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

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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A review of Jouer’s Skinny dip Ultra Foil shimmer shadows

Hey my loves! I’ve been meaning to review the new Jouer summer collection, which included this beautiful shimmer eyeshadow palette for a while now. I wanted to test every shade on myself as well as others to give you my final verdict!

I got this from Cultbeauty for £35 as a little treat because i dont really play with glitters and pigments and i thought this would be a great place to start. It claims to, ” deliver an intense, shimmering metallic finish thats long wearing and crease resistant”PicsJoin_20176216565927

Left to right – “Starlight” ( Foil shimmering platinum) “Bikini” ( Foil shimmering champagne pink) “Skinny dip”  (Foil shimmering champagne gold) “Tan lines”   ( Foil shimmer antique bronze) “Magic hour” (Foil shimmer antique bronze) “Midnight swim” (Glitter cocoa bronze) Also pictured, Jouer’s lip topper in Skinny dip

First of all, the packaging is absolutely beautiful and the palette itself is really lightweight and easy to carry around in a handbag or my kit for clients so im pleased with that. The palette and colours itself is a real joy to see because its just so stunning, doesnt it just look like a dream!

Application and swatches

So in the product description it says the shadows can be used wet or dry meaning you can use setting spray onto a packing brush and then apply onto the lid, but after how strong the swatches came out on my fingers i thought to pack that onto my eyelid instead of a brush. I did try using a dense packing brush but i just didnt feel comfortable with it. The swatches came out beautifully, there was a strong deposit of pigment, it feels creamy and smooth, not glittery or chunky at all which is a good sign!

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On the eyelid when using my ring finger and lightly packing it on, it was very pigmented and very little eyeshadow was left on my finger. Sometimes in some palettes a shimmery pigment swatches amazingly on the finger but it just doesnt show up on the eyes which defeats the whole purpose of the palette i guess but its great for the ‘gram😂. I was so pleased with how it looked on my eyes, it was so simple and very little product got wasted so im really in love with how well this palette worked for me

Final Verdict

Overall, ive used this palette time and time again, i fall in love every time, and if you do decide to get this ( i highly recommend to do so) just TRY the shade midnight swim or Tan lines on top of a matte brown or copper shade on your eyelid and you’ll get my obsession, trust me.

I think its a great alternative to using glitter thats quite intimidating and messy, i made a gigantic mess over this eyelook i posted on my instagram but i managed to save it (just about). Its also a great alternative to the Stilla Magnificent metals which you just get one shade of whereas these are 6 gorgeous pans! Theres also great swatches on Jouer’s instagram and you can see the full skinny dip collection. I really hope they create a holiday edition of this with greens and golds and lovely warm tones (im drooling) But fingers crossed!

That wraps up my review, im really pleased that i have it and im quite impressed with Jouer and i can see why beauty influencers regularly promote Jouer for its great quality and aesthetic and i cant wait to see what more they have to offer❤

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

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All about Elf Cosmetics!

Elf Cosmetics has finally launched in the UK, and its about time. I know im probably the last person reviewing them, i know😩 BUT i made a trip to the local Superdrug back in May and now its August… But hey at least i took some time reviewing it😂

Ive heard all about Elf from American youtubers raving about their products and how its such good quality for an affordable price. They’ve been praised as, ” Quality cosmetics at affordable prices” and “quality skincare selling products largely at $1, $3 and $6 price points”. Fun fact alert: ELF stands for Eyes, lips and Face, and not the Elf movie, oh well😂😩  But ive heard so many good things about their primers and face products so thats what i dived into!

There was SO much to choose from, so many primers, foundations, concealers and a whole ton of different types of powders for skin types. To be honest, after the horror ive had with the NYX setting powder for not doing anything and making me look ashy,  (i’ll link it here so you can see), i’m a little skeptical of drugstore powders. They looked incredible but i’ll have to do my research first and then have a go. I must have spent an hour deciding on what to get. Finally, i chose the primer that would suit me best and a cute little brush and bronzer kit to start with.

