Wednesday, 23 April 2014

FOTD: The Pale Girls take on 'Bronzed Goddess' (+ Video!)

I have a confession to make. I am proud of the video in this post, it's different from how I usually edit and I like it. I don't know about the rest of the world but here in the UK there's seen to be a very fine line between being proud of doing something and people seeing you as arrogant. But I think if you're proud of something you've done you shouldn't keep it a secret, if you can't appreciate something yourself how can you expect anyone else too - I've strayed far from my thoughts on my video, this is general musings on life! Look at me attempting to be all philosophical! Back to the video and todays post, this is my take on the bronzed look for pale skin - plus a quick video on how I got the look! 

Primer - Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer*
Foundation - Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation - Ivory
Powder - SEVENTEEN Stay Time Pressed Powder - Fair
Bronzer - L'Oreal Glam Bronze - Blond Sun 
Blush -  ELF Baked Blush - Rich Rose

Lid - GOSH Forever Eyeshadow - Silver Rose
Crease - MUA Matte Palette - Chino 
Mascara - Sleek Full Fat Lash Mascara*
Brows - MUA Eyebrow Pencil - Blonde 

Lipstick - ELF Matte Lip Colour - Natural
Gloss - Accessorize Intense Colour Lipgloss - Incite 

Even if I don't want to wear fake tan or to use a lot of bronzer (which is absolutely fine if you want to!), I still want to have a summer glow when the weathers warmer. I think I've found what complements my pale skin in this look - hopefully you'll agree with me that it doesn't look too fake! PS Let me know what you think of the new video style! 

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review + Swatches: Revlon ColorStay 16H Eyeshadow - Exotic

I'd never tried a Revlon eyeshadow before, they just never took my fancy. But that all changed when I set eyes on this gorgeous quad, it's part of the Rio Rush Collection for 2014, which explains the bright colours! I was hesitant to purchase this though as the price is more than I'd usually pay and I hadn't really heard much about these quads. I took the plunge though as the matte bright yellow shade was too good to pass up - or so I thought! There were no testers in the Boots I got this from! 

As always I've included a summary at the end :)

The Basics
These eyeshadows quads have being a staple on the Revlon stands for a long time now. This particulat one though is new and limited edition for the Rio Rush Collection this Spring/Summer - there are lots of other products in fun bright colours too! The packaging seems sturdy and shuts securely. Inside there is 4.8g of product, which is a pretty decent amount - note that the shadows aren't of equal sizes! There are currently 18 shades listed on the Boots site, plenty of choice! Each is priced at £7.99 and available from Boots & Superdrug. 

The Formula
I was disappointed in the formula of these for many reasons, not least because £7.99 for a highstreet/drugstore quad is rather pricey. All of the shades lack pigmentation, not that they're super sheer, just not great either. The purple is especially bad. The pigmentation does fair better if used over some kind of cream base. The light golden shade is also really chunky in texture, with them all being on the chalky side. As for longevity I find at the 9 hour point that there is some fading, but no creasing when worn over a primer (I've been using Too Faced Shadow Insurance). 

The Colours
I didn't like the formula, but the colours I really do! We have a golden cream shade with a shimmery finish, the pigmentation is poor, but it works as a highlight for the browbone. There's also a violet purple with slight grey undertones and a matte finish. My favourite shade in the quad is the yellow though, which has a better pigmentation. It's a matte canary yellow - very bright! And finally we have a matte black shade, pigmentation is alright, but I've definitely seen better! 

The Good - Love having a bright yellow matte shade, 18 shades available, didn't crease.

The Not so Good - Lacks pigmentation, chalky texture, the colour fades during the day. 

Would I Repurchase? No, when you can get 12 pigmented Sleek colours for the same price, this doesn't seem as tempting! 

Price & Availability - £7.99, Boots & Superdrug.

Although I haven't been impressed with the formula, I just can't get that yellow shade out of my head! I actually used it in a tutorial recently, which you can check out here - link.  I'm not gonna lie, I enjoyed using it! Would you use colours like this? 

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Monday, 21 April 2014

The £4 Dupe for Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette!

Yes, you did read that title right! A dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 for just £4! The quality is actually pretty good too, which pleases me very much. You're probably wondering where you can get this bargain palette from - MakeUp Revolution, available on their Website and at Superdrug. They also have dupes for the Original Naked Palette and Naked 2 Palette as well for those interested! But enough talking and onto the swatches - full comparison included! 

Strange - Both pale creamy shades, the UD one has a slight pinkier tone, with the MakeUp Revolution (MUR) one leaning more peach and being slightly less pigmented. Both matte. 

Dust - Very similar champagne shades, again the Urban Decay one is slightly more pink toned, there's really not much in it though! Both have shimmery finishes, with the UD one being a little chunky in texture. 

Burnout - I'm sensing a theme here - the MUR one has a slightly peachier tone again, both very similar to the previous shade, but with a pearlier finish and slightly deeper. 

Limit - Both mauve toned taupes with a matte finish. The MUR one leans slightly more rose toned and is lighter. 

Buzz - Both very similar shimmery muted rose shades, the MUR has a very subtle coppery undertone to it. But like all the shades here, they are essentially very very similar! 

