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Review and photos of Benefit’s brand new space aged Bad Gal Bang volumising mascara. You might have heard of Benefit’s much hyped new mascara. Benefit famously sent some of the bigger bloggers to the Maldives (not me, I was sent to Escentual in Cardiff bay, which was quite nice, but not the Maldives). So they’re...

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The Ordinary does many Vitamin C formulas, let me guide you to find the one that’s right for you and your skin. When faced with the tempting plethora that is The Ordinary website, you can go loopy trying to figure out which skin brightening anti ageing product will suit you. I have prepared this guide...

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Review of Skintifique Protective Cream HPS and Cleanser P. Skincare for sensitive skin that protects against metal allergy. For people with sensitive eczema prone skin, skincare ingredient lists are a mine field of irritants. Unless you’re familiar with skincare terms it can be easier to just stick to what you know. My mind is boggled...

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I tried Image Skincare Yana Daily Collagen Shots supplement for a month to see if it would improve my fine lines. My 30 day trial with Before and After pics

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Review of NIOD multi system brightening serum Re Pigment. Does it actually get rid of stubborn pigmentation?

Pigmentation is a bitch, to put it bluntly. Dark spots that suddenly pop up on the front of your head and don’t go away again. Who would want that? They appear like magic and will not leave without a fight.

Deciem is a brand that holds a massive armful of my trust. I’ve written about them a lot, I also moderate two Chatrooms on the subject. When NIOD, the most scientific brand under the Deciem umbrella, launched a potential cure to pigmentation I was all ears. (if you’d like to read more about my favourite subject, check out my other posts- The Ordinary Cheatsheet, Difference Between the Deciem Brands). I already use a number of actives that are meant to be effective against melasma and pigmentation. Not seeing any major results I was all in for giving Re Pigment a try.

Re Pigment is Deciem’s new release from their NIOD range which is designed to target pigmentation in a variety of ways. I’ve given it a thorough whirl and there are many close up photos. What you need to know about Re Pigment-

  • £28 for 15ml or £50 for 30mls from NIOD.com
  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan
  • Alcohol, paraben, Silicone, gluten, fragrance and nut free
  • pH- 5.5-6.0
  • Directions– Use after CAIS and before MMHC in a NIOD regimen. Make sure you use appropriate SPF on a daily basis.
  • Ingredients- Lentinus edodes mycelium extract (white shiitake ferment), Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Propanediol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl glycyl beta-alanine, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Tetrapeptide-30, Oligopeptide-68, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Oleate, Disodium EDTA, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl glycol.
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How Pigmentation Occurs

Simply put, pigmentation is a build up of melanin where it’s not supposed to be. Melanin is produced in a series of reactions that are initiated by genes, hormones, inflammation or UV radiation. A signal goes to the melanocytes, they turn L Tyrosine into melanin and the melanin is sent up to the skin cells.

Re Pigment by NIOD Review with Before and After Pictures

UV radiation is a big cause. If you have any pigmentation you’re trying to get rid of, the first thing you have to think is SUNSCREEN. There’s not a lot of point in struggling to make skincare gains at the same time as making backward steps. Check out my sunscreen post for tips.

Re Pigment from NIOD by Deciem- How It Works.

I’ve had a good hunt for studies on the active ingredients. Most of the actives are new and exploratory so there aren’t many studies I can read about them. That’s the genius of NIOD- absolutely cutting edge skin technology. The ingredients list shows actives at the top of the list, which is a very good sign.

Diglucosyl Gallic Acid– Aka Brightenyl or THGB. Diglucosyl Gallic Acid is converted to THGA in the skin by microbes. THGB and THGA has been studied and shown to decrease UV spots that are present, prevent future sun spots, improve general skin tone. It shows real promise and out performed other whitening agents like Kojic acid in tests. – Study on the efficacy of Brightenyl

Acetyl Glycyl Beta Alanine- Aka Genowhite- Inhibits melanin generating enzymes and hinders transport of melanin to the top layers of the skin Study on efficacy of Genowhite

Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate– Aka Azeloyl Glycine is formed by the condensation of Azeleic Acid and Glycine. Azeleic Acid is well trusted as an anti acne, skin lightening agent, this new molecule has all of it’s benefits and more. Azeloyl Glycine has more water solubility, is more effective at whitening the skin and is more effective at controlling sebum and redness. I couldn’t find any studies on it but I like the sound of it and want it on my face.

