Review: XX Revolution XXACT Eyeliner

XX Revolution XXACT Eyeliner

Happy Wednesday! Let’s have a chat today about a makeup product from XX Revolution – a branch of Revolution Beauty. The brand can be found on their website, but is also stocked at one of my local Boots. This is the XXACT Eyeliner, which is a gel eyeliner pencil. I picked up the shade ‘Chestnut‘, to dip my toe into this eyeliner line.

Starting with the packaging, I love how sleek it looks. It sits upright in my acrylic storage, and looks very classy and modern. It really stands out in my collection, and has a very luxury look to it. While the aesthetic of packaging isn’t the main focus of what I look for in makeup -it’s definitely a lower priority- I do appreciate when makeup packaging is appealing to the eye.

It’s also very comfortable and easy to use: the cap pulls off very easily, but it has some resistance that reassures me it won’t come off easily on its own. The packaging is also very slender which is wonderful if you’re taking a makeup bag with you, especially if you’re still commuting to work, getting necessary errands done, etc.

My only issue so far is that the one I have doesn’t twist back down fully, so I’m nervous that it’ll eventually get squished and ruined when I put the cap back on. So this is my first issue.

The formula itself quite creamy, but it has enough resistance to it that I don’t feel clumsy when applying it. It’s fairly easy to control when applying to the eyelids, which I really like.

My second gripe is that once you’ve used the eyeliner once, the initial tip of the eyeliner is gone. There isn’t a sharpener to re-sharpen the tip, and it won’t fit properly in a conventional sharpener. So after the first application, the tip isn’t narrow enough for my hooded eyelids.

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On the eyelids, the ‘Chestnut’ shade is a very subtle and flattering medium brown, and great for my no-eyeshadow or very minimal eyeshadow looks. Since I’m enjoying experimenting with my eyeshadows lately, I don’t find this shade is a deep enough brown for my preferences.

However, if you prefer to wear no eyeshadow and just want to have an eyeliner to help define your eyes, or wear very little eyeshadow, this is a decent eyeliner. If you have more eyelid space, you shouldn’t have too many issues with the blunt tip.

If you have smaller eyelid space like myself, then you will probably experience the same frustration that I did where some of the pigment transferred from your lash line to the upper eyelid space after a few hours. That’s my third major gripe. However, I do find it’s quite waterproof. I’ve worn this on walks with my puppy in the rain and it hasn’t budged. So I think it’s my oily eyelids that cause it to transfer.

I’ve tried applying darker eyeshadow on top to help add some extra depth to the shade and ‘set’ the eyeshadow, but I find that applying eyeshadow on top just removes the eyeliner underneath. Something about this eyeliner doesn’t want to cooperate with eyeshadow placed on top, which is another gripe.

Overall, I don’t plan on keeping this in my collection. I plan to pass this along to my mum whenever I’m allowed to next see her (we’re in lockdown in the UK at the time of writing). I think she might like this as she doesn’t wear eyeshadow very often and may work for her.

I don’t plan on purchasing any of the other shades, but I do think this is good for the minimal makeup crowd, and have large enough eyelid space to make it work. It’s not a terrible eyeliner, as I think there is a very specific group of makeup users that this could work for, but because it’s such a specific group that I don’t recommend it on a general basis.

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Review: No7 Revitalising Toning Water

Happy Monday! Back in my groove, today I want to review a product I’ve been using for just over 5 months now. So I think it’s a good time, now my head is back in the game, to share my experiences with the No7 Revitalising Toning Water.

To start, one of the first observations you may have noticed is that I haven’t just photographed the packaging on its own, but alongside a companion. So let’s discuss the packaging first:

The original bottle itself is a light blue tall bottle with a white cap with a silver strip along the bottom. The cap twists off very easily, although it doesn’t feel like it would just burst off if dropped. The height of the bottle doesn’t make this very travel-friendly, in my opinion, although with COVID-19, we shouldn’t be traveling anyway, unless absolutely necessary. In my case, I haven’t been traveling.

No7 Revitalising Toning Water

So why the travel bottle in the first photograph? As you can see above, the first major issue I had with this product is with the packaging: when you open the cap, there’s no stopper or funnel, etc to contain the toner. This is a major turn-off for me, and after pouring it once -and soaking a cotton round and my thighs – I quickly decanted it to the spray bottle photographed at the top of my post.

