Top 3 Affordable Makeup Brands in 2018!

I did this blog series last year too, where I do three different blog posts talking about the top 3 affordable brands, top 3 high-end brands and top 3 luxury brands. Since it’s always a lot of fun evaluating favorites I decided to do the same this year.

Today we go through the 3 affordable brands I have been using and loving the most throughout the year. Making this little list was soooo easy this year. I just knew right from the top of my head what the brands would be. So let’s talk some makeup!

My top 3 affordable brands (in no particular order:

1st – Makeup Revolution/Revolution Pro

I group Makeup Revolution and Revolution Pro in once because many people (including me) don’t really know the difference. I think it’s been a couple of years now since my first Makeup Revolution order, and it was not the best success. I mean, some products where OK, some where below average, but I did not find anything that amazed me within the first orders. But lately, since they did their re-branding, I am under the impression that the overall quality has improved a lot! I found several gorgeous highlighters, some everyday staple lipstick and even some quite good eyeshadow palettes. And everything it cheap as chips as well!

Things I love that I would like to mention is theri highlighters. They have so many good ones but the Highlighter trio and the Radiance highlighter stands out a bit from the crowd in my opinion. They also released some really good lip toppers with their holliday collection, and off course I cannot forget to mention their big big hit, the Conceal & Define concealer!

2nd – Colourpop

Off course I had to mention Colourpop. I thing this is the brand I have purchased the most items from throughout the whole year. Partly because the constantly put out new releases, and partly because they are super affordable with great quality. Most of the things I’ve tried from them I have enjoyed (a few exceptions do exist though).

The one Colourpop product that are closest to my heart is off course their eyeshadow palettes. The quality is unbeatable for the price. Their eyeshadow formula is among my top three formulas, and that’s including every brand I’ve ever tried from the cheapest drugstore to the most high end luxury formulas. Their palettes have become like Pokemons. Gotta catch them all!

3rd – Juvia’s Place

On more brand that offers amazing quality eyeshadows for a low cost is Juvia’s Place. I fell in love with their formula when I tried the Magic palette, and I have made it a mission to collect every single eyeshadow palette since then. I am actually doing pretty good on that mission, and I will soon have them all. This brand does not dissapoint. Not only do they have a killer metallic formula, they also have an amazing price point. The palettes are cheap in the first place, but you find them on sale so often you can get them for even less than a Colourpop palette!

I love their eyeshadow palettes and are also a big fan of their blushes. The packaging is also so quirky and fun! Can’t wait to see what this brand has planned for us in 2019!

If you had to pick one or three favorite affordable brands this past year what would it be? I am curious to know!

I at least am very excited to see what all these three brands have in store for us in 2019.



Revolution Pro Supreme Highlighter “Metal” – Review!

If you call something Supreme Highlighter it better be good even though it only cost 5£. I picked up one of the supreme highlighter trios in the shade “Metal” which has a champagne, a light gold and a bronze gold shade. Thy do have the palettes in a few different color options as well but this was the one that swayed me.


I have usually been lucky with highlighters from Makeup Revolution so this one from Revolution Pro I had high hopes for. And this one did not disappoint. The swatch was like butter and just went on and on with rich pigment. There is no glitter in this, just a metallic sheen.


They all look absolutely gorgeous on the skin. They are pretty intense, but you can off course tone them down with a light hand. One thing I really like is that there is absolutely no glitter or shimmer. It’s just a metallic sheen that is super reflective and I think these kind of highlighters are the most flattering on the skin. If you want to get the idea then think about Maybelline Master Chrome that has a very similar finish, but these one from Revolution Pro actually swatch and apply even more intense. They are THAT metallic. Now, this may start to sound a bit too much for some, but again, a light hand makes it much less scary. If you want to apply a subtle highlighter without having to be overly careful then this is not for you though. This is for the glow queens!


I am actually absolutely in awe about how rich, smooth, reflective and beautiful these highlighters are without having a trace of shimmer in them. I think I need to pick up some of the other shades because this must be one of the better highlighter formulas in my collection (and I am probably over 150 highlighters at the moment so that says something). I am just so impressed!


