Monthly Archives: June 2015

MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days: ‘Girls on Film’

Welcome to day two of the MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days.  As this is going to be a week long journey focused just on this series of palettes I don’t want to repeat myself too much, so if you want to read a general review of the quality of these eyeshadows you can find it here in Day 1 of the series.

DAY 2: Girls on Film

This is a beautiful neutral palette.  Do I have similar colours to these in other palettes you might ask?  Yes, I am sure I do.  Do I love the combination of complimentary mattes and shimmers offered here for quick, daytimes looks or soft, romantic night looks in one single, convenient location?  Absolutely.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette: Girls on Film.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette: Girls on Film.

Again, I am going to cut this palette in half vertically and address the left 9 shades first.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette: Girls on Film - left of palette

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette: Girls on Film – left of palette

Swatches: walking hand in hand, heads turning, camera rolling, bridge at midnight, lights flashing, frenzy all down your spine, give me shudders, shooting star and one in a million.

Swatches: walking hand in hand, heads turning, camera rolling, bridge at midnight, lights flashing, frenzy all down your spine, give me shudders, shooting star and one in a million.

These shades are what I would describe as subtle, brightening colours.  I think they create a romantic look and I love the way the three matte shades here perform in the crease or as transition shades.  The gilded gold colour called ‘frenzy all down your spine’ (swatch 6) is lush and offers a warm richness to this palette which I love.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette: Girls on Film - right of palette

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette: Girls on Film – right of palette

Swatches: take your picture, polaroid heaven, made a million, lipstick over the lens, smile wider, hold tight, so bright, she's falling and girls on film.

Swatches: take your picture, polaroid heaven, made a million, lipstick over the lens, smile wider, hold tight, so bright, she’s falling and girls on film.

The right side of the ‘Girls on Film’ palette is a still neutral, but it has a bit more punch.  The first two shades, ‘take your picture,’ and ‘polaroid heaven’ are the kind of warm, bronzy colours that I adore and are so pigmented.  You have everything you need here for a dramatic, smokey eye including a stunning gun-metal silver in ‘hold tight’ (swatch 6).  Again, the cream matte shade called ‘girls on film’ has not swatched well – it just matches my skin tone too closely!  The only disappointing shade in the whole palette is actually one of these shimmer shades on the right side called ‘lipstick over the lens’ (swatch 4).  I don’t know what the deal with this shade is, but it seems to be quite hard in the pan and I have a lot of difficulty getting it to pick up on a finger swatch or with a brush.  This is unusual because normally the MR shimmer shades are soft and buttery.  It is certainly an anomaly in my experience.

Overall, this is a lovely neutral palette with really wearable colours in a mix of cool and warm tones.  So pretty for every day wear.

So, that is ‘Girls on Film’ 🙂  You can find this palette at Makeup Revolution if you want to check it out for yourself.

If you would like to follow along, please subscribe to my blog and I will see you tomorrow for Day 3 of my ‘MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days.’

Have a fantastic day!

MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days: ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome’

Welcome to day one of the ‘MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days.’  All of these Salvation Palettes from Makeup Revolution are EXCELLENT quality.  The first two rows of 12 rectangular shades in each palette are all shimmers and the 6 circular shades are all mattes.  To generalise, the shades are universally soft and pigmented.  The shimmer shades tend to be more buttery while the matte shades can be a bit more chalky, but I find that they all blend really nicely and last all day without creasing with a primer.  I find these Salvation palettes to be super practical because they offer such a nice balance of matte and shimmer shades… which may help to explain why I have ended up with 7 of these palettes!  (eek – don’t judge!)  Anyway – enough talk.  Lets get into reviewing the Salvation palette of the day!

DAY 1: Welcome to the Pleasuredome

I am going to kick off this series with ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome.’  This palette offers an interesting mix of neutrals with some really pretty pops of colour.

Welcome to the Pleasuredome

Welcome to the Pleasuredome

For the purpose of this post I am going to divide ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome’ in half and address the 9 neutral colours first.

Salvation Palette: Welcome to the Pleasuredome - neutral shades

Salvation Palette: Welcome to the Pleasuredome – neutral shades

Swatches: Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Xanadu, Moving On, Where Lovers Roam, Jungle Call, Moving at Million Miles an Hour, What a Push Over, Long Way from Home and Diamond by the Shower

Swatches: Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Xanadu, Moving On, Where Lovers Roam, Jungle Call, Moving at Million Miles an Hour, What a Push Over, Long Way from Home and Diamond by the Shower

The neutral colours in this palette are really pretty and so wearable.  My pick of these colours is called ‘Xanadu.’  It is such a stunning Champagne colour (swatch 2).  Unfortunately the first matte shade, called ‘What a Push Over’ hasn’t swatched well in the photo but that is mainly because it is such a close match to my skin colour.

Salvation Palette: Welcome to the Pleasuredome - brighter shades

Salvation Palette: Welcome to the Pleasuredome – brighter shades

Swatches: Using my Power, You Really Can't Afford Me, Even When They Reach the Top, Sell it by the Hour, Shooting Stars Never Stop, There Goes a Supernova, Love Your Body, I Can Do It and Never Doing What I am Told.

