Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Little Makeup Revolution haul ♥

Last week, I became aware of a new budget beauty brand called "Makeup Revolution" after reading a post on Missbudgetbeauty. At first I thought "Oh, it's just another MUA or Vivo." But the more I looked at there products on the Superdrug website, the more I wanted to have them. So I decided that I might as well try a few products from the range, (which currently stands at over 300 products!) and if I like it, I can always go back for more. I didn't want to go crazy and bombard myself with loads of products that I might not even like..but I've got my eye on one of their £4 palettes. I selected a couple of products, which in total only cost me £11, which was an absolute bargain [Insert ka-ching noise here]

The first thing that I got was just a basic black liquid eyeliner, as I have almost completely run out of my current eyeliner and I needed something to see me through, as I cannot live without eyeliner. There's nothing much I can say about this but it only cost £1.50.

Secondly, I picked up three eye shadows. Sold out and Promised land cost a mere £1 each and Heavenly, which is part of their baked eye shadow collection, cost £1.50, which is still very cheap! They come in the exsact same packaging as the MUA blushers do, which features a small peg that keeps the packaging closed. I have a feeling that it is going to get lost very easily. Sold out (which is a cool shimmery brown) and Promised land, (Which is a warm golden brown) both have a nice almost buttery texture, which feels quite expensive. However Heavenly feels slightly chalky and lacks the pigmentation that the other two have, but for £1.50, what do you expect? My favorite out of the three has to be Sold Out as it reminds me a bit of YDK out of the Naked 2 palette. 

The next thing I got is a baked blush in he shade "All I think about is you", which is a lovely pinky peach and cost £2.50. In the packaging it looks like a bright pink, but when worn it looks slightly more peachy and natural and OMG - this stuff is seriously pigmented. When trying it, I had to lightly dust it on my cheeks to avoid the clown look. The only downside to this blush is the lack of shimmer that I thought it might contain. With baked blushers, I expect a blush and a highlight mixed together, but this blush didn't seem to catch the light and shine in the way that I hoped it would. Nether the less, I think this has earned it's self a prominent place in my everyday makeup stash.

There was a bit of the mix up with the next product, I ordered it in light-medium but received it in medium dark, which is far to dark for a blonde girl like me and unluckily for me, I had already swatched it when I realized. The actual packaging it's self is spot on, it doesn't feel cheap as many other products in it price range do, and it comes with a little mini pair of tweezers and a slanted brow brush. I must say that the tweezers are virtually useless, but the brow brush is absolutely spot on! I might have to just take the brow brush out and use it with another product. I also like the idea of a clear brow wax, which you can apply after filling them in, I have never seen this before, but it works pretty well. Next time I order something from Superdrug, I am going to have to order this again and hope it arrives in the right shade.

Just to put that out there THIS LIPSTICK WAS £1! I'm not usually a fan of cheap lipsticks as I find that they are either too drying or only last 30 minutes on the lips. I haven't worn this for long enough to test its longevity, but I know that I definitely love the shade. On camera it looks quite dark and red looking, but in reality its a soft natural peachy pink, that I am looking forward to wearing on an every day basis. Swiping it on the lips, it felt smooth and creamy and glided nicely, Makeup Revolution have got the formula just right.

Have you tried anything from this brand yet?

Sunday, 20 April 2014

What I've been loving this week #2 ♥

So, like I said last Sunday, I am going to start posting these posts on Sundays, although it will probably be every other Sunday. So here's what I've been loving this week!

The first thing that I have been using non-stop this week is "Maybelline the mega plush mascara" My old mascara had run out and this was my back up, I absolutely love it! It separates the lashes and gives length without looking clumpy, as my other mascara did. However it is one of those mascaras that has the bendy head, which has no benefits and doesn't affect how the mascara is applied. Basically - I just love this mascara.

The next product is the Got2B heat protection spray, which I recently purchased from Superdrug as it was half price. Ever since I started straightening my hair, I have used the Tresemme heat protection spray and have re-purchased time and time again. This was my first venture into other heat protection sprays and I love it! It has a really nice smell and seemed to add extra shine to my hair.

Th third product is my trusty revlon colourstay, which seems to have been absent from my makeup bag ofr a while now, but don't worry its making a comeback. This product was my go to foundation and after adding a tad of collection lasting perfection concealer, I was set to go. But I went through a stage of not liking it, due to my skin getting drier as this foundation has a habit of sticking to those annoying dry patches. However I have returned to this routine and absolutely love it. It provides a high coverage matte look ( that lasts for hours, unlike most foundations which leave me shiny after 2 hours of wear. So if your an oily girl like me, give it a go!

This MUA mosaic blusher in the shade english rose, has been talked about for quite some time now, but only recently have I picked it up. Which is unlike me, normally if i see a product that I like, I will rush onto the superdrug website and order it there and then, which now that I think about it could be slightly problematic. This blush has a nice shimmer in it which is something I have been loving recently after beginning to regularly use a sleek blush in the shade rose gold. This shimmer adds dimension to your cheeks and its a really pretty light pink colour which is perfect for spring.

