Saturday, 27 April 2019

Unboxing the Revolution Mystery Bag!

Hello there, welcome to a new post. I recently made a Revolution beauty order and they had a deal that if  you spent £30 you'd get a free Mystery Bag, so obviously I had to spend £30 didn't I? I love doing unboxing posts, as I'm sure you've seen my Birchbox opening series, but I don't get to do them that often so this is the perfect opportunity to do so and I hope you enjoy.
As you can see above, these are all the products that came in the mystery bag this time. I really love the selection of different products they have given in this bag, because let's be honest you can never have too many eye shadow palettes and we're always gonna need a makeup applicator! 
First up are the Unicorn Tears silicone makeup applicators and I have been waiting soo long to try one of these. I am going to do a full review on these so bare with me, but I actually do really like the application. One of the downfalls for me though, is that the pink from one of the applicators did come out onto my skin making it look like I was applying a pink foundation. I do reckon that after a few uses that it should wash off any excess colour ... but we will see.
Next up is the Mermaid Hearts palette and I actually hadn’t even heard of or seen this palette before getting it. I’ve only used this once but in absolutely loving it. The colours are insane, they’re really smooth and blendable and they’re also very pigmented. This palette is going to be so good for summer and I can’t wait to create more looks with it. If you would like to see the look I share using this palette, you can check it out on my instagram @lucibarkerblog.
I have seen the Lip Lavas before and I’ve been really looking forward to trying them out. From first impressions, this colour doesn’t look like a bit of me, but I’ll deffo try it out. It does come out a little see through and not completely opaque, but I think this is good as it makes it a bit more subtle and not as hard with such a bold colour.
This bag also came with another eye palette and this one is just as good. This one is called the Parent Advisory palette and this is such a good palette for neutral looks and smokey eyes, as well as pop of colour looks as these blue shades look incredible. These shadows are also very pigmented and it does have a mixture of shimmers and mattes which makes it really versatile and perfect for travelling / on the go too!!
Check out my previous post here.
Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

Friday, 19 April 2019

Easter Makeup Look! || Collab w/ AlixKate!

Hey and welcome to today's post, which is particularly exciting because it's a collab with one of my besties Alix from Today, we will both be sharing our Easter inspired makeup looks and I hope you enjoy. Don't forget to check out Alix's post here and she also has a YouTube channel which is makeupwithalixkate. Also, if you've come over from Alix's blog, welcome my name is Luci and I really hope you enjoy reading my blog!

The Products!

Smashbox Under Eye Primer
I used to use this as an eye primer for a good year or so and absolutely loved using it but I started using lots of other products and never went back to it. I decided to try it out again for this look and I love how light and blendable it is and it doesn't cause creasing, it just hydrates the eyes for makeup.

Revolution Marvelous Mattes Palette
I've been using this palette so much since I bought it and I am absolutely loving it. It's all bright matte shades and is perfect for all sorts of looks. I can't wait to create more looks with this palette. I used the Pastel Blue and Dark Purple shade and blended the edges with the more pale yellow. For the inner corner I used the highlight from the Revolution Flamingo Easter Egg Palette.

NYX Vivid Brights Eye Liner in Halo
This yellow eye liner was really hard to apply as I found the applicator to be a little to flimsy to get an accurate wing, however I think it worked out pretty well. The only fault I have with this liner is that it cracks so easily and after it's dried it doesn't look too good. Thankfully you can't see it too much in this photo but deffo not one I would recommend. The white liner was just a white eye liner pen from eBay.

No7 360 Mascara
To finish off the eyes I used the new No7 360 Mascara and some cheap lashes from eBay. As you can tell they're a little bit big and long for my eyes but if you would like to check them out you can click here.

Chella Taupe Brow Cream
Recently I have absolutely been loving this brow product and it's become my go-to. I cannot recommend it enough and even though the shade is taupe, it does work really well with my brow colour.

The Look!
Thankyou so much for taking the time to read this post. This look didn't come out as good as I could've hope because that yellow eye liner was PLAYING me and it was much harder to do the dots than I thought. But, I really liked the idea I had and I hope you liked the way it turned out!

 As always thankyou so much to Alix for collabing with me, I can't wait to see the look you have created.

