Saturday, 30 March 2019

I Heart Revolution Easter Egg Palette's | My Thoughts & Eye Looks!

Top: Chocolate, Left: Flamingo, Right: Candy.

Hey there, I hope you’re all having a good day! If you didn’t know Revolution recently came out with new Easter Egg and Donut Palettes and as they looked so good I thought I would pick up some of the Easter egg ones to try out. This may or may not have been an impulse buy almost purely because of the packaging, but is me we’re talking about so what’s new? Also, just before I do get into reviewing these products, I did just want to let you know that I have an IG account for my blog where I share photos of products, makeup looks and more. So if you would like to check them out, I am over at @lucibarkerblog

I picked up the Flamingo, Chocolate and Candy Palettes because these looked like the would be the ones I would most likely use and they also have a few shades in them which I knew I would be able to experiment and play with. 
As with every other Revolution product, these palettes are such good quality, the shadows are very pigmented and I love this Easter egg idea. I think the only downfall (if that’s the right way to describe it) for me is that I probably wouldn’t use the yellow highlight shade in the Choocolate palette. But I could seem myself using it as an inner corner highlight or as a shimmer lid colour for a cut crease / spotlight eye.

These palettes retail at just £5 each and they can be purchased on and Superdrug. I think £5 is such a good price for 5 shadows and 2 highlights 

Here are a few swatches from the palettes and they're done using just one swipe of the products. So as you can see, they're very pigmented and they're really smooth and easy to blend as well.

There is also one other Easter Egg palette in this collection which is called Chick and this one is more of a spring kinda palette with yellow, orange and burgundy. The highlight shades in this palette are absolutely to die for and I may need to get that one particularly just for the highlighters, but saying that one of them does look a little dark ... with a tan however, I will deffo use it.

Just below you can see a couple of the looks that I have created using the palettes so far and I really like the way they both turned out. These palettes are so versatile and you can create a number of looks, whether you're using each palette individually or all together. (Excuse the lash on the left, it was too long for my eye haha!)

Some of the looks I created using these palettes! 
Thankyou so much for taking the time to read this post, I really hope you liked it. If you haven't already caught up with my previous post and you would like to you can click the link below. Also as google+ is closing, if you want to be notified when I upload and you don't want to miss out please follow my Bloglovin' (link is below). 
Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Revolution Skincare Haul + My Thoughts!

'Another haul?' You might be thinking. I was going to include these Revolution Skincare products in my previous haul, but I wanted to talk more in depth about them and also review them at the same time. If you've read my blog before, you'll know that I absolutely LOVE Revolution products, but I just hadn't tried any of their skincare products yet. A few weeks ago, I saw that they had release the new Hydrating Essence Sprays and I'd just ran out of my Mario Badescu Facial Spray and needed a new one, so how about that for timing eh?

The first product I picked up was the Hydration Boost Moisturiser. I have had my eye on this for quite a while due to hearing lots of good things about it and I finally decided to pick it up this time. I love using gel creams, because they work really well with my skin and as they're gel based they sink into the skin easily, without making you look or feel oily/greasy. For someone with combination skin, this works perfectly because it doesn't add any extra oils to my oily areas, but still re-hydrates the dry patches. The ingredients also include Hyaluronic Acid which works to re-hydrate dry, dull skin and is also really good for fine lines and wrinkles. For just £8 you get a decent 50ml pot of product and because a little goes a long way, this will last a decent amount of time. I would personally compare it to the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Berry Jelly Moisturiser, which I'm sure you've all seen me talk about many times on my blog.
I then came across the 2% Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Serum, which I didn't actually know they did, but I swear by Hyaluronic Acid (you can probably tell by now anyway!) and also serums are really good to add to moisturisers so I thought I'd try it out. Serums are really good to put on overnight because it gives it time to sink into the skin and really work its magic! I just mix this with my moisturiser and BAM it get's to work on my skin. This is just 2% Hyaluronic Acid, which is a decent amount because obviously a high amount of acid directly on your face wouldn't be a good thing, I would've thought anyway. I believe you can also get a 5% serum as well.

I stumbled across the Hyaluronic Hydrating Essence Spray on Instagram, when it was first released and as I was in need of a new facial spray it just seemed like the perfect time to try this one. I didn't actually realize how much I actually use Hyaluronic acid, but there's that. I find facial sprays perfect as they're really hydrating and refreshing and this one also smells of grapefruit and it's such a lovely scent.