Ideally, a spray bottle wouldn’t have been what I used, but of the travel bottles I had available, it was the best option available. This works well though: it’s a lot easier to control how much product I dispense/spray onto a cotton round this way, although it requires multiple sprays. It’s better than soaking my cotton round and my legs though.

What does the product claim to do? On the back of the bottle, it claims to be a “multi-tasking toning water to help prepare skin after cleansing.” It also claims to “help[s] reduce the appearance of pores”.

From my experience, this toner doesn’t feel very special: it’s thankfully not irritating for my oily-sensitive skin, but I didn’t notice much a difference to my skin beyond cleansing away any excess oil from when I slept, or residue of cleanser after I removed my makeup. But this doesn’t mean it’s not a good product in itself: while it doesn’t appear exemplary in an obvious way, it is a quietly effective step in my skincare routine.

As far as reducing my pores: I don’t really see a difference. My pores are average with some large pores, and often quite obvious to me: some easy to mistake for freckles among my actual freckles. I don’t see a difference to their appearance from using this toner.

What I do like about this toner though is that it does feel like it’s preparing my skin for the next steps of my skincare routine: my moisturising steps apply on cleaner, more refreshed skin, and my skin just feels better overall. This is true for both my morning and night time skincare routine. That for me justifies continuing using it, and I plan to use it up.

Will I purchase it in the future? If the brand adjusts the packaging so I don’t have to decant it into a travel bottle, then I’ll definitely consider it. Otherwise, for the time being, I want to try out some other cruelty-free toners on the market and see if there are even better fits for my skin.

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August & September Empties 2020:

Happy Friday and soon to be the welcome of a much-wanted weekend. Let’s round up the end of the week with my empties from the past 2 months. There aren’t as many as I normal, but I wanted to run through them quickly today. So let’s just straight in.

Starting off with a less conventional empty, I tried out The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Deodorant, during my search to find a cruelty-free alternative. It’s an okay deodorant during the cooler times of the year. But I used this throughout the summer and it didn’t do enough for me, when our weather was hot and very humid. I definitely need something more efficient than this one, so I won’t be repurchasing it.

August & September Empties 2020

Moving to my skincare empties, both of these are from The Body Shop. The first is the Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel. I have reviewed this product so I won’t go too into detail, but ultimately the scent is what’s stopping me from repurchasing this product. It can leave my nose stinging and feeling nauseated, so I’m trying out one of their other liquid exfoliators instead to see if they work better for me.

I also emptied the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. I really enjoyed this moisturiser but I found I worked through it very quickly. But as far as Vitamin C skincare goes, this is definitely on my radar going forward as I try out other brands products.

As far as makeup goes, this isn’t a true empty, but it’s getting old enough to not feel right to pass it along. This is the Natural Collection Tinted Brow Gel, in ‘Dark Brown‘. The formula for this is quite watery compared to other brow gels I’ve tried, and I find it very difficult to control the pigment when applying it to my brows. The tone is also slightly too warm for my natural hair colour, so it just wasn’t quite the right fit for me.

Finishing off my empties with the miscellaneous products, it’s no surprise that another sachet of the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Facial Wipes. I’m really repeating myself here, but if you’re a first-time reader of my empties posts, these are my go-to wipes for spot-cleaning my makeup brushes and cleaning off swatches. These are also biodegradable, which is the major reason I go back to them time and again.

Last of all, I’m working through my box of 10 of the My Beauty Diary Strawberry Yogurt Sheet Masks. These sheet masks are from a historic eBay purchase back when I was still in university, and I recently pulled these out of their box to my sheet mask drawer on my vanity to work through. I enjoyed this mask so far, so I will continue to work through them for the time being.

This concludes my empties from August and September. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, I really appreciate your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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1st October to 31st December – Project Pan Goals:

1st October to 31st December - Project Pan Goals

Happy October! As the new month arrives, it’s time to set my goals for my next instalment of my project pan. I’m being a bit more restrained this time, with only 6 products that I’m going to attempt to pan/empty entirely before the end of 2020. So let’s jump in!

Starting with a non-cruelty-free product, I really want to work through and use the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil. This was a purchase I made before I went cruelty-free, so this is a priority product for me to use up. I’m using this every day I wear makeup to remove every trace at the end of the day, so I’m working through this at a steady pace.

