I definitely wasn’t planning to have another big giveaway so soon after my Summer Beauty Giveaway ended but it looks like it’s not up to me! When the fab team over at Makeup Revolution sent me out a massive bundle of their base products to try out there was a bit of a mix up at the warehouse and it all got sent out Twice!! As such I have a huge bundle of base products that I don’t need and it was suggested I run a giveaway with it which is a rather awesome idea.

I know not everyone will be able to use every item of the bundle due to shades and the likes so I bought a few extra bits to add to it so that it’d be nicer for more of you (and if you won you could share the bits you couldn’t use with friends etc) so here’s what’s up for grabs.

A rather nice bundle of goodies if I do say so myself! As you can see there’s a few base bits but there’s a nice number of things that’d suit people who don’t have the same fair skin as me, too.
First up we’ve got the concealer products. It’s hard to miss that big ‘Cover & Conceal’ palette which is a rather good thing to win even on its own – It’s in the Fair shade set and has 8 different concealer shades (You can see my review here)

As well as that there’s two Focus & Fix liquid concealers in ’01 Fairest’ and ’02 Fair’ and a Matte effect concealer in ’02 Fair’

Next up we have three more base products starting with the Ultra Face Base Primer as well as the Pressed powder in the shade ‘Porcelaine’ and then the Ultra Face Base Foundation in ‘FB 02’ which is the palest pink toned shade.
Lastly we’ve got the three extras which I picked up myself which are the Glitter nail polish in ‘Heart Is Gold’ a powder blush in ‘Sugar’ and a single shadow in ‘Promised Land’. I own, and like, all three of these myself so I hope whoever wins does too.

The base products are all relatively new so this’d be a great opportunity to pick up a whole range of things all at once as well as a few extra, colourful bits as an added bonus.

– You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
– The Giveaway is open to residents of the UK only
– The winner will be picked via Rafflecopter
– There will be one winner
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 26th August 2014

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*Some of these products were supplied by the company and some were bought with my own money*

This is only going to be a quick one but I wanted to share my thoughts on the Makeup Revolution ‘Ultra Cover and Conceal’ palette with you. It comes in three shade sets in light, light – medium and medium – dark which offers a fantastic shade range (The light starts at super light and the dark goes really really dark, fantastic!)

The palette is housed in this big, strong case with a shiny finish to it (not great for finger prints, dust and reflections, sorry!), it feels like fantastic quality and it has a massive, full sized mirror inside. These amazing palettes cost only £6!
With my super pale skin there was never any question as to what shade set I’d get, everything in this post is showing you the shades from the light palette
Obviously the only draw back with a palette like this is that you won’t need all of the shades, but at the bargain price that’s hardly going to cause a big problem. I’ve found, though, that I definitely use more shades than you might think.
As you can see there’s nice coverage from these. They’re very creamy and if you don’t get enough coverage to begin with you can definitely build these due to the fantastic formula.

I find that I use the latest shade, on the top left, on the brow bone and down the centre of the nose for a highlight with coverage. The second shade is the one I use to cover blemishes and then the second one in on the bottom line is what I use for the under eye as it has a slightly more peachy tone to it which is why is needed to balance out the blue tones we get under our eyes.

I really like these concealers and they’re delightful to blend in to the skin. Due to them being creamy you need to set them with a powder but that’s the same with a lot of my favourite concealers and I don’t see it as a bad thing as it’ll give you a longer lasting look.

Honestly I can’t quite believe this only costs £6, when I knew it was being released I really expected it to cost more. There’s nothing about this palette that feels cheap, at all, either. I am intent on finding ways to use the  other shades as I just can’t help trying to make the most out of these things, haha! Definitely a winner for me, being the absolute concealer addict that I am.

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*This product was sent for the purpose of review but all opinions are my own*

You’d have to be a bit daft if you didn’t realise that I was a big fan of the Bee Good products – Maybe if you hadn’t seen the previous posts I’d forgive you but you definitely should have seen them because the products I’ve been lucky enough to review in the past have been fantastic (Honey and Wild Flax moisturiser HERE and Honey & Propolis cleanser HERE)

Thus far I’ve found that the range works wonderfully as well as smelling beautiful and being really nice to use. As such, when the ‘Vanilla and Honey lip balm’ arrived through my door I was rather happy. I’m such a lip balm addict (collection post will happen one day) and I have been obsessed with anything honey for a long time, add that to the fact that it’s from a brand I already quite love… very happy!

As I’ve extolled in past posts, this company is fabulous for using British Bees and helping to support the bee population as well as using more locally sourced ingredients rather than sourcing things from over seas. The ethics of the company is something that makes me really happy. Thankfully the product themselves make me happy too. 

As you should be able to see in the photo the balm has a translucent, waxy formula and is homed in a standard tube with an easy to use applicator. I had expected it to have more of a creamy formula but I really couldn’t tell you why.

This balm couldn’t have arrived at a better time. It arrived not long before our beach trip on which I got rather painfully burned. My face was really well protected, thanks to my sun screen, but sadly there was no spf in the lip product I had been using (very very silly mistake) and my lips were the driest, most dehydrated that I’d had them in years.

To get them better I used a variety of favourite lip products but I let this Bee Good balm do a good amount of the work as I thought this was the best way to test it out. And it did Good! After a week of applying lip balms on a really regular basis my lips were back to normal and no longer leathery and sore – Thank goodness for that, honestly it hurt so much and I couldn’t wear any lip products as everything looked awful!

The balm melts on the warmth of the skin and becomes a little like an oil but it sinks into the lips really nicely. It leaves an oily residue after use so I wouldn’t recommend it before putting a lipstick on (though you could just wipe the excess off), I’d more suggest it as an evening balm or for during the day when you’re wearing something more glossy or balmy in nature.