Encapsulated Oligopeptide-68– Aka Beta White works by stopping the MITF gene from signalling melanin production in the melanocytes. More information

Solubilised Tetrapeptide-30– An Oil soluble peptide which blocks skin cells (keratinocytes) from signalling to melanocytes to produce melanin. Studies have shown marked skin lightening results in 6 weeks of use. Read the studies

Red Evodia Fruit Derivatives– a traditional Chinese medicine, known for its brightening and anti inflammatory properties.

Supporting the delivery of these actives are hydrating anti oxidant Microfiltered Klamath Lake Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae and The lipo- oligopepeptide delivery system.

The active ingredients work on different steps in the melanin producing pathway. In this way Re Pigment offers a belt and braces approach, hitting the problem from all angles.

Re Pigment from NIOD by Deciem Review

Re Pigment comes in the  in the usual Deciem style dropper  dropper bottle. This packaging has come under some criticism as it allows air in. Brandon Truaxe (Mr Deciem) has good defence for his packaging choice. I like a dropper bottle visually, but I’m betting the product will go off more quickly than in a pump.

Re Pigment by NIOD Review

Luckily the 15 mls I splashed out on didn’t last long enough to go off. The texture is like a light oil. There is some stinging on application, a reassuring amount of stinging. It feels like it’s doing something. I’ve read reports of more severe stinging, but I didn’t find it that bad.

For the purposes of this review I just worked on my more pigmented right face so the 15 mls lasted longer than if I was doing my whole face. I have used it for about 4 months and the 15 mls is nearly gone. If you were to work on your whole face, 15 mls would probably last around 2 months.

My regime at this point is as follows-

AM- cleanse, SDSM, Re Pigment, Azeleic Acid, Moisturise, SPF 50

PM- double cleanse, SDSM, Re Pigment, Granactive Retinoid 5%, Moisturiser

I was really hoping for some rapid results given the price. I have some diffuse pigmentation which is easily covered with makeup. But also a couple of pretty dark patches that I’d love to be rid of. I got these after a spot I had when I was pregnant. So they could be post inflammatory pigmentation or melasma, I don’t know.

Re Pigment from NIOD by Deciem- Before and After Pics

Before I looked at these pictures, I wasn’t convinced that Re Pigment had done diddly squat. The patchy freckliness and spots are definitely still present but are breaking up and looking lighter. This is my before from back in September-

Re Pigment by NIOD- The Before Picture Re Pigment by NIOD- After 1 month Picture Re Pigment by NIOD- The After 3 Months Picture

This is a side by side pic from the beginning to the end of the trial-

Re Pigment by NIOD- Before and After Picture

The largest freckle is definitely less marked in the after. The general freckly pigmentation is also lighter.

Re Pigment from NIOD by Deciem- Did It Work?

Yes! You can see the pictures for yourself that there were results. I was somewhat disheartened as I wasn’t seeing immediate or dramatic brightening. Even though I wasn’t bowled over by instant flawless skin, month on month you can see the difference.

Re Pigment is a product that is effective against the most tricky skin problem. Pigmentation is stubborn as hell. Treating it involves the investment of time and money. I’d love to see how Re Pigment performed over a year (if only it wasn’t so expensive).

Hope the before and after pictures and review of Re Pigment are of some help if you’re thinking of purchasing. Find more information at Deciem.com

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My own personal journey from shampooing my hair every day to not shampooing for months. With lots of tips on how to make the transition to no poo yourself. 

I have been hating on my hair my whole life. It’s thick and wavy, oily at the roots and dry at the ends. Some time ago I started practicing the “Curly Girl Method”. Curly Girl is a gentler approach to treating curly hair which is more prone to dryness and frizziness. It involves cutting out haircare ingredients that might jeopardise the curl.

After a while I had gradually progressed to washing mainly with conditioner (Aka cowash) and only shampooing it occasionally… Then I went to the hairdresser, had several inches cut off, but it was so frizzy after the shampoo I thought I’d see how long I could go without it. So almost out of sheer bloody mindedness I haven’t washed my hair for over three months. I feel like I have “transitioned” through the oily phase to the holy land of normal-ish hair that has no need for shampoo.

Here is my personal experience with so called “No Poo”. A phrase I don’t like because it sounds like it has something to do with poo. There are many other in-depth guides, I’ll link at the end, that are well worth reading if you’re interested in this topic. But this is my personal no poo journey.