I have cruelty-free makeup remover alternatives I’m really excited to test out after this one, so I’m particularly motivated to finish this bottle up.

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m getting very close to finish up The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion. I was somewhat hesitant to add this one because of the slow but steady pace it’s taking me to work through this bottle, but I think I stand a good chance.

This is currently the second step in my day time skincare routine, after my toner. So this is used daily, and I find I don’t need a lot of product to cover my entire face. I often use excess to cover my neck as well.

Two makeup products I want to project pan is the Revolution Pro Microblading Precision Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Dark Brown‘. I use this most days I wear makeup to help add some definition to the sparser areas of my brows. Like a lot of brow pencils like it, I’m finding I’m working through it very quickly, so I’m fairly confident I’ll use this up in 3 months.

I’m also looking to finish up the GOSH Intense Eye Liner Pen in ‘03 Brown‘. This is my most-used eyeliner in my collection, as I love liquid eyeliners, and I find dark brown is the most flattering colour on my pale skin. It’s showing signs of age, and inconsistency where the formula is running out, so I suspect I’ll be finishing this up before the end of the year.

It wouldn’t be the first time that an eyeliner has lasted longer than I expected, but it’ll be around the 6 month mark around the end of the year. So if it’s still kicking by the end of December, I’ll make a judgment call about whether to keep it around depending on how it’s performing.

I’m also including 2 of my desk-buddies. The first being The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream, which I use as I need to moisturise my hands. It’s an okay hand cream, but I’m determined to use it up. It’s quite a small tube, and I found I make progress through it quite quickly, so I can see myself using this up before the end of the year.

The last product is the second tube of the Beauty By Earth Organic Lip Balm, from my little box of 4. This is another product I use as I need the moisture, but I’m already at least halfway through this tube. So I’m quite confident I’ll finish this one up.

This concludes my more-condensed collection of products I’m going to work to finish up my the end of the year. Are you doing your own project pan? If so, which products are you hoping to pan? I’d love to hear what goals you guys have!

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Review: The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream

Happy Monday! Let’s kick off a new week with a review of The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream, which lives in my desk’s drawer or just sits on my desk. This 30ml tube retails for £5.00, as do the other scents/formulations of their hand creams.

This 30ml tube sits wonderfully inside my desk’s drawer, lying down nicely in the drawer divider where I keep it, as well as with my lip balm, and roll-on eye cream. This would also fit nicely in a makeup bag or in a bag’s pocket.

For 30ml of product, I think this is a bit on the pricey side compared to other hand creams on the market: I love the Superdrug Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream, which retails for £4.99 for 75ml of product. A little bit more generous, and I don’t work through it as quickly.

The packaging is very simple and easy to work with: an easy to squeeze tube with a twist-off cap. The hole the product squeezes out from is fairly large with no stopper or anything else to help control the product, but I haven’t found that to be an issue.

My method is to squeeze product from the top and down towards the lid, so controlling how much hand cream I squeeze out is really easy for me. This is my personal preference, as it let’s me see how much product I’ve worked through and control it a lot more easily.

The formula itself is a very smooth gel-cream that smooths over the skin very easily. I find it absorbs into my skin very quickly, as it claims to on their website, and is pleasantly moisturising. It doesn’t help treat my eczema, unfortunately, but I do find that for general dryness, it helps to reduce it.

I think this is a nice hand cream for general day-to-day maintenance for my skin. But for the colder and harsher months when my eczema really flares up, I’d need something a bit more intensive. However, if you don’t have issues with eczema or other skin conditions like it, this is a great option.

Overall, I think this is a decent hand cream, although not my overall favourite. I think this is lovely as a gift, for travel or your bag, thanks to its size. But if you’re looking for something to keep around your work desk or in your bathroom, you may want to find something that has more product, as you’ll be working through this very quickly and replacing it often.

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Review: The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel

Happy Wednesday. In a spur of productive energy, I’m back to talk about a product that I’ve really forgotten to give attention on my blog. This is The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel, which has been sat in my bathroom for a while.

This bottle retails for £18.50, which is up there are one of the more expensive skincare items in my routine. As you may be able to see from my photo above, I’m getting close to the bottom of the bottle, so I want to share my thoughts.