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  • Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer – Out of all the face primers catering for redness and correcting bloctchy skin, sensitive skin, uneven skin and for brightening, i felt this one would work best for me because it claims to “combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines…. so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting finish”.
  •  I first used this on a very hot day it must have been about 26 degrees. It was boiling. The primer comes out of a pump so 10 points for that, i hate fiddling around. It felt quite thick and siliconey (if that makes sense) a bit lighter feeling than the Benefit porefessional but heavier than the Loreal Infallible Primer. I got a bit put off as it was so hot and i wasnt keen in a thick primer. Once rubbed in however and fanned down a bit, it melted into the skin. AND MY NOSE LET ME TELL YOU. The pores were gone.  It really covered the giant craters on my nose. The grand canyon was gone!
  • Throughout the day, i made notes on how my makeup looked because as a reminder i bought this in may. The foundation applied smoothly as it claimed to and throughout the day i really stared closely in my mirror. With powder on top to set it of course, it did a pretty good job. My makeup stayed put. At the end of the day, i did notice the sides of my nose spread out to my cheeks getting a little oily but it wasnt a huge deal for me. I must have used this about 10 times and overall im quite pleased with it. I tend to reach for this rather then my porefessional so thats saying something!
  •  My sister who doesnt know much about makeup thought the primer cost, in her words “Like £50” because it looks expensive. Little does she know that this baby cost me ONLY £7.50. *Mic drop*. I think shes right to think it looks expensive because look at that packaging, the frosted glass that oh so reminds me of the Marc Jacobs coconut primer. Its beautiful.
  • Finally i give this primer a good 9/10, my only concern is that i wish it was a lot lighter feeling but overall, its a great buy

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  • Elf contouring Blush and Bronzing powder in Fiji – Again, there was a lot to choose from and i definitly will be diving into their contour kits, their highlighters, blush palettes and eyeshadow palettes. This little duo appealed to me the most, i really like the colours its in my lovely little comfort zone
  • It claims to create, “a healthy and natural glow… for a pop of colour and contour for a beautiful definition”
  • Lets talk about the price first. Its a fiver. Its only £5.00! I cant say enough how pleased i am with this kit. I really love blush, i would always choose blush over contour any day
  • The blush is exceptionally lovely its a fresh pop of colour, a gorgeous light pink. I use the bronzer mostly for a quick powder nose contour. Its not a warm sun kissed like bronzer, it actually works beautifully for a subtle nose contour which is strange but it does the job!
  • I dont always wear foundation, we have those days when theres just no time. So, i stick some concealer under my eyes and i use this kit for the no make up make up look and its perfect. You cant really tell i have blush on or a bit of bronzer, it really is a staple makeup product for me now and doesnt the packaging look like NARS!

Overall, its top quality, great makeup that doesnt break the bank. Love it love it love it. I will be diving into more products from ELF and i really recommend to try them out. It wont dissapoint!.

That concludes my review, see you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

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(Pictures taken with my nifty little S6) x

The new Vacation edition, Send Me More Nudes Velvet liquid lipstick review, by Kylie Cosmetics!

Hey my loves, im back with a review of the new velvet liquid lipsticks by Kylie Cosmetics, as part of her summer ’17 collection!

Love em or hate em, the Kardashian/Jenner’s always find new ways to keep us hooked and when the collection was ready to purchase i was 100% certain that they would sell out within seconds. I was not expecting to get hold of anything because im sure we all know how ridiculously fast her products sell out and the commotion from customers afterwards. It can get quite messy.  So for that reason, i had no intention buying anything because i had suffered enough trying to get the mini mattes from her birthday collection last year ( if you’re from my snapchat you would know)  HOWEVER, by some great miracle i managed to get my hands on these babies 11 MINUTES in!

11 whole minutes in on the first restock. This was a makeup miracle. So without really thinking, in sheer excitement i somehow pressed “complete order”. I had no idea what, why, how a velvet lipstick even is and i was skeptical about the shades. But the deed was done.

The lipsticks themselves were 45 dollars (£35), shipping was 14.95 (£11.65) so in total that was 59.95 dollars ( £46.72). Oh and there’s the customs fee :))) which was £16.81. So you are looking at a grand total, in pounds, £63.46 (Damn you, customs  damn you) So now lets get into the review and see whether its worth the splurge

Top to bottom: Naked (a sandy beige), Birthday suit (nude warm beige), Bare (nude pinky beige, Commando (terracota beige) – Descriptions are from the Kylie Cosmetics website

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This was my very first time swatching them and i really liked the shades. They’re my idea of perfect nudes, there’s a good variety between pinks, deep nudes and a muted terracota shade. So far so good! As this was my first time wearing a velvet liquid lipstick i was a bit skeptical because im so used to wearing matte’s or just a lip topperPicsArt_06-28-01.15.39

However, this is what Naked, Birthday Suit, Bare and Commando look on my skintone. My natural lips are quite pigmented in colour so these shades may look different to what you would see on other people on the Kylie Cosmetics Instagram. Overall, i like Commando (last image on the right and Birthday Suit (1st image in the middle two). Commando is my absolute favourite, its a beautiful terracota nude that stays true to its description. Its my latest obsession and i just wish it was sold as an individual so i could stock up for life! Birthday Suit reminds me of the matte Exposed by Kylie Cosmetics and again, its a beautiful warm nude. Bare is on the light pinky nude spectrum and it wouldnt be something i would reach out for so im not too keen on it. Last but not least, as you can see, Naked is way too pale and it washes me out so thats a no go.