How To Transition from Shampoo to No Poo- How To Start

First to say that I bet that no poo is not going to be for everyone. It’s kind of a hippie thing to do. I’ve had plenty of people saying “no way, that’s gross”. But for those who have major problems with frizz it’s worth exploring. I also enjoy the shock factor of dropping it into conversation, there are always lots of questions.How To Transition From Shampoo To No Poo- Some Products I Still Use

I seriously wouldn’t go cold turkey on shampoo. If you’re shampooing every day and just stop, it’ll be greaseball central. Try and eke out a few days by using dry shampoo or washing just with conditioner. Keep trying to push your hair to longer periods with no washing. When and if you get to the point where you feel ready to take the plunge into shampoolessness, here are a few basic things you might need-

  • A good Boar Bristle brush or wooden comb. Here are a few products that might work-  I got mine from TK Maxx. There are many options from Amazon, including this Kent one. Apparently the Boars are specially bred and cared for, the bristles are sheared off like a sheep’s wool. Wash your brush after every use to ensure it’s not just moving the dirt around.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar– I just got 80p salad dressing cider vinegar from Tesco. 
  • You might need some dry shampoo. I would definitely recommend getting a natural product. Free People does a dry shampoo based on Arrowroot. You want to avoid any chemicals that could dry your scalp. I’ll list a recipe for a homemade version below.How To Transition From Shampoo To No Poo- Dry Shampoo
  • Familiarise yourself with scritching and preening. Scritching and preening is the process of massaging the scalp and trying to draw oils down the hair with the fingers. Brushing, scritching and preening are how yo mechanically clean your hair. Here’s a clip to a YouTube video to show you how it’s done.

There are many many other things you could try to help with the transition and I’ll list them below. I haven’t tried them all. I suggest reading thoroughly around the subject, I’ve included lots of great resources at the end of the post. Some terms you might come across-

  • Low poo– washing less often or just using sulphate free shampoo
  • No poo– washing with a shampoo alternative
  • Co wash– washing with conditioner only. For me this would make my hair very greasy unless I shampooed sometimes.
  • WO- Water only- only using water to cleanse- no products of any sort.
  • SO- Sebum only– no washing of any sort, just mechanical cleansing with a brush or fingers. Crazy town. 
  • BBB- Boar Bristle brush
  • ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar rinse 
How To Transition from Shampoo to No Poo- My Journey Through Grease

As I said, my last shampoo was at my lovely hairdressers. The last shampoo you do should contain sulphates in order to rid the hair of any chemical buildup- called “clarifying”. This picture was taken minutes before my last shampoo-How To Transition From Shampoo To No Poo- Before

I started to read about the benefits of no poo. It took about a week for my hair to get disagreeably greasy. I had been cowashing but decided that wasn’t going to work without any shampooing. Lots of the articles about no poo mention Apple Cider Vinegar as an alternative. I happened to have a bottle in the cupboard so when my hair started to get greasy, I tried it. 

I was really surprised and impressed with how soft and clean the vinegar left my hair. It doesn’t smell vinegary at all once it’s dry. I have a water bottle with a sports cap to make ACV dilutions. Sometimes I add Tea Tree oil if my scalp is itchy.How To Transition From Shampoo To No Poo- Making a Cider Vinegar Dilution
The ratio of water to vinegar is three to one, or thereabouts. For a few weeks I was brushing daily and using Cider Vinegar rinses every other day. I reached peak greasiness at about 4 weeks. How To Transition From Shampoo To No Poo- 4 Weeks in and The Grease is Palpable

My roots were greasy but the ends of my hair still dry. I started to explore other not shampoo options. 

I used oat milk for a while, which I liked, but the grease kept coming. Next experiment was a clay mask. The recommendation was Bentonite Clay, but I had some white clay powder in the cupboard so I just used that. It was weird. It didn’t go in nicely and I had difficulty rinsing it out. The clay left my hair matte, pliable and sort of grey looking. Which was better than greasy.How To Transition From Shampoo To No Poo- After a Clay Mask- Looks a Bit Grey

I have to be honest, it wasn’t easy, I was sorely tempted to give up at some points. But I pressed on with the brushing and hot water cleansing and sure enough I was rewarded for my efforts. Gradually, week by week, my scalp has become less greasy and I don’t need to brush or water cleanse as often.

My hair is soft and full of volume and my scalp isn’t flakey. It does take much longer to air dry these days is the only issue I have. Sometimes I need to diffuse my hair with the hairdryer. 

