Jeffree Star Cosmetics Beauty Killer Eyeshadow Palette.

If you like to experiment with makeup, want to stand out from the crowd or simply just love the colour pink, then Jeffree Star Cosmetics is the Brand for you. Jeffree Star Cosmetics was established in November 2014 and since then has gone from strength to strength, regularly selling out products within days. Since I discovered this amazing Brand, which is not only cruelty free but vegan also, I have managed to build up a mini collection of products. Well, in reality it’s more like a handful, yet slowly but surely it’s growing.

With the increase of Eyeshadow Palettes being created and the realization that I’d yet to add one to my Collection, I came across Jeffree’s Beauty Killer Palette, which is also available to buy from Beauty Bay. At £40, this price range is pretty standard for most Brands, with some ranging up to £50 or more. Plus, the great thing with this particular palette is that the eyeshadows are huge, so you most definitely get your money’s worth. However, I was very fortunate when I bought this product as Beauty Bay were having a 30% discount offer, so I actually only paid £28, (!) which is obviously a huge bargain. 

Within the palette you get ten shades and a mirror also, which is incredibly important as believe it or not, I’ve seen some products that do not come with one! Each colour features Jeffree’s signature star logo imprinted into it and have a matte, glitter or frosted finish, which are blend together easily or can be worn alone. The shade names are as follows: Star Power, Princess, Violence, Rich Bitch, Courtney, Expensive, Confession, Vanity, China White and Black Rainbow.

Out of all ten, my favourite three colours would have to be, Star Power, Princess and China White. I regularly like to create a pink ombre with the first two shades, they work so well together and are extremely pigmented so a little goes along way. Furthermore, I often use China White as a concealer, it has such good coverage! The Beauty Killer Palette is so versatile and can truly create so many different looks, for every day to partying the night away. I haven’t been brave enough to try some of the darker shades yet, but I hope with experience and more practice I can one day create the perfect smokey eye!

Not only are the shadows incredible quality and long lasting, the packaging is so stunning, even the cardboard it comes in is beautiful – and yes, I’ve kept it. This truly stands out from other Eyeshadow Palettes, not only for it’s bold shades and size but, for it’s pink dream house look, it really is every girlie girls dream! I hope one day Jeffree releases the shades separately, as I’d love to buy a few of my favourites again, but I know this will be lasting me a long time, so I won’t get too worried just yet!

Jeffree has also recently released his second Eyeshadow Palette – Androgny, which is also the same price as Beauty Killer, but they are completely different. The Beauty Killer is definitely very feminine, daring and girly, whilst Androgny is a neutral palette, featuring nude, blues and brown shades. Thankfully for my Bank Account, although very beautiful, these shades aren’t really for me, so I’ll be holding out to see what’s next in store for Jeffree Star Cosmetics!

Do you have The Beauty Killer Palette? If so, what’s your favourite look to create? Let me know!

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Phase Zero Makeup Eyeshadow Palettes.

Today I kindly received twelve beautiful new Phase Zero Makeup Eyeshadows and a Palette to review from Love Me Beauty, with five shades being a sheer satin finish and the other seven being shimmer. After successfully launching their Liquid Lipstick collection, they have expanded their beauty brand and created a variety of shadows with a wonderful concept called B.Y.O.P – build your own palette. I think this is such a wonderful idea, as this means that you can choose your favourite colours and create a unique set that suits your style.

Each of the shadows comes in a protected plastic case and once removed from the packaging, can be firmly placed into the palette with its magnetic hold! Altogether twelve different shades can fit into your own palette and due to each one having a magnet, they can always be moved in and out, if you want to mix it up and just have a change.

For my own palette, I was sent the following shades; Coffee Cup – a rich brown, Warm Taupe – a soft taupe, Cashmere – a dusty rose, Velvet – a warm purple and Banana Beige – a sunshine gold. These five are a sheer satin finish, meaning they offer a buildable coverage, are easily blendable and have a sheen quality. The other shadows are; Nude Newbie – a mauve pink nude, Mush-a-boom – warm grey, Party Dress – a deep glittery black, Pearl – a golden pearl pink, Cocoa – a warm brown, Bright Light – a highlighting white and Snowball – a golden white. These seven colours are a shimmer finish which apply evenly and give you a buildable, blendable coverage. Phase Zero Makeup also recommend tapping off any excess product before applying the shadow to ensure an even application and less fall out.

