Makeup Revolution Blush Goddess Blush Palette

So I spent most of October really, really sick, bad times but luckily for me my local Phelans pharmacy in Glanmire had just gotten a brand spanking new Makeup Revolution stand so it really helped to ease the pain!
On one of my many trips to the pharmacy that month I picked up this stunning Blush Goddess Blush Palette. Having never tried any of the Makeup Revolution blush palettes before I chose this one based on swatching the highlighters in it and nearly being blinded by the glow. The palette itself contains four powder blushers ranging from a pale peach to a deep reddish shade and four highlighters. 

Two of the highlighters are semi pearlised so give a very subtle lift and glow to the skin but the other two are full on turn off the lights and I’ll glow highlighters (I really, really love these). I love this palette, in fact I cannot recommend this palette more highly and what incredible value for money!! It cost me €7.79, yup I’m not joking €7.79!!! 

The blushers themselves are highly pigmented, they are so soft and easy to blend and are the type of shades that would suit most skin tones. The more matte highlighters are beautiful and a great alternative to a full on glow just in case that isn’t your thing!! 

The four blusher colours

For me though it’s the two full on highlighters that steal the show here. I absolutely love highlighters and the brighter the better so these do not disappoint. One is a gorgeous frosted baby pink shade and the other is probably one of the brightest golds I’ve ever seen,  this is the one I’ve worn the most since buying the palette and I’m in love!!

The four highlighting shades

As I’ve said already this is my first Makeup Revolution blush palette but it definitely won’t be my last. Makeup Revolution is fast becoming one of the most popular reasonably priced brands in the country and with every new product I try I can really see why. 

Some of the looks I created using the palette

I bought my palette in Phelans Pharmacy Glanmire but Makeup Revolution can be found in selected pharmacies throughout the country or online at Matte to Metallic

Have you tried any other Makeup Revolution products , do you have any recommendations on what to try next? 




June’s Top Picks

I just wanted to share with you some of my favourites from June, some that I’ve tried for the first time, others that I’ve rediscovered.

No.7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water

Now this is one I’ve rediscovered. After years of using it, I stopped, not for any particular reason but because I just wanted to try something different. You know yourself what it’s like when you get stuck in a product rut and a change is as good as a rest, or so they say. I love the idea of cleansing waters, in my opinion they’re as thorough as a cream cleanser but as convenient as a cleansing wipe, making it a very attractive option for anybody who tries to talk themselves out of cleaning off their make up every couple of nights!!

The description of this product I’ve always felt is a bit misleading though, it claims to be suitable for Normal/Oily skin which I have to say I don’t fully agree with. When I started using it first I would have been on the oilier side of combination but now I’m on the drier side of it and I love it every bit as much. Maybe it’s fabulous for oily skin too of course but all I’m saying is don’t rule it out if you aren’t oily because it’s a beautiful product. I love the tightening, tingling feeling it leaves on my skin after using it, it feels so refreshing. And I also love the convenience of the pump action top which can lock, making it convenient for travelling with. Excellent value for money at €13.00 but No.7 are such a great brand for offers, so keep your eye out for 3 for 2 or money off skincare vouchers.

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

So at the end of June Benefit pulled off one of the biggest launches any cosmetic company has ever managed, upgrading and adding to their brow range. Lots of new products were introduced and lots of new shades were introduced to existing products and they all got a really funky makeover. Among the products introduced was the Goof Proof Brow Pencil, now like many others I got mine free in Elle magazine, what a great way to get us hooked!! Although the shade that came in the magazine was a little bit too light for me it still allowed me to see how great this product is and the ease at which you can apply it. It’s a perfect product if like me you have gaps in your brows, the shape of the pencil really helps with accurate application and the full size product comes with a built in spoolie brush so you comb through brows afterwards to soften them out. Having used this one I’m definitely going to buy the full size one in the correct colour for me and also check out some of their other brow products while I’m at it.

Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover

Now I’ve only begun to use this product very recently but I’ve no idea why it’s taken me so long to start using it to be honest. Before it I had always used Clinique’s “Take the Day Off” but it stopped agreeing with me hence why I started to look for an alternative. This is a fantastic product, it is every bit as good as the more expensive brands at only a fraction of the price. It’s a bi-phase formula so you must shake well before use but it effectively removes all traces of eye make up including waterproof mascara without excessive rubbing or tugging at the eye. The best tip I can give you when cleaning your eye make up off is to start at the outside of the eye and work your way in as going the other way drags at the eye and the more dragging you do the more chance there is of causing fine lines. Suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes too.