I  also received the gold elixir as a free sample, I believe you get this when you spent £20 on the Revolution Beauty website and that deal is still currently on at the time of me writing this post. This product is like a mix of an oil and a serum, and it even has gold flakes in it which are supposed to brighten the skin ... how fancy?! I use this at night to give me glowing, radiant skin in the morning and it does say that this can be mixed with your foundation too!!

Also, can I just add that all these products are cruelty free and vegan, just another reason why Revolution is one of or if not my FAVOURITE beauty brands out there! I am very happy with all of the products I got and my skin is looking and feeling much better in just a week.

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Birchbox Unboxing | March 2019.

So it's that time again,where I share all the Birchbox goodies that came in this months box. It doesn't feel like a whole month since I did the last one, but somehow it is! I really hope you're enjoying this series on my blog, as I'm really enjoying writing it. This months box had mainly mini samples in it, with a couple of full sized items and I think it's a good balance and I'm quite excited about all of them. 

The first Products I pulled out of the box this month was the Generation Clay Mask. which is a brightening purple clay face mask. I haven't heard of this brand or product before but I did a bit of research and I heard some read some good things about it. I love a good face mask, so I'm looking forward to seeing how this one works on my skin.

Another skincare product that I got was the Glam Glow Tropical Cleanse. The way they describe it on the website sounds like an actual dream. It's said to 'deeply cleanse and buff away dull skin cells to reveal your best ever glow' ... ugh yes please, pass me 10! I've only tried one or two products from Glam Glow before and I really like how the products work, they're just a little pricey. It's such a hyped about brand in the beauty world and no surprise there because they're products really high quality and work wonders for my skin.

Next up is the Daisy Love Perfume from Marc Jacobs. This is such a popular perfume and I have been wanting to try it out for such a long time but, when it comes to perfumes I always seem to stick to my faves. It has a very refreshing, floral scent, with woody notes and cashmere musk. Although I don't usually go for floral scents, I surprisingly like the scent and it seems like one this will be one I reach for in the coming months. I may have to treat myself to a full size bottle.

Going back to skincare now, I then pulled out the Daily Concepts Charcoal Soap Sponge and I'm pretty sure that I got this in a Birchbox before, but it may have been from somewhere else. I love using charcoal products on my skin because they're said to be really good for your skin, as it draws all the crap out of it basically ... I'm not sure the exact properties of it but it always gives my skin some much needed TLC.

I then picked out the Chella Brow Cream in Taupe. Although I'm into proper bold brows, I think that this will give me a good old natural look to my brows, so I am looking forward to trying it out. I do think it'll be a little light for me though, as my brows are usually browny/black, so we will see. 

Last but not least, I received The Beauty Crop x Birchbox 'You Go Girl' Bronzer. I always seem to be switching up my bronzers and using all the different ones in my collection, so I decided to try this out once I had opened the box and started doing my makeup. I think this bronzer is the perfect shade for my skin tone as it's not to light or dark, but it has a slight bronzey/ almost orangey sun kissed glow to it, and it works perfectly for a quick bronze up, or even a more defined contoured look.

As you can see from my comments on this, I am very happy with this months box and am excited to try each product out. Thankyou so much for taking the time to read this post, I hope you enjoyed taking a peak into this months 'You Go Girl' Birchbox and I will see you soon!

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡
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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Drugstore Makeup Haul + First Impressions.

Hey there, how are you all?
Welcome to another blog post. I asked on Instagram what posts you would like to see next and a Haul was the most popular. (If you would like to be involved in votes like this in the future, you my follow me @lucibarker_).

I decided to treat myself to a few new beauty bits and pick up some makeup that I've been really wanting to try out and let's just say I picked up more items than I expected to ... typical me. So, what did I pick up in Boots this time?

The first thing I picked up was the So...? Fragrance in Cali Cool and I'm sure you've all seen me talk about how much I love Bali Breeze from them too, so I really wanted to try out a new one. This was in the sale for just £2 on the Boots website and I thought it was the perfect time to try another one. I love how refreshing this scent is and I know it's gonna quickly become one of my go-to spring / summer scents. Because I'm no good at describing scents to you, I will add the description of the Body Mist below:

'From poolside hanging to city exploring, So...? Cali Cool body mist will keep you fresh! Inspired by the smells of sun, sand and the ocean, the fragrance begins with sun-soaked notes of orange and nectarine, progressing into sizzling summer fruits of pineapple, mango and papaya, perfectly topped off with creamy notes of vanilla. This is summer captured in a bottle!'

