Monthly Archives: May 2015

MUA Pretty Edgy Luxe Eyeshadow Palette

MUA (Makeup Academy) are a budget-friendly makeup brand from the UK.  In Australia it is possible to purchase their products via their online store.  In relation to their cruelty-free status MUA were able to confirm that their products are not tested on animals and are 100% cruelty-free.  They do not sell directly in China, only via their online site exporting from the UK which means that they don’t fall under the same animal testing laws as having a physical presence in China itself.  Their response in regards to their vegan/vegetarian status was a bit ambiguous so if you are looking for vegan friendly products I would strongly recommend that you contact MUA yourself for more information.  They seemed reluctant to fully confirm which of their products don’t contain any animal-byproducts.  They do have an ingredients list available though if you feel confident referring to that information.  I was excited to receive confirmation that this company do not test on animals so that was a big tick in my book!

I purchased the MUA pretty edgy palette on the first order that I made to MUA and it is certainly one of my favourites.  As you can see the packaging is well cute!  I am not normally about studded things but for some reason this really appealed to me.

MUA Luxe - Pretty Edgy eyeshadow palette.  The top row includes 6 shimmer shades and the bottom row includes 4 mattes.

MUA Luxe – Pretty Edgy eyeshadow palette. The top row includes 6 shimmer shades and the bottom row includes 4 mattes.

The mirror is nice and big and good quality.  This palette did come with a dual-ended sponge tipped applicator but I tend to just throw those out because I never use them… and of course I had already done that before reviewing this for your here.  Sorry!

MUA Luxe - Pretty Edgy eyeshadow palette: shade names

MUA Luxe – Pretty Edgy eyeshadow palette: shade names

The colours are really beautiful and there is a nice mix of six shimmer shades on the top row and four matte shades on the bottom row which makes this a really practical palette in my book.  It also has the shade names on the back of the palette which is super handy if you are a blogger 🙂

MUA Luxe - Pretty Edgy eyeshadow palette shimmer shade swatches.  From bottom to top: Antique, Bow, Toile, Ruffle, Flounce and Lace.

MUA Luxe – Pretty Edgy eyeshadow palette shimmer shade swatches. From bottom to top: Antique, Bow, Toile, Ruffle, Flounce and Lace.

The shimmer shades are really pigmented and very soft.  In comparison to the other MUA palettes I own from their general range I found the quality of these shadows to be noticeably better – less powdery and easier to blend.  The colours in this palette are softer and more feminine than the studded packaging may suggest.  I think these pinks, mauves and greys lend themselves to romantic night looks and pretty day looks.  I often wear these soft pinks for work but you could easily smoke the look out with these colours to something much more dramatic.

MUA Luxe - Pretty Edgy eyeshadow palette matte shade swatches.  From bottom to top: Sinful, Gothic, Wrath and Envy

MUA Luxe – Pretty Edgy eyeshadow palette matte shade swatches. From bottom to top: Sinful, Gothic, Wrath and Envy

I was particularly impressed by the matte shades which are really pigmented and easy to work with.  I tend not to use black eyeshadow which always feels a bit too dramatic to me but I adore the other three colours, particularly Sinful which makes a perfect transition shade and Wrath which I gravitate towards for the crease.  I would recommend tapping the brush into these shades rather than swirling as they are soft and will kick up powder if you aren’t gentle BUT because they are so pigmented you really can just run your brush across them once and get plenty of colour to work with. I have a number of eyeshadow palettes from MUA and overall they are wonderful quality, but I have to say that I have been particularly impressed by the Luxe range.  If you are looking for a palette that will lend itself to a soft, feminine daytime look or a smokey, romantic night look then I would definitely recommend the Pretty Edgy Palette from MUA.  MUA have a flat-rate delivery charge to Australia so you can order as little or a much as you like from their site for the same delivery cost.  If you would like to check this palette out for yourself you can find it here on the MUA website: MUA Pretty Edgy Palette

Have an amazing day!

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup – Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighters

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup - Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighters

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup – Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighters

I think I am a little in love with highlighter.  For the longest time I really had no idea about this kind of product and now suddenly I own entire collections!  These particular little beauties are from the I Heart Makeup range from Makeup Revolution.  They come in these very sweet cardboard, heart-shaped boxes which are lovely on display.  They are suitably budget-friendly, great quality as well as being cruelty-free!

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup - Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighters

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup – Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighters

The current range (as of May 2015) includes three colours: Golden Goddess, Goddess of Love and Goddess of Faith.

