outwards and use a shimmer shade right in the centre of the lid, the shadows work great. They blend quite well. However, when i tried a cut crease, the matte shadows don’t blend into each other when I layer them for definition for the crease. The shadows are patchy and separate even after blending so for a more creative eyelook, the shadows don’t work that well. I feel this palette is great for an everyday eye with some gorgeous shimmers at such a great price at only £4, but it would at the bottom of my palettes to use for a heavier eyelook.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define in C5 (£4, Available from Superdrug)

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Even while I was away on holiday, I managed to hang onto the online buzz about these concealers! The formula claims to be lightweight with full coverage to cover blemishes, dark circles and even out skin tone with a soft matte finish. I absolutely love and root for drugstore concealers, one of my go to’s is the Maybelline fit me for both concealing, highlighting and contouring. Getting hold of this in store was nearly impossible as it was sold out everywhere, so I got C5 and C15 to contour (which was unfortunately was way too dark for my skintone, and I should really stick to shade matching myself in store, I always mess up online😩). The packaging is sleek, I also love how affordable it is which makes it easier to stock up! The large doe foot applicator makes application so easy and so smooth, perfect for days for when I can use this as foundation. I didn’t notice the concealer settling into my fine lines to where it looks obvious that it has so I was pleased about that. Overall I think its a great product to stock up on, and i’ll definitely by stocking up on C5 as well as lighter shades to highlight with!

Finding the right concealer or the right foundation online can be a bit of pain, especially when like me shade matching online doesn’t always work out. So I’ve found a foundation guide that helps you in shade matching as well comparing over 700 foundations from different brands, so you get the perfect fit for you! Just click on this link for all your foundation needs!

Makeup Revolution HD Pro Powder Contour Light Medium (£8, Available from Superdrug)

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Makeup Revolution offers a whole range of different powder and cream contour palettes, but this one looked it could replace my old but gold Kat Von D shade and light palette. The swatches were disappointing and not as pigmented as I hoped it to be. Its also the same for application, I had to keep dipping my brush into the contour shades multiple times just to get a very light dull looking bronzer and contour. The banana shade at the end performed slightly better than the rest, but overall its a pretty disappointing contour palette and one I wont be using again

Makeup Revolution Dark Brown Brow Pomade ( £6, Available from Superdrug)

I picked up a brow pomade for times when my brows are a little messy and so need something more than a pencil to neaten them up. Im not a big fan of pomade’s but they do an excellent job of getting a “snatched brow” (which is perfect for special occasions, not really my style on a daily basis) For only £6, its a great pomade that does the job, and using my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow brush in 12, I can get great looking brows from a pomade that will last me a good time!

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Makeup Revolution Iconic Matte Nude Lipstick in Inclination (£3, Available from Superdrug)

Last but not least, I grabbed a gorgeous pinky nude from their ranges of lipsticks. Im not a fan of the packaging, the formula is creamy and it has good staying power. For just £3 its a great buy as well as other lip kits, glosses and more lipsticks to stock up on!

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And that is the end to this review guys, im glad that I finally got to try out Makeup Revolution, i was both shocked and suprised thinking where have i been all this time!  Its also made me want to try out more drugstore brands ive never tried so let me in the comments what brand you would like to read a review on!

See you in my next post guys!

Love from Sahibah x

My Vanity Femme Seminar experience

Hey my loves, I finally get to talk about my makeup seminar experience with the popular beauty blogger on Instagram, Vanity Femme. In no way is this a hate post or a post about me complaining, its rather an expression and a story of how disappointed and let down I felt and how I still feel for putting my trust and admiration into someone online

Why I went to the seminar

To give you guys an idea of why I reacted so deeply about this situation im going to be talking about why I went. The tickets went live on her instagram page late summer last year and it was around this time where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in beauty. I knew I had the passion, the willingness to learn but I just didn’t how to get started. I was thinking of setting up a beauty page with reviews as I thought a blog would be complicated (lol @ at how naïve I was) but I was still skeptical and scared of taking the plunge. I didn’t really have much contact with influencer’s/makeup artists/ or bloggers who could give me tips in starting out so Mariyah (Vanity Femme) offering an intimate class giving her advice on how she got started was just perfect for me. I also had the intention of observing and networking with the other students, finding out how they started, the challenges they faced and where they want to be at in the future. So the intention wasn’t to learn about makeup, it was to network, meet new people talk about their experiences in a massive industry that I was so scared to step into, and of course meet Mariyah herself. An influencer I admired so much. I didn’t care much about the “controversies” and stories she was involved in, i just looked up to her as a woman, an influencer and a business woman and i think she’s absolutely stunning

