Halloween is over. Bonfire Night is over. It’s practically Christmas, right? That was my attempt to justify splashing out on a few new beauty products this month anyway because if you can’t treat yourself during the festive period then when can you?
I’m a huge fan of all things smokey, bronzed and burnt when it comes to palettes during these chillier, darker months and I’m particularly loving the MUA Elysium Palette. It includes four matte and six shimmer shades ranging from a nude base shadow to a gorgeous dark shimmer purple shade.
This palette also includes a matte black which I use to smudge out my eyeliner for a super smokey look sometimes and there’s also a duo eyeliner thrown in for good measure with a dark eyeliner one end and a nude highlighter the other, I’ve only given the highlighter a go so far and it’s perfect for highlighting the inner corner of my eye.
When I was in Boots the other day I was enticed over to the Benefit counter and was instantly sold on buying the new limited edition Swarovski embellished They’re Real mascara which is totally worth the extra £2 on account of how pretty this looks amongst my make-up collection. This mascara is a constant in my everyday make-up routine. I like to apply They’re Real first for definition and separation of my lashes and then I whack Rimmel London’s Wonder’full mascara with argan oil on top for thicker, fuller lashes.
The Hoola bronzer also ended up in my basket, after trialling the smaller sample last Christmas I really wanted a darker, more matte bronzer for contouring this party season and Hoola fitted the bill perfectly.
If you haven’t discovered Makeup Revolution from Superdrug yet then you need to check this range out next time you’re in store. As Makeup Revolution is a budget brand it can be a little hit & miss with certain products but I love it when I want to test drive new shades or products without spending a fortune. The Ultra Base Corrector palette caught my eye when I was in store last and with the harsh winter weather coming soon I knew I’d need some colour correction.
The palette contains eight colour correction creams to balance and correct on all complexions. If you’re not familiar with colour correction then here’s what each cream will do for your skin:
Pink: Brightens dull skin perfect for those months when you might not see much of the sun, read: every day in England.
Lavender: Neutralises yellow tones which can usually crop up in the under-eye area for example.
Green: Neutralises red tones in the skin, for example the green cream is perfect if you suffer from rosacea.
Orange: Neutralises blue and cooler tones in the skin.
Peach – Helps to balance out slight discolouration
White – Adds natural highlight and brightens
Cream – Neautralises purple and covers dark areas, perfect for