Trick - I don't like either of these shades much if I have to be honest. Both are orangey copper shades, the MUR is slightly less warm in tone, but still warm! 

Nooner - Possibly my favourite shade in the UD palette! The UD one is a deeper mauve toned taupe, the MUR one is warmer in tone and less mauve. Both have a matte finish. 

Liar - Probably the two that are least dupe like, the UD one is deeper and richer, with more of a bronze tone to it. But on the eyes I can't imagine there'd be much of a difference! 

Factory - Bronzey brown shades with a medium tone, the MUR one is slightly more golden, but that's looking closely! Shimmery finish. 

Mugshot - To be honest with you, Mugshot and Factory are so similar, there's really no need for both! Mugshot and the MUR dupe are also very similar! 

Darkside - A deep mauvey charcoal shade, the MUR one is deeper and a touch more plum toned, both very pretty! The MUR one is also has more of a satin tone to it. 

Blackheart - In this case I much prefer the MUR one, they're both are black with golden and rose gold shimmer in them. The MUR one has more of this shimmer though and just looks a bit more special! 

So there we have it, a £4 dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette - cheap and quality as well! I'm still in two minds as to whether this is a good thing, it's brilliant that you can get something almost identical for £4 for those on a budget, but I do wish some brands would be a bit more original and not make so many copycat products! Stay tuned for the end of the week where I'll be sharing some amazing lipsticks from MakeUp Revolution on my Youtube Channel! 

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Current Favourites: Products I've been Loving lately!

You may have noticed, but over the last 6 months or so I've stopped doing monthly favourites. It's not that there haven't been products that I've loved - that would be absurd. More because I thought the posts were getting repetitive and rather predictable! I also got a bit bored of doing them to be blunt! However I've decided to show you some products that I've been loving lately - most of them long term loves that rarely get mentioned on my blog. I hope you enjoy! 

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream - 31
(£9.99, Boots & Superdrug)
If you want something that covers over all your imperfections, but still feels really light on the skin, looks natural and not cakey and gives a subtle luminocity to the skin, this is for you! Generally I favour high coverage foundations as there's a lot of redness in my skin. So I usually use BB/CC Creams as a base under foundation. But this works amazingly on it's own. Highly recommended if you can a colour to match your skintone - there's only 4 shades! You can find my full review here - link.  

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation - Ivory
(£5.99, Boots & Superdrug)
It's a bold statement, but I have to say it. This is my favourite foundation of all time, it covers absolutely anything and everything on my skin, whilst giving an airbrush effect finish. You can't get better than that - until you see that it's cheap as well! As with all the products in this post, I would highly recommend this! You can read my full review here - link. 

Neve Cosmetics Magenta Sculpt Brush
(£11.50, CutECOsmetics)
I was lucky and managed to pick this up in a 50% off sale, so got this for a lot less. Like all my brushes this is made from synthetic hairs, with this one actually being vegan too. I've had a contour brush before, but never reached for it as much as I have been with this one. It applies my contour product of choice and also blends to make it look more natural. I haven't used it for highlighter yet, but I can imagine it would work well! 

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush
(£5.99, Boots & Superdrug)
My mind is blown! This is seriously amazing and such an novel idea, I'd love to hear how they came up with this! As a self confessed lazy person, I hate to wash my brushes. Liner brushes especially as they need washing after pretty much every use! But this one is wipe clean! I do find that I need to dip into my gel liner a little more than with a standard brush, but if that's the only price I have to pay, then I'm happy! 

MUA Smokin Palette
I'll start by saying that the eyeliner that comes with this is not worth your time. The eyeshadows however are amazing! Very pigmented, easy to work with and stunning colours! The sole reason for me including palette is for the shades Ghost & Fantasy (middle top row). They make a gorgeous taupe smoky eye, which looks amazing next to my skintone - I've worn them so much they've got huge dips in the pans! I've never actually shown you the look, so let me know if you want to see it! 

Sleek Full Fat Lash Mascara*
(£6.99, Superdrug)
When it come to mascara I can get rather fussy, or as I like to say, I know what I like! For me to love them they have to be super volumising and preferably a tubing mascara. This ticks those boxes - although could do with being a bit more volumizing if I was going to be fussy. I would actually liken it very much to the Too Faced Lash Injection - although I couldn't say it was an exact dupe as I haven't had both at the same time to compare them side to side! You can see my full review here - link. 

ELF Baked Blush - Rich Rose
(£3.95, ELF's Website)
Have you noticed the lack of blush reviews on MidnightViolets recently? It's because I've been using this blush and nothing else - that is how deep my love runs! It has a corally bronze colour to it, with the beautiful glow that we've come to expect from a baked blush. This shade is quite subtle and goes with everything I've paired it with - my next video will be using it, so watch out for that! 

If you're in the UK like me, you've probably been disappointed by the weather today. I know I have! Being bank holiday weekend here, we have a 4 day weekend. I had lavish plans for picnics and carboots, but today it has been dingy, dark and raining, so the sofa it has been! How British of me to discus the weather! 

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