The event itself

Looking back i would give the event a 6/10. The content and technique’s she taught was information i knew already but it was a great experience seeing makeup applied in front of you and seeing the transformation without the lighting or super speed that im so used to seeing on online. I immediately warmed up to her I thought she was lovely and answered every weird question i had because i wanted to absorb as much information as i could.

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So you’re probably wondering what’s the problem. The goody bag was the problem. All students were promised her collection of glow dusts and her eyelashes. On the day of the event we took home the glow dusts because the eyelashes were low in stock, so she said we’ll be getting the lashes in a week’s time.

2 weeks later. No lashes. 2 months later. No lashes. Last December after waiting endlessly for her to reply to my emails, i commented, “if anyone attended the Birmingham seminar please DM me” under her picture on Instagram, as i thought maybe it’s just me she has trouble sending the products out to. I then got blocked. As someone who has never got blocked by someone my naïve little mind thought she deleted her page. But it quickly came apparent that she saw my comment and blocked me. I cant express how let down and hurt i felt by someone i admired and even loved so much that she cut me off so abruptly without thinking how i would feel. And that’s where major influencer’s get it wrong. Maybe they don’t realise that their vast number of followers on their page are actually people with feelings and maybe they have a bigger impact on people than they realise.

I gave up after that. I was still really hurt, not over the lashes but over how the first beauty influencer i met, the first makeup artist i met, the first look i had into this industry resulted in such a hurtful negative experience. I deleted my instagram soon after because it made me feel so low and i thought what’s the point of coming into this industry if i get treated like this? Also her customer service team is appalling, i don’t understand how you could ignore so many emails when that is your only job to do. It baffles me.

Fast forward to summer this year, Mariyah herself sent an email out to her students…

 

 

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To be honest, i was quite glad that she was resolving the issue by logging into her email 7 months later and reading all of our emails, some of which called her a scammer. It was good that she acknowledged that her customer service team is actually awful by not communicating with the brand owner and sending out pretty basic certificates using the Word page design template we all used in primary school. However, reading that i became a little hopeful again.

Its December, and the lashes are nowhere to be seen and probably wont be. Some of her attendees from her other seminar’s  that took place earlier than the one in Birmingham have the same problem with the same product’s, and we’ve all pretty much given up at this point. I called her a shitty businesswoman in one of my emails and i stand by that 100%

If i was in her place, a brand owner and influencer. Firstly i would have an awareness or a sort of appreciation of who follows me and understand my impact upon my audience. Then i would fire the customer service team and handle all that myself and make sure everyone’s satisfied. I also wouldn’t have lied and led my students on month after month and just be honest and say. “im sorry but its not possible for me to give you the lashes, but here’s how im going to make up for it for making you wait all this time”. I would’ve created some sort of buy one lash get the other half price or for free, or a discount code just for the student’s who attended. Lying and deceiving your students, some of which may be loyal supporters is not the way to do business and i hope she learns that from this experience.

If you guys are wanting to attend a makeup seminar, i wouldn’t recommend going to a Vanity Femme one if she decides to hold any in the future, simply because its unreliable and straight up unprofessional.  I would recommend attending a seminar from someone the likes of @makeupbymario who is having his Masterclass in London next April. @soniaxfyza held an small seminar in November and so many celebrity makeup artists hold seminar’s across the UK so i would definitely keep an eye out and attend!

To wrap up this post, I don’t hate Mariyah, i just don’t agree with how she runs her business and i think she could have made this into a more positive experience if she just put some effort in. Although she has blocked me, i still view her profile from my sister’s phone, watch her YouTube tutorials and even have screenshots of her makeup because i still admire her skill and style. Overall, it was a lesson to perhaps not to put my trust into people so quickly, and that not every influencer treats their followers the same, as through this blogging journey I’ve met the most beautiful, good hearted sincere souls!