Check out my previous post here.
Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Revolution Precision Makeup Sponge Review | #5

I’m back today with post number 5 of my makeup sponge reviewing series and I always get so excited to try out new makeup sponges. I came across this Revolution Precision Sponge when I was looking in the Revolution beauty website and I decided to try it out and then let you all know my thoughts ... especially as it was (and still is) in the sale for £1.50 from £5. If you would like to check out my previous posts in the series then you can click here.

Usually it takes me at least a few uses to determine whether I actually do like a makeup sponge or not, but with this one it was more obvious in the first use whether I did or not ... obviously I'm going to save that info until the end or that would be a very short review wouldn't it? haha.

Let's start off with talking about the shape, because I think the shape of a makeup sponge really helps with different areas of the shape and can really make or break the sponge and how it applies makeup. One side of this sponge is very similar to the original Beauty Blender, however the other side is much thinner and goes into a point. This can be seen as a good thing because it's not only the perfect size to get around the eyes, but it's also really good for getting a sharp edge when baking under contour. I always like my sponges to be more pointed at the top to make it easy to blend hard to reach and smaller areas, but I think a sponge does need either a flat edge or a more rounded edge to make it easier to blend out the rest of the base makeup. I did find it quite difficult to blend the rest of the face out mainly because I felt that the tips of the sponge moved the product rather than bouncing it in and this let to a very streaky application ... no matter how much I blended.

I had such high hopes for this sponge in the beginning, one because it's from easily my favourite makeup brand Revolution and that when I damped it, it did grow which usually means that it's going to be a bit more squishy and this gives it more of a bounce when blending. Well that seemed to be the case with all the makeup sponges that I have tried before. However, although the sponge did grow in size and felt a little bit softer, it did still have a stiffness to it and that lead to the products becoming really patchy and streaky on my skin. I think if it did have more of a rounded edge on the bottom that it could have helped a bit with the blending process.

Overall, I'm not as pleased with this sponge as I have been in previous posts in this series or as much as I had hoped to be, however if you do like more of a stiff sponge, instead of a bouncy and squidgy ones, then this could be right up your street. A bonus for me is the more pointed tip as this did help with blending around the eyes and the nose. This sponge is definitely on the cheaper side compared to many others on the market, at just £5. It's currently in the sale though so I don't if thats because they're discontinuing it or maybe they might be bringing a new one out, you never know!

Thankyou so much for taking the time to read this post and I hope you're enjoying the come back of this series. If there is a particular sponge that you would like me to try out and let you know my thoughts on, then please let me know in the description below.

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Birchbox Unboxing | April 2019.

Hi there, happy Saturday and welcome to a new post on my blog. For today's post I will be unboxing Aprils Box with you all and sharing my thoughts on it. How is it already that time of the month again, time is going so quickly!!

So, the first product that I pulled out of the box was the Human+Kind Body Souffle. I hadn't actually heard of this brand before, but I'm always on the look out for new skincare products and seeing how good they work for my skin. I have only used this a couple of times since getting the box, but it does smell really nice, is lightweight and doesn't have the greasy feel. I can already feel that my elbows are feeling less dry and I will continue to use this hoping that it really stops my elbows being so dry all the time.

The next item in the box this month is the mini version of Benefits Porefessional Primer. This used to be a staple in my makeup collection a few years ago, especially when I first started getting into makeup. It's one of those highly hyped about product in the beauty industry and is deffo worth the money, in my opinion. I haven't used this in such a long time, since I ran out a year or so ago, and I'm very excited to try it out again. 

Next up are the Diamond Eye under eye masks. Skincare is one of those things that I go all out for and I feel like under eye masks are not a step that can be skipped in a skincare routine, especially in mine. (My opinion anyway). I went online and read some reviews about this and they all seem really positive and from the properties that it claims to have, including anti-ageing, re-hydrating and smoothing, this sounds right up my street and I cannot wait to try them. They also say that they’re made with real diamond (umm not quite sure about this one haha) and caffeine extracts, which I guess is good for getting rid of under eye circles. 

Lastly, is the product I’m probably most excited about and that it the Estate Dew Me Baked Highlighter. I’m sure you all know how much I love my highlighters and after swatching this one I am very impressed. It’s very pigmented, it has a nice glow to it but doesn’t have that glittery look that I really don’t like, and it doesn’t give that powdery look that just sits in top of the skin (if that makes any sense). I’m sure you’ll all see me talking about this a lot in the future because I can tell I’m going to love it!!!