I really appreciate the variety of shades I’ve been able to try, I usually like to use gold, white and nude shadows to create a 1950s Marilyn inspired look and a contrast with my black winged eyeliner. Therefore, it’s great to have shades I love to wear regularly, but also to be able to try more daring colours and improve on my eyeshadow skills.

If you become a member, each shadow costs just £2.90 to purchase and if not, the original retail price is £5.90. However, you can also buy bundle shadow sets with two together costing £5.00 for members and £11.80 for non-members, three shadows cost £6.99 discounted and £14.50 retail price and last but not least, six shadows can be bought together for £9.99 or £25.50 full price. Therefore, as you can see there is a huge difference regarding each price and ultimately, I think it’s a better deal to purchase a few together, instead of buying all separately.

The Phase Zero Makeup B.Y.O.P is a beautiful holographic design and features a mirror, it’s a great size, not too big and not too small – it could easily fit in your handbag for every day use. The original price costs £10.80 compared to the member price which is just £4.80 – over 50% cheaper. Also, the palette does not come with any shadows, they are all sold individually.

Furthermore, Love Me Beauty have kindly created an influencer code for me, which offers you the chance to save £5 off your first purchase. Should you choose to buy anything – the code is, “MEGAN5” and as I pride myself in honesty, I have to state, for anytime my code is used I will receive a £5 commission.

Please note, I pride myself in making sure I write honest reviews and although I was fortunate enough to be gifted these items, I was not told to say any of the following statements I have made.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Amelia at Love Me Beauty for kindly gifting me this collection and making it possible for me to review such wonderful products!

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Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored.

There’s one Makeup Brand that without a doubt shook the beauty universe last year and it was Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. Named after the lady herself, Rihanna strove to create her own cosmetic line that was suitable for everyone and in her own words – beauty for all. Whether you’re a fan or Rihanna or not, you definitely can’t deny the amazing reception her makeup has created and the hugely important awareness she has shown in providing for everyone.

If you’re in the UK like myself, you’ll be able to purchase Fenty Beauty from Harvey Nichols – a classy store for a classy brand! Although I had been drooling over the amazing products created by Fenty Beauty for a few months, it wasn’t until the Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored was released that I discovered the one item I simply had to have in my collection. This lipstick has been described as the, “perfect universal red” meaning that it is suitable for all shades and skin tones and it most definitely does not disappoint! As someone who wears red lipstick 99% of the time, I really love this concept and I find it really impressive that Fenty Beauty could create a true red for all. We’re often advised in the beauty world that fair skin pulls off blue toned reds and darker skins suit orange warm toned reds. Therefore, it’s great to see that you don’t have to follow the unwritten rules of beauty and that there’s one red for all.

The first thing I noticed about the product, was the size – I was extremely pleased to see that not only was it such beautiful quality, the quantity was incredible too! For £19 – which is definitely not the cheapest lipstick out there, but to be fair, it’s also far from the most expensive – you really do get a huge amount of product for your money’s worth. In all honesty I was pleasantly surprised that the lip paint wasn’t more expensive, as often with big name brands you end up paying more money simply because of that. Ultimately, it was refreshing to see you’re mostly paying for the quality of the product. Plus, a little product goes a long way, the lipstick needs just one application and you’re ready to roll.

After wearing this lipstick a number of times since I got it for Christmas, I’ve also noticed it has incredibly longevity. Often when lipsticks are described as 12+ hour wear and long lasting, it usually isn’t the case. However, the Stunna Lip Paint lasts pretty damn well all day long! Is it 100% perfect? Well, no – as no matter what any brand says – no lipstick can look perfect all day long however, if there’s one that comes pretty close – it’s Uncensored.