Hope you enjoyed reading this experience, see you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

 

 

Fall Queen makeup look 

Serving you some dark sultry neon vibes with this fun photo shoot I arranged with my friends to get myself experimenting with different colours and create a simple striking look!

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I absolutely loved how this look came together, it turned out better than I imagined and I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive model and the photographer Sophie, who is a talented content creater for business marketing and media, including photography, videography and blogging. If you are looking to enhance your social media or website with new engaging content get in touch with her because she was a real pleasure to work with🙌 I’ll link her website here if you want to get in touch! 

Product Details

FACE

Urban decay All Nighter Foundation in the shade 4.0

Maybelline age rewind concealer in medium

Urban Decay Naked skin concealer in light

La Girl pro concealer in Fawn to contour

Kat Von D shade and light contour palette to set the cream highlight and contour

Mac strobe cream

Mac cosmetics highlighter in Whisper of Gilt

Vanity Femme Glow Dust in Crushed Pearls

Mac Melba Blush

EYES

Benefit Ka – Brow in the shade 2

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism eyeshadow palette using the shades Lure and Parallel for the cut crease and Sphere for the vibrant neon yellow pop of colour that complimented the model’s deep blue eyes!.

Eyelure 141 lashes

LIPS

Ofra liquid lipstick in Hypno for the sultry vampy lip

I wanted to keep the eyelook very simple, keeping Sphere as the emphasis to tie in and compliment a dark lip creating some real creative fall vibes and I hope you guys enjoyed the look. I’ll be creating some fun festive looks in collaboration with Sophie soon so stay tuned!

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

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Purple makeup look

Hey my loves! Since we’re heading towards the festive season i thought to create a colourful purple smokey eye using the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette. If you havent already read the detailed review i’ll link it here, and as mentioned before i really wanted to experiment with this palette as its not something i reach out for everyday but i really love how the looks using this palette have come out so far!

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FULL PRODUCT DETAILS:

BASE

  • Dior skin star foundation in 020 mixed with Too Faced Born this way Foundation in Warm Nude (a pump of each I use very little foundation)
  • Cream Contour using the sleek contour kit in medium and Cocoa matchstix from Fenty Beauty
  • Maybelline age rewind concealer in Nude
  • Too Faced born this way concealer in Light to highlight
  • Kat Von D shade and light face palette to contour and set the under eye as well as the rest of the face
  • Mac blush in Peaches
  • Iconic London strobing stick in Glow with Kiko Milano water eyeshadow in 208 on top for a powder highlight

EYES

  • Kiko Milano eyebrow expert kit in Medium and the LA girl Pro Conceal to shape the brows as well as using it a base for the eyeshadow
  • Eden, Amber and Oud from the Huda Beauty Eyeshadow palette used in the crease
  • Amethyst and Royal used in the centre and Nefertiti used in the inner part of the eye
  • Demure Lashes in Adore
  • Benefit rollerlash used for the lower lashes

Lips

  • Boldly Bare lipliner by Mac with Hepburn Honey by Charlotte Tillbury applied on top

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See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk review

Capturing the shimmering dunes and lights of a desert at dusk, Huda Beauty has released another majestic eye shadow palette to her line. The vibrant shades inspired by the mysterious desert landscape had me falling head over heels and utterly in love. As with any eye shadow palette I begin working out what the crease and transition colours are and imagining what looks to create, but I was just so  blown away by how vibrant the shades are. Very few palettes excite me but this sparked a creativity in me like never before and that’s when you know its pretty damn special. The palette was available on Cult Beauty for £56, ( exactly the same price as her previous palette). As usual i’ll be giving my honest opinion about whether its truly worth the hefty price tag as well as comparing it to her previous palette!

Packaging

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I love how Huda and her team took on board the complaints/suggestions her customers have said over her first palette, for example people wanted a mirror and I felt the same way too and the palette felt light and flimsy  so people felt like it wasn’t worth the £56 (which in my opinion is quite a lot for an eyeshadow palette). A lot of effort and consideration generally can be seen because the packaging is so beautiful. Waking up and seeing an intoxicating Arabian princess on your vanity staring right back at you on a gloomy day is just so different and genius. Also, when compared to the Rose Gold, the palette feels a lot more sturdy and heavy and she’s also included a mirror (thank the lord) so I’m glad she took on board what we wanted and it shows that she took our concerns seriously!