Overall, I'm not that over the moon with this months box. Although I did receive a few products that I do like, I feel like it was a bit of a let down to only receive 4 products in this box. Don't get me wrong, I do really like the products I did get, but I do think that compared to other beauty subscription box companies, that they don't seem as good. Especially not as good in recent boxes as I found the first couple of months after joining Birchbox. I've seen unboxing of other subscription boxes and people seem to forever be pulling out new items from it. I think I may try out a new subscription box for next month, so if you have any recommendations for ones to try then please let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

Monday, 8 April 2019

March Favourites!

And H E L L O A P R I L! I always get so excited to share to share my favourites with you every month and this one is no exception. I have really been using lots of new products over the past few months and I’ve found some real good products, a lot of them are cheap and drugstore as well.

My first favourite is No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in the shade Calico. This used to be my go-to favourite foundation for so many years, especially when I first started wearing makeup everyday and after finding many other faves and forgetting about this one, I decided to try it out again to see if it was still one of my all times faves. I really like how perfectly this matches my skin (I got matched years ago), it’s very light weight but also has good coverage and it lasts really well on the skin, without going oily or patchy etc. I couldn’t recommend this Foundations to you enough and at such a great price too, it’s deffo worth a try!!

Let’s talk about the Huda Beauty Emerald Obsessions palette which I had my eye on for such a long time, but didn’t think I would actually use. However, recently I have really been experimenting with makeup and trying new types of looks, rather than my basic overused orange / warm smokey eye. A couple of months ago, whilst I was on a delayed train, I decided to use my spare time wisely (well I think it’s wisely anyway haha!) I’ve only used this once but I really like the way the look turned out and I can’t wait to play around with it some more. The palette details at £25 which does seem a little pricey for a small palette with 9 shadows, but I do think the quality of the shadows and the pigment in them is really good so for me I’d say it’s worth it ... especially for a luxury product!

Last month, or maybe the month before, in my Birchbox I received this Chella Brow Pomade which has very quickly become my go-to and I absolutely love it. I did say in my Unboxing post that I thought the shade Taupe may be too light, but it’s actually the perfect colour for me. It comes with an angled brow brush one end and the pomade in the other, this isn’t only handy for every day use but for travelling as well. This retails at $26 which does seem quite pricey but I just know that I’ll be stocking up whenever I’ve finished a tube of this!!

Next up is the Colab Dry Shampoo which I picked up from Pretty Little Thing. I decided to pick this up just because I was in desperate need of a dry shampoo and I was ordering off of PLT anyway. I knew this would come next day and it was also fairly cheap at £3.50 so I just added it to my basket. I’m so fussy when it comes to dry shampoos because normal ones show up in my brown hair and brunette dry shampoos just leave it feeling dirty. When I saw that this said it was invisible, I thought it would be the best bet for me. I really love the way this smells. Although it does go a little bit grey at first, it blends out easily and you wouldn’t even know you’ve got it in your hair!!

The I Heart Revolution Flamingo Easter Egg palette is still very new to my collection but it’s still easily a new revolution fave for me. I’m sure you all know by now that I seem to love every product revolution come out with and that’s because they’re such good quality and really well priced. I’m not going to say too much about this one because I just published a review on each of the Easter Egg palettes last week and you can read this one here.

The Revolution Hydraboost Moisturiser is also very new to my collection ... you may have seen me mention it in a previous haul post ... and it definitely lived up to expectations. I heard so many good things about Revolution Skincare products so I was very excited to try this out. I love using more gel based moisturisers because they sink into the skin rather than sitting on top of it and looking greasy like a lot of cream based moisturisers do. I really like how hydrating this is, and also how little of the product you actually have to use each time and this means that this lasts a little longer than any of my other moisturisers.

My last favourite for the month of March is the Obsessions Dewy Fix Setting Spray. I never actually know whether it’s the setting spray or the primer that helps with the longevity of my makeup, or even both, but I still couldn’t miss out this important step. I have combination skin and it does get quite oily throughout the day, meaning that I have to use a whole lot of powder to make sure that it stays matte for as long as possible, but this can lead to my skin feeling really dry and also having the products stick to my dry patches. So I like to use a little, or a lot, of this to take away that powdery look and feel. I really like this one because it gives a natural glow to the skin, without it being to oily for me, its really refreshing and it’s also so much cheaper than my ultimate fave which is MAC fix+.

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡
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