Furthermore, if the quality of the product wasn’t enough to convince you just how good this lipstick is, the packaging should definitely do the trick! The bottle is so bold and chic, I can’t think of another that stands out like this, it truly is a statement piece and should have pride of place on every beauty table. I also love the unique shape of the wand, as someone who has many liquid lipsticks, I don’t think I’ve seen one like this before.

Ultimately, if you’re a red lipstick lover, this is the red lipstick for you – thank you Rihanna!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Sagittarius.

With Jeffree Star Cosmetics being one of my current favourite Makeup Brands,  I metaphorically jumped for joy when Beauty Bay sent me an email saying they were having a sale on selected products and his was one of them! Not only did I get the Beauty Killer Palette for £28.00 instead of £40.00 –  which I’ll be reviewing in another post – I bought the beautiful Sagittarius Velour Liquid Lipstick for £11.20, instead of £16.00!

It’s amazing to think how much your makeup tastes can evolve over the years. Believe it or not, a few years ago I wouldn’t wear any other colour apart from nude – MAC’s Myth to be exact – and look at me now! I think it’s important to try a variety of makeup products and shades even though some things can often look intimidating and you may even think it won’t suit you. However, once you take a chance you could end up finding a new favourite product which inspires you to break out of your comfort zone.

Which brings me to this gorgeous lipstick – Sagittarius! If you’re already a fan of Jeffree and his products, you’ll know that every year he releases a Holiday Collection and this lipstick was one of the shades created. It is a purple mauve colour and as someone who loves mauve lipsticks, I really wanted to take a chance and try something a bit daring. However, at £16.00 these aren’t the cheapest products out there, so I wasn’t expecting to be able to purchase this – until it was temporarily placed on sale!

This lipstick is similar to one of Jeffree’s most popular shades, Scorpio, although that is described as a purple toned grey, instead of a purple mauve. However, as I absolutely adore this lipstick and Scorpio is my Starsign, I may have to add it to my wish list! Ironically enough, I was slightly apprehensive about purchasing Sagittarius as I really wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, even my mum said to me that she wasn’t a big fan of the colour. Ultimately, I decided to go with my gut instinct and buy it anyway – and I’m so glad that I did!

The packaging is virtually the same as the standard Velour Liquid Lipstick, except for the top of the applicator being red instead of pink, as well as the box. The only slight negative of the product is it needs a few more layers to be completely opaque, compared to my other two Jeffree Star lipsticks. However, I know that certain shades can be harder to create and as I love applying makeup, it’s ultimately not a problem.

This lipstick is truly perfect for everyone, it’s incredibly versatile and although it’s more of an Autumn/Winter shade, it’s so unique I think it should be worn all year round. What I love about Jeffree’s Brand is he is so passionate about makeup and creates such distinctive products that are truly like no other. I love how Brands are being so innovative and constantly striving to bring new products and shades to life. In doing this it gives so  many people the freedom to create new looks, increase their confidence and helping to bring out their true self.

Sadly, there is no longer a sale on Jeffree Star Cosmetics on Beauty Bay, but I one hundred percent recommend his products – which are both vegan friendly and cruelty free. I really hope to be expanding my collection this year and truly can’t wait to purchase more amazing products!

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Makeup Obsession Highlighters.

Once again, another one of my beautiful friends, the gorgeous Demi, introduced me to the amazing Brand that is; Makeup Obsession. They produce a unique style of products, in the fact that all of them are in compact form and the highest priced item is only £10! Also, each compact has the option to fit into a beautiful palette case, which are available in a variety of sizes and colours. Therefore, you can create a unique selection of products by placing your favourites inside.

The products that are available include; Eyeshadow, Contour, Highlight, Blush and they’ve recently added Lipstick too. I had heard wonderful things about their highlighters, so naturally, I decided to buy one. I picked three shades, two of them shimmers and one of them in a strobe cream.