I've been wanting to try using a powder foundation for a while now because, sometimes when I don't want to wear a full face of makeup, I still want to look presentable and not rough haha. I wasn't sure where to start, or  which ones were good but I came across the NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop which came with a free mini setting spray and that was all the temptation I needed to pick this one up. I picked up the shade Alabaster, which I believe is like the second or third lightest shade. To be fair it can be a little orange toned for me, but I like the fact it can give me some colour so I just blend it down my neck slightly and we're all sorted. It's not great coverage, but with a little bit of concealer underneath it works a treat. It looks super natural and light weight, and it's really easy to take off at the end of the day. It did last all day for me and I was really impressed with it over all. This retails at £15, which I thought was okay for a foundation, but when I used it I had to use quite a bit to make sure it was all covered, blended and no patches, so I do feel like it would hit pan pretty quickly and that's my only criticism.

I have recently ran out of my MAC Fix+ and after years and years of using that, I thought it was time to try a new one. I've seen so many positive things in Videos and on Blogs about the Obsession Setting Sprays, so I couldn't not try it out. I picked up the Dewy Fix one, because I love glowy skin and this retails at £6, which is a third or even a quarter of the price of the MAC one. So far I'm really liking how this makes my makeup look after spritzing it. It takes away that powdery look and gives a little bit of a glow. To be honest, I never know if setting sprays actually work, but it's really refreshing and I like to use it before, during and after my makeup is done, as well as using it to damp my brushes or makeup sponge for a better application of a certain product.

I wanted to pick up a kabuki brush to use with my powder foundation as I thought that it would work better than the big fluffy foundation brushes that I use at the moment. Years ago, I used to have a No7 Kabuki Brush and I remember it being really good, so I decided to get another one. I then saw that No7 had a number of different deals including 3 for 2, £5 worth of points when spending £25 AND a free gift, so obviously I had to make sure I got all three of the deals. I decided to pick up the Contour and Highlight double ended brush, because I thought it would be good for travelling but also because it looked like a good quality brush and like one I needed in my collection. I've wanted to try more of No7 products for a while and Concealer seemed to be one that jumped out to me to want to try, so I decided to get the Hydraluminous one in the lightest shade. I'm really looking forward to trying out all of these no7 items and I'm sure you'll all find out soon my thoughts on them.The No7 Nude to Night Palette was the free gift as I bought 3 No7 products and it usually retails at £25. It comes with 6 eye shadows, a bronzer, blush and a highlight and it looks like the perfect little palette for a night out.

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡
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Saturday, 9 March 2019

February Favourites!

*please excuse the quality of this picture, the lighting was not on my side at the time of taking it!*

Hey there, welcome back to the blog and for today's post I will be sharing my current favourite products from the month of February. I have been so excited to share my favourites with you for this month because I have found lots of new products that I have been loving as well as going back to older products that I didn't like to much before but am really liking now. Let's get into it!!

Soo, my first favourite from the month of Feb is the W7 Makeup and Glow Bronzing Base. I did actually write a review on this a while back, which you can click here to read. At the time of writing the review, I wasn't crazy about it, but I did like the way that it made my base look, but it seemed to go patchy. However, I have recently started to use this everyday and I can't get enough of it. I apply this with a Stippling Brush after I've blended my foundation, and then I bounce it in with a damp makeup sponge to avoid any harsh lines. I then set it with powder and add a little bronzer. If you wanted a more natural look you could just powder it as you've still got the bronzey look, I find that this stays on my skin really nicely now and I don't seem to get the patchy look that I did when I'd tried it out previously. This retails at £5.99, however you can find it cheaper on Amazon and eBay. I really recommend this product and I can't wait to continue using it!

The Stippling Brush from Real Techniques is another favourite of mine for this month. To be honest I don't know why I've included this brush into my favourites because I only bought it a couple of weeks ago, but I bought it specifically for the W7 Cream Bronzer and I think this could be the reason why it's working so well for me. Just because I'm able to apply the product, blend it slightly and blend it out with my makeup sponge. I think using a flat top brush may smear the product rather than blend it in,  so I would recommend using a stippling brush when using a product like this. 