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Golden Goddess

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Golden Goddess

Golden Goddess is a yellow gold highlighter.  It is silky and pigmented and would probably look best on tanned or darker complexions but I still wear this on my fair, freckled skin and I think it looks lovely with rich, warm coloured eye makeup and a neutral lipstick.

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Golden Goddess with swatch

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Golden Goddess with swatch

The next colour in the Goddess of Love collection is… Goddess of Love.

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Goddess of Love

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Goddess of Love

This highlighter is probably the least pigmented of the three and doesn’t seem as silky to the touch.  It is lightly more work to pick up the powder on your brush but I don’t mind this as it avoids me getting heavy handed and looking like a shimmer-ball.

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Goddess of Love with swatch

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Goddess of Love with swatch

The colour is pale pink with a brighter blue-toned pink that comes through when it hits the light.  It is super pretty.  I feel like Goddess of Love and Goddess of Faith look quite similar in the pan, but as you will see they do swatch quite differently on the skin.

Last but not least is my favourite of the bunch and it is called Goddess of Faith.

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Goddess of Faith

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Goddess of Faith

Goddess of Faith is a really beautiful highlighter and I feel it suits my fair skin really well giving it a lovely glow.  As you can see on my finger above – just one swipe across this powder gives great pigmentation payoff!

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Goddess of Faith with swatches

I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighter in Goddess of Faith with swatches

The colour is peachy in tone, almost a rose gold.  I don’t have anything else like this shade in my (modest) collection and it is just stunning.

Overall, I really enjoy these highlighters.  They look beautiful on the cheeks, the pigmentation is great and I find that they last all day – particularly if I use a makeup fixing spray.  Although they have a wonderful glow and shimmer they aren’t filled with glitter particles – which I love!  If you are looking for a more natural highlight these guys may pack a bit too much punch for you but for those of us looking for more of a definite glow I think these are lovely.

Swatches of I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighters from left to right: Golden Goddess, Goddess of Faith and Goddess of Love.

Swatches of I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Highlighters from left to right: Golden Goddess, Goddess of Faith and Goddess of Love.

If you have tried any of the Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighters from Makeup Revolution I would love to hear your thoughts.

Have a wonderful day!

E.L.F. Brow products that I LOVE!

As a person relatively new to brow products I have to share these two products from E.L.F. that I am in love with.  They are affordable, cruelty-free and really kind on the budget.  I use a combination of the E.L.F eyebrow kit and the E.L.F. clear brow (and lash) mascara when I am doing my brows and I think they work really well for a natural look that will last all day.

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

The E.L.F. brow kit that I have here is in medium and it includes a medium brown brow wax and powder.  The packaging is a sleek, matte black and includes a small mirror which can be used to do your brows in a pinch.  The wax is certainly cooler toned and the powder is warmer in tone.  The powder looks quite light in the palette but I find that it applies as a good match to the wax on the brow.  I do use these products together to fill in my brows by applying the wax to the brows first with the little angled brush included and then I stipple the powder onto the brows with the tiny soft brush end of the applicator and finally I blend them with a spoolie.

E.L.F. eyebrow kit in medium with swatches of wax and powder.

E.L.F. eyebrow kit in medium with swatches of wax and powder.

To set my brows I use the E.L.F.  wet gloss lash & brow clear mascara.  I have never used this on my lashes but I really enjoy this for my brows.  The packaging allocates one end for lash and the other for brow but I just use both sides for the brows.  I simply brush this through my brows and it sets them all day.

E.L.F. clear eyebrow mascara

E.L.F. clear eyebrow mascara

Even on days where I don’t fill in my brows with the eyebrow kit I will still use the clear brow mascara because it really helps me to feel more ‘put together’.  As you can see from the image I do keep a backup of this product because I like it so much!

I have really enjoyed the E.L.F. eyebrow products and would definitely recommend them.   In Australia the cheapest place I have found to purchase these products is from iHerb but you can also find them from elf cosmetics or from Kmart.

Have a great day!

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup – Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blushers

Makeup Revolution is a budget-friendly, cruelty-free brand based in the UK.  They ship internationally which is good news for those of us in Australia and shipping is pretty reasonable.  In relation to Makeup Revolution’s cruelty-free status they have confirmed that they do not test their finished products, nor ingredients on animals and neither do third parties.  They are not owned by a parent company and they do not sell in China!  That gives them a great big tick from me!!  For those of you who may be vegan, they do not currently identify products as being vegan friendly but there is an ingredients page on their website so you could check if the products you are interested in buying contain any animal derived ingredients.

Today I want to review the Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher from the I Heart Makeup range from Makeup Revolution.

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Blushing Hearts Blushes.

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Blushing Hearts Blushes.