The packaging is simple with a plastic palette with a clear lid, but the powders themselves has a beautiful wave imprint. Not the most luxurious packaging but hey, you get 3 stunning highlighters with a bomb formula for only 5£. It’s an absolute steal!

If good and cheap is your thing, then I think you can like this. I am in love and need to get some more shades for sure!



Makeup Hauls – November 2018!

I went a bit crazy this month. And when I say that I did not even receive everything I ordered yet, you will understand why I say that because I already got quite a bit in the mail already! Almost can’t believe there is still more to come.

I am trying to plan out some sort of  low-buy though, so I needed to stock up on things to review. I can always find  an excuse you know! I will get back to you with a low-buy when I figure out when and how, but I think I will try out a low-buy in December to begin with and take it from there.

Anyway, November was high-buy, so here is the stuff I picked up!


I decided to dive into the Obsession London brand and picked up a few items that looks promising. The palette to the left is “All We Have Is Now”. The two blush palettes are “Mad About Mauve” and “Pinky Promise”, and the highlighter palette is “Dedicated”. The fun looking palette to the right is “If In Doubt Be A Unicorn”. I am guilty of picking up the last one just for the name. But don’t they all looks so pretty though? And this whole bundle just cost me 30£ which is just amazing if these are any good!


I have been the best customer at Tambeauty lately (the online retailer for Makeup Revolution, Revolution PRO, Obsession London etc). The palettes from the Christmas collection look so beautiful I had to pick up all three of them. First one came last month. This is the Revolution Jewel Collection Eyeshadow Palette “Gilded”, the last one can be found later in this post. I also got the Makeup Revolution The Mascara Revolution. I have heard good things, and I have heard it being compared to one of my drugstore favorites namely L’Oreal Paradise Extatic, so I am excited. I decide to try out the Makeup Revolution Re-Loaded palettes in “Velvet Rose” and “Iconic Division”. I am really happy about how they look, so I am hoping they are decent. The price is incredible 4£!


Also the Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette found it’s way home to me. I love the single pan eyeshadows from Nabla Cosmetics and especially the mattes are so good. I am hoping this one will be good as well.


OK, I have been picking up new palettes like crazy this month I have to admit that, but Colourpop is so affordable! This is the Oh La La and the Brown Sugar eyeshadow palettes. I really like the size of these small little 9 pans!


The Bretman X Colourpop collection also tempted me…naturally! I picked up the Lit and the Wet eyeshadow palettes in addition to the two Glitterally Obsessed Body Glitters. I don’t know who Bretman is but he sure can make pretty things together with Colourpop!


After hearing so many great things about the BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette I finally picked it up. I also got the BH Cosmetics Royal Affair palette but only because I love the Festival palette so much and since this has a similar layout I am hoping it will have a similar formula.


I also picked up the BH Cosmetics 28 Foil Eyes Eyeshadow Palette. This one I just grabbed because Beautybay had a 3 for 2 offer on BH Cosmetics, and it got good reviews by Temptalia. Not sure how much use I will get out of an all foiled palette, but I guess I have plenty of matte shadows to throw in the mix.


Something I really can add more of to my collection is glitter. They are excellent to amp up any look, and I really only have a few. So my glitter collection is something I would be very happy to see grow. On top you have The Gypsy Shrine Chunky Unicorn. I just love that it’s called chunky unicorn! And the two gels are Colourpop Glitterally Obsessed in  “Avenue Of The Starts” and “Puffin”. I only picked Puffins because I love them. I actually have spent some field seasons in a bird cliff working a bit with them (biologist), so when I found a glitter with that name off course I had to have it!


Since I already got the two other ones then I guess I had to pick up the third and last palette from the Jewel collection of Makeup Revolution. This is the Opulent Eyeshadow Palette, with the silver packaging and the more pink toned neutrals. The top row of shadows in these palettes are stunning by the way!


I also decided to take my chances with a new Morphe palette. I’ve only tried the Jacklyn Hill palette (the big white one) and I really liked that, but the rest of the Morphe palettes never caught my attention (and I don’t think the old ones are good). But I decided to give the Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry palette a chance because it’s got some nice interesting shades and not just 35 boring browns.