Swatches

For £56 you are getting:

– 8 Mattes

– 6 Pressed Pearls

– Three duo chrome toppers

– One pure glitter ( I’ll be sharing  a funny/heartbreaking story about this shade further on in the review!)

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Some of the mattes for example Saffron were a little patchy and difficult to swatch however I was perfectly pleased with the rest including all the pressed pearls and duo chrome toppers that im so excited to create looks with. However, the heartbreak with Cosmo was that I wasn’t entirely aware that its a complete loose glitter in the pan so as I turned the palette over to read some information on the back I heard something fell… And it was at that moment my heart dropped and saw the pan completely empty and a bunch of glitter on the floor. I was so annoyed. I did scrape it off the floor and pat it in but I think there should have been some sort of protective layer, the paper provided isn’t enough to hold the glitter in place because it moves around. I genuinely think for a high price there should have been something to stop the glitter from moving its just my opinion but if I hadn’t have saved cosmo I would’ve been one angry customer😩

The look I created and posted on my Instagram was a halo eye.

1) Eden was used for a transition shade along with Musk to deepen the crease.

2) I then used Oud in the inner corner and outer corner to create the halo shape. To soften the edges I mixed Desert Sand and the tiniest amount of Musk.

3) Saffron and Amber were used to deepen and define the halo in the same areas I used Oud. In the centre I first packed on Nefertiti and then applied glitter glue on top. I then applied Cosmo using a small synthetic packing brush.

4) On the lower lashline I used the same shades but using more Oud on the outer eye. Nefertiti was used as a inner corner highlight and using a angled liner I applied saffron in my inner waterline and I really liked how it looked

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The only issue I had was that some of the matte shades were a little patchy, when on the eye and swatches. For example when I layered similar colours such as Amber and Saffron to deepen and define I noticed skin still peeking through so I had to reapply and it was if the colour had disappeared or seperated. The problem with that is you end up adding more and more so it can turn into an unblended mess. Cosmo and Nefertiti applied nicely and there was a strong deposit of colour so I was happy with that. I will be creating more creative looks on my instagram so follow me if you don’t already so you don’t miss out!

One thing that really stood out and I admired was the campaign for this launch. If you haven’t watched the first look already on Huda’s Instagram i’ll link it here because it is jaw dropping. Im really loving the amount of effort digital influencers and bloggers with their own makeup lines are putting into their launches its incredible to see. Everything from the location, to the addictive music, the cinematography blew me away its one of my favourite launch videos to date. The genius idea of having a global snapchat filter to itensify the hype even further just made me admire Huda and her team even more. Their raw passion is so inspiring and uplifting and im excited to see what more Huda Beauty has to offer!

Final Verdict: Is it for me?

You ladies know that my reviews are a textbook long so to wrap this up I feel that if you want to push yourself experimenting with deep reds and purples, and playing with different textures and possibly scraping off glitter off the floor then this palette is for you. It gets my creative juices flowing and makes me want more to experiment with different coloured glitters, as opposed to my usual golds and silvers and get out of my comfort zone a little bit. It wont really be my everyday go to palette because I did try using Eden with Oud and I didn’t really like how it looked so i’ll be sticking with the Rose Gold. Its a palette to explore your creativity and have fun with but not really something i would be choosing to wear everyday.

I hope you found this review useful let me know if you have any questions. See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

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Fenty Beauty

Fenty beauty by Rihanna took the internet by storm. I am a little late on the fenty beauty hype because i wanted to take my time and figure out what i wanted and let the craze die down so i can have a relaxed shopping experience at Harvey Nichols.

Oh boy was i wrong. I really tried being patient waiting to get myself colour matched for the foundation i’ve been seeing countless good reviews on. Apart from it drying quickly and a slight shade change once applied i havent seen a single bad review, and in the beauty world thats a massive achievement. So sadly i couldnt get the foundation. However, for the past couple of weeks ive stopped wearing foundation and after applying primer i go straight in to highlight and contour and i really love how it looks so overall im glad i got the match stixs!