So I picked this up as a cruelty-free alternative liquid peel to use in my shower routine. I typically use this on days I’m showering when I’m not using face masks, so I’m giving my skin a break from using this peel and face masks at the same time. This means I’m using this peel about 2-3 times a week. My routine works so that I use the peel, then the next time I shower I use my face masks, then the next time back to the peel, and so on. This seems to work well for my skin and I plan to continue doing this.

The packaging is quite sturdy and very convenient. Included is a cap that prevents the top from pressing down when it’s on. It covers the dispenser to seal it, and then wraps around the side of the dispenser so it blocks it from being pressed down. This is great if you want to travel with it, although I don’t use it as I don’t travel with it.

The bottle itself is a pretty and fresh shade of green, which makes it stand out in my bathroom, but is also easy to see through to see how much product is left. I’m not sure how easy it’ll be to empty out the very bottom of the bottle, but I’ll tackle that obstacle when I get to it.

The peel itself dispenses out initially as a very thick gel, but easily smooths out to a much thinner gel which picks up and leaves behind traces of dead skin. I didn’t manage to rub it in on my hand long enough to show the dead skin. But when I’m in the shower, I find little white flakes on my hands as I rub it in and wash it off my face.

The instructions on the back of the bottle say to use this on dry skin, but I prefer it on wet skin. I haven’t noticed a difference in performance, and it’s easier for me to make sure all traces of the product are washed off if I’m using it in the shower. The back of the bottle also claims that:

“With continued use, complexion appears smoother, refined and more luminous.”

To an extent, I have found this to be true with my oily-sensitive skin. I find that I keep flakiness and acne scarring at bay with regular use of this peel. This doesn’t prevent acne, from my experience, but it does help me to periodically deal with acne that’s healing.

The one thing about this product that really puts me off, and I nearly stopped using it entirely: is the very strong scent. The scent gives me headaches and makes my nose sensitive and sore. I compromised by using it exclusively not under my nose, but it can still be noticeable for me. I also use this peel on my neck, which was it’s primary use for a while.

Overall, it’s a decent product, but I have no plans to repurchase it, just because of the smell. If you’re not sensitive to scents, then disregard my criticism as it probably doesn’t apply to you. Once I empty this bottle, I plan on trying out the The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel instead, as it didn’t have a scent when I used the tester in-store.

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July Empties 2020:

July Empties 2020

Happy Monday and a warm welcome to August! To kick off the new month, it’s time to sit down and have a chat about the products I finished up throughout the month of July. There aren’t lots this time around, but enough to talk about. So let’s jump straight in.

July Empties 2020

Starting with skincare, the first is the Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Tonic. I picked mine up from my local Boots for £10.00. It was an okay toner, although I didn’t see a dramatic difference in my skin, for better or worse. I don’t have any strong feelings either way. I did work through this bottle quite quickly, so my only gripe is that I’d be spending the £10.00 very frequently to keep this in my routine.

I finally kicked my butt into gear and finished another tube of the Superdrug Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream. This is my favourite hand cream that I’ve ever tried, as it not only keeps my hands moisturised, but also helps treat the eczema that flairs up on my wrists. I’ve already repurchased 2 more tubes, as I don’t want to be without this product.

July Empties 2020

As far as makeup goes, I hit a large amount of pan on the No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in ‘Fair‘. This is a product I stopped using as the only product left was at the very edges of the pan and my brushes were no longer able to pick it up properly. It’s a decent powder, and one I’d consider repurchasing, but I’m currently trying out the Airbrush Away Translucent Finishing Powder from the same brand. So I don’t feel like I’m in a rush to pick up another one just yet.

I didn’t so much “finish” this product, but it simply doesn’t work for me and I can’t pass it along in good conscience. This is the Natural Collection Waterproof Mascara, from Boot’s own-brand. I don’t wear mascara very often, but up until now, liked to have one on hand for occasions when I wanted to wear it. So this was my most recent attempt at finding a mascara to work for me.

It ultimately didn’t do much for my lashes, so I don’t plan to keep hold of it. I’m honestly happy to stop buying mascaras for the foreseeable future.

July Empties 2020

Finally we have a couple of miscellaneous products. The first is the Botanics Organic Cotton Facial Wipes, which I used to spot-clean my makeup brushes. These are great for that purpose, but they are very heavily scented and disagree with my nose.