I didn’t buy just eyeshadow palettes though. I also got myself a new highlighter. I love the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighters, so I picked up Maybelline Chrome Extreme in “Sandstone” and hope it will become a hit just like the regular Master Chrome Highlighters.


Some hair care stash from Feelunique. The KMS Add Volume Volumizing Spray is something I decided to pick up after finishing a mini sample. I really like how this gives volume to my hair while making it feel refreshed and almost clean again. The Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Smoothing Lotion Spray is one of my holy grails and I use it after every shower.


And just one order to try out Obsession London makeup is not enough (how about testing one palette first before ordering 4?…Not my style apparently). This is the Obsession Belle Jordon Palette (top) and Obsession Be Crazy About Palette (bottom). Don’t you think the colorful one looks like so much fun? I did some quick swatches and they can actually be good! Hopefully they will also be good on the eyes.


Off course, I did get my lipstick bundle from Liveglam. The KissMe Liquid Lipsticks have become one of my favorite formulas (except their darker shades, those are not that great) and I always enjoy getting my subscription bundle. This month we got three brown toned nudes. The shades from left to right are Numero Uno, Most Wanted and Relevant. All very pretty shades!


The reason why I keep buying way to many palettes can be at least partly blamed on Colourpop. I mean. how can I turn down this?? The Colourpop Chasing Rainbows is a fun addition to my collection, and a proof that Colourpop can go back to be called Colourpop instead of Nudiepop that they were for a while. I want more of palettes like this!

I received no less than 18 eyeshadow palettes this month. 18! That’s crazy. I may have to increase my number of posts to get through reviewing and posting looks with all of these! But I know I will have a lot of fun doing it. The tough question is where to start! I enjoy creating looks and writing reviews after all! But I do have to slow down a bit. I hope to only pick up 3 palettes next month and I will try my best to do so. I do have some more palettes arriving, among them three from Juvia’s Place and one from Violet Voss, so the next monthly haul won’t be a total dud even if I try to reduce my purchases.

I really do need to pick up the Colourpop Salvaje palette and the new Juvia’s Place palette, and there are so many more on my wish list! Any low-buy tips are welcome!

Did you pick up anything exciting this month?

Did I make you feel like you didn’t buy that much after all after seeing this mile long post?

Let me know in the comments!





Makeup Favorites – November 2018!

It’s time to share the good stuff again! As usual I have been testing and trying a bunch of products this month. Some of the made it to the monthly favorites, and I even god some old goodies to share as well!

Revolution Pro Radiance: This is an amazing highlighter. I picked this up because it looked like a limited edition highlighter from MAC that I broke. I was so sad about that because I really loved it (the shade was “By Candlelight” if anyone are curious), but this one looked so similar. Now, I don’t have the best memory in the world, but as I can recall that highlighter it is very very similar to Radiance. Regardless of if it’s an exact dupe or not, it is similar enough and it is absolutely gorgeous. So pretty that I picked up another one in the shade “Luminous” that I just tried out. I have my suspicions that this one will also be a favorite. So you should definitely check out these and see if they have a color you fancy, because I am in love now (and I need more!).

Tarte Blush Book: I picked this one up just for the packaging! I have to admit that. But it is so cute and clever made just like a book and it holds 10 powders! 8 blushers, one glowy bronzer and a highlighter. The blush formula by Tarte is famous and for good reason. They are just as good in this palette. But what I like about this the most is that you get so much product in such a nice handy packaging. It’s in great contrast to the huge wagon wheel they released last year! I hope to see more books in the future!

House Of Lashes “Midnight Luxe”: I have been raving about House of Lashes before, and Iconic is right now the only lashes I feel like I always NEED to have available. I always repurchase that one as soon as the pair I have are worn out. Midnight Luxe is a new style I haven’t tried before, but this won’t be the last time I pick up this style for sure. These lashes are so fluffy and feathery and look just gorgeous. They are slightly less dramatic than the Iconic, but more luxurious and glamorous looking in a way. They just look like high-class lashes.