Before we get into the review, can we talk about the packaging. Its different and edgy and i love the soft pink that contrasts it all ( which sort of reminds me of KKW beauty) The idea of having magnetic sticks is genius and something i havent seen before. Its practical as i dont have to worry about losing any of them. The packaging for the gloss is so luxurious, i love the hexagonal shape and how its distinct from the rest. Clearly a huge amount of effort has gone into this and it mirrors Rihanna’s personality beautifully, as being edgy and feminine and perfect really😩

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Pictured : Gloss bomb, Match stix in Cocoa, Match stix in French Vanilla

Match stix’s

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This is how i contour and highlight on an every day basis with no foundation. Since i had no patience whatsoever to get myself colour matched for these (typical me), i took it upon myself to find the perfect shades. AND ITS SPOT ON! I needed a contour shade that wasnt too ashy/neutral or dark and a highlight that was brightening. Im not too keen on stick highlights as i’ve had some experiences with some being harsh and dragging my under eye. These are super creamy, i didnt feel as if it was pulling my skin and its very very easy to blend which i was so happy about. French Vanilla is a perfect under eye highlight.

When compared to the NYX wonder stick in medium; the contour stick ive been using for years, Cocoa is a lot warmer and intense and needs more work blending out. I use a real techniques stippling brush which is more than enough for the Nyx contour but with cocoa i have to use a beauty blender to buff it out. Ive become so used to the subtleness of the Nyx contour stick that cocoa makes me look like a bronzed sculpted goddess and im kind of living for it. I might prefer this over the NYX!

I do love the warm intensity of it but i wish the stick itself had a more pointer edge to create a precise line like the NYX wonder stick. It just makes life a little easier and instead of the contour looking thick it looks sharp, sculpted and clean.

The Gloss bomb

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How luxurious and yummy does it look im obsessed. I havent worn gloss since i was about 12 so i was curious to see myself wearing gloss again.  It has a fruity smell which i dont really appreciate as  i prefer non scented makeup but that was the only thing i didnt like. It retails for £16, its a high end gloss and i guarantee you could easily find a drugstore gloss with a rosy finish. It didnt feel sticky and awkward on my lips throughout the day and it has a gorgeous shine which got me quite a few compliments!

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That wraps up my review, let me know if you have any questions about the products❤

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

The Draping technique

Otherwise known as contouring with blush and was the technique created by the founding father of contouring, Way Bandy

The legendary celebrity makeup artist of the 70’s worked with the likes of Cher, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor amongst other high profile Hollywood celebrities and was once called one of the greatest makeup artists of our time. As well as being the highest paid makeup artist for film and commercials, Bandy also wrote books explaining his techniques to achieve heavy yet clean looking makeup (books that i really need to get my hands on😩). I would recommend anyone who enjoys vintage makeup, a bit of history or wants to delve into old school makeup then these books are a great choice!

One of his techniques that was recently brought to the public eye by Marc Jacobs in 2016 was the Draping technique. In simple terms, its contouring using two different shades of blush, one light and one dark to create a contour. It focuses on sculpting your facial features and not your face shape, which is why people contour. Its a way to bring out the natural “drape” of the face and “draping” the angles of your face with colour. So without further ado, i shall stop obsessing about Way Bandy and show you what products i use, what sort of occasion i would wear this and how it looks on me.

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This took me about 3 minutes, i have no other makeup on except two blushers and cream highlight. I used the Fleur power blush from Mac ( any pink blush would be fine too) as my “contour”. Sucking my cheeks and applying it in the same way as i would contour. Then i used Peaches from Mac and applied this higher and blended them two together to create a flushed, chiselled look. You can also use a cream blush and create a line with your ring finger, blend that out and use powder blush thats a shade lighter to blend the two together. A blush palette would work great too instead of using seperate compacts.

The draping technique has been a god send over the summer, i tan really quickly and i dont necessarily want to contour on top of it (because im that rare person who HATES getting a tan). I normally drape when i have that “i only have 5 minutes” to do makeup and its worked beautifully. So using blush to chisel my potatoness (a made up word) has become a much loved technique and its become my mission to get everyone else to drape! You can definitely play around with the intensity from looking fresh and summery, as if you were running across a field to looking like you’ve come out of a 70’s disco. Either way, Bandy has created a beautiful natural alternative to contouring❤

Let me know if you’ve tried the draping technique and make sure to enter your email on the homepage so you never miss a post

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x