Swatches: Using my Power, You Really Can’t Afford Me, Even When They Reach the Top, Sell it by the Hour, Shooting Stars Never Stop, There Goes a Supernova, Love Your Body, I Can Do It and Never Doing What I am Told.

The 9 brighter shades in this palette are really lovely.  ‘Using my Power’ (swatch 1) is stunning, as is the next colour along (I have not idea how to described that colour… apparently I have no vocabulary for colours!) called ‘You Really Can’t Afford Me.’  I also adore the stunning teal colour called ‘Sell it by the Hour’ (swatch 4).  It is pulling a bit more light blue in the photos but it really does have a green undertone which makes it so unique.  I love it along the lower lash line; it really makes my blue eyes pop!

So, that is ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome’ 🙂  You can find this palette at Makeup Revolution

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of the ‘MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days.’

Makeup Revolution London – Salvation Palette Series

I love the Makeup Revolution Salvation palettes.  So much so that I now have SEVEN of the palettes from this series.

Makeup Revolution: Salvation Palettes

Makeup Revolution: Salvation Palettes

Yes.  I agree.  Seven is a ridiculous number of eyeshadow palettes for any one person to own – let alone from a single range, but, here we are.  The problem is that these really are extremely good!  They are cruelty-free, excellent quality, offer a range of 12 shimmer shades and 6 matte shades and at only AU$12 they are amazing value for money.  So it was difficult to choose just one.

Makeup Revolution: Salvation Palettes

Makeup Revolution: Salvation Palettes

To help share the love, this week I am going to do a ‘MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days’ and look at one Salvation Palette from my collection each day of the week to give you close up images and swatches of the colours.

I hope you join me for the ‘MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days’ journey!

Have a great week 🙂

Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder – Blondes

This will be a quick one.  I am not sure if the Sun Club range is one which is still readily available through Essence but I just had to dedicate a quick word to their Matt Bronzing Powder in ‘Blondes.’

Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder - Blondes

Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder – Blondes

First, and for me, foremost, this bronzer smells like Pina colada.

Seriously.

I love the scent of this.  Which is lucky because otherwise the aesthetic of this product is not really my style – what is with the dancing girls embossed in the product.  Sigh.  But I digress.  This smells of PINA COLADA!

Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder - Blondes swatch

Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder – Blondes swatch

This powder is silky and blends really nicely.  It is aimed at lighter skin complexions and it very warm toned but it actually works well for me with my yellow skin undertones just to warm up my face.  I use this as an everyday bronzer all over the face and it is nice.  The swatch above is quite heavy and it does look quite orange here but I don’t find that it transfers quite that way to the face for me.

I would recommend this bronzer for fair skinned girls with yellow skin undertones… or to anyone that is all about that Pina Colada life!

Have a great day!

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Glow Meow and Roar

The Freedom Makeup London Pro Glow powders caught my eye because they immediately reminded me of the Too Faced Leopard Blushing Bronzers.  I don’t have the Too Faced version to do a direct comparison but if you are familiar with the Leopard Blushing Bronzers you will understand why I suspect these Pro Glows from Freedom are intended to be a dupe.

I purchased Meow and Roar from the Pro Glow range which includes four different blush/bronzer colours.  I am not normally about animal prints but for some reason the leopard print in combination with the cute, cat-themed names appealed to me.

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Glows - Meow and Roar

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Glows – Meow and Roar

These powders are really soft and silky to the touch.  I have been using these for the last week and I have found that when you swatch them with your finger is messes up the print but when you tap your brush into them the print actually holds which is nice.  These will kick up a lot of powder if you make the mistake of swirling your brush into them (they are soft!) – but you really don’t need to do that as a gentle tap will put plenty of product onto your brush.

Pro Glows swatches - Meow  (bottom) and Roar (top)

Pro Glows swatches – Meow (bottom) and Roar (top)

As you can see in the picture of my arm above, I have pale skin, but I think that both of these colours work for me.  I use Roar to warm up my face and it gives a nice, bronzy glow.  I have also used it to do a very soft contour of my cheek bones and it even worked well for that (says she who isn’t very good at contouring!).  Meow is more of a dusty-rose bronze and I use this with a light hand as a blush.  Again, I think it is beautiful.

You can see from the swatches that these do have a soft shimmer to them which gives the glow suggested by their name.  In my experience this adds radiance to the face not glitter.  I do like the effect these give.  The only other point I would make about these Pro Glows is that they take a bit of work to blend out.  I think it is worth the work though to get that lovely glow.

If you want to check these out for yourself you can find them here at Freedom Makeup London.  These retail for GBP2.50 which is really reasonable for a pretty, cruelty-free bronzer/blush and they ship world-wide which is a bonus.