There are currently six colours in the blush range and each blush is made up of three separate colours which you could use separately or swirl together.  These blushes look very similar to the Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush by Too Faced.  If you are looking for a dupe I would suggest that Peachy Keen Heart, Blushing Heart and Candy Queen of Hearts from Makeup Revolution look very much like the images of the Sweethearts blushes from Too Faced that I have seen online, but I don’t own the Too Faced blushes to do an exact comparison for you.

I am going to go through each of these blushes individually for you and then I will give you a comparison of the six blush colours by swirling their three colours together and swatching them side by side.

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Peachy Pink Kisses

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Peachy Pink Kisses

Peachy Pink Kisses - individual colour swatches

Peachy Pink Kisses – Individual colour swatches

Peachy Pink Kisses is a combination of peach, pink and apricot tones.  These blushes are all soft and pigmented.  Although it is very frosty I have worn this one alone as a blush and it looked really pretty but I think many people would enjoy this as a highlighter.

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Bursting With Love

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Bursting With Love

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Bursting with Love

Bursting with Love – Individual colour swatches

Bursting with Love is a combination of bright, muted and light pinks.  There are two blushes in this range that offer a selection of pinks but this is the lighter of the two.  Again, very pigmented and shimmery without being glittery.  Great on its own without a highlighter.

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Iced Hearts

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Iced Hearts

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Iced Hearts

Iced Hearts – Individual colour swatches

Iced Hearts is a combination of gold, peach and bronze/rose gold tones.  Again, I do love this on its own as a frosty blush, but it is also a beautiful highlighter.

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Candy Queen of Hearts

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Candy Queen of Hearts

Candy Queen of Hearts - Individual colour swatches

Candy Queen of Hearts – Individual colour swatches

Candy Queen of Hearts is a combination of a rose, coral and bright pink tones.  This is a really nice everyday blush colour and gives a very natural flush on the cheeks.

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Blushing Heart

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Blushing Heart

Blushing Heart - Individual colour swatches

Blushing Heart – Individual colour swatches

Blushing Heart is the second blush with a purely pink selection of colours but this is definitely the darker, brighter version.  This is also one of the only blushes in this range that seems to have glitter in it.  You can only just notice but the brightest pink has silver glitter particles evident in the swatch above.  I tend to brush these off the face when I wear this as I am not really into glitter but it is pretty manageable.

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Peachy Keen Heart

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blush in Peachy Keen Heart

Peachy Keen Heart - Individual colour swatches

Peachy Keen Heart – Individual colour swatches

Last but not least is Peachy Keen Heart.  This is my favourite blush in this range and it offers peachy, cooper and rose tones.  This is the second blush where I notice some glitter which is golden and predominantly in the cooper shade (swatch on far right above).  I don’t notice the glitter once I have blended it out on the face.  It looks really beautiful on the cheeks but it is very pigmented so tap off the excess on your brush and use a light hand when applying.

Swirled swatches in natural light.  From left to right Peachy Pink Kisses, Bursting with Love, Iced Hearts, Candy Queen of Hearts, Blushing Heart and Peachy Keen Heart.

Swirled swatches in natural light. From left to right Peachy Pink Kisses, Bursting with Love, Iced Hearts, Candy Queen of Hearts, Blushing Heart and Peachy Keen Heart.

Swirled swatches in full sunlight.  From left to right Peachy Keen Heart, Blushing Heart, Candy Queen of Hearts, Iced Hearts, Bursting with Love and Peachy Pink Kisses.

Swirled swatches in full sunlight. From left to right Peachy Keen Heart, Blushing Heart, Candy Queen of Hearts, Iced Hearts, Bursting with Love and Peachy Pink Kisses.

The swatches above show you what the colours look like for each blush when they are swirled together.  I tend not to use these blushes as their individual colours but rather just swirl my brush around and apply to the cheeks.    Overall these are very nice quality, pigmented and silky baked blushes.  The packaging is SUPER cute, if not a little bulky and they give a really lovely frosted glow.  I think these work extremely well without a highlighter but if you are into matte blush then these are definitely not for you.

Do you need them all? Probably not as some of the colours are quite similar.  Would I judge you if you bought them all anyway… absolutely not!

I am not affiliated with Makeup Revolution and all the products shown here were purchased with my own money, but if you would like to have a look at these blushes for yourself then you can find them here: Blushing Hearts

Have a great day!

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My search for reviews and swatches of cruelty-free, budget-friendly makeup has led me to start my own blog.  Through this blog I hope that I can help people like me find the information and swatches that they need to make informed choices about what products they might like to have in their lives.  I intend to make regular posts that review cruelty-free, budget-friendly makeup so I hope you enjoy!

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