Lastly, I used another of the Dead Sea Elements Dead Sea Under-Eye Treatment. These are sheet masks for the under-eyes, and I found these quite nice to use. I plan to review these in the future so I hope you’ll keep an eye out for that.

And that concludes all of the products I used up throughout July. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you soon.

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Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion

Happy Monday! Let’s jump in with a skincare review, of a product that’s been a daily essential for me. This is The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion, which I’ve been using since early January 2020. Now, I have had lazy days where I’ve skipped wearing sunscreen (naughty, I know!) but for the most part, I’ve used this very consistently and nearly every day.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion

You can purchase this from The Body Shop for £16.00 at full price. This product aims to be a combination of a moisturising emulsion and a sunscreen, claiming to “protect against both UVA and UVB rays”, as well as “help prevent premature skin ageing”. Like the rest of the Vitamin E line, it claims to suit all skin types.

I started using this after I finished up the COSRX Soothing Aloe Sun Cream, as I was curious to see how they compare. I don’t plan to do a straight comparison in this post, but I was motivated to see which of these two products I would prefer more, particularly as the COSRX sun screen is one I am considering repurchasing to use in winter time.

As far as the packaging goes, it’s very simple and easy to use. The main bottle is a light pink like the rest of the products in the Vitamin E line, with a hard plastic cap. I’m not particularly bothered by the design of packaging, as I care more about the practicality. On the topic of practicality: I do like that the bottle is quite slender and tall, as it takes up less space on my vanity. This is just short enough to fit in my makeup bag, so it can be contained safely for travel. With the lock-down and living close to my relatives, I haven’t travelled while I’ve been using this product, but this is something to think about for the future if/when we can travel freely again.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion

To dispense the product, the bottle has an applicator that you press down and it squeezes product out of the bottle. I quite like this applicator, as it’s easy to control how much of the emulsion you’re squeezing out of the bottle. I’ll explain a bit later why this is important to me.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion

The formula itself is a very watery and thin consistency. While it is white, I find that this doesn’t leave a strong white-case on my skin. The white colour blends out very easily and quickly, especially if you don’t apply too much at a time.

My preferred way to apply this formula is to apply to individual sections of my face, and dispense the right amount that works for each section. For example, I split my face into zones. One zone for my forehead, another for nose, and my chin. My cheeks are the largest zones for me, as this is also when I’ll pat any remaining products on my hands very gently over my eyelids and under-eyes.

Once applied, it does make the skin look very glowy and dewy. There is a slightly oily-feeling shortly after it’s on the skin, but this settles down very quickly as the emulsion absorbs into the skin. Using the application method I described earlier, it absorbs into my skin within a couple of minutes.

I do have oily-sensitive skin, and at first I was really intimidated by the slightly oily-texture and the dewy appearance on my skin. But I find it’s bothering me less and less, especially when on days when I’m wearing makeup. This wouldn’t be as much of a problem during autumn and winter either, so my timing with this being in my routine is a bit unfortunate.

Even during the summer time where it’s very humid here in the UK, and with periods of higher temperatures, this is still fairly compatible with my skin. While I prefer a formula that doesn’t make me panic, it hasn’t been unpleasant or uncomfortable on the skin. I find that giving it at least 10 minutes to just sit on the skin and fully absorb while my eye cream does the same thing, works really well for making sure my makeup will sit well on top of it. It’s not great for days when I’m hypothetically in a rush, but fortunately I haven’t had to worry about that yet.

Overall I quite like this emulsion. I think this is a better fit for normal and drier skin types, as there is a slight oiliness to it. However, oils on oily skin isn’t always a no-go, and really depends on what textures you’re comfortable applying to your skin. If I were to choose, I prefer the COSRX sun screen in terms of texture, but I like that The Body Shop is more accessible. I am considering repurchasing this again when the weather cools down and the air is drier, as I think that’s when it’ll truly shine for me. But I’ve also not had an unpleasant experience either.

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Haul: Revolution Beauty – July 2020:

Haul: Revolution Beauty - July 2020

Happy Friday! Let’s end the work week with a haul I was expecting to be posting at the start of the week. I was driven to make an order online, after a specific Revolution Pro product I was looking for, wasn’t stocked in my local Superdrug.

I made an order on Revolution Beauty’s website back on July 7th, and it arrived to me yesterday. This was allegedly delivered on Monday, but issues with the tracking by the Royal Mail had it accidentally delivered to someone else, but whoever received it, dropped it at my front door yesterday (thank you very much!).

