Review: Makeup Revolution Re-Loaded Palette - Iconic Fever

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The other day while poking around the new Ulta Beauty near my vacation home, I came across a fairly big section of makeup I didn't recognize called Makeup Revolution. It's probably something that people here in America or Europe would know (it's a British company), but it's not really familiar to me, being from Canada. I did a quick Google search and skimmed through a bunch of good reviews, so I decided to pick up a palette to try out. I ended up leaving with the Revolution Re-Loaded Palette in Iconic Fever, and I thought I'd do a little review of my thoughts on it!

The shadows

I really like this product. It's similar to typical drugstore palettes, like NYX or L'Oreal, but arguably at a better price (more on that later). The palette comes with 15 eyeshadows, with 10 matte and 5 shimmer shades in warm, burnt tones - sort of reminiscent of the Tartlette Toasted and the Urban Decay Naked Heat palettes. I've been really big on orange and red shades, ever since I started using the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette last year, and this was right up my alley.

Quality

The shades are actually pretty good quality, especially with taking the price into consideration. The matte neutrals are quite blendable and are very pigmented, but I should mention that the shimmer shades are a bit tricky - they don't show up as nicely with just a brush, you may need to use your finger or a dampened brush to get the shades to really pop. Though, I really can't complain much. The shadows look great on and don't fade or crease quickly either. 

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Price

Makeup Revolution is inexpensive af. That I learned pretty quickly, as this palette only set me back $7 usd ($9.21 cad)!! Honestly, that made me a bit skeptical. Seven bucks for 15 shades? Something had to be a bit shady there. But after giving the palette a try, I can honestly say that seven bucks is more than generous for the product. The quality of the shadows are really good and probably worth much more than seven dollars. So, frankly, this was a steal. 

Final thoughts

This is a great drugstore palette and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a warm neutrals palette on the cheaper side. It's a mostly hassle-free palette (aside from the shimmers but even then, not that big of a problem) and the shadows look amazing on. I think this would be a great dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. I'm definitely going to buy from Makeup Revolution again in the future!! 

Have you tried Makeup Revolution? What did are your fav products?

Felicia x

November Favourites

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Hello everybody! As it we are now in the first official week of December, I've got a November favourites post for you all today.

The very first thing that I've been loving this month, which is a very new addition to my beauty product collection, is the L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Shampoo. I've been loving this shampoo. In the winter time, my scalp gets very dried out, which gets only worse with product use. I've been on the hunt lately for scalp-friendly shampoos and came across this in the shop the other day. The idea here is that this shampoo deep-cleanses your roots so that your scalp doesn't get oily which as a result stops you from overwashing which dries out your hair. I did find that this shampoo kept its promises for me and my scalp definitely felt cleaner post-use than it did after using other shampoos. I'd also like to mention that this is the first shampoo that left my hair tangle-free post-wash, which I love.

I recently picked up the Essie "With the Band" Nail Polish at my local drugstore. I love a classic red nail but I wanted something that strayed a bit from the typical bright red shade I use. Which is exactly what "With the Band" is. It's hard for me to describe the shade exactly so I looked at the site and they describe it as a toasted spice burgundy, which I believe is the best description of it. I love this colour so so much. It's beautiful and personally, I think it compliments my skin tone nicely. The one thing I will say, which I find with all Essie nail polishes, is that it requires a top coat in order to keep it from chipping off. It does chip quite easily, so you'd need to be cautious of that.

The next item is one I mentioned in a Friday Thoughts post awhile back: the e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in "Rose Gold". I was kinda skeptical at first at how well this product would work but I was genuinely so amazed. It feels very strange to apply, as it's essentially a lip gloss tube and applicator that you put on your eyes.... But the result is lovely. It's a very shimmery, beautiful pinky shade. I find it looks particularly nice as a final touch to a pink/berry eye look. I look forward to experimenting more with this bad boy and seeing what other looks I can create with it.

It's kind of odd that I haven't mentioned this product already before, as I've been using it for a couple months now and I've even had to repurchase it already. It's the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. I've had a few bad experiences with cakey concealers prior to this one (I'm shuddering just thinking about them haha) so when I came across this one and tried it out, I was so relieved. It does an incredible job of hiding undereye circles, as well as masking the horrid acne scarring I've been trying to hide for a while now. It's very easy to blend and it doesn't come off looking very pale or cakey.

I know I've already mentioned this product in a post this month and I'm sure I'll mention it again after this, but I just had to include the Lush Sleepy Lotion in my favourites post. I know this is known to be a hit-or-miss product, but it was a definite hit for me. I have horrible re-occurring insomnia, especially lately - I'm talking staying up until three, four, even five o'clock in the morning because I can't sleep. I've tried a bunch of different things including Melatonin, different pillows, darker room, reading before bed, etc. Some have worked better than others, but this lotion has made a major improvement to the dilemma. On top of its magical sleep-inducing qualities, it has a lovely yet subtle scent and it is very hydrating on the skin which is an added bonus especially for the winter months upon us.