The first two shades are called Moon and Bare. Moon is a beautiful lilac, which is my favourite shade of highlight to wear and Bare is a lovely rosy pink, which adds warmth to my face and is slightly more subtle. The final shade I bought was Precious, which is a stunning baby blue that adds a dewy glow to my face. At first I was slighly apprehensive about buying a cream highlight as some I’ve tried in the past haven’t been so great. However, I was highly impressed by the pigment and quality of this product, a little goes a long way and it’s absolutely beautiful, a unique shade of highlight. For some reason on the website the strobe balms are under the contour section, however I definitely see this product as a highlighter and will continue to use it as one.

Each of the highlighter were only £3, which is such a cheap price, yet such an amazing quality product – it’s unbelievable! The products are so pigmented, I’d even go as far to say that they could be more pigmented then some higher end brands! Each of the shimmer highlighters has Makeup Obsession’s beautiful star logo imprinted into the product, which is very pretty and I definitely  appreciate the added touch.

There are so many different shades in all of the makeup available and for such a good price you can pick up about five compacts for the price of one mid to high range product! I decided to buy a palette to keep all of my products together and I chose a Pink Obsession in a medium size for just £4! For this size, it will hold six singles and you also get a large mirror included – bonus! Each compact can be removed, so once it’s run out you can replace it with another or mix and match depending on how many you have.

I also decided to pick up a matte nude eyeshadow called Pearl, which was even cheaper than the other products at just £2! I like using a nude shade on my eyelids to contrast with my black winged eyeliner and this product is simply wonderful, Plus, it even works as a concealer for my spots if I can’t seem to gain full coverage – who knew!

The only negatives I can think of is that the compacts are fairly small, but for the price I can’t expect them to be huge sizes. Also, Makeup Obsession is exclusive to Boots, so if you don’t have one near then it could be frustrating not being able to see each shade in person.  However, once again you can order online – so all is not lost!

I can’t wait to complete my palette and purchases many more shades in the future from this amazingly cheap but quality brand!

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L.O.V Cosmetics.

If you’re a Beauty Blogger like myself or a Makeup Lover, then you’ll know that one of the great things about Instagram is discovering hundreds of new Brands, which is how I came across the amazing, L.O.V Cosmetics! After scrolling through their IG Account, I decided I simply had to email them and share my enthusiasm for their products. I wasn’t really expecting a response as I know how many Blogger emails Brands must receive, however, I was so happy to see a reply, offering to send me samples of their cosmetics!

As soon as the package arrived I knew instantly that it was from L.O.V when I saw their beautiful logo on the front of the box. I carefully unwrapped  the parcel and found within the box – you guessed it – another box! The presentation was absolutely beautiful, featuring a black matte finish and their statement emblem. As I lifted it open, I noticed a beautiful postcard placed on top of the matte personalized L.O.V wrapping paper, with a message to me. As you can probably guess, I was already highly impressed with the aestheticism, when I noticed a stunning satin pouch filled with makeup!

L.O.V kindly gifted me the following, Lip Affair Color & Care Lip Pencil in 501, Lip Affair Color & Care Lipstick in 501 – Gesine’s Redwood, Unexpected Eyeshadow Matte in 130 – Floral Odyssey, Translucent Loose Powder and Lovinty Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in 320 – Revealing Redwood. Thank you so much, L.O.V!

As soon as I saw the beauty products, I instantly had a good feeling about their quality and staying power and ultimately, they most definitely succeeded!

I think what I love most about the lip products is that the lip pencil and lipstick shades are matching! Therefore, I can wear them separately for a more subtle look or together for a long lasting pigmented pout – and we all know I love a bold lip, so of course I will be following the latter! Both lip products are nude, with brown and orange undertones – instantly it made me think of a 60s Brigitte Bardot shade or a 90s Runway Model, you decide?! Although I’m most definitely a red lipstick lover, I do love to try and mix things up every now and then!