Haul: Revolution Beauty - July 2020

The package itself was contained inside a cardboard box, with beautiful presentation on the inside. There’s printed text on the inside of the lid of the box, and the shipping itinerary is printed on the inside of the card that has my name on it.

The card also includes a code for a free palette, which sadly I can’t see myself using as I don’t want to spend more money on makeup just yet. It feels very obvious to me that Revolution Beauty care about presentation, as the card gives a very personalised and sleek feeling.

To cushion the products, they used brown paper in plain sheets and cut into layered squares. None of the products I ordered were damaged as far as I could tell, so I’m really pleased that the brown paper did such a good job. I’m also thrilled that this is padding I can recycle. Bubble wrap does a brilliant job for keeping products safe, but is not very good for the environment, so I respect Revolution Beauty’s choice here.

Haul: Revolution Beauty - July 2020

As for the products I bought, the first I picked out is the Revolution Pro 330 Large Fluffy Powder Brush. I haven’t tried Revolution Beauty’s makeup brushes before, and I was looking for a large powder brush to experiment with. I have a couple of denser powder brushes in my collection, but I wanted to see how a larger brush would work for my makeup.

Haul: Revolution Beauty - July 2020

From the Makeup Obsession brand, I picked out the Fluffy Brows Fibre Brow Gel in ‘Dark Brown‘ as the brow gel I’m trying out has the potential to not quite fit my needs. So I wanted to have a back-up brow gel to try out. It feels like a bit of a gamble in terms of undertone when I pick out the ‘dark brown’ shades from makeup brands, as they can lean in either direction in terms of under tone.

This is going in my back-up drawer for the time being, and I feel relieved to have an option ready. I haven’t tried any products from the Makeup Obsession brand, so this is a nice place to start.

Haul: Revolution Beauty - July 2020

Going back to Revolution Pro, this is the product that prompted me to make my order. This is the Skin Finish in ‘Opalescent‘. I was originally looking for the shade ‘Luminescent‘ in my local Superdrug, but the shade range of these was no longer on display.

I asked a member of staff if they had any of these tucked away just in case from changing their displays, but they didn’t, but they did suggest ordering online instead. I was really disappointed to see ‘Luminescent‘ wasn’t on the site, as it was the palest shade and the best option for my pale skin, but I’m trying out ‘Opalescent‘ instead.

I picked this out as a potential subtle highlighter, as I found the highlighter already in my collection isn’t quite my cup of tea. I remembered swatching the shade ‘Luminescent‘ in-store months ago. I absolute loved the shade and the way it swatched on the back of my hand, so my mind was set on this. I couldn’t get that specific shade, but I was curious to try the next palest I could find.

Haul: Revolution Beauty - July 2020

Unsurprisingly, I gave in to my love for lipsticks and picked out one lip product. This is the Revolution Velvet Kiss Lip Crayon, which is in the shade ‘White Wedding‘. I adore my-lips-but-better shades, and this seemed like it would be that for me or at least, very close.

The product page described this shade as a “pink nude”, so that it leans more pink really appealed to me. I was also really intrigued by the shades ‘Heart Race‘ and ‘Rose‘, so if this formula works for me, I can see myself picking up those two shades in the future.

Heart Race‘ is described as a “peachy nude”. I do like peachier tones in general at the moment, so this shade appeals to whereas in the past it hadn’t. ‘Rose‘ is described as a “dark rose” and looks like it’ll be a darker my-lips-but-better, but more of a statement colour on my pale skin, but still wearable for my low self-esteem.

I enjoy having a selection of bullet lipsticks to wear, but having tried ColourPop’s lippie stix, I’ve been even more interested in trying cruelty-free crayon products. The Maybelline alternatives really appealed to me when they released, but because they’re not cruelty-free, I abstained from buying them. However the interest in crayon lipsticks remained so I’m quite satisfied having this one to try out.

Haul: Revolution Beauty - July 2020

Moving back to Makeup Obsession, I also picked out the Keep It Fresh Eyeshadow Palette, which to me looks like it is inspired by the ColourPop Mint To be 9-pan palette. I’m still very interested in ColourPop’s palette, but I was very intrigued by the Makeup Obsession one as well, especially to try out green eyeshadows. The shades aren’t 100% the same between both of these palettes, from cross-referencing pictures, but similar enough to see where the inspiration is. The tones and layout are very similar, but they’re not exactly the same from my perspective.