It smells just as good as you’d hope and feels really really good on the lips. The fact that it worked so well when my lips were So bad is a pretty good indicator for me, it’s now become my handbag staple for when my lips really need hydrating (I often forget to reapply lipsticks so I’ll just use a balm to keep my lips moisturised instead)

The balm costs £4.75 which I consider to be a really decent price for something so effective but, also, so natural and ethically good. If you’re a big fan of the balm or if your friends want to try it, too, then you can buy it in a triple back for £10.50, HERE, which gives a surprisingly good saving (You know I’m tempted and if I didn’t have so many lip balms already…)

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*I was sent this product for the purpose of review but all opinions are my own*

In this sweltering hot weather there’s one thing we All need and that’s some good products to protect us from the sun. I use Ethan’s 50+ sensitive sun cream on my body but, obviously, that thick greasy formula isn’t what I want on my face!

When I started looking for products I found all sorts of offerings and there was some interesting facial sun creams on the high street which would be worth trying if that’s what your budget allows but most seem to end up being a bit whitening and a bit thick for the face. So I had a look at the slightly higher end of things and I came across the ‘Anthelios XL 50+ SPF Ultra Light Fluid’ from La Roche-Posay.

The packaging is really simple and nice and slim so it’d be really easy to slip into a makeup bag for travels or a beachbag for top ups. 

The bottle comes with a really slim nozzle which is so helpful because it really is a liquid so this helps you keep an eye on how much you’re getting out, you wouldn’t want to waste this.
As I said above, and as you can see here, the name fluid is apt – It’s definitely much thinner than a cream.
Immediately after rubbing the product in you can see a sheen to the skin but you can’t see any whiteness at all, which I think most will be very pleased about.
It doesn’t take long, at all, before the fluid totally sinks into the skin and you can’t see it at all. There’s no super white ghosting from this product and the sheen is minimal so, if you’re putting makeup over the top, there should be no difference from normal (and even in you’re not it’d probably just translate as a healthy glow)

This product delivered exactly what I would have hoped, a facial spf that doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t make me even more pale than my skin normally is. But does it work? Well actually I can answer that one too. Normally if something is preventative you don’t know, for sure, if it’s worked; for all you know it never would have happened in the first place so didn’t need to be prevented. But, I discovered the answer to this in a very unfortunate way.

You may have seen my post, a few weeks ago, about our family day trip to Barry Island – We spent hours and hours out in the sun that day and I’m really not someone who copes well with sun. My uncovered skin was covered in factor 50+ sun cream more than 6 times throughout the day but I still burned, I just should have been under cover. What about my face though? I was wearing the ‘Ultra Light Fluid’ on my face and it did a fantastic job! Maybe, though, my face was just more under cover than my body? Well, actually, it turns out that when I push my glasses back up my nose the makeup rubs off and, it turns out, the skincare rubs off too because the bridge of my nose was bright red by the end of the day! So I can tell you, 100%, that my face was in the sun but there wasn’t a hint of burn apart from on the area where my sun screen was rubbed off!

This product works! It’s not cheap but a little bit spreads a long way and it doesn’t leave you looking like casper as cheaper products might. You can pick it up from Boots for £16.50 (though at the moment it’s on offer for £12.37 and I got it when it was down to an impressive £11!) – I am definitely going to want this in my collection from now on as I burn very easily and I take sun protection very seriously (I’ll be finding some shade next time we go to the beach, that’s for sure!!) 

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I always love an excuse to buy some new beauty bits and what better excuse is there but the warmer weather and needing some more fitting products. That’s not to say that I don’t already have things that work for Summer but there’s a few shades that I was missing and some new releases that just called out to me! So here’s what I bought from Superdrug last week.
Balmy lip products draw me in be it winter or summer, rain or shine I just Love something balmy with a hit of colour. As such when I saw that Collection had new Lip Butters I just had to get one and with a name like ‘Vintage Rose’, the one above was the obvious choice. 

Look how beautiful this shade is! It’s soft and buttery, balmy but with plenty of colour, I’m a bit in love. For £2.99 I definitely thing these are an absolute bargain and I may want to check out the other shades in the future. 

Having got shade 01 and 02 in beauty boxes I have fallen in love with the Bourjois cream blushes so when I saw that they’d released some beautiful summer shades I knew I needed to try them. When I saw that they had £2 off, each, I knew it even more!! 

Shade ’05 Pink Sunwear’ is a shimmery shade that’s got an almost bronzer-like feel to it. I really like brown toned blushes at the moment as, on the skin, they add the most beautiful natural glow to the skin and this one looks like it’s really going to have that effect. 

Shade ’06 Tropical Coral’ has a really deep coral toned look to it in the pot which is much deeper than the other shades of cream blush in this range which makes it a lovely addition to the collection. 

Here’s shade ’05 Pink Sunwear’ swatched, as you can see I’ve swatched it enough so that you can see the shade but it’d obviously be a lot more sheered out on the skin. I think this looks beautiful and I can’t wait to wear it. 

I love the burnt orange/coral shade of ’06 Tropical Coral’, once it’s sheered down I think it’ll look stunning on the skin. 

Lastly I picked up the Revlon lip butter in ‘Macaroon’. I actually bought two as they were two for £12 but the other shade isn’t very summery so I’m not adding it to this post. I wanted something in this shade of pink and Macaroon was just perfect. 

Look how beautiful this is! I really love it and when it’s worn it looks really good. It’s not too bold and bright but it adds a really nice hit of colour to a look – I wore it for my hen do night and the afternoon that I had too as it works great for both day at night.

So that’s what I’ve added to my collection for an extra hit of summer – Hopefully they’ll help my look fit much better in this warm weather that we’ve been having! 

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