Benefit Erase Paste 

This is a product I bought during my Pamper Day in The Kingdom on the Benefit counter in CH Chemists Tralee. I honestly had never heard of it before but I just love it, it was by far the product I was most impressed with on the day. It’s a concealer but personally I think it’s a bit more than that because not only does it help to conceal dark circles and blemishes it also leaves a beautiful brightening finish to the skin. Unlike other under eye concealers it’s not at all thick and cakey and there’s no creasing which is the Holy Grail when it comes to under eye concealing. I particularly like this for concealing the redness I have in my cheek area, I find it blends brilliantly and the coverage is buildable so you can even use it with a lighter weight foundation too without it looking obvious. It comes in three different shades Fair, Medium and Deep and the box contains a really helpful step by step lesson for easier application. Available on all Benefit counters priced at €27.50.

Seventeen Skin Wow Primer

When they say Wow, they’re not joking….Seventeen you are really winning me over lately with the fabulous new additions to your range, see details of their gorgeous new concealer here in My top 5 budget buys for May !! Anyway back to the highlighter, it’s absolutely gorgeous I can’t believe how much so considering the fact that it’s only €8.49!!! OK so you can use it several different ways, firstly you can mix a little bit of it with your own foundation to give your skin an overall glow. You can also use it over your moisturiser and under your foundation as your primer or you can dot some on your cheeks and use it as your highlighter. No matter what way you use it it’ll give you glow for days!!! It is absolutely dreamy.

Summertime Foundation tips

Summertime is here and incredibly we’ve even had some sunny weather so far!! At this time of the year our thoughts turn to sun tans whether they be real or from a bottle, we yearn to have a beautiful sunkissed glow but this in itself causes issues with our everyday foundation.

So a few days ago I got asked what is the best way to change up your foundation routine once you have a suntan to avoid your face being paler than your body, so I said I’d write up a few tips.

Change of Foundation

Well this is the first very obvious one, a lot of people do buy the next shade up in their regular foundation so they can use this during the time that they have a tan, especially if they’re already happy with the everyday foundation that they use. This makes sense if you love the finish and coverage of your regular foundation and it’ll be very handy even while your tan is fading because you’ll be able to mix the two colours together until you get back to your original colour.

Gradual Face Tanners

In my opinion these work best if you just get a light tan on your body because you never really get very deep colour from them. These are generally clear when you apply them and develop overnight and stay on for a few days depending on what products you use on your face while you have it on. Of course you can always re-apply these for a few days in a row to deepen the colour. You can use these on their own with some bronzing powder or you can use them as a base for your regular foundation because having the gradual tanner as a base will naturally deepen the colour of your foundation anyway. There are some great ones on the market and I can certainly recommend the No.7 Gradual Facial Tanner as this also has an SPF 15 too. Best way to apply this is to exfoliate the face first, even using something like the Nip n Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads and apply a very light layer of moisturiser to the face. Apply the Gradual Face tanner either using your fingers or a clean foundation brush and apply as you would your foundation normally but make sure to avoid your eyebrows and your hairline.

Self Tan

In addition to using a separate face tanner many of the self tan products available these days are also suitable to be used on the face. Because I don’t really tan much naturally myself, fake tan is my best friend come Summertime and to be honest since it came out I haven’t used anything other than Cocoa Brown for my tanning needs. I love the 1 hour tan for when I want a tan for a few days and the Instant Tan Matte Bronzing Gel for when I need a tan in a hurry. All of the tans from Cocoa Brown are non-comedogenic which means they won’t block your pores and are as suitable for the face as they are for the body. The Gentle Bronze product in this range is probably the most suitable one for dry skin. When I tan my body I always tan my face as well so I have a base to work with when I’m applying my foundation.  As with the gradual tanner for the face, these tans will work best if your skin is prepped properly. I use Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff as my exfoliater but please note that this is not suitable for the face.

Foundation drops

I couldn’t write this post without mentioning these products from The Body Shop. Launched at the end of last year The Body Shop released Shade Adjusting Drops in two shades, Lightening and Darkening. Now because I haven’t used these products first hand myself all I can tell you is what I’ve read about them and it seems that they do exactly what they say on the tin, the Lightening ones lighten up a foundation that’s too dark for you and the Darkening ones darken up a foundation that isn’t dark enough!! In theory these sound like a brilliant idea but as I say I haven’t used them myself so can’t vouch for them as of yet but they have the potential to be the solution to all our shade adjusting problems!!

Well I hope this has been of some use to any of you who are struggling to get their foundation shade just right this summer, if you have any more suggestions on how to solve this dilemma please feel free to post a comment below. I’d love to hear your ideas.

No.7 products available in Boots and Boots online

Cocoa Brown products available in selected pharmacies and online at Cloud 10

Shade Adjusting Drops available in The Body Shop or online