I have some deeper forest greens in my collection, but nothing quite as light as what the Keep It Fresh palette offers. I could see myself using this on its own for eyeshadow looks, or as an accent palette to incorporate ‘safer’ colours like browns to make it a little less scary for me.

I have hazel eyes so I’ve been really interested in playing with different shades of green to see how they’ll work with the green tones of my eyes. Even with the browns of my eyes, I think green has a great potential to look flattering on me.

Haul: Revolution Beauty - July 2020

Lastly, my curiosity got the better of me, and I picked up the Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade. A lot of the reviews when I was looking at this compared it to the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eyeshadow Palette. I haven’t tried this product or anything from Kat Von D, so I wasn’t really drawn in by the comparison, but it was interesting to see the brand’s take on the same concept.

What drew me to this was the combination on cool, neutral and warm under toned neutral shades. I love the layout which is very clearly taken from Kat Von D’s palette, but it’s a really comfortable layout for the eyes. I can see 3 colour stories, but can also see the potential to mix and match.

I don’t really need more neutral palettes in my collection, but it was the 3 under tones in one palette that really pulled me in. I have lots of palettes that have one or two under tones throughout the palette, but nothing this compact that has 3. So it still has a special spot in my collection. I could see this being really great for those [hypothetical] days in the future when I might travel, or just to keep my makeup routine on a given day really simple.

This concludes all of the products I picked up from my Revolution Beauty haul. I haven’t tried out all of the products, but I’m really excited to. In spite of these stressful and difficult times, it’s refreshing for me to feel excited about something fairly simple and frivolous, to help remind myself that it’s not all stress and anxiety.

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Review: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

Happy Monday! Getting back to some sense of normality with my blogging routine, it’s time to review a skincare product that’s in my routine at the moment. So today, we’re going to have a chat about The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, which has been part of my morning skincare routine for the past few months. This moisturiser retails for £16.00 at full price, although The Body Shop have sales and offers on a regular basis, so I suggest keeping an eye out for those.

This is the second moisturising step in my morning routine, after The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion. I prefer to layer multiple lighter layers of products instead of one heavy formula, and these two have worked nicely together so far.

I have oily and sensitive skin, with my skin being much more on the sensitive side compared to the last several months. With hayfever being particularly aggressive and leaving my skin irritated and sore, I’m balancing skin upsets with my naturally dehydrated skin that also overcompensates by being oily. So I have to tread carefully to make sure that I’m giving my skin the moisture it needs, while not overwhelming it.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser stood out to me as the tester I tried out in-store (long before lockdown) was a gel-based moisturiser that was very lightweight. This was right up my alley, and I knew I needed to incorporate some more Vitamin C into my skincare routine, and I knew a moisturiser was a good place to start.

While the moisturiser appears orange in the tub, on the skin it’s clear and blends out very easily. Fortunately I haven’t had issues with an orange tint on my skin.

The claims on the front of the tub mention that it’s intended for “dull, tired, grumpy skin” where the latter two adjectives really fit my skin fairly accurately. I find this moisturiser helps add a nice sheen post-application, which I think is due to the gel texture adding a thin, reflective surface on top of the skin once it’s been absorbed. It’s not quite what I would described as a “glass-skin” effect, but it does add a nice healthy, dewy look, without looking oily, in my opinion.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

The packaging itself is thematic of the rest of the Vitamin C line: orange tub with a black lid. It’s very eye-catching without being uncomfortable for my eyes. The lid twists off nice and easy, but also feels secure. There’s enough initial resistance when twisting the lid that I feel confident that I could travel with it and not have the lid pop off.

My only gripe with the packaging -and the product as a whole- comes from what I consider to be slightly excessive amounts of packaging. While the white inner tub is nice and thin and holds the moisturiser very securely, the orange outer tub is quite thick. In my opinion, some of the space that adds the thickness to that tub could instead be used to make the white inner tub bigger to give the consumer more product.

But as you can see from my second photo, I have hit the bottom of the tub and I love this moisturiser. While I have some others that I want to test out, this is on my list of products I would repurchase. The £16.00 price tag does hurt a little, but when there are sales or offers going on, I would pick this up again.

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