Soph X Makeup Revolution Lipstick “Cake”: Just a super simple fuzz free everyday shade you can just slap on and you’re going to look good anyway. No need to do a tidy application, use a lip liner or even a mirror. This is just so simple and fool proof to wear as well as being creamy and comfortable. Excellent as an everyday lippie!

KissMe Liquid Lipstick “Very Brewtiful” : Another nice nude everyday lipstick I have been using over and over again this November. This was my lipstick of choice when I wanted something to last all day. I actually had this on for 9 hours straight including breakfast, lunch (non-greasy foods) and a bunch) of coffee cups and it still looked decent so i have to say I am quite impressed.

What have been your favorite makeup items in November? I would love to know what you have been using and loving!



Makeup Hauls October 2018!

Time for another round up if my latest contributions to my humble (just kidding) collection. A bit late this month since we are half way through November already, but that’s just life sometimes.

I am becoming more and more of a Makeup Revolution fan! Is it just me or has the overall quality of their newer released been higher than it used to be? I have become quite impressed by their products lately. Off course I had to try the new Conceal & Define Foundation and I picked it up in two shades. I was hoping one to be a nice winter shade, and the other one to fit in early spring or late fall when I am not my usual pale self but still not very tanned. Summer is short and I am only very tan for like three weeks anyway. I think I managed to get the right shades for that.

I also picked out a new Conceal & Define Concealer since I am running very low on it, and the same thing goes for the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation that’s also a repurchase.

The new brand by BeautyBay also released three big palettes (they got some smaller ones now, but when I picked up this they only had three). At first I thought I did not need any of them. They were too big I thought and with too many repetitive shades. But when I saw the reasonable price I had to try “Evolve” and see how it performed. It actually looks beautiful so maybe they are on to something!


The Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lotion Spray is my life saver. I always need this one around in my bathroom so I just keep on buying new ones. I use this almost every day!

I also added Glitter by The Gypsy Shrine in “Chunky Gold” so now I got some new glitter to play with. Glitters can really lift a look to the next level!


The Huda Beauty Gemstones palette collection is really eye catching. I love that these are small, handy palettes with a colorful story, so I picked up the Emerald Palette. If I like it I am not against picking out some more and I am eyeing Sapphire and maybe Ruby or  Topaz! I have to see if I am happy about the quality first. I’ve tried two Huda Beauty palettes before, Desert Dusk (happy with that one!) and Rose Gold Textured Palette (Horrific!). So I am not willing to buy a whole bunch without trying, but I am putting Emerald to the test now and then we will see.


And off course this happens every time Colourpop release a palette. I think this “It’s A Princess Thing” palette is really cute, and I love the grown up Disney princesses on the front! i think it looks wearable and cute so I am excited. I am sure I will love the quality of this as I usually do with Colourpop.


Off course I knew I had to pick up the Norvina palette by Anastasia eventually. So for a 20% discount coupon I decided the time was right. I have to admit I still didn’t have time to use her yet, but soon!


Lashes are something that needs to be replaced on a regular basis, and I saw my pair of Iconics from House Of Lashes had better days. So I ordered a new pair and picked up the style Midnight Luxe (top) in the same order. Alsways a fan of the House of Lashes false lashes!


Another order from Makeup Revolution. The Opulence Blush Compact and the Opulence Highlighter Compact both look so beautiful, and high-end if I may add! The Brow Revolution Brow Tint in “Medium Brown” was kind of an error. I though it was a brow gel! I will still give it a try though. I also picked up the Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Gel Liner in “Silver” to test if they are any good. The skull shaped Liquid Highlighter “Paranormal” was too cute not to pass on, and the Revolution Pro Skin Finish in “Radiance” I picked up because it looked so similar to a limited edition MAC powder that I unfortunately broke ( “By Candlelight” if you are curious). I was lucky because based on memory they look like dupes!


I like supporting small indie brands and the brand Hello Gregory is at it’s very beginning with a small selection of highlighters and lashes (and an eyeshadow palette coming soon!), So i picked up the highlighters “Seafoam Pearl” and “Unicorn Frosting” along with the false lashes “Athena” and “Aphrodite”.


