Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation Review

A photograph of this foundation launched and everyone went crazy. Sounds like a post apocalyptic mess but the new Revolution foundation had been announced and we all wanted to get our hands on it. I ran out to Superdrug and purchased the shade F1 which is a yellow undertone shade. This foundation claims to be full coverage and oh boy, is it!

The first impression of this foundation I got was that it needed to be blended quickly but I expected that after using the concealers. Powder seems to layer beautifully on top of it too. When I swirled my brush around on my cheeks no product came off and I was genuinely blown away on the first try.

I put it to the real test and wore it to work. I asked a select few of my colleagues how it looked and they all just said ‘nice’. So then I put my best friend on the spot and asked him what he genuinely thought. Did it look oily? How did my pores look? Did it look cakey?

He said it looked really light and my pores looked none existant! Success! A foundation that blurs the pores. After a few hours my impression started to go downhill, the foundation fell into my creases, not horrifically though. With a touch up it should be fine, oil started to form after about 3-4 hours too but that’s normal for me.

I cannot confirm or deny if it was this product that caused a reaction but after 3 days of using this foundation my skin has insanely broken out! I hope it isn’t this foundation because I do really like it.

The con to the foundation is that it’s heavily scented! Smells like the Wet N Wild Photo Finish and the Estee Lauder Double Wear. Quite a headache-inducing smell, for me anyway.

With all my reviews I would recommend you trying it for yourself, but I do really like this foundation and a price point of £9 you cannot really moan.

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Glossybox – August Edition

Hi everyone, so you may or may not know I have had 2 previous Glossyboxes and I stayed on the subscription list to see what August had in store for me as I had actually been enjoying the contents they were sending me, unlike Birchbox. Find my previous Glossybox reviews here.

So being on a subscription it was £10 for the month, which you can’t moan at. You do pay a small fee for postage too. Delivery is very quick, the order was dispatched on Monday the 6th and arrived on the 8th.

What I enjoy about Glossybox is that they theme every box each month, last month it was a beautiful deep sea theme and this month we have been blessed with pride edition in aid to support the LGBT Foundation.

The packaging is to die for! I feel like Glossy always is a little bit extra with their packaging and presentation, but beware, sometimes when companies make their packaging beautiful it takes our minds away from how bad the contents inside can actually be. Upon opening the box the products are wrapped up with a beautiful rainbow ribbon and there’s also a product description card included. From reading the card, the chosen products are there for you to wear to go out and celebrate pride. Paint the town rainbow!

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Products I received:

One thing to note before I tell you what I got, the August edition includes 6 FULL-SIZE products! Which I was shocked at as they usually just put minis/samples inside.

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Rimmel Ink Me Heart Stamp Tattoo (Full size) RRP £4.99

Rimmel Ink Me Sticker Tattoos (Full size)RRP £4.99

Victoria’s Secret Pink Sheet Mask (Full size) RRP £5

Trifle Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Jam (Full size)RRP £17.50

Kaleido Cosmetics Astrolight Highlighter (Full size)RRP £13

3INA Shadow Paint (Full size) RRP £8.95 

Total Value: £53.43

Pros – I will use 4/6 of the products in this box! I love how this edition is aimed more towards cosmetics than skincare or haircare. You must know how much I love makeup by now so I am pretty happy.

Cons – The shade in the highlight will not suit my pale skin tone but will make use as a liquid eyeshadow. I probably won’t reach for the cheek jam often either, but I am willing to give it a chance. Also, the tattoos from Rimmel is something I probably wouldn’t use either as I’m not going anywhere soon that would be good to wear these.

DISCLAIMER: Reading back this post I sound pro-Glossybox, sometimes I have been disappointed by subscription boxes. If you want to try them make sure you can afford the box in case you really don’t like it then you won’t be very bothered about wasting the £10. I said previously too that a subscription box is basically a lucky dip.

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Birchbox Review – July Edition

After receiving my June Birchbox I uploaded a review onto my blog and said maybe I’d consider repurchasing, so when I was sat at home the other day I received a package from the lovely courier lady and of course, it was the Birchbox I forgot to cancel! Silly me. I did end up repurchasing, “technically” anyway. So let’s go ahead and review July’s edition of Birchbox.

Once again I paid £10 for the box and then £2.95 P&P which brought this months total to £12.95.

I cannot really talk about how delivery time was and whether it was good or bad as I had totally forgotten I had carried on with my subscription but all I know is I received it last Saturday which would’ve been the 7th of July. On their website, it states that they ship boxes in the first week of the month so from that I’m guessing my delivery time wasn’t too long.

The packaging looks aesthetically pleasing with pastel watercolours and the logo is covered with a beautiful rose gold. My first complaint has to be about how light the box feels, the cardboard feels very cheap and non-durable. Unlike the Glossybox that feels weighty and sturdy. Inside the box, the products are left to roll around the cardboard, they are not supported by any bubble wrap or cushioning. There was also a booklet with product information inside.

Products I received – July Edition

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Manna Kadar Long Wear Powder, RRP £15

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick, RRP £12

What’s in it for me..? Shower Scrub, RRP £7

Klorane Makeup Remover, RRP £16

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, RRP £16

Total for this box = £66

Pros – Sorry to disappoint but the only pro about this box is that I maybe would use one product which is the shower scrub.

Cons –  I’d be using 1/5 of the products, I feel somewhat angry for wasting my money on this.