How To Transition From Shampoo To No Poo- My Scalp Now- Shiny and Flake Free
My routine changes in response to the state of my hair. At present it involves brushing and preening whenever the roots look oily. Cider vinegar rinse once weekly. I still use the Shea Moisture Weightless conditioner as a styling product scrunched into cold wet hair.How To Transition From..

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Review of Maybelline Tattoo Brow peel off semi permanent brow tint. Brow makeup that could last up to 3 days. A gimmick or a godsend? I’m about to find out. 


I’m all about the big brows these days. The bigger the better. This is in harsh contrast to my brow philosophy of 10 years ago. Unfortunately my pluck happy ways have left me with areas of brow that will no longer grow at all. You can see full evidence of these atrocities in my brow regrowth post. I almost feel nauseous looking at my old eyebrows, my face looks like a boiled egg. 

Filling in patchy brows can be a chore. It’s not something that can be done in a rush. The concept of makeup that lasts for a full 3 days is very appealing as a time saver. 

Maybelline Tattoo Peel Off Brow Tint is £12.99 for 4.6g from Superdrug.com and it’s made in Korea (which for some reason makes it all the more appealing to me). It comes in 3 shades- light brown, medium brown and dark brown. I have medium brown to show you. 

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint Review

The Tattoo gel comes in a tube with a brush applicator. The brush is rather thick, so you may wish to use a slimmer, more precise brush. The box gives full instructions on how to use the gel. Maybelline Tattoo Brow Peel Off Tint Review

The way it works- you paint your clean brows into the shape you want them with the gel, then you leave it on to do it’s work until you decide to peel it off. How long you leave it on dictates how dark the tint goes and how long it lasts. 

The ingredients go- AQUA / WATER, ALCOHOL DENAT., POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DIHYDROXYACETONE, CETETH-20, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, LAURETH-25, CITRIC ACID, GLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM CITRATE, CAFFEINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ROYAL JELLY EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN, POTASSIUM SORBATE, TRISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM BENZOATE, [+/- MAY CONTAINCI 19140 / YELLOW 5, CI 17200 / RED 33, CI 42090 / BLUE 1, ] (F.I.L. D204654/1)

It actually contains some brow conditioning ingredients- Aloe Vera, Sodium Hyaluronate, Royal jelly Extract, Soluble Collagen and growth stimulating Caffeine. I was pleased and suprised to find some nice beneficial ingredients in there. Maybelline Tattoo Brow Peel Off Tint Review

The gel is quite gloopy, so it’s easy to apply, you just paint it on. My brows are pretty thick to begin with, apart from the areas it just refuses to regrow. I needed to use my Anastasia Beverly Hills no 12 brow brush to help distribute the gel evenly. 

When the brow tint is where you want it to be, it’s up to you how long you leave it on. Maybelline Tattoo Brow Peel Off Tint Outer Packaging
It needs to be on for at least 20 minutes. According to Maybelline, if you take it off after 20 mins it will last a day, if you leave it on overnight you could get three days wear out of it.

Once you’re happy you’ve achieved the brow intensity you’re after, you simply peel the gel off to reveal long lasting, fuss free brows that won’t budge. I found that it comes off really easily, you can either pick the dried gel off or rinse. The gel stains the skin to give a filled in look and won’t rub or wash off. 

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint- Photos 

Here is a hand swatch of the Maybelline Peel Off Brow Tint after leaving the gel on for a couple of hours and again after 2 days-Maybelline Tattoo Brow Peel Off Tint Swatch
There is an appreciable tint to the skin even after a couple of days of wearing. 

Here is the Tattoo Brow Tint in action-

Before (this is my sparser brow and needs the most making up)-Maybelline Tattoo Brow Peel Off Tint- Before

With the brow gel on-Maybelline Tattoo Brow Peel Off Tint- During

I quite liked having my black shiny eyebrows. After peeling off the next morning-Maybelline Tattoo Brow Peel Off Tint- After Leaving on Overnight

It looked ok. Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint in Medium Brown has a slightly warm, orangey brown colour. Over the days after applying it wore down to a yellow colour. By day three my brows the only evidence of Tattoo Brow was a yellow tinge which I had to cover with my normal makeup. 

My brows are thick and black but patchy. So, with my brow makeup, I’m trying to replace the hairs that won’t regrow. Tattoo Brow Tint didn’t exactly perform in the way I need it to. It doesn’t keep my brows looking filled in for very long. This might be more suitable for people who want to make their brows look darker. 