And at the end I made yet another Makeup Revolution haul (I tell you I have been impressed by them lately). This years Christmas collection is to die for as well! I picked up the Jewel Collection Deluxe Eyeshadow palette, the Jelly Highlighter “Monumental”, and the three lip toppers in the shades “Luxurious”, Exquisite” and “Fortune”!

Did you pick up anything fun lately? Or did you have a low-buy or even a No–buy in October? I am considering a  month or two of low-buy soon, I just need some time to mentally prepare for it. Will happily receive any low-buy tips!




Soph X Revolution Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

I know I am late to the party here and should have maybe reviewed the second edition palette, but since I got this not too long ago I figured I would give this a try first. Besides I wanted to test this out and see if the second edition was worth picking up. I’ve only tried one eyeshadow palette by Makeup Revolution (now Revolution PRO) before so I didn’t have much experience with their eyeshadows before diving into this, but I’ve heard so much raving about this and expected it to be good!


The color selection is nice for everyday looks. There are tons of neutrals in the palette with a nice range of base colors, transition shades and shades to deepen the look. There is a good mixture of shimmers and mattes with the mattes being the majority (which I like) and a few pops of color there as well. The composition is nice I think, and especially the price considered this is a very good option for an everyday palette.

However, when I got around to swatch the shades I was disappointed! The shadows are chalky, and not really that pigmented. Especially the darker matte shades were so hard to make swatches of, they just applied dusty and patchy and I was starting to fear that this palette would end with disappointment. Then I remember when using the Life on The Dance Floor Guest List palette from Makeup Revolutions previous Christmas collection that palette didn’t swatch too good either but I was pleased with the looks I got with it still (you can read a full review of the palette here, but unfortunately you can’t get it anymore).


As you can probably tell by the swatches especially the darker shades are a bit patchy. And to be fair I really tried to bring out the colors as much as possible. I like doing arm swatches like that. I don’t use a primer or a damp brush, but I do try to build up the color so you can see its full potential. If it applies well or not on the eyes is a different story. On my swatches I just want to show off the color you can build it up to. The darker shades could have been a bit darker and more intense as you can tell, but on the eyes they are not that bad.


After using the eyeshadows on my eyes my attitude towards this palette was much more positive. Not to toot my own horn too much but I was actually quite happy with some of the looks I made with it. So I absolutely found it possible to do satisfying looks with it, which in the end is what is most important.

The quality is not the best though. But, by far not as bad as i was afraid off when swatching. In short terms they are very powdery and dusty, so you get a bit off kickback and the darker shades and especially the shimmery berry shade, shimmery green and brown-teal duochrome gives quite a bit of fallout. I would recommend doing eyes first with this palette unless you are going for the really neutral eye look.


I also found that the shimmers absolutely need a damp brush to work to my satisfaction. If you like a softer shimmer, you will probably be just fine, but I like to be able to get on my eyes what I see in the pan, and for that I needed to spray my brush. It’s not a big problem though since I always have a setting spray at hand when I do my makeup anyways, but it does tell you something about the quality. You simply should not need to dampen your brush with high quality products.

This is a cheap palette though. And I mean really cheap. So for that we can be a bit forgiving when it comes to fallout or some of the shades not being perfect. It still is very possible to make beautiful eye looks without major problems so I guess you kind of get what you pay for. It’s not top quality, but it’s decent and it works!


The palette is not obnoxiously big, but still holds 24 shades. There is not much waist of space in the palette. On one hand it makes it quite compact considering the amount of shades, but on the other hand it means that you get the names of the shadows on a plastic sleeve you are doomed to loose somewhere. I took a picture of it with the plastic sleeve on top so I will still have the names for the future when the slip with the names on are long gone. But the shades are very well put together I think. This is the kind of palette you really can do anything with. You can do completely neutral and you have all the basics with base colors, plenty of crease colors and a nice black. You also got pops of colors and shades in different finishes. So the color story offers a lot of variety and I don’t think you will be missing much with this. I think it is excellent especially for someone who are just starting out with makeup and needs something that offers a bit of everything. And off course you can travel with it too!