The Formula

As this is my first time trying out a velvet formula, i didnt know what to expect. I though it would either be glossy, or have a wet feel to it and there would be transfer everywhere. To my surprise, it was quite the opposite. The application was smooth and even, it was non drying, my lips felt hydrated throughout the day as if i barely had anything on! The formula won me over❤

Final Verdict

In my opinion, i think its a great collection and getting your hands on it, in itself is a great miracle. Im happy with 2 of the shades, however the other two dont look so great on me, but it’s the formula that wins me over and it outperforms the mattes from Kylie Cosmetics that pretty much suck the moisture from my lips. Overall, its a great makeup buy!

Alternatives/Dupes

Here are some alternatives/dupes that from my personal experience, i feel would work if you dont want to suffer through International shipping and customs!

That concludes my review, i hope you found it helpful

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

An honest review of the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette

Hey my loves, I’ve been wanting to share my opinion about this palette that has been all over the internet ever since its launch last year in October. Huda Kattan for me, was the only beauty guru and You tuber I relied on back when I started learning so she’s been a massive influence and I’ve been crushing on her since 2011😊 (who doesnt she’s perfect😩)

When the palette launched I’ve got to be honest I wasn’t into it. Pink eyeshadow didn’t appeal to me and when I looked at the price tag plus the shipping all the way from Dubai which came up to 85 dollars in total, it put me off .

However, on my 20th birthday in April,  my sisters treated me to makeup. So I thought to make use of this rare gesture and bought the palette after seeing so many swatches, reviews, looks on the internet as it slightly changed my opinion of it. As you all may know the palette launched in the UK and you can purchase it from Cult Beauty for £56 with free shipping (which in my opinion is still a little pricey!).

Overall performance of the shadows

The most important aspect of any  eyeshadow palette for me are the shadows. I’m not too fussy about the packaging however I do appreciate it, but since this product has a high price point the shadows had to work. The mattes: Sandalwood. Henna, Maneater, Coco, Suede, Black Truffle, Shy, Flamingo and Bossy have been tried and tested for a couple of months and they perform perfectly. They are blendable using only the tinest amount on a blending or crease brush. This is great as it extends the longevity of the shadow since you only need a tiny amount so in a way you are getting your money’s worth.

Howeverrr, the performance of the 3D Metals are so weird. I cant use any other word to describe it. I was expecting super pigment in on swipe and it would look amazing. The shadows: Dubai, Fling, 24K and Angelic are consistent in every use using my ring finger, and I can rely on them to not be chunky and for there to be a strong deposit of colour.

Rose Gold, Trust Fund and #Blessed are very inconsistent. I wanted to use Rose Gold in the middle of my lid, I used my finger (as your supposed to) and I got almost nothing. I had to use a pink highlighter, and I hate using two palettes as I prefer everything in one so I was really disappointed.

These three shades are patchy, they look nothing like the swatches I see on the internet and when applied on the eyes, you can see almost little to no colour/pigment. 3 out of 18 shadows are inconsistent and that’s just really disappointing because these are the shades that appeal to me the most and the ones I would’ve regularly used.

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Final Verdict, is it worth the splurge?

So in my opinion, this palette does perform well in terms of the mattes and some 3D metals, but the fact that it costs £56 and 3 out of the 7 metal shadows ( which is the main selling point) perform terribly,  it is most definitely not worth the splurge. Even though I didn’t pay for it, it was a gift I still feel really disappointed. I find it annoying how one palette performs well for someone but then the exact same palette has terrible payoff for someone else.  Therefore, if you haven’t bought it yet I would highly recommend trying it out maybe through someone else’s and see whether ALL the shades perform the same and whether it works for you.

Alternatives

These are some alternatives to the shades in the Huda Beauty palette. Im not aware of a complete dupe of the entire palette and I feel that’s why the palette is so distinct and in such high demand. However, these are some products that I love and have been using religiously

  • @Jasmine_khatunbeauty on Instagram has a plethora of loose glitter pigments with shades that are very much similar to the ones in the Huda Beauty Palette
  • @Certifeye is one of my favourite eyeshadow, glitter and eyelash brand on Instagram. Their Majestic palette has shades that are dupes to the Huda Beauty palette. For example, the shade “Power” almost looks identical to “Rose Gold”. They also have a wide range of budget friendly glitters/pigments!
  • Single shadows from Makeup Geek such as “Curtain Call” “Fortune Teller” and “Flame Thrower” are perfect dupes and again are very budget friendly.

That wraps up my review, i wanted to be really honest and help those who havent yet bought this palette in making a informed decision. Let me know in the comments below of any more dupes I may have missed out and whether the palette has worked for you, or any hacks you know to make the 3D metals work!. I would love to know ❤

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x