First Impressions: Limited Edition Smashbox Cosmic Party Kit

The Smashbox Cosmic Party Kit title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the gift set unopened, showing the products in a red box with dots and star doodles on it in white

It’s November so it’s OK to talk about Christmas now right? I’ve started on the Christmas shopping and all the gifts are appearing in stores. I’m not sure if this is going to be a thing that comes out every year but last Christmas I bought a Smashbox set that’s sort of a taster set with a mix of travel sizes and full sizes of some of their best selling products and a full size Cover Shot palette. This year it’s the Cosmic Party Kit and cost £30 but contains over £90 worth of products. It says limited edition and I think it’s a limited number available rather than meaning just limited to Christmas.

I love sets like this that contain full sized products so you can tell exactly what it would be worth and you basically get some of the products for free. In this one a Cover Shot palette would cost £25 so if that’s the product you’re most interested in you get the rest for £5. The Cover Shot palette this time is the Major Metals one so it’s all metallic. The other products included are full sized Full Exposure Mascara, Always On Gel Liner in Fishnet (black) and Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss in 72 & Honey alongside a travel sized tube of their Photo Finish Primer.

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Review: Makeup Revolution Halloween Haunted House Eyeshadow Palette

Haunted House eyeshadow palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette open to show the eyeshadows in a range of browns, red and light neutrals

I love everything Halloween, especially when it comes to makeup, so when I saw this Haunted House Eyeshadow Palette on the Makeup Revolution site I had to have it. I also love the deep reds and browns that make up this palette, it seemed like the perfect one for me. It costs £10 and is cruelty free and vegan friendly so a great budget palette that isn’t tested on animals.

As with the Rainbow Palette this has eighteen eyeshadows with a mix of finishes, though mainly mattes. There are eight true mattes, one with a matte base and shimmer particles, two duochromes, two I would say are foil finishes and five shimmers with varying amounts of shimmer in them. Overall there’s a great range of colours and finishes for any look with deep reds or warm browns.

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Review: Makeup Revolution SFX Liquid Latex

Liquid Latex title image. Behind the text box is a phot of the tube open and liquid latex dripping on the table

I have always loved the idea of special effects makeup, especially when it comes to Halloween, but I’ve always found it a bit intimidating to start. I’ve seen the Liquid Latex that Makeup Revolution have done in the past and been tempted so I thought this year I’d actually get it. I have never used anything for special effects makeup before so I can’t comment on what this is like compared to other liquid latex products but I wanted to give it a try anyway.

I think that if there was no other use for liquid latex than special effects makeup I probably wouldn’t have been so tempted. However, as I’ve seen it used so much when it comes to protecting your fingers in nail art I thought this was one Halloween makeup product that I might get more use out of.

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Review: Makeup Revolution Halloween Rainbow Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution Rainbow Palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette open, showing some of the eyeshadow colours inside

When I think of Halloween themed products I tend to think of creepy haunted houses or ones like the eyeball highlighters I did a review of the other day. However, Makeup Revolution also do a limited edition Halloween range that’s more unicorns and rainbows than ghosts and graveyards.

I don’t use many colourful eyeshadows but the slightly grungy look to a few of the colours in the Rainbow Shadow Palette. It’s £10 and has eighteen eyeshadows in it with a mix of duochrome, shimmers, mattes and a couple of metallics that have a foil finish. There’s a few more neutral shimmers in there but I’d say these are definitely mainly bright colours, perfect for a Halloween makeup look. As with all Makeup Revolution products this is cruelty free so hasn’t been tested on animals, this palette is also vegan.

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Review: I Heart Revolution Eyeball Highlighters

The title image for the I Heart Revolution Eyeball Highlighters. Behind the text box is a photo of the two highlighters open so you can see the product inside

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post, sorry for going quiet for a while guys, but I have a few Halloween makeup posts coming up so I hope you’ll come back to check them out. Today’s post is about a couple of the highlighters from the Revolution I Heart range. They did some Halloween highlighters with squishy eyeballs on top, which may sound odd but they’re strangely satisfying to squish!

I didn’t mean to get both of these, when they were first listed they had the wrong image with the name so I thought I’d ordered the golden Terrif-Eye as it was listed as Eye See You, which is actually pink. So now I have both, and I am kind of happy I decided to keep I See You, though I originally thought I’d throw it away. The eyeball highlighters are £5 each, though Eye See You is on sale at the moment for £3.30. Revolution Makeup is a cruelty free brand so these highlighters aren’t tested on animals.

