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Friday, 27 April 2018

The Revolution Beauty Concealer That's Changed The Game

I'm a little late to jump on the bandwagon with this one, but BOY am I glad I  finally did...

To be fair, it took me so long to get on the bloomin' bandwagon because every time I went into my local Superdrug, it was ALWAYS sold out! I had one of those 'angels singing and a light shining down on me' moments when I was shopping in Superdrug in Bath last week. I was just browsing and I thought, ooo, I wonder if they've got the concealer, kind of laughing to myself because who was I kidding - this baby just loves to be sold out. And OH MY GOD they actually had it in stock. ONE left in my shade. It was obviously fate, so I picked it up and pretty much ran to the till. 

That's right everyone, it's the Revolution Beauty Conceal & Define Concealer. Move over Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, which I now think breaks me out after a bit of trial and error, this concealer is moving in. I'd read so much online about this concealer, so I had a pretty good feeling that I was going to like it. But I have to tell you, this concealer just blows everything out of the water. It just seems to tick every single box for me. 

To get the ball rolling, let's talk about the shade range. I bought shade C1, which is the lightest shade, and it matches my pale skin (with pink pigmentation) perfectly. It's a neutral shade, which I really like. It's not too yellow and it's not too pink; it's a great mix of both (swatch image below, please excuse my dry, pale hands!) I think there around 18+ shades, which I think is amazing for a highstreet concealer. It's great to see a brand catering for a diverse range of skin tones.

For the most part, I've been applying this concealer on top of one of my favourite foundations, L'Oreal's True Match. It is incredibly easy to apply. The doe foot applicator is pretty large, making it very easy to cover all areas of my face, with minimal dips back into the tube. I've never had a concealer with an applicator this big, but I have to say, I'm living for it. 

The consistency of this product is absolutely phenomenal. I've been blending it in with both a buffing brush and a Real Techniques sponge, and both give amazing and quick results. It doesn't go patchy, cling to dry patches and most importantly it actually covers blemishes and redness; I'd say it's definitely a matte high coverage concealer, however it doesn't look drying at all. The blending process is so seamless and creates that 'melting into the skin' kind of look. I get a lot of pesky redness on the lower parts of my cheeks near my jaw and it does a superb job at covering it, which is great because I often find it hard to cover these areas. Win, win!

In terms of longevity, it does pretty well. It doesn't go really patchy and my under eye area still looks good at the end of the day. I always find my makeup wears off when I'm at work, because I often lean on my face with my hands, plus I eat and drink on and off all day. The first places are usually around my nose and on my chin. I have to admit, the coverage does wear off a bit, but this happens with most concealers I use because I'm wearing them without touch ups for 9 hours at a time. When I did touch it up after work the other evening, it applied over amazingly well and didn't go ridiculously cakey, so I'd say that was a success, as with other concealers I can just end up a huge cakey mess. However, when I wore this concealer to a party one night last week, I used my UD All Nighter setting spray, and my base stayed flawless all night. So for me, it really depends on what I'm doing and how I've applied it!

All in all though, I have to say this concealer is an absolute steal and definitely a new favourite of mine. It does what it says on the tin, the packaging is super pretty (I'm loving the rose gold) and most importantly... it's £4?!?! My mind is blown. So many people are saying that it's a great dupe for Tarte's Shape Tape, but for the price of it, I think I will stick to the Revolution one for now!

Have you tried the Revolution Beauty Conceal & Define Concealer? Do you think it's worth the hype?

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Pairing Gold Accessories with CAPAShop*

*This post is in collaboration with CAPAshop and contains an affiliate code.

Over the years, I've definitely become a jewellery lover. I love dainty, easy to wear and timeless pieces that can be mixed and matched. So, when CAPAshop asked if I'd like to become one of their ambassadors, I just couldn't say no!

CAPAshop are a new and upcoming jewellery brand, with their website recently launching with their first line of beautiful products. From rings, earrings, necklaces to bracelets, they've got it all, with a range of finishes to choose from: silver, rose gold and white gold. There's definitely something for everyone. 