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint- Does It Work? 

It’s not going to replace my current brow makeup in all honesty.  My eyebrow hairs are nearly black, I don’t know what compelled me to buy medium brown instead of dark brown. It could be that I bought the wrong shade but it looks yellow on me. 

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel is a little gimmicky, I like that it has brow conditioning ingredients. It was a bit of a laugh having shiny peel off eyebrows but it doesn’t really work for my needs. 

Maybelline Peel Off Brow Tattoo Tint is available from Superdrug.com. The product was bought with my own money, the links are affiliate, meaning that I get a little bit of money if you click and spend. 

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Black Friday is upon us again. Here is my round up of some of the best Black Friday deals on beauty and skincare for 2017. 

I’ve been pretty confused by this American pre Christmas sale in all honesty. To my mind Black Friday is the last Friday before Christmas when everyone goes out and gets drunk (called Black Friday by A&E staff). But in the USA it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving when Christmas shopping really kicks off. It’s blatant marketing, but if you can get something you were going to buy anyway for cheaper, then why not join in the mayhem. 

These days Black Friday lasts a week. It starts Monday the 20th November and ends on “Cyber Monday”, the 27th. Here’s a rundown of some of the beauty discounts you can expect in the UK this year.

Black Friday Beauty Offers 2017- Debenhams 

From now until Monday the 27th November Debenhams have these three offers running-

Black Friday Beauty Offers 2017- Body Shop
  • The Body Shop has 40% off the entire range (with some exceptions) across the whole week using code 19806
  • Over 60% Off Black Friday Bundle (offer price £35, RRP £92), when purchased online at The Body Shop, from 9am Monday 20th November 2017 only whilst stocks last. Not in conjunction with other offers. 
Black Friday Beauty Offers 2017- Benefit 

Benefit has a different offer every day, so check in advance what appeals to you most and plan ahead-

  • Monday 20th Nov- 3 Free samples on orders over £35 – Funsize POREfessional, Funsize BADgal lash, Funsize Benetint.
    6 Free Samples on orders over £60 – Funsize POREfessional, Funsize BADgal lash, Funsize Benetint, Funsize They’re real! mascara, Funsize They’re real! tinted primer, Funsize They’re real! remover.
    6 Free Samples + Mascara on orders over £90 – Funsize POREfessional, Funsize BADgal lash, Funsize Benetint, Funsize They’re real! mascara, Funsize They’re real! tinted primer, Funsize They’re real! remover + full size BADgal waterproof mascara
    Code: NOVTREATS
  • Tuesday–  Bigger & Bolder, Refined & Defined, Soft & Natural brows kits £20 (was £31), 35% OFF Best Tints 4 ever £15 (was £19.50, worth £51.70!), TAR Liners £10 (50% OFF) No code required
  • Wednesday– 500 Most Wanted mascara for £20 (worth over £52, when its gone its gone) + free Floral dome bag with all most wanted mascara orders. No code required
  • Thursday– 25% OFF beauty school knockouts + FREE mirror. 25% OFF Sizzlin six. 25% OFF Dandelion wishes kit OR FREE with £65 orders. No code required
  • FridaySunday– 20% Off Everything Code: BLACK20
  • Cyber Monday– 20% Off Everything + Free Standard Delivery Code: CYBERSHIP

Check out Benefit.com for more information 

Black Friday Beauty Offers 2017- TAM Beauty 

I’ve written about TAM Beauty a fair amount recently (Here’s a link to my recent reviews) Their cosmetics are already really affordable but they have some cracking deals coming up this week. 

  • A 1/3rd off Tam Beauty haircare all week. 
  • 50% off selected brands from 21st November until Cyber Monday, check TamBeauty.com for more details. 
  • Get £10 off a minimum spend of £50 on Christmas gifts using code AWXMAS10 from now until Cyber Monday. 
  • A whopping 70% off site wide from 5pm Thursday the 23rd November until Midnight Monday the 27th. Check out TamBeauty.com. There’s free delivery on orders over £30. 
Black Friday Beauty Offers 2017- Ren Skincare 

Ren does some lovely skincare, but it’s a mite pricey, so it’s good to get a deal. Ren has a few deals on this coming weekend-