The packaging is nice I think. It does not feel or look expensive, because it is not, but it is still way nicer than that plastic packaging with a clear lid that I find to be common on cheap palettes. This looks a bit more thought through even though it’s made of cheap materials. The outer packaging is a soft touch plastic in a nice nude colors with simple rose gold letters in front. On the inside there is not much space left after the shadow were placed down, but the inside of the lid holds a decent mirror. I think it looks nice!

So is it worth it in the end? Well, to put it like this: I did buy the second one. I don’t regret buying it, because you can for sure make pretty looks with it and it has such a good price for 24 eyeshadows, but If you are used to high quality eyeshadows you will notice that these are not in the same league. They are good for their price. Even decent for a mid-priced drugstore, but it is not high end. Still, it gets the job done!

I do really like it despite it’s cons. Do you try it? Do you love it or hate it?

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Soph X Revolution Eyeshadow Palette – Makeup Looks!

I don’t know what happened, because this palette never really tempted me that much, but I bought it on impulse when I found it at the store and could swatch a few shades to see if it was worth trying or not. And before I knew it it was in a plastic bag heading home with me.

So you know the drill. I created a few looks to prepare properly for a a review, and these are the looks I did!


  • Soph X Revolution Palette – Pancakes, Pumpkin, Strawberry Sweets, Danger, Rosewood, Nightmare, Mixed Berries, Pink Champagne, Penguin.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 405.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.


  • Soph X Revolution Palette – Pancakes, Cuppa Tea, Peaches, Danger, Mug Cake, Penguin.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.


  • Soph X Revolution Palette – Pancakes, Cloudberry, Pumpkin, Strawberry Sweets, Festive Flame, Copper Coin, Grow Old, Mug Cake.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Light Neutral.
  • Kiko Smart Eye Pencil – 805.
  • House Of Lashes – Featherette.


  • Soph X Revolution Palette – Mug Cake, Pancakes, Pug, Nightmare, Petrol.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • House Of Lashes – Featherette.


  • Soph X Revolution Palette – Pancakes, Pumpkin, Danger, Rosewood, Pine Tree, Grow Old, Fairy Lights, Nightmare.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Maybelline MAster Drama Nudes Kohl Pencil – Pearly Taupe.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Lights.


  • Soph X Revolution Palette – Pancakes,Iced Coffee, Tiramisu, Pug, Mug Cake, Danger, Grow Old, Sparks Fly, Smokey Bronze, Fairy Lights.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Lights.

So, do I regret my impulse buy or not after testing it out? Well, I don’t want to spoil the review so you will just have to keep an eye out for that to get my in-depth review with all my opinions (It will be up the day after tomorrow…giving subtle hints here!). In short there are both good and bad things about this.

Remember to find me on Instagram too. I usually announce my blog posts over there so it is a nice way to keep in touch!



Makeup and Beauty Hauls in March 2018!

Time to make a summary out of all the makeup added to my collection this month. I really enjoy making reviews so you could expect to see many of these in upcoming review posts, but if something is of particular interest then let me know, because that will definitely bump the product up on my endless reviews-I-have-to-make-list!

Anyway, here are the goodies collected in march!


This is actually more like February, because this was a lovely birthday gift from a friend that I got as a surprise in the mail. I have been drooling over the Zoeva Opulence face palette for a long long time, and I am a very happy camper to finally tick this off my wish list. The Douglas Collection Love Powder highlighting powder was also a part of the gift. Isn’t it just adorable?


These two Colourpop gems was not bought in March either. I actually purchased these in the beginning of December, but the parcel got lost in the mail. When my first order finally came back to Colourpop I got a refund and could place the order over again. 1st March the Colourpop Dream ST. Palette and the Colourpop Double Entendre Palette was finally both mine! I have been using both of these a lot during the month.