As an ambassador, I was asked if I wanted to try one of their brand new products. I had a good look through their website and instantly fell in love with their rings. However, I was a little cautious because as you might be able to tell, my hands are SO small! Unfortunately, they currently do not stock rings in my size, which is understandable, as it is incredibly hard for me to find rings that fit me anyway. 

After toing and froing, the lovely team at CAPAshop kindly recommended their Rose Gold Clasp Bracelet, which retails for £12.00. I instantly fell in love. I adore anything rose gold and the dainty diamonds add such a beautiful touch, but also match my other jewellery perfectly - win win! Having a petite figure, I was still a little worried that the bracelet wasn't going to fit my small wrists. But, the team were so helpful and provided me with all the measurements. I did a quick measure and decided to go for it! 

My order was shipped on a Monday, and arrived very swiftly by Wednesday! I was so pleased. The bracelet came neatly packaged in a dainty black suedette pouch, with a small business card. I like that they included this, as I think that it adds a nice personal touch, plus it helps new customers find them on social media to keep up to date with upcoming launches.

Immediately, I noticed that the photos on their website do not do this bracelet justice. In the flesh, this bracelet is just so stunning. I found it hard to believe how good quality it is, especially considering the affordable price! The bracelet is slightly big on me, but definitely not big enough to slide off my wrist. I've personally decided to wear it a little further up my wrist next to my Olivia Burton watch, as it fits slightly better like this due to my small wrists. I think these two go great together and the bracelet really adds those extra girly details! 

The bracelet also goes perfectly with the diamonds in my rose gold Pandora ring, which I absolutely adore! CAPAshop actually do a very similar ring to this for a more affordable price, so I'd definitely recommend checking out their website and having a look. 

I just love how all these gold/rose gold pieces look paired together. I'm definitely going to get a lot of wear out of the Rose Gold Clasp Bracelet! I'm super impressed with the speedy delivery, amazing customer service and the all-round quality and affordability of their products. Fingers crossed for smaller rings in my size, as they're definitely the next thing on my wishlist!

CAPAshop kindly provided me with a discount code for you all to use on their website. Simply enter promo code ITSHANNAH10 at the checkout for 10% off your purchase at CAPAshop (expires 31/5/18).

This is in affiliate code, meaning I will benefit in a small way when you purchase with this code, however this is just to help me out :)

What jewellery do you enjoy pairing together? Have you ever purchased from CAPAshop?

Monday, 2 April 2018

My Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Collection

Back in summer of 2016, I bought my first Makeup Geek eyeshadows - and I have been addicted ever since. Once you try Makeup Geek, you will never go back...

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are undoubtably the best eyeshadows I have ever tried. They are buttery, easy to blend and ridiculously pigmented. What more could a girl want?! Plus, the shade range is absolutely gorgeous. Above are the shades I have so far, but I definitely have my eye on a lot more. The concept of building an eyeshadow collection is so satisfying to me and I can't wait to do more posts like this once I have collected more. I store them in a large Z palette but also have a medium Z palette to use when I travel. So without further ado, here are the shades I have in my collection so far.

Row 1 (L to R)

Shimma Shimma is a gorgeous light beige shimmer and let me tell you it is SO pigmented. It is one of my most worn shades as it is so perfect for all over the lid, but also in the inner corner and on the brow bone to highlight.

Starry Eyed is one of Makeup Geek's foiled eyeshadows. The foiled shadows are even more pigmented than the regular line and are packed full of gorgeous finely milled shimmer. Anyway, this shade is a gorgeous champagne shimmer. It is absolutely perfect for day or night, but can be packed on a lot more during the evening to really make the eyes pop.

Beaches and Cream is a light creamy beige matte shade which is similar to my own skin tone, but a little warmer. This one makes a perfect transition shade and base for prepping for darker eyeshadows.