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Review: Primark x Disney’s Lion King The Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette

The Primark Lion King eyeshadow palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette opened to show the eyeshadows.

On Wednesday I did a post on the Primark Lion King Highlight Palette, I got the Primark and Disney Lion Kind Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette at the same time. The bad thing about Primark makeup is how hard it can be to find, at least in the stores near me, so if you find these and want them get them rather than waiting for it. I made that mistake with a couple of the Lion King range so I’ve probably missed out on them.

The eyeshadow palette is fairly small, though it holds nine eyeshadows, I think eight of them are slightly smaller and there’s a large on in the middle. There is a range of finishes but the majority are definitely shimmer, a couple almost metallic, with one matte and two I’d say are satin maybe. I love the way they’ve names each of the colours to tie in with the Lion King theme and the colour range definitely fits the African savannah colours. As with the highlighter palette these eyeshadows are all cruelty free and the palette sells for £6.

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Review: Primark x Disney’s Lion King Highlighter Palette

The Primark Lion King Highlight Palette header image. Behind the text box is a photo of the front of the palette. It has a gold background with a black silhouette of a lot of the characters walking in a line

I saw the Primark Lion King range and I had to get some of it, I really wish I’d bought the chalk board and the cushion when I saw them in my local about a month ago but I haven’t seen them since. I did go to another Primark fairly near to me and found the makeup products so I had to get both the highlighting and the eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadow review will be up on Saturday and you can find it here if you want to check back to see swatches from that.

This highlighting palette has four highlighters in it in a range of shades, there’s a pink base and a golden base that are more of a glow, a deeper brown that’s great for darker skin tones, and a sort of peachy more glittery highlight. The palette costs £5 and these are decent sized pans with 4.5g in each one. It’s also cruelty free, which is great, and I love the cute packaging they’ve done for these, even if mine’s a bit damaged looking.

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Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Bold Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Cover Shot Bold eyeshadow palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette opened

Maybe it’s just me, but every summer I always plan on being a bit more adventurous with my eye makeup and trying bright colours. I also always realise that I don’t actually have one palette that has brights in, they’re sort of all over the place, and I just don’t have some colours.

I know that a lot of people wouldn’t do this, but I do end up looking on eBay for makeup if I just want to try something new when it comes to colours or looks. I found the Smashbox Cover Shot Bright Colours Palette for £3.50, pretty much like new, and actually won it. As with all Cover Shot palettes it’s a pocket sized palette with eight eyeshadows in it, six smaller ones along the bottom and two larger ones at the top. I loved the Ablaze palette I got in a set last year so wanted to see if the others in the range are as good as there seem to be mixed reviews depending on the palette.

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Review: Twinings Cold Infuse Tea Bags

Twining's Cold Infuse Tea title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the plastic tubs containing the tea infusers with a bottle of the drink between them

With the hotter weather we’ve been getting in summers I wanted to try to make sure I drink enough liquids, water by itself can get a bit boring and I’m trying to cut down on sugar when I’m home so was on the lookout for a low sugar way to get some variation in my drinks. I’ve seen these cold brew style teabags in magazines and really wanted to try them so when I saw the Twining’s Cold Infuse tea bags in Holland and Barrett for buy one get one half price I had to give them a go. They’re available in a lot of stores in the UK so you’ll probably find them in your local supermarket for around £3.80 per tub, though they are on sale at half price in Holland and Barrett at the moment.

I like fruit teas hot and often make them and let them go cold but there are some flavours in this range that you don’t see as a hot tea. The two I chose were Watermelon, Strawberry and Mint and the Rose Lemonade. They have a few others that I’d actually like to try but these seemed the most unusual to me and I really wanted to try the Rose Lemonade one to see what it was like.

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No7 Ready, Set, Summer Product Reviews

The title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the gift box with the products spilling out on some grass

You know you’ve waited too long to do a post on a product when it’s not available any more. I wanted to really give these things a try, the ones I didn’t have already, so it’s sort of four mini reviews in one post as they’re all available in the permanent line.

In the No7 box that was a free gift with purchase they had a mini version of the Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Facial Sun Protection SPF 15 and the Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara as well as a full sized Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in bronze and Protect and Perfect Lip Care. This is a great mix of products to try for summer and I think any of them would be worth checking out, especially as No7 have a 3 for 2 offer in Boots at the moment.

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