The Tonymoly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream was actually something I picked up after trying a sample pack I got from one of my K-Beauty skincare purhcases. Clever thing to add samples! Korean BB Creams are very hit or miss for me, some look great but I thing some of the worst BB Creams or foundations I’ve ever tried have also been K-Beauty. So I really like to try samples of them before picking them up. This one gave me a very nice first impression so I had to get a full size.

The Morphe Brushes are from my  MorpheMe subscription that I get monthly. Always nice to add fresh brushes to the collection!


I am running low on setting spray. Very low! So I got this Mario Badescu Facial Spray. I know it is not supposed to “set” the makeup, but I enjoy a spray that just takes away powderiness and just melts everything together. I also picked up my very first Dose Of Colors Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Berry Me 2”. I figured it was about time I tried something from that brand! The single pan eyeshadow from Makeupgeek is “Ritzy”.


The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Powder and the Maybelline Master Dram Kohl Pencil “Ultra Black” are both repurchases since they are much loved products I recently ran out of. Batiste Dry Shampoo is also something I use up frequently so I needed that as well. All the goodies from Wet N’ Wild are new to me. Actually, I’ve never tried anything from Wet N’ Wild before so I picked up some products that I’ve heard all good things about! Always fun to dive into a new and promising drugstore brand.


I did a little haul of Makeup Revolution, mainly because I needed to try that Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer that so many people seem to love, and the Fast Base Stick Foundation also caught my interest. It is sadly a bit too dark so it has to hang around in my drawer for a while before I get to test it out. I do already know and use those Liquid Higlighters a lot and picked up three new shades: Liquid Rose Gold. Liquid Luminous Luna, and Liquid Dragon’s Blood. The only reason why I picked up the last one was the name….I am easy like that.


The Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lotion Spray is something I pick up on a regular basis. This is Holy Grail and I use it every time I have a shower. It makes my hair look very shiny and healthy without weighing it down. This is a must have for me, and since I am afraid of running out I picked up two.


I also got my hands on the Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette. Yes, Just another neutral palette, nothing we haven’t seen before. Most of these shades I could probably dupe. Actually, three of them are already in my Modern Renaissance palette. But, I do enjoy my neutrals, and even though I love love love creating colorful looks, I usually reach for shades like this when I do my makeup for work. So i figured I would get a lot of use out of it. I was right, I got this just before Easter and I have been using it every day through Easter to get to know this palette. And I can already tell I am very happy I picked this up because I have really been having some good makeup day lately.


I also did received my monthly liquid lipstick subscription featuring these guys. I already have a review of them if you would like to read about how these performed.

I am also slightly annoyed, because this is not everything I picked up, but it is everything I can share with you because I didn’t receive the rest yet. I have a lot of goodies on the way. Just to mention a few you can expect to see on my blog in the future I picked up Juvia,s Place Masquerade, Christen Dominique Latte Palette, Colourpop Luxe lipsticks and most likely some stuff I already forgot about because shipping takes 3-4 weeks and who remembers that long?

I did also buy the Amrezy highlighter but I suddenly got a refund from BeautyBay because something happened and the package was returned. And now they are sold out. Bad thing happen to good people, just saying it! I really hope it is restocked because I was so excited to get my hands on it. Imagine my disappointment when I just got my money back instead of that pretty new highlighter.

Anyway, that sums up my hauls this month. Did you pick up anything for yourself?




Makeup Revolution Life On The Dance Floor Guest List – Review and Swatches!

My first ever Makeup Revolution palette! I like the brand, I’ve ordered a lot from them, but like with most drugstore brands there are both hits and misses within the line. Since I have a fairly large collection of high-end palettes I was never really tempted that much to try a good-for-being-drugstore palette, but I got drawn in by the glittery and glamorous packaging.


I tend to be quite picky on eyeshadows. I tend to be much more forgiving when giving my verdict on blush, bronzers or lip-products because I kind of like many different formulas and can make a lot of different things work for me. But I have more than 100 eyeshadow palettes in my collection. So I guess I’ve tried really a lot of different brands and formulas and I know very well what I think is a good eyeshadow or not. Unfortunately, more often than not I tend to not really fancy drugstore eyeshadows all that much. So I rarely even get tempted to but them. They are often good enough and gets the job done, but rarely amazing.