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Freedom Makeup London Pro 12 Eyeshadow Palettes

I was extremely excited to try the newest cruelty-free, budget-friendly makeup brand to come out of the Uk – Freedom Makeup London.  Freedom are a sister brand to my favourite makeup brand, Makeup Revolution, with the additional aim of providing professional makeup artists (of which I am definitely not one) with good quality, affordable makeup for their kit.  I did a small haul when they launched a few weeks ago and I am excited to show you some swatches of a couple of the Pro 12 Eyeshadow Palettes.

I ordered two of the Pro 12 palettes in ‘Romance and Jewels’ and ‘Secret Rose’.  ‘Romance and Jewels’ is extremely well named – these shadows are ALL glittery shades.  My first impression was that these shadows are a little bit crumbly (due to the glitter I think), but as you can see in the swatches they are very pigmented and extremely pretty.  I particularly like the green/grey shade in the second row (swatch 7).  Generally the texture of these is quite soft and I found they blended well.  The only two shades that I was a bit disappointed with in terms of texture are the last two shades: the deep blue and the black (swatches 11 and 12 below).  These felt more chalky to the touch and apply quite patchy compared to the others.  Saying that, for me, these are the two colours I am least likely to use anyway so I still think it is a gorgeous palette.

Pro 12 Romance and Jewels swatches

Pro 12 Romance and Jewels swatches

Freedom Makeup London Pro 12 Eyeshadow Palettes: Romance and Jewels (top) and Secret Rose (bottom)

Freedom Makeup London Pro 12 Eyeshadow Palettes: Romance and Jewels (top) and Secret Rose (bottom)

Pro 12 Secret Rose swatches

Pro 12 Secret Rose swatches

The ‘Secret Rose’ is the real gem here for me though.  This palette is a blend of finishes in soft pinks and taupes.  The swatch photo above really doesn’t do these shadows justice.  There are three satin shadows, three glittery shadows and six matte shadows.  These are all very soft and blend beautifully.  The matte shadows in particular are extremely silky to the touch and are very pigmented.  These are some of the nicest quality matte shadows I have used!  I also have to give the apricot/gold satin colour (1st shade, 2nd row of the palette – swatch 5) a mention as it is such a beautiful colour.  It is almost duo-chrome, extremely pretty and it goes so well with the pink shades.  I love it.

My first impression of these Freedom Makeup London Pro 12 eyeshadow palettes is really good.  The colour selections of these two palettes are lovely and I think the ‘Secret Rose’ palette provides all the matte colours you might want to complement the ‘Romance and Jewels’ palette if you, like me, prefer to use a matte colour as your transition colour.  I personally prefer the satin and matte formula over the glittery formula, but that is just my personal preference.  Overall, I am impressed and have already added two more palettes from this range to my wish list!  If you would like to try out one of these Pro 12 eyeshadow palettes for yourself you can find them here at Freedom Makeup London as well as the rest of their exciting new range.

Have a wonderful day 🙂

Models Prefer Eyeshadow Quads

Today I am going to have a look at a brand a little closer to home for me – Models Prefer.  Models Prefer is a brand exclusive to Priceline in Australia.  Priceline, the makers of Models Prefer, can confirm that Models Prefer products are cruelty-free but they do not readily provide a list of ingredients so that vegans can verify appropriate products to meet their needs.  The product I want to review from this brand today are their Customised Eyeshadow Quads.

Models Prefer Eyeshadow Quad

Models Prefer Eyeshadow Quad

These quads come in three colour combinations: ‘Espresso Yourself’ which is a neutral quad with three shimmers and one matte; ‘Style Icon’ which includes a navy blue and also includes three shimmers and one matte; and finally ‘Hook Me Up’ which is a full quad of shimmer shades including a really stunning cranberry colour.

Models Prefer: Espresso Yourself swatches

Models Prefer: Espresso Yourself swatches

Models Prefer: Style Icon swatches

Models Prefer: Style Icon swatches

Models Prefer: Hook Me Up swatches

Models Prefer: Hook Me Up swatches

These shades are really soft and velvety so you will need to tap off your brush before applying.  The shimmer shades are beautifully pigmented and blend quite well.  The mattes are workable but they are not as pigmented although they are buildable and they can be a little powdery, particularly the cream matte shade in the ‘Style Icon’ quad.  I think the quad colour collections work really nicely together although I tend not to use them in the order suggested.  My only complaint would be that ‘Espresso Yourself’ is the only quad in the range that offers a nice, matte crease colour so generally I would need to use a matte colour in addition to the quad selections of ‘Hook Me Up’ or ‘Style Icon’.  This isn’t really an issue but I do like it when I can complete my look from a single palette.  I have worn all three of these quads to work and they last quite well with a primer.

I like these Models Prefer Eyeshadow Quads.  They are budget-friendly overall, but at AU$10.99 each they aren’t as good value for money as eyeshadow palettes from brands like Makeup Revolution or Freedom Makeup London from the UK which I would say are better quality for less money.  Saying that, these quads are certainly convenient to access in Australia and it is nice to be able to swatch and purchase them in store at Priceline to avoid postage costs and delivery wait time.  Plus they are cruelty-free so, if you like them, why not give them a try!?!

I hope you have a wonderful day!