Smashbox Superstars Limited Edition Gift Set First Impressions

This wasn’t going to be my original post for today, but as it says this set is limited edition and it seems to be out of stock online already I wanted to put this up so you might be able to find it in a Boots near you. This is a sort of first impressions or look at what’s inside the Smashbox Superstars Box that’s on sale in Boots for £30 and has £88.50 worth of products in it. I have to admit I was sceptical about whether it was truly worth that much but I’ve put the links to each of them individually and it does add up.

Smashbox is one of those brands that seems expensive, or more expensive than I’d often spend on the products I’ve been interested in trying from them. However, they seem to get such good reviews they were one of the brands I put on my to try list this year so when I saw this set I had to get it. It’s supposed to contain some of their best selling products, with a Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in Ablaze, Light Photo Finish Primer, Photo Finish Primer Water, SuperFan Mascara and their Contour Shadow Brush. I do have a weakness for brushes and have wanted to try one of theirs for a while but £20 for one brush was a bit out of what I spend on them, maybe this one will convert me.

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Review: Revolution Pro Large Magnetic Palette and Eyeshadow Refill in Base

I posted this on Friday but it seems to have failed, sorry if you’ve seen it twice now!

In a recent Revolution Makeup haul I got two free gifts with purchase, the Large Magnetic Palette and a choice of two eyeshadow refills. I chose Base as it seemed like the one I’d use most and didn’t already have multiple times in my collection.

Their eyeshadow refills have five magnetic pans in them and cost £5. This one has four mattes in neutral shades and a warm golden copper shimmer that could be a metallic shade if you pack it on enough. The large palette reminds me of the Z Palettes and similar styles as it has the clear lid and magnetic base. This is the largest version they sell and is only available in black, it costs £10.

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Review: Some of the Makeup Revolution Halloween Collection

I do have a bit of a weakness for Halloween themed things and when I made an order from the Makeup Revolution website I had to get some of their Halloween limited edition range. They have multiple liquid highlighters in skull shaped glass bottles, two eyeshadow palettes, a powder highlight and five lipsticks. There are other things like six makeup and two eyeshadow palettes from the sister brand Obsession. Also, at the moment it’s three for two on all things Halloween on the site.

I was planning on doing this post earlier but wanted to give them a proper try and the liquid highlighters aren’t in stock any more online, though it may be back. Also the other colours seem to have been taken off the website so I’m guessing they won’t be available online, which is a pity as I was considering getting a couple of others even if it was just for display, because they just look so cool.

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Review: Obsession Makeup London Concealing Wand in Light

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My under eye concealer has been getting low and I wanted to try something new. After seeing good reviews of some of the Makeup Revolution concealers I got one of them and this Obsession Concealing Wand in Light was on their website too. There’s a fair amount of product in this with 4.5ml and it costs £6 but I can see it lasting a long time as you don’t need much for this to give decent coverage.

It’s a wand with a sponge tip and a twist up end that pushes the product through so no need for any extra brushes. It’s available in various colour correcting and concealer colours and this light concealer is for light neutral skin tones. It’s also both cruelty free and suitable for vegans.

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September Hits and Misses from My Makeup Collection

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For the past few months I’ve been going through my collection, picking out a set amount of products and only using those for the month. I guess it’s kind of a way to find out if the products I’ve kept for ages are ones I really like or just don’t like the idea of letting go and keep them ‘just in case’ when that day never comes. So far it has also helped me to declutter because I’m actually using the products so I see how they work rather than just looking at the pretty colours or swatching them once and deciding to keep them.

This month I think everything I tried was old, I didn’t get any new products and everything I’ve had in my to use area has either been sat in my drawer waiting to be used, been loved at one point and forgotten, or something I was pretty sure I’d be keeping but wanted to use anyway.

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Review: Ciate London Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner

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I got this Ciate Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner (£15 full size) in their Twelve Days of Christmas calendar last year and it’s been sat in my drawer all year so I thought it was time to give it a proper try. This pencil is 0.08g but the full size is 1.1g so there isn’t much difference size wise between them and the overall design is the same with the angled smudger brush on the end.

At one time I remember a lot of eyeliners had a smudger on the other end but this is the first pencil liner I’ve seen that has an angled brush on the end to make it a more precise blending if you want to use it. I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with it but I actually liked this change and found myself using the brush quite a bit.

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Review: IDC Color BomBon Eye Eyeshadow Palette

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I’m not really a fan of companies that do obvious copies of others, it may be odd saying that with what I’m reviewing in this post but I had a moment of weakness and saw this IDC Color Bombon Eyes eyeshadow palette on the TK Maxx site a while ago and wanted to try it. I do love their Natural eyeshadow palette, it’s a dupe for the Naked 3 but I still kind of love it anyway, and seeing the RRP of £42.99 down to £7.99 I just wanted to give this one a go too.

To be honest that RRP is stretching it a bit, I have only seen them on TK Maxx or in the Beauty Outlet stores for the same price. I’ve taken so long to do a review because I couldn’t find it anywhere and I’d rather post about products that are still available but I saw it in the Beauty Outlet store in Bridgend so if you can find one near you, I think they’re mainly in McArthur Glenn outlet shopping centres, then there are a load of palettes by them in there.

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August Hits and Misses from my Makeup Collection

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I can’t believe it’s September already, not sure where August went but it’s time for another of these posts without a proper official name yet. To help me sort through my collection, rather than just doing declutters (though I did do a bit of one this month anyway) I’m putting makeup that I hardly use in my dresser so that I decide whether I actually want to keep it. I’ve got so much stuff that I’ve kept just in case or because I liked it when I got it that I thought this was the easiest way to see if I would actually use it or still like it rather than just thinking I do because I used to.

Basically I can only use these older products when it comes to the product types, so things like my staples aren’t included as otherwise it’d be the same each month. This month I’ve gone through more of my old eyeshadow palettes, these are what makes up more than half of my collection so I’ve got five or six at a time out each month and can only use them. I also got out an old foundation, which was probably beyond when I should have used it anyway, the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk which I’ve barely used since I first got it, and a colour correction powder from Shiro Cosmetics.

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Review: NYX Lid Lingerie Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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I haven’t seen much on the NYX Lid Lingerie eyeshadow palette, though it’d been out for a while, and I love the colours in it so I really wanted to try it. It has six matte neutral colours and the middle top shade really reminds me of my all time favourite Lip Lingerie; Embellishment. I’m not sure if they’re meant to match some of the Lip Lingerie shades but I can see some that would compare to most of them. I’ve been on the look out for a nice neutral matte eyeshadow palette, I’d given up but I was so intrigued by the Embellishment type colour I wanted to try it.

This palette costs £9 for the six eyeshadows with just over 1g on each of them. This means they’re bigger than most of the eyeshadow palettes I own so it makes up for the extra price. I hadn’t tried any NYX eyeshadows before and this seems to be one of those palettes that has quite good reviews so I was interested to see what it was like.

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A Bit of a Declutter

 

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Or maybe a better title would be ‘Why I Shouldn’t Keep Things Too Long.’ I’ve had a look through my collection and realised that some I used to love have gone beyond when they should be used, others are simply products I never really got on with but kept ‘just in case’ or free gift with purchases that I already had better versions of but kept anyway.

I’ve been working through my stash and using some of the ones that have fallen through the cracks or ones I haven’t used recently to decide which I’ll keep and which I’ll get rid of. At the end of the month there probably will be more joining these decluttered products but I wanted to do this as a separate post as otherwise that end of the month one will be way too long, plus these are ones I just don’t think I want to even try for the whole month before I get rid of them.

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