The lip pencil applied creamy and was fully pigmented, I only needed one layer and it was very easy to use, although I’m not really sure what the brush is for? I do appreciate having one though! The lipstick has a perfect oval pointed tip which makes creating your dream pout so much easier, it’s just wonderful. Furthermore, the product feels creamy, non sticky and keeps it’s intense shade as advertised. When converted from euros, the lip pencil is £5.18, whilst the lipstick is £8.64 – very good prices for such good quality products! Also, I have to commend L.O.V on the amount of shades available for each item, there is so much variety to choose from, I could spend hours on their website!

As someone who adores a subtle baby pink eyeshadow, I was thrilled to pieces when I opened the compact and saw Floral Odyssey, a mauve pink shade. This product is one very as buildable, which personally is my favourite style of eyeshadow, as there’s nothing worse than over applying the shade on the first layer. This is most definitely an everyday colour and perfect for the Summer Season! For an evening look I’d simply add a few more layers for a stronger impact and contrast it with another shade, it’s definitely versatile and will work with other colours. This retailed at £5.18 also – another great bargain.

Personally, powder is one of my must have makeup products and it is without doubt an everyday must wear for me. Therefore, seeing the Translucent Loose Powder in my package was a breath of fresh air! Believe it or not, for some bizarre reason, I’ve not owned this style of powder for years and I’m ever so glad I can finally say that is no longer the case! The product also comes with a vintage style powder puff – so cute! As far as I’m aware the powder only comes in this one shade and when converted retails at £10.37.

Last but not least in my package, was the Revealing Redwood Nail Lacquer – a stunning mauve pink shade! I’ll be honest, I haven’t actually worn nail varnish in about five + years, shocking, I know! This was due to the varnishes I was using over time ended up weakening and discolouring my nail beds – so gross. However, this product looks absolutely beautiful and I definitely think I will start to paint my nails again! This price was also £5.18, another great deal!

Each of the products have a beautiful chic look to them, are not tested on animals and are genuine great quality! What could possibly be better? The only downside is, as far as I’m aware the company is currently only offering shipping in Germany, so I’m very fortunate to have been gifted some of their amazing items! On a positive, through browsing the web, I think there may be stores available throughout Europe and Ireland, but I can’t be 100% sure. Hopefully this will change soon, as everyone deserves to be able to experience this wonderful Brand.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Tulip.

It’s pretty surreal to me that after dreaming of owning an Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick for years now, I can finally say that the day has arrived! As far as I’m aware Anastasia was one of the first, if not the first to create the beauty phenomena that is, the liquid lipstick.

A few months ago this beautiful Brand finally launched a UK Website and it’s safe to say that pretty much daily I was checking to see if their iconic liquid lipsticks were in stock. For some bizarre reason hardly anything was available online, it simply said, “coming soon to the UK” and I had almost given up on them ever being stocked. However, at last, the long awaited email notification arrived! I must point out, Anastasia has been available on Beauty Retailers such as Cult Beauty for quite a while, yet the liquid lipstick have never been on there to buy.

However, as soon as I read the email, I was straight on to their website and browsing through the 36 shades available, including the recently launched shades! As we all know, my signature shade is of course, a blue toned 1950s red and I had decided that this was what I was going to go for. The great thing about Anastasia is there is such a wide variety of colours available to suit everyone’s tastes and preferences, from popular nudes to unique lilacs and teal – they have it all!

Eventually, I had narrowed my choices down to either American Doll, described as a, “classic retro red” – basically my dream shade, right? Or Tulip, one of the new colours released which is a, “beet red.” Surprisingly, I decided to choose the latest lipstick released and went with my second choice, Tulip! I thought this red tone looked slightly more unique to my many other reds and ultimately, I definitely think I made the right decision. I’m happy to confirm that the lipstick looks exactly as photographed on the website and it is simply stunning.

At £20, these liquid lipsticks are in the mid to high price range, so sadly I won’t be able to buy one each week, but I know I’m fortunate to have one and yes, it will be cherished. However, as perfect as the product may be, I did have a slight annoyance with the delivery fee. Free shipping is available if you spend over £25 and as the lipstick is £20, chances are if you’re just buying one thing you will have to pay shipping. Of course, I completely understand that not all Brands offer this and that is fine, but having to pay £6.95 for standard shipping, stating 7 – 10 days for delivery is in my opinion, totally unacceptable. There is also an option to pay £10.95 to receive your items in 2 -3 business days.