  • These two are ongoing- 15% off all orders with code TAKE15, free delivery in the UK with code FREESHIP. 
  • Thursday 23rd November all day- 25% off our top 25 bestsellers – no code needed, Plus use code DREAMCREAM to also receive a free full size Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream when you spend £50 Ren.com
  • Friday 24th November all day– 25% off our top 25 bestsellers – no code needed, Plus use code DREAMCREAM to also receive a free full size Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream when you spend £50 Ren.com
  • Saturday 25th November all day– 25% off everything (exclusions apply, see site)– no code needed, Plus use code BLOOM to also receive a free full size Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash when you spend £50 Ren.com
  • Sunday 26th November all day- 25% off everything (exclusions apply, see site for details)– no code needed, Plus use code FREESHOTS to also receive a free full size Keep Young And Beautiful Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift when you spend £50 Ren.com
  • Monday 27th November all day- 30% off everything (exclusions apply, see site for details)– no code needed, Plus use code HANDITOVER to also receive a free full size Limited Edition Atlantic Kelp Hand Balm when you spend £50 Ren.com
Black Friday Beauty Offers 2017- Miscellaneous 
  • Phillips Lumea Prestige IPL, was £520, now £350 on Black Friday week. I have one of these, it’s fantastic- I’m practically hairless these days. Phillips.com
  • House of Fraser is offering up to 40% off selected lines. 
  • ASOS discount runs Thursday to Monday, code to follow. 
  • Deciem is going to be doing some cool offers, probably NIOD sets, but they won’t tell me what they are, sad face.

I’ll update this post as soon as I get anymore information, so keep this bookmarked. 

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This is another product from Tam Beauty, the British brand responsible for Makeup Revolution (please see my other recent posts for more MUR/Tam Beauty love- Liquid Starlight Highlighter and Soph Eyeshadow Palette), The I Heart Makeup, I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold palette. 

I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette Review and Swatches
As I mentioned before, TAM Beauty is known for it’s dupes and the I Heart Chocolate has some similarities to the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes in that the packaging looks like a chocolate bar.  If you get your nose right into the I Heart Chocolate you can smell a cocoa smell. But the shades themselves are different.  

The I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette has 16 shades and costs just £8 from Superdrug. There are two large highlighters, 7 shimmers and 7 mattes. As with all Tam Beauty products this is cruelty free as well as vegan and gluten free. 

Ingredients- Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Polybutene, Dimethicone, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Parfum May Contain [+/-] CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77891, CI 15850, CI 77492, CI 77007, CI 15850 (contains parabens)

I Heart Makeup|I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette- Review and Swatches 

The packaging is dead pretty, even my husband commented on it. It has a sort of melting rose/gold chocolate bar over chocolate covered plastic. The I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette is slimline and suitable for travel. There’s a mirror in the lid and one of those foam applicators that I always throw away. I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette Review and Swatches

I love that the highlighter/ pale neutral shades are double sized. These are always the ones I go through quickest. 

Here are the shade names- I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette

And here are the swatches- 

Top Row-I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette Top Row Arm Swatches

  • Hold up- double sized pale gold shimmer 
  • Touch me- metallic moss green 
  • Dirty rich- metallic dark red
  • Hard work- yellow gold metallic glitter 
  • Luxe- dark pink glitter 

Middle Row-I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette Middle Row Arm Swatches

  • Cheque- copper/bronze metallic 
  • Barbie- metallic bubblegum pink
  • Gold digga- Metallic bronze gold 
  • Girl boss- matte red brown 
  • Uh oh- matte peach brown 
  • Not yours- matte bubblegum pink 

Bottom Row-I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette Bottom Row Arm Swatches

  • Spy- light matte grey brown 
  • Back up- matte dark red brown 
  • Side chick- Matte dark brick red
  • Girl boss- matte warm toned brown 
  • Independent- double sized matte pale neutral

The metallic shades swatch beautifully- very pigmented and soft. The mattes look a bit lack lustre but in reality work fine when used on the eyes. The powders are soft and buttery to the touch, and have a slight chocolate smell. The blendability is moderate, they do take a bit of blending out, but a good eye primer helps. There is almost zero fall out. 

There are a few shades that I’m unlikely to touch- the pinks basically- Barbie, Not yours and Luxe. That’s just me though, I’m not going to wear pink eyeshadow. The other shades though, The warm browns with a sprinkle of shimmer look lovely. The moss green is lovely and the brick red would make such an intense look if you went for it. 