But, I am hardcore digging the rose gold glitter packaging and the shade range in this one so I figured it was time to try out the Makeup Revolution eyeshadow formula. Good formula or not, the shadows are a joy to look at!

I like the packaging. It is plastic, but seems sturdy. It has a huge mirror, and the glitter front looks really sparkly and nice. You can feel a bit of texture, but it is not sharp or gritty like glitter packaging can be. So the packaging gives a nice impression.


The shades have names, but they are printed on a plastic sheet inserted loose in the palette. I prefer that they write the names under the shades on the actual palette, but lest be real here, there is no space for shade names because the whole palette is packed with eyeshadow. So a lot of product for your buck.


So here you see the first two rows together. My first thought was that these shades are actually decent in pigmentation. Some of them have medium opacity, most of them actually, and a few are quite pigmented at first brushstroke. So not bad. Shadow don’t have to be super pigmented as long as they are build-able and blend-able!

The shadows are a bit loosely pressed, so I did get some kickback in the pan. I did think all shades were easy to blend! The shimmers need a little spritz of setting spray to pop properly, but they work nicely then and you can pack them on. The amount of fallout was normal. There was a bit of it, especially with the darker shades, but kicking excess off the brush would get rid of the problem almost entirely.

These two rows have mainly orange tones with a few pink an neutral exceptions. Some of the shades can look a bit similar and almost monochromatic on the eyes. So I do think this palette could have a few shades less, and still be just as versatile.


This next swatch picture are of the two bottom rows, swatched from left to right. These rows have more warm browns, burgundies and dark mattes.

Lets just state the obvious here. They look quite patchy. Worst thing is that I actually worked to try to make them look nice, but they just appeared a bit uneven. They do perform better on the eyes though. Not super pigmented, but absolutely do-able and I didn’t have any issues blending them. The dark shades worked nicely to deepen up the look and looked great on the eyes.


Also on these two bottom rows some shades appear a bit similar, especially when blended out on the eyes.

I guess I can say the same thing that I’ve heard over and over again in Makeup Revolution palette reviews. They are not the greatest palette in my collection, but I definitely like it and I enjoyed the looks I created with it. There are some issues with the shades that you typically find with drugstore eyeshadows, like medium opacity, kickback and maybe not the best swatches.


What this palette does have is a beautiful selection of warm brown and orange shades that are good and easy to work with. If you like the shades I will definitely recommend it, because this is a palette I will pick up again and get good use out of for sure. I am actually tempted to try more eyeshadow palettes from the brand.

Did you try this palette, and what do you think about it? Or maybe you have another palette from the brand that you love and recommend? Let me know!



Makeup Revolution Life On The Dancefloor Guest List palette – 3 different looks!

Makeup Revolution launched a pretty sweet Christmas collection this yeas with beautifully packaged palettes and lipsticks. I never tried any of their palettes before but reading reviews lately gave me the impression that the quality of their palettes have increased so I decided to give it a go.

Turns out the palette is pretty decent. This is not a review post though! That post will be coming some day soon.  I just wanted to share some looks that I created with the palette to give you an idea of how they perform. Products used for each look will be posted under the picture.


Warm coppery halo/smoky eye:

  • Shades from the palette: Cha Cha, Hip, Lean Back, Grind, Loose it, Get Down.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter mascara.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl liner – Ultra Black.
  • Makeupgeek gel liner – Immortal (black).
  • House of Lashes – Boudoir.


Burgundy smoky eye with winged liner:

  • Shades from the palette: Cha Cha, Roll, “AM, Sleep, Bold, Spin.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl eyepencil – Ultra black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrod Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • House of Lashes – Boudoir.
  • Lancôme Voluma-à-porter mascara.


Romantic pink cut-crease:

  • Shades from the palette: Cha Cha, Spin, Light up, 2AM, Darm Corner, Hip.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium brown.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • Kiko eyepencil (Name is completely rubbed off, but it is a muted pink shade.
  • House of Lashes – Boudoir.


Thanks for stopping by an reading. Hope you like the different looks.