I really wasn’t happy about paying for such an expensive delivery, so I decided to find the cheapest product available and purchase a pencil sharpener which was £6.00, so I would qualify for free shipping. When I can afford to purchase from Anastasia’s website again, I think I will actually buy two liquid lipsticks instead of one, that way I qualify for free shipping and basically get one of my products for £15. On a positive, my purchase arrived earlier than the date I was give and I was informed by one of my friends that even though I bought from their UK Website, all stock is shipped from the US – hence the high delivery fee.

Ultimately, it was definitely worth spending my money on this beautiful lipstick, the formula is without doubt one of the best liquid lipsticks I’ve used. It dries down matte within seconds, and I actually can’t feel any product on my lips – amazing! However, I do wish they lasted a bit longer, especially on the inside of my lips, although the rest of the lipstick does stay pretty well. There is no scent on the lipstick, which is completely fine with me, although I do usually enjoy the scents, I know not everyone does. The product is a great size and I’m pretty sure this will last me a long time, although it is my current favourite to wear so, I can’t promise anything! I really love the packaging, it is so simple but very elegant and definitely oozes class. One of the best things about Anastasia’s liquid lipsticks is believe it or not – the applicator! I’ve never actually seen one like this before, it’s an oval shape but very flat with a sponge texture, perfect for creating an iconic bold lip.

Overall, shipping aside, I adore this Brand and it definitely lives up to the popularity and hype it receives in the beauty world. The frugal woman inside of me wishes it was slightly cheaper but I can’t really complain when the product is such high quality. I hope to be able to purchase more liquid lipsticks in the future and eventually try out the iconic glow kits!

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Makeup Revolution London Atomic Lipstick in Dare.

If there’s one Makeup Brand which is currently outdoing itself lately it’s most definitely Makeup Revolution. Not only are their prices pretty damn amazing, but the quality of each product I’ve personally tried is truly exceptional. I’d go as far to say they rival quite a few major High End Brands!

As I’ve said before, when I’m fortunate enough to be able to visit a new City or Country, I try to see and experience all the new sights I can. However, being a huge makeup lover, one of the best things about shopping in a different place means new Brands and yes, maybe even a few, (not so old) favourites! Therefore, if you we’re thinking this was when Makeup Revolution would be returning to this post – you would be correct.

I think I can pretty much guarantee if you’re reading this, you probably love makeup as much as I do. Therefore, 99% of us have all experienced the dreaded moment when we open one of our beloved compacts and see the awful realization – it has completely smashed. With powder being one of my must have products, this was simply not acceptable and I had to find a replacement as soon as possible. Let’s be honest, no one wants the sweaty, foundation dripping look and when you’re in Barcelona and no longer have any powder – you know this is highly likely to happen.

However, fear not, the compact powder problem was soon sorted and in the process, yes you’re right, I did stumble across this beautiful lipstick – so ultimately there was a silver lining! I’ve said it once and we know I will continue to say it again and again, being the vintage girl I am, if I see a good red lipstick, it’s by a Brand I love and it’s a good price – you can definitely assume that I’m going to buy it.

I was pleasantly browsing through the makeup and stumbled across Makeup Revolution, knowing this Brand is available at home initially, I didn’t even think about buying something. Although, when I saw Dare and swatched it on my hand, I knew that assumption would quickly change. At under two euros – yes I’m being totally serious, I couldn’t miss up on such an incredible offer and quickly picked it up!

The lipstick is intensely pigmented, has a lovely soft creamy feel when applied and is very long lasting. We all know I’m a sucker for details and I love how the shade can be seen on the outer product. This is probably one of the cheapest lipsticks I own yet it’s one of the best quality – amazing right? If you’re a bit apprehensive about wearing a red shade then fear not, this colour is definitely an everyday rouge so great to start off with if you’re a red lipstick virgin.

