Friday, 24 October 2014

GRWM and First Impressions Of Makeup Revolution

Hello Lovelies, 

Today's post is to accompany a video I uploaded to my Youtube channel,  is a very picture heavy post but I wanted to show you many different aspects of the products mentioned. 

Way back in the summer time, around June, I was contacted by the lovely Makeup Revolution, a brand I am sure you have heard a lot about. I was kindly asked by Makeup Revolution if I'd like to try out some of their products, I said yes please and shortly after I received a parcel containing a few products. 

When I received the products I thought a good way of showing them would be to film a Get Ready With Me using them for the first time on camera then you could see how the make up applied and what my first impressions were of the products I received. So that's what I did, I also wanted to show swatches of the products and be able to let you all know how the make up wore throughout the day after my initial first impressions, so I decided I would write a blog post to accompany that video and let you know my thoughts and show some swatches, so here goes....

The Products

The products I received were;

Swatches of the products

First 6 shadows in palette starting bottom to top.

Second 6 shadows in palette starting bottom to top.

Pink Lights Highlight

Focus and Fix Eye Primer

Reckless Lipstick

First Impressions

When I swatched the eye shadows and highlight to take the above photographs I admit I was disappointed, and I didn't hold out much hope for the products much at all, but when I used them I was both surprised and very pleased, the eye shadows were very pigmented as was the highlight and both products applied beautifully. The eye shadows blended well, just as well as any of my MAC shadows do and like I said the pigmentation was amazing. The eye primer had a thin consistency but blended into my lids with ease and kept my shadows in place all day without creasing, I have extremely oily eye lids and always use an eye primer every time I apply my makeup otherwise I experience horrendous creasing, but this was a great product my shadows looked great when I went to remove my make up and hadn't creased at all. The highlight applied beautifully and again the pigmentation was amazing, I don't like to use a lot of highlight and I literally just dabbed my brush with a very light hand into the highlight but as you'll see from the video, it gave a lovely sheen to the skin. The lipstick was insanely pigmented and applied well, in hindsight I should have used a brush to apply it as it is a red shade but I went straight in with the bullet and it was fine, as you'll see from the photographs below the lip colour lasted really well. 

How did the make up wear?

All the products wore extremely well and lasted all day, the eye shadows didn't crease at all and lasted really well and the lipstick didn't bleed at all and again lasted really well as did the highlight. 

I took some photographs of my lips and eyes (and totally forgot the highlight for some reason) just before I took my make up off at 7.45pm so around 8 hours after I'd applied the make up. 

Please excuse the flash (and the wrinkles) I hate close up photographs and trying to take them yourself is even harder, but I hope you can see from the photographs how well the make up lasted, the eye shadow wasn't creased and still looked lovely and although the majority of the lipstick had come off you can still see some of the colour, I hadn't eaten anything but had drank throughout the day, if I had wanted to touch up my lipstick I would have needed to after around 5 hours so a really great wear time of the make up. 

Overall thoughts

Overall I was really impressed with the products I tried, and would say they performed as well as any of my high end make up and for the price of these products that is amazing, you really can't go wrong at all with the products from Make up Revolution and I would love to try some more of their products, they have some lovely matte lip products and blush sticks I'd love to try out, and if they're anything like the products I have tried they'll be fabulous. 

I am extremely impressed with the brand, they're service was excellent, they were lovely to speak to via email and the products I received are not only lovely products but fabulous in terms of value for money and also longevity too, the packaging was good too, I expected it to be really cheap feeling because the price of the products is so good but it isn't at all it is sturdy and I had no problems at all with any aspects of the packaging. 

I highly recommend Makeup Revolution and urge you to try their products sooner rather than later, you won't be disappointed, they really are fantastic! 

Where to buy Makeup Revolution

You can buy products from Makeup Revolution using their own website or buy shopping in store on online at Superdrug. If you would like to buy any of the products featured in this post there is a click able link under each photograph of the products which will take you straight to the product on the Makeup Revolution website. 

If you haven't already done so and would like to watch the video featuring me applying the products and my first impressions, you can watch it by clicking this link

Thank you to Makeup Revolution for the lovely products they kindly sent me and thank you for reading my post and watching my video. 

Much love as always, 

Zoe x

*This post contains PR samples. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Pantene Dry Shampoo - A Review

Hello Lovelies, 

If you've been reading my blog for a while or you watch my You Tube videos you'll already be fully aware that I suffer from oily or greasy hair, I never had a problem with greasy hair until I had my youngest daughter, and I think a change in my hormones must have had some sort of effect on my hair and I started to suffer quite badly with greasy roots and needing to wash my hair on a daily basis. 