Another product I've mentioned recently that was worth re-mentioning is the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Room Spray. As you may or may not know, I do suffer from anxiety and that majorly impacts a lot of areas of my life but specifically my sleeping patterns. I've found that spritzing this spray in my room, above my bed where I'll definitely catch a whiff of it, has really helped my anxiety lately. It calms me down enough that I can actually have a chance at falling asleep (this is the part where the Sleepy lotion takes over!). At first, I was a bit iffy on the eucalyptus and spearmint scent, but I've actually come to really like it. I also have a candle of the same brand and scent that I love just as much as this spray.

Steering away from beauty-related favourites, the last thing I've been loving this month is the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. 500 Days of Summer has one of my favourite soundtracks of all time. It has songs by Hall and Oates, The Smiths, Simon and Garfunkel.... all some of my favourite bands. There's not one song on the soundtrack that I don't enjoy. I've been listening to it often this month and I've been loving it so much that I actually purchased it on vinyl this week! I cannot wait to receive the record in the mail :) My favourite song off the album has probably got to be "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths because it's one of my all-time favourite songs.

What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x

September Favourites

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I know it is so typical of me to say this, but I can't believe it's September. Where did the month go?! The days completely slipped past me and before I realized it, the month was gone. Just like that. It's been such a busy month, what with returning to school and jumping back into a daily schedule after four months of living my days spontaneously. Because I've put myself on a tragically tight budget so I can save up money for a Disney trip in the new year, I have been very frugal in the spending department. However, there are a few items I've recently purchased, plus some older goodies which I have been just loving this past month.

For some reason, the past month has been the worst in terms of my skin health. My face has completely broken out in blemishes and it's been bringing me down. Fortunately, the only thing keeping me sane has been the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. It is probably one of my favourite moisturizers, ever. It contains salicylic acid, the ingredient which is used to clear acne, plus it is hypoallergenic so my sensitive skin doesn't react poorly to it at all. I use this every morning in my skincare routine and it has been making my skin feel much better than it did at the beginning of the month.

The other skincare product I have been loving lately is one that I've owned for a while, but have recently fallen back in love with. Way back in the far away land of 2013, I was fifteen years old and brand new to the online beauty community. Soap and Glory was a line that was super popular amongst beauty bloggers at the time and so, being the follower that I was, I ran to the drugstore to pick up the famed Righteous Butter body butter. I was not disappointed, and I used it religiously. Over the years, I forgot about the brand and it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I glanced at the tub in my bathroom counter and decided to try it again. I've been using it now every day, especially after I shower, and my skin has literally never been so soft! It has such a lovely scent to it, as well, and I love that I can smell it on me throughout the day.

As for makeup products, I purchased the e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream in a spur of a moment decision while at my local drugstore (which I have created an unhealthy obsession with - damn you Rexall and your great beauty department!). I am always on the hunt for new brow products and this cream seemed interesting so I decided to give it ago. I have not used it as a liner, but as for a brow cream, I have been impressed so far. I use an e.l.f. duo eyebrow brush, with a brush and spoolie combo, to apply this and I have been loving the results. Even my boyfriend said the other day that my eyebrows have been looking great recently, so that's a real testimony! Haha

Last month, for my birthday, my parents gifted me the Too Faced Natural Love Palette, which was so kind of them. I absolutely love it. Typically, I tend to lean on the more neutral side of eyeshadow shades and so this palette is perfect for me. It has a few lighter matte shades and a ton of gorgeous shimmery shades. I find myself reaching for this palette every day during my makeup routine. My favourite shades of the palette are Makeup & Chill, Hot & Bothered, Satin Sheets, and Honeymoon.

With the changing seasons, of course I had to make my seasonal stop at Bath and Body Works to pick up a few new candles and soaps for autumn. Of the several I picked up, my favourite was the Hello Sugar Warm Apple Pie candle. I absolutely love this candle. It genuinely smells like a freshly baked pie which is probably one of the greatest scents in the whole world. I've lit this candle already a dozen times, and I'm sure I'll be getting a ton of use out of it this season.

Aside from makeup and beauty, I have been totally into music this month. I'm not sure but I think it has to do with the fact that I've been commuting to and from school every day, which is a 40-minute drive each way in traffic. Music has been keeping me sane haha. My two favourite artists to listen to lately have been John Mayer and Sam Phillips. Both of them have such soothing music which is great to listen to while driving and while doing homework or studying. Like, let's be real, John Mayer has the voice of an angel. How can you be stressed while listening to him sing? Currently, my favourite songs by them are "If I Could Write" by Sam Phillips, and "In The Blood" by John Mayer.

Also this month, I have been completely and utterly obsessed with the tv show, This Is Us. Yes, I know. I'm so late to the party. But basically, I am in love with it. My mum, my boyfriend, and I all watched the first season on Netflix within like a week. And now we've bought the iTunes season pass for season two, which is currently playing on tv every week. The Pearson family is so complicated and loveable and Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson is stealing my heart more and more with every passing episode. I can't wait for the next episode to come out! Ugh plus, the soundtrack is just beautiful.

And there you have it! Those are the very mismatched, unrelated things that I have loved this past month. I can't wait to see what October has in store, as I have a ton of cool things coming up that I'm so anxious to share with all of you! I'm so excited for October, and I hope that everyone has had a fabulous September.

What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x