Ultimately, the only downside I have is not even about the product itself! When finding the lipstick online to link in my review, I sadly cannot find this shade online to buy, which makes me think it’s either a new shade or has been discontinued. Once again, the glass is half full and there are three other red shades available, with the newest Ruby being the best dupe.

At just £1.00, you really can’t miss up on an offer like this, you could even buy all nine shades on Superdrug and this would still be cheaper than many high end lipsticks! On the other hand, a part of me wishes I’d not thought of that as I’m partially tempted to do that myself, oh dear.

The only constructive criticism I would give is I’d like to hope Makeup Revolution would release a few pink shades into the collection to add more versatility and options. Although saying that, there are many other lipsticks available from this Brand so I’m sure pink lovers can find their favourite shade!

I can definitely say that Makeup Revolution will continue to be one of my goto favourite Brands and in my heart I only wish I’d discovered it sooner! However, my Bank Account says otherwise – but that’s enough story!

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MAC Betty Boop Red Lipstick.

Most of you who read my little old blog will probably know by now that I’ve been a hardcore Vintage Lover since I discovered my angel Marilyn in October 2010. Therefore, it’s by no surprise that I have a lot of love for a certain 1920s Bombshell named, Betty Boop!

As cliché as it may sound, I like to think it’s almost destiny that I was to become a Vintage Girl at heart, as for as long as I can remember, I’ve always adored Betty Boop. This stems from my mum having a soft spot for her and owning little ornaments of Betty that are placed around our house. Thinking about it, one of my nicest memories from Secondary School was my mum buying me an absolutely gorgeous pink pen with Betty all over it – although it ran out over ten years ago, I have no doubt that it’s probably lounging somewhere in my room.

However, I seem to have gotten way off track and I most definitely do not want to spend this post focusing on School – I’m sure you don’t want me to either! So, back to my favourite Flapper Girl! Betty is without doubt one of the most famous cartoons and I think we can all agree when I say, she most definitely gives real life Bombshells a run for their money! I know, it’s hard to believe that in reality, many will tell you that she’s just a drawing – however, we all know by now I’m very much a Dreamer and I like to think Betty, almost a century later, is still booping around somewhere. In fact, Betty Enthusiasts will probably know that she was originally created as a caricature of Actress Helen Kane so technically, technically she is in fact – real!

Once again, I’m getting way too involved in the past and not concentrating on the actual focus of this Review Post, MAC’s very own Betty Boop Lipstick!  Please note – this lipstick is an online exclusive only and after being released in the USA for at least a month, it finally arrived in the UK and of course, I purchased it straight away.

Apart from my absolute favourite, Marilyn, Betty Boop is probably one of the most famous Red Lipstick Lovers and her trademark pout is simply a must in creating her signature look. I mean, when have you ever seen Betty without her crimson lips? Seriously, if you have – please prove me wrong!

Therefore, when you’re a vintage girl, love red lipstick and MAC creates a shade based on Betty’s iconic pout, you know that you simply have to add this product to your makeup inventory. Betty Boop Red is described as a, “bright true red” with a matte finish and let me tell you this – it does not disappoint!

If you’re a blue toned red lover then this is the shade for you, it’s perfect for pale skin, with the cool shade complimenting fair complexions. However, if you have warm or darker skin tones then fear not, I’ve personally never been one to follow lipstick shade advice and often wear orange and coral reds that aren’t recommended for fair skin tones. So ultimately – don’t be put off and if you like the shade, wear it!

I actually find this matte finish slightly different to my other MAC Lipsticks, not in a bad way, I just felt that this one was a lot more shiny. As a result of this I noticed I had to take more time for application if I wanted an overall good outcome and of course, I did. Therefore, if you want a super matte dry finish look I’d recommend going with MAC’s Russian Red.

The only super negative of the product is, ironically nothing to do with the actual lipstick itself, which ultimately I know is a good thing. The negative is down to the packaging and before I complain, I must say, the outer box the lipstick comes in is absolutely beautiful. Of course, we all know I won’t be throwing it away anytime soon. However, the container itself looks just like any other MAC Lipstick! This is so disappointing and pretty strange as with previous collaborations, MAC always have Limited Edition products designed with special packaging and for some reason, apart from the exterior box – is completely normal.