Would I repurchase? – Well, I let’s just start off by saying I have had 2 boxes now and I have given it a chance but honestly I would not recommend this subscription box. I’m kind of angry because I feel like I’ve just thrown my money at something pointless. I have since then cancelled my subscription box and would just advise against this purchase. But it is totally up to you.

UPDATE: So I reached out to Birchbox customer service to explain how poor these boxes have been lately, after 4 days of waiting for a response they finally responded saying they’d be happy to refund me if I sent back all boxes unused. I replied back to them stating that they send products smaller than sample size for you to try out so of course they’ll be used. It’s been 3 days since and I’ve had no reply. Don’t waste your money guys, seriously! The customer service kinda sucks too as well as the box service.

I hope this review has helped you make a decision whether you would like to purchase this subscription box or not. Check out my other reviews for June Birchbox and June Glossybox.

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Glossybox Review – June Edition

After my last subscription box review, I decided I wanted to give others on the market a try. I came across Glossybox through a google search and just decided to give it a go.

I clicked on the option for a 1-month subscription plan which basically means pay-as-you-go for per box that you have. So each month it’s £10 + £3.25 P&P. Which brings this month total for my Glossy box to £13.25, not a bad price to say Birchbox is £12.95 (inc P&P).

Delivery for the box was fairly quickly, I ordered it on the 29th of June and received the box on the 4th of July. Which meant I only waited 5 days for delivery but as we miss the post on a Sunday it was only 4 days in total. My Birchbox took a whole week to arrive so Glossybox already did better with their delivery compared to the other company.

The packaging was pretty simple but sleek and chic. The box feels weighty and the cardboard feels quite durable. Inside the products are laid out on black shredded paper along with a card showing you the contents and the theme, the theme for this Glossybox was French Riviera must-have products.

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Products I received – June Box

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Monu Skin Eye Cool Gel,  RRP £24.95

Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix, RRP £9.95

Noven Mystic black Deep Hair Mask, RRP £11.95

Wilkinson Sword f.a.b Razor,  RRP £12

Laritzy Cosmetics Shade Stix, RRP £18

Total value = £76.85

Pros – One of the things I do like is that on the website they have a beauty profile for you to fill in so they can tailor their product choices to you and your skin/hair/complexion type. It feels a very personal touch which means then you won’t really receive products that you’ll just give away to someone as you wouldn’t use them. I’ll use the razor as someone who shaves regualrly this was a great product to send my way, the hair mask was a good choice for me also as it’s purpose is to help dry and frizzy hair which is exactly what I have.

Cons – The product choice in this box only included 3 products I would use which include the razor, the hair mask and the eye cool gel but that’s about it. The Laritzy Shade Stix they sent is way too dark for my pale complexion. It’s orange on me as it’s for deep skin tones, it’s also warmed toned which is a no and for contour, I only use cool toned products.

Would I repurchase – I have seen some of their previous boxes and they were much better than this June edition so I think I’m going to stay on the subscription and review the next box for you as it could potentially change my mind. As all subscription boxes are more or less a glorified “lucky dip” then you’ll, of course, have products in there that you’ll love and hate.  Again, I am free to cancel at any time but I want to see the July box so stay tuned for that oneas I’ll post a review.

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June Favourites

We blinked a couple of times and June progressed into July, throughout the month I tried and tested lots of new products, here are my favourites. (P.S I know I’m late to the party)

Makeup

Collection Glam Crystals Gel Glitter Eyeliner in Glitz  (Superdrug £2.99) This liner is perfect for lining a cut crease, inner corner or detailing. It’s very pigmented, buildable and super cheap!

Glitzibitz Loose Glitter (Ebay £1.75– These pots of chunky glitter are amazing! They help me to create lots of different themed looks, they can be placed in the inner corner on the lid or you can bathe in the glitter if you so wish. At £1.75 it’s a steal, I bought 6 pots in an offer the shop was doing and I paid under £6 for them.

Sugarpill Pro Pressed Eyeshadow in Love + (Beautybay £8) – As it’s pride month I’ve been creating so many rainbow looks (check them out on Instagram @bethhh_okxy). It’s a super pigmented red shade which helps me blend into other colours to create the perfect rainbow.

Skincare

Garnier Micellar Water (Superdrug £4.99) Since using this micellar water I have found that my skin isn’t breaking out as much as it was, my blackheads have also lessened too which I’m super happy with. I use about 4 cotton pads to remove a full face and the water clings to the makeup, removing it in one swipe.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray (Beautybay £7/11) – This product has been super hyped in the makeup/beauty community, it has 5-star reviews on the Beauty Bay website and I see why. It has cleared up my skin so much! Most of the products I use in my makeup routine are matte so they can sit a little cakey on the skin, this spray just makes it all melt into a flawless base. It doesn’t have a horrible alcohol scent to it either which is another reason why I like this product.

Haircare

Aussie Miracle Leave-in Conditioner Spray (Superdrug  £4.99) I love this spray, my hair is super dry from non-stop bleaching and this spray definitely helps. It makes my hair less frizzy and more manageable.

Tools

Zoeva Brow Line Brush 332 (Beautybay £8) – This brush is perfect for laying concealer under a bold brow, it helps with definition.

Zoeva 234 Luxe Smoky Shader Brush (Beautybay £9It’s not what it’s made for but I use this brush to cut my crease with concealer, it works a dream.

Zoeva Travel Mirror (Beautybay £8)– Perfect size for my very small desk, it pops up and folds away.

I can’t wait to discover some more new products this July, gonna raid some sales and see what I can get. I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any products I have mentioned. Take care – Beth 🙂 x

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