My next favourite is the So...? Fragrance in Bali Breeze. I absolutely loved this scent last summer and because I was going on holiday, I decided to take it with me. But since then I just haven't wanted to stop using it. It's such a nice refreshing scent made up of Coconut, Pineapple and Orange Blossom ... it's just such a beach scent and I love it. It's also on for just £2!!!

Next up is the No7 The Full 360 mascara which I believe is a new release, but don't quote me on that one. I was scrolling on the boots website at the end of January and this mascara popped up with an offer on it, so we all know I just had to pick it up and try it out. So far I am very pleased with it, it doesn't make your lashes clumpy, but it has a curved spoolie which makes it super easy to coat each lash and make them full and it gives them a little curl. The mascara doesn't seem to smudge or transfer throughout the day, so you don't end up looking like a panda. It doesn't say that it's water proof, but I believe that it is, it also lasts up to 12 hours and looks just as good from application to removal. I also found that it comes off really easy when I take my makeup off and I use the Garnier miceller water oil-infused cleanser.  It literally has everything you would want in a mascara all for just £14. There are also many other deals on this mascara right now and you can check those out by clicking here.

The LOC Liquid Shimmer Shadow in the shade Moonlight, which I actually received in February's Birchbox. Admittedly I have only used this a few times but I honestly have never used something so easy in my makeup routine. A quick transition colour through the crease, spread this over the main part of the lid for a cut crease or in the centre for a halo eye and VOILA ya done. It it really opaque and drys down pretty quickly, as well as lasting on the lid, I cannot wait to create more looks with this and I can't recommend it enough.

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡
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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

B. Blending Makeup Sponge Review | #4

Well then, look what's back! It's my Makeup Sponge Review series, which I kind of abandoned but thought I would carry on because I really liked doing them. I'm really fussy with makeup sponges and I can't use brushes for some reason because they just don't work with my skin, so reviewing them is kinda for me so I can look back and see which ones I've tried and liked/disliked and also for you so you can see my thoughts on each one.

If you haven't read my other reviews and you would like to, then please click here.

I started using this sponge just over and month ago and I finally thought it was about time that I got round to writing a review on it. Out of the few sponges that I have reviewed so far, this one is the most similar looking to the Beauty Blender ... well it's literally identical, however did it perform as well?

Let's play a game of how many times does Luci use the word sponge in this post? TOO MANY is the answer haha.

The B. Blending Makeup Sponge is from Superdrug, which is a drugstore, and the price reflects this at £4.99, however it is currently in the sale for £2.99. At this price I was really hoping for it to work as well as any of the other sponges that I like using, basically as it's the cheapest out of the ones I've used and who doesn't want to save themselves some money eh?

I always damp my sponges before starting my makeup as I feel that it gives a much nicer finish, on my skin particularly. Before I damped this sponge it was quite stiff, but sometimes when you've added some water it can make it more squidgy, so I was hoping that this one would do the same. It did grow in size a little and become a tiny bit more squidgy but it was still quite hard and I found that this didn't help with blending the products in as it was almost scraping it and moving it around rather than bouncing it into the skin. 

This sponge isn't bad by any means, it just doesn't necessarily suit my skin. I have combination skin so I desperately need some moisture added back into the skin when blending and I found this the water just sort of absorbed straight into the sponge almost immediate so I had to use a bit of Fix+ to get me through the blending process. I actually found that it worked quite well for blending concealer as I was able to be more precise with the sponge and able to almost press it into the skin and I did like the finish, although it was a little cakey so I did finish blending with my fingers which also worked well. I tried to give this sponge a few chances to see if it was just the way I was using it, so I did use it damp, then dry and in the end it became my 'baking' sponge and it does the job ... so at least I have found a use for it.

I'd say that this sponge would work well for someone with either normal or oily skin, or some who just doesn't like to damp their sponge.

I'm sorry that this review was so short, there just wasn't really much to say about it unfortunately, but I hope you're looking forward to the next part to this series. Also, this post isn't just about me reviewing it to say that it's bad or anything like that, but I thought as the last few sponge reviews were positives, that a not so positive on would be great to throw into the mix.

Thankyou so much for reading this post, it means so much to me that you've taken the time out of your day to have a read and I really hope you enjoyed reading it! Make sure to check out my previous post (linked below) if you would like to and I will see you soon!

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡
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