The next few posts will be things I bought in the sales, mainly in Boots. I wasn’t sure whether to do these posts or not but I went into a few of my local Boots and every set I’m posting about was in at least one of them so I thought I would as you might be able to find them in your local store even if they’re sold out online.
I actually bought these sets just before Christmas, so now they’re half price. I’m not normally one to go for celebrity collaborations, but I dis like the look of the Claudia Winkleman Full Panda range she did with Boots. I’m hoping these will be an all year range but I have a feeling they may be Christmas only. I wanted to try everything but I got three to start with (there will be a couple more sets in a few days). I got the Add to Basket… set which has three eyeshadow sticks, All Week Long which has three lipsticks in it, and The Must Have Kit which has a bit of everything for a full face look in her style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the 3AM i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette from Sleek Makeup, a palette with twelve mineral based eyeshadows in multiple finishes. There’s metallic shadows, shimmers, mattes and one that could be a duochrome. It costs £8.99 so it’s definitely at the budget end of the scale and I will always be tempted by any of their new releases as they can be so good.
The 3AM palette looked like the perfect combination of two separate colour palettes, there are six that I would say come under the warm browns and coppers and six that come under the more reddy browns and maroon type colours. This would make it the perfect palette for travel as you could have so many different looks with some mattes in there for a more natural look too.
I got the No7 Nude to Night Palette as a free gift with
purchase a while ago, it’s an all in one face palette with six eyeshadows, a bronzer,
a highlighter and a blusher. It seemed like the perfect travel palette so I
took it away on holiday with me to try out, then didn’t actually wear any
makeup. I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit since to see how well they
If you buy this full price it’s £25, which isn’t a bad price
when it comes to No7, their standard blushes come in a 3g pan and cost £9, this
one has 3.2g of the bronzer and blush and a 3.8g pan for the highlighter so
those three alone would probably cost more than this. It’s also nice and
compact and would actually work for travel without being so small that it’s
hard to use the face products with a standard brush.
I’ve been working on decluttering for the past couple of
months, I’ve actually been pretty good and my cupboards look so much tidier. I’ve
been sorting out my makeup recently and realised how much of the stuff I was
keeping is just not me at all, or at least not any more. I’ve actually counted
up how many things are in this declutter post and there’s fifty three pieces of
makeup or accessories that are going! I didn’t realise I had that much!
I did start this off with a little review of each of them,
but when you have fifty three to get through it would be so long, so instead I’m
just going to link to any that I’ve already reviewed on here and say why I’m
getting rid of them. I have to say there are a few that I never thought I’d declutter
but they’re so old that if I did decide to reach for them I don’t think they’d
do me any good. I have a new rule; if it smells like wax crayons, get rid of
Having got the Gryffindor and Ravenclaw palettes (you can see the review for them here), I had to get the Slytherin and Hufflepuff eyeshadow palettes that Boots released and complete the Harry Potter set. I wasn’t sure what to expect with these two as the other two seem to work quite differently to each other. Hufflepuff definitely looked the more wearable for me everyday but as I’m a Slytherin I had to get that one too. All four palettes cost £12.50 each and are in the three for two Christmas gifts offer, along with the rest of the Harry Potter range.
Each palette has six eyeshadows, with the Slytherin one being the only one with a true matte shade, though there is one in Hufflepuff that actually looks more matte than shimmery. Each palette has four colours that are linked to the house colours and two that would be considered more everyday colours so you can do either an all out house colours look or a more neutral look with a pop of colour.