Creme Brûlée is similar to Beaches and Cream, but is slightly darker and warmer. This is another great matte transition shade for adding that first bit of warmth into the crease.

Frappe is a warm toned matte mid-brown which is perfect for warming up the crease.

Grandstand is another one of the foiled eyeshadows and it's one of my favourites. It is a warm brown with hint of rose gold to it. It's just absolutely stunning and is great for a more glam makeup look. 

Cosmopolitan is the most beautiful peachy pink rose gold shimmer. It has so many gorgeous tones in it which warm up the eyes instantly.

Row 2 (L to R)

Cocoa Bear is a warm matte brown with a red undertone. This shade is great when you want to really deepen up the crease to create a warm toned eyeshadow look. I personally think this shade looks gorgeous on people with blue and green eyes, as the red tones really makes these eye colours pop.

Barcelona Beach is a light matte brown with a cooler undertone than its counterparts Beaches and Cream and Creme Brûlée. This one is great for toning down vibrant warm colours or just for creating a soft and simple crease look. It also works well to warm up even more cooler toned browns, as Barcelona Beach is a nice middle of the road cool tone.

Cinderella is probably my least favourite shade within the palette, and a shade that I sadly do not really use. The pigmentation of this shade is just so off. I can never get enough product onto my brush and therefore onto my lid. The colour in the pan is stunning (a shimmery light pink) so it's a real shame that it just doesn't look the same on the eyes. I haven't had this problem with any other shade so I'm not really sure what went wrong when making Cinderella!

Petal Pusher is a gorgeous matte rosy pink shade that is perfect for creating a warm pink toned eyeshadow look. It goes great when layered with Barcelona Beach as you can create that perfect pink toned brown shade that just looks good on anyone.

Tuscan Sun is a stunning warm pink shade which I absolutely adore. I bought this shade on a whim but I am so glad I now have it in my collection. Perfect for creating that sunset effect on the eye.

Brownie Points is a dark cool-toned matte brown. I don't really use this shade that much, but it's great for adding depth to the crease within a more smokey eye look.

Prom Night is a cool-toned shimmery taupe with grey/purple undertones. Again, I don't tend to go for cool-toned looks as often so I don't reach for this one that much.

Row 3 (L to R)

Mesmerised is another foiled shadow, which is a deep purple shade with taupe undertones. This shade is so pretty for a night out. I definitely need to reach for it more! And because it's a foiled shadow, the pigmentation really packs a punch when creating a purple smokey eye.

Bitten is a deep purple/burgundy matte shade. This one is great for smoking up the crease and outer corner when creating a purple/pink eye look. I love this shade, especially for a night out. It goes amazingly with Mesmerised too!

NEW shades in my collection! (not pictured)

Yes, I'm that much of an addict that my collection has grown since taking the photo for this post. I was so happy with this photo that I couldn't bare trying to recreate it! 

Nostalgic is a foiled shadow. It's a light pearly pink shade, which is described as 'bubblegum pink' by Makeup Geek. I do like this shade, but I do have to work quite hard with it and layer it up. It's not quite as buttery and smooth as my other foiled shadows, however I still really enjoy using this.

Wild West is a gorgeous deep pink/rose toned brown shade. I wanted this shade for so long, so I'm so happy to have it in my collection! It warms up any look and goes with a lot of different shadows, which is great. It's also really easy to build up if you want a more intense colour pay off.

Mai Tai is a duochrome shade. It's a peachy pink shade with a vibrant pink/purple shimmer. I can't get over how stunning this shade is. When used with a good eyeshadow primer, it makes the eyes pop. I can't wait to use this shade more in the summer. The colours just remind me of holidays and cocktails!

Blacklight is another duochrome shade, which is a little different for me. It's a purple shade with a light blue shimmer. I'm actually yet to use this, but I really want to have a play around and try this out. I might have to watch a few YouTube videos to see how I can make this work.

Do you have a Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection? What are your favourite shades?
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