Anyway I digress (as usual) over the past few years I have tried so many different dry shampoos I have become a bit of a connoisseur and up until a couple of years ago when it was discontinued, my all time favourite dry shampoo was the Charles Worthington Balancing Act, which can still be purchased from e-bay (link here) but is expensive. So since the demise of the Charles Worthington I have been on the hunt for another holy grail dry shampoo. 

As I said I have tried so many different dry shampoos it's ridiculous and a few months ago I discovered the Dove dry shampoo and I fell in love with it, it didn't leave any powdery residue and my hair didn't feel too gross either, is it me or does anyone else hate the way dry shampoo leaves your hair feeling? 

A few weeks ago I was in Boots with Simon and I needed to pick up some hairspray and also a shampoo one of my subscribers had recommended to me (more of that to come on the blog soon) hair care was on a 3 for 2 promotion, so I picked up the shampoo and hairspray and thought I'd pick up some of the Dove dry shampoo I like but then I saw the Pantene Dry Shampoo and was curious, I'd never seen it before and thought I'd give it a go since it was a free item. There were 3 different types of the Pantene dry shampoo, the Colour Saviour, Instant Refresh and Volume Booster, I chose Colour Saviour as the name intrigued me. 

My Thoughts

My initial thought when I first used the dry shampoo was that it smelt really nice, it smells like an expensive hair product or a hair product you'd find at a salon if that makes sense? I used the dry shampoo as directed and found it didn't leave my hair looking white or grey it brushed out well but my hair didn't look greasy, on first impressions I was impressed. 

I was curious to know why it was called Colour Saviour and my daughter Lissy thought that the product was actually for blonde's and wasn't going to use it, we share hair products as we have the same hair type but she thought the dry shampoo was for blonde's only and as she's a brunette wasn't going to use it, but when I looked into it further there aren't really any colour saving properties and it is meant in the way of it being colour saving because if you washed your hair and didn't use dry shampoo your coloured hair would fade faster, but if you use the dry shampoo you're not washing your hair so it's saving your colour, right ok, moving on....

Overall I do really like this product and it does exactly what it says on the tin, well maybe not the colour saving thing but hey ho, but it does make my greasy hair look refreshed and not greasy, and it doesn't leave any kind of white or grey powder in my hair giving me that old lady look some dry shampoos can give. It smells lovely too which is a bonus and you don't need to use a lot. It does leave my hair feeling like it has product in it because it does but it doesn't leave it feeling really gross and if you wanted to use the product to give your hair some texture this would be great, it gives me a lot of volume and texture when I've used it but I do use it mainly for my greasy roots problem. Overall I am really impressed with it and would definitely re purchase it. I just wish it was cheaper as I thought £3.99 for 180ml was a little expensive but like I said I didn't need to use a lot so swings and roundabouts as they say. 

The only bad thing, apart from the price that I found about the product and this isn't really the product but the packaging was when I had just under half of the dry shampoo left, my spray nozzle broke and I couldn't press it down anymore meaning I couldn't use the dry shampoo any more either, so I was left with almost half a can of dry shampoo that I couldn't use. I did ring the customer care number on the back of the can and the lady I spoke to offered to send me a voucher to reimburse me for my purchase which she did and a £5 voucher arrived a few days later but I was very disappointed in the packaging for that reason, but it hasn't put me off buying it again, just something I feel you should know, as you know my reviews are always 100% honest so I wanted to let you know about that too. 

But broken nozzle aside, I really do like the Pantene dry shampoo and would recommend it if you are a regular user of dry shampoo for the texturising properties or because like me you have greasy hair, it combats both issues really well and smells great, I would just rather it be cheaper but I guess a girl can't have everything can she? 

If you would like to pick some of the dry shampoo up, you can find it here for £3.99 per 180ml where it is currently on a 3 for 2 promotion. 

Have you tried the Pantene dry shampoo? What are your thoughts? 

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

Monday, 6 October 2014

Q&A With What Laura Loves

Hello Lovelies,

Today's post is to let you know that I have uploaded a video to my You Tube Channel, the video features someone very special to me, my lovely friend Laura. Some of you may already know Laura from her blog and she has featured in videos with me before and on she features on my Instagram quite a lot too.

Laura came to visit me, well I say me but really she came to visit us, as she is very close to Simon and the girls too, and we thought it would be nice if we filmed together as Laura recently started a You Tube Channel. We thought a Q&A would be nice so I asked on Instagram for some questions and we got quite a lot so we decided to film the video in 2 parts, half for my channel and half for Laura's channel. We had so much fun making the video and laughed so so much, I have included some bloopers in my video so you will see how much fun we had filming the videos.

If you haven't already seen the videos and would like to, you can watch my video by clicking this link and you can watch Laura's video by either clicking the link in the description box on my video or by clicking this link.

We hope you enjoy the videos!

Thank you for reading/watching, much love as always,

Zoe x

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