Blogmas 2019 Day 1: All the Advent Calemdars

How is it already December? I’m not sure where 2019 has gone, doesn’t feel that long ago I was doing Blogmas last year! Anyway, I’m going to give it another go and try to post daily, or almost daily as I’m probably going to catch up with my days after I’ve been away rather than opening the days early like in the past, it never seemed to work that well.

I may have gone a bit overboard when it comes to advent calendars this year. The most I’ve had in the past was three, this year I have six! Only one will really have a review each day as the others I think are exclusive to the advent calendars, but they are still available. I have a feeling a couple of them will be for some time so if half way through you like what you see it might be worth picking them up on sale, they’re already reduced!

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Another Christmas Home Haul: A Bit of Everything

The title image for the post. It says Christmas Everything and there's a photo of all the Christmas decorations lying on the bed

I have never had a proper theme when it comes to Christmas decorations, it tends to be throw all the colours at the tree and see how it looks. This year, however, I decided to have a bit of an overhaul and give a themed look a go. It won’t be for everything, just the main tree and bits around it, but having seen all the natural wooden and white looks out there I thought I’d give it a go. Considering my decorations mainly looks like a metallic rainbow this meant a bit of a shopping spree.

This post is probably more hauls than haul, I may have got a bit carried away and bought from a few places. It’s a mix of The Range, Ikea, Disney Store and eBay.

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Review: Smashbox Shooting Star Gift Set

Smashbox Shooting Star set title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the three palettes on a wooden surface

Until this time last year I hadn’t tried anything Smashbox, their Christmas gift sets are a great way to try things for yourself as the price is so good compared to their permanent range. The Covershot palettes are £24 normally, this set of three is £42, or £35.70 in the sale at the moment. In the Smashbox Shooting Star Gift Set is a limited edition eyeshadow palette called Supernova, Minimilast which is a permanent one, and a small face palette with a highlighter, blush and matte bronzer.

As with all Covershot palettes these are small, they’re a great travel sized palette or to throw in your bag, so for the price they are still expensive and it seems they can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to pigmentation, I tend to do research before getting them but as this only has one permanent product in there I risked it.

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Primark Christmas Haul

Primark Christmas Haul title image. behind the text box is a phot of the products I bought against a white wall

I think it’s close enough to December to be talking about Christmas, or more specifically Christmas decorations. There’s so many styles around this year and I decided that I’m going to have a bit of a makeover of my Christmas decorating style as I haven’t bought much new for the past few years and it always feels so similar to me so there might be a couple more decoration hauls coming up as well.

The first haul is from Primark, though it’s been more like three trips where I bought other bits too but I thought I’d wait until I had enough Christmas things to be worth a post by themselves. There’s definitely more I’d be tempted to get if they have them in stock in stores I go to.

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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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