Overall, I wouldn’t let this put you off from purchasing the lipstick, it truly is a beautiful colour and the texture and formula is spot on. Plus, like I said before, it does come in a stunning box which is most definitely worth keeping. I just think it’s important for me to mention encase you want the lipstick and are expecting a beautiful lipstick container that sadly, doesn’t exist.

MAC still create some of my favourite Lipsticks and I have quite a few of their previous Collaborations. I just hope if they ever release another Betty Boop lipstick – they learn from this small but very frustrating mistake.

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The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Devoted.

As someone who has been obsessed with The Balm Cosmetics ever since discovering The Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter, it is with shock that I admit this is the first product I have ever owned from, let’s face it – basically my dream Makeup Brand!

The Balm is a must buy for any Vintage Girl out there – it’s up there with, Besamé and Benefit Cosmetics – beyond aesthetically appealing with it’s retro, old soul vibe and ultimately – authentic! Therefore, when I finally came to face to face with this beyond gorgeous brand for the first time, I simply had to purchase one of their beautiful products! Thanks to the modern world of technology, I had already discovered their beautiful liquid lipsticks and as this is my favourite beauty product, we all know which item I was going to buy.

After procrastinating between three shades; Devoted, Sentimental and Loyal – I decided to go with my first instinct and chose the original choice, Devoted. This colour is once again,  my signature favourite shade to wear which is a deep, vibrant, blue toned ruby red and I can one hundred percent confirm, this colour does not disappoint! This is the first time I have worn the lipstick and I can honestly say I will probably be applying this all week. The shade looks exactly as advertised and I feel like I’ve stepped out of a 1950s Technicolour Movie.

If you’re not really a red lipstick kinda girl,  you’ll be happy to know that The Balm have just released six, yes, six, (!) new liquid lipstick shades so you now have eighteen colours to choose from! Just promise me one thing, if you do end up buying them all then please, try not to blame me.

When applying the lipstick I noticed a unique mint scent coming from the product and honestly, it was quite refreshing to smell something different! Don’t get me wrong, I adore the sweet ingredients that are often used in lipsticks, but this fragrance further contributes to The Balm’s products standing out and being memorable. Plus, if you don’t like the mint aroma, there’s really no need to be put off from buying them, as it fades once it’s dried!

Furthermore, the packaging is so detailed and unique! I really appreciate when Brands take the time to not only make a good quality product but, also create something beautiful and classy, which you want to have pride of place on your Vanity Table. I think the majority of makeup lovers would agree that The Balm have truly outdone themselves with packaging and they definitely stand out from other Brands. I think the whole concept behind the product is so witty, very eye catching and most importantly – something different!

Cost wise, The Balm Cosmetics products are in the mid price range, with their liquid lipsticks being, £13.49 in stores and £14.99 online – strange, right? I’ve found that it’s usually the other way around, so I don’t really know why this is the case however, there is a silver lining! Superdrug currently have a 3 for 2 on a lot of their Brands in stores, (I’m not sure about online sadly) and The Balm is one of them, so remember that when you’re next browsing.

The only downside I can think of with The Balm Cosmetics is they are not stocked in every Superdrug, I’ve not yet to come across one in my hometown, (holds back the tears) so, if you’re someone who likes to buy beauty products in store only, this could be a problem. However, as I said previously, the products are just like advertised, so fear not! Debenhams also stock The Balm Cosmetics, so if you’re lucky your local store may have one and if not, it’s only a click away online.

I simply can’t emphasize enough how in love I am with this Brand, all of the products are so beautiful and are pretty much works of art and not just the liquid lipsticks – literally every single item! I can assure you when the sad day comes and my liquid lipstick runs out, I will most definitely be keeping the packaging and yes, maybe that’s too much, but for me? I think not. I may have waited years to finally own something from The Balm – but they most definitely met my dream expectations!

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