The last main thing I've been loving is rings, (midi rings in particular.) Pretty much everyday this last week, I have been wearing 2 or more rings. I just think they look so cute when layered and yeah..I just love rings! This particular set is from primark and cost a mere £1.50 for the lost, BARGAIN!

What star product have you been using non-stop this week? 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Quick and easy chocolate Easter nests ♥

Today I thought I would do a little post on how to make cute chocolate nests for Easter! Throughout my childhood, I can remember making chocolate nests every year, so I decided to make them. After all we are all kids at heart. These cute nests are extremely easy to make and require no baking at all. Lets get making!

If you've made any chocolate nests, or other treats this Easter, tweet me a picture at @beautyandkatie!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Maybelline Brow Drama ♥

Today, I have a review of the Maybelline brow drama, which I have in the shade dark blonde. It's basically a tinted brow gel, which you apply with what looks like an oddly shaped mascara wand.  It claims to give you a "Sleek, structured look" Firstly I would like to point out that it will not give you strong bold defined brows, so if your looking for something that does that, I would recommend that you continue your search elsewhere. However it does make your brows look thicker by filling in any sparse areas or "bald patches" as I like to call them. The second problem I would like the point out is the size of the brush although this is probably just a personal problem as I do have quite thin brows, but I find the brush to be a tad to big. Having a large brush makes it harder to achieve a "structured look" as you cannot apply it accurately.

Besides from that slight problem, it's smooth sailing from now on. The shade is just perfect for me and is not too warm toned, which is something I tend to suffer with when it comes to brow products. The formula has a good level of pigmentation as it is isn't too 'coloured' but it doesn't lack colour, so I like to apply two coats. But be sure not to apply too many coats unless you want the 'I can't move my eyebrows' look, as it can go a little crispy. It does keep your eyebrows locked in place though.

Overall, I would reccomend this product as it's great for those days that you can't be bothered to fill in your eyebrows. However if you have thin eyebrows you may find it hard to neatly fill them in but a makeup wipe can sort that out. 

Have you tried this product before?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

4 days in the Isle of Wight ♥

Today I thought I would branch out from beauty and show you what I got up to last week. From Thursday to Sunday I was in the Isle of Wight with my family for a short break. I was nice to get away from home and luckily the weather was great (which caused me to consume an awful lot of ice cream.) So here's how I spent the last couple of days:

I hope you enjoyed this post, comment below if you would like to see some more posts like this.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

What I've been loving this week ♥

So, I've been thinking lately about how I could introduce regularity to my blog as generally I will sit down by my computer, think of an idea and begin to write. There is absolutely no pattern in when I blog and what I blog about, so I thought that I could perhaps introduce a series. Every Sunday, I will sit down and write a post about what I have been loving that week. I thought that if I include other items (that aren't makeup) such as books and food etc, you would get to know more about me and it would hopefully expand my blog into the lifestyle "sector" as well. So instead of me rambling on, lets get on to what I've been loving this week.
(Ignoring the slightly deformed candle in the background)

Maybelline brow drama - dark blonde | Rimmel nail polish - lose your lingerie | Pop-tarts - frosted strawberry sensation
Firstly I have to say that I have renewed my love for pop tarts and yes I know that they have horrifically high calories and fat. But you know, when have I ever cared about what I eat? I used to have an absolute obsession with them a few years back, but hadn't bought them for a while as they cost around £2.50 for 8, which for me sounds pretty expensive for what is basically a packet of sugar. Nether the less, they taste amazing.

On Tuesday, I painted my nails with the colour "Lose your lingerie", which is from the new Rita Ora collection at Rimmel. I think this shade is a really pretty colour for spring, I have a feeling its going to become one of my favorites!

Maybelline Brow Drama. I didn't think I would actually like this product when I first got it, but after using it for the last two weeks, I have proved myself wrong. I won't go into much detail now as there will be a review up pretty soon but I just really like the concept of this tinted brow gel, it fills them in and keeps them in place all day long, so no complaints here!

Urban Decay primer potion - original | Ted baker body spray from the butterfly blossom set | Revlon colourburst matte balm - Elusive
After receiving the Urban Decay primer potion as a gift for my  birthday, I have been religiously using it when ever I wear eye shadow. Just as I expected, it's fabulous. There's not really much more I can say, other than the fact that it keeps your eye shadow put all day and I mean it ALL DAY.

I bought my Revlon matte balm a month or two ago, but never really used it. It has now re-surfaced and holds a firm place in my little go to makeup bag. It's in the shade Elusive which is a sort of pink!? Check out the swatches here in an old haul, it's hard to describe. The stick form makes it easy to apply, it's not drying, stays put for a relatively long time and is a really pretty colour that is not too bold, but still makes a statement.

The final item that I have been loving this week is a Ted Baker body spray which came out of the "Butterfly Blossom" set that I received for my birthday. I cannot get enough of this, everyday for the last two weeks, it's been in either my school bag or my handbag. It's got a sweet fruity scent and is a mix between a body spray and a perfume. I love it!

So, what have you been loving this week?