Here’s a look I did (I’ve said it before- not an eye model or mua, just a middle aged woman trying to take a photo of her eye with a toddler wrapped round her leg)I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette Worn

The lasting power is really surprising as well. I must be honest, my expectations were pretty low in this department. My eyeshadow lasted all day and I hadn’t even used a primer. That’s some voodoo shit with my oily eyelids. 

I Heart Makeup|I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette- Summary

This is a great palette, really fashionable, cute packaging. The powders are soft, the colours are lovely, and it’s so affordable. I do prefer the Soph palette somehow, there’s just more colour options. Nevertheless, if you’re after something fun (that you’ll actually be able to use in day to day life) the I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette is a good buy. 

I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette is available from Makeup Revolution and Superdrug 

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Review and Swatches of Makeup Revolution’s CoverFx Enhancer Drops dupe, Liquid Highlighter. Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter Review

This week’s post is a double B side (some of you may be too young to catch that reference, it’s about records). The A side was last week’s beaut- Makeup Revolution Soph palette. A palette that is lovely both inside and out and is pocket friendly too. In fact all Makeup Revolution and indeed Tam beauty as a whole can be relied upon to produce nicely packaged affordable makeup. 

Another feature of Makeup Revolution and I Heart Makeup is it’s dupes.  As in, they create similar looking versions of a more expensive product. Great for those who love a bargain, but can also seem a little copycat. Some people are dead against the practice of making dupes, but it’s a way of selling makeup so it makes sense.Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter Review
You get 12mls for £6 from Superdrug or Makeup Revolution. It comes in 7 shades- Rose Gold, Lustre Gold,  Bronze Gold, Luminous Gold, Champagne, Unicorn Elixir and the shade I have Liquid Starlight. They are vegan, cruelty free and gluten free. 

The ingredients list is as follows- Isododecane, Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Dimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylparaben, BHT May Contain [+/- CI 77891, CI 77491]. (Note that Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter is not paraben free.)

This Liquid Highlighter by Makeup Revolution is good dupe for the Cover Fx Enhancer drops. The packaging is similar and so are the swatches. I’m not going to spend the £34 to see if the texture and wear is the same, sorry. Other reviewers have said that there’s hardly a difference between the two products. 

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter Review and Swatches 

The packaging is a very attractive pink gold dropper bottle, which work well with the consistency of the product. The liquid is quite runny and you only need the tiniest drop. 

The glow off the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter is intense. It gives more of a metallic sheen than a glitter effect. It’s a way more full on than say Benefit Moon Beam/High Beam. You just need the tiniest drop and it covers a large area. Here are the swatches-Makeup Revolution Liquid Starlight Highlighter Hand SwatchMakeup Revolution Liquid Starlight Highlighter Hand Swatch Blended

I only used the tiniest drop on the back of my hand and it glowed for hours. The shimmer has a light pink/white shade, which would work best on fair skin. 

Makeup Revolution lists a variety of way in which one can use Liquid Highlighter- on its own, mixed with skincare, mixed with foundation, mixed with primer. My automatic urge was to use it like I normally use highlighter- on top of my foundation. This was a bit tricky as it tended to move the foundation and it pilled. 

As a primer step the liquid highlighter works better but might get lost if you’re using heavy coverage foundation. I tried it with a silicone based primer and it pilled, so that didn’t work. It was fine blended with my moisturiser. Also, you could totally blend it with a liquid lipstick or eyeshadow for a bit of extra shimmer. 

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter- Is It Any Good?

Makeup Revolution Liquid Starlight Highlighter Worn Alone
I think Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter is best used as an illuminating base for a light foundation or B.B. Cream. Or alone with concealer where necessary. I couldn’t really get it to work over foundation or mixed with primer. If you’re sparing with Liquid Starlight and manage to get to grips with it’s application, it’s a versatile product and is so very pretty. 

Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Liquid Starlight would be good for 

  • People with fair skin after a bold glow (if you don’t have fair skin check out the other shades)
  • People who like pretty things and bargains 
  • Those who want to try Cover Fx Enhancer drops but don’t want to spend the £34 

I’d love to swatch the other shades Unicorn Elixir particularly, it has a blue iridescence, sounds pretty. 

Makeup Revolution Liquid Starlight Highlighter is available from Makeup Revolution (This was a pr sample FYI, the links are always going to be affiliate so I can make a couple of quid to buy more products to try. The makeup brushes pictured are Makeup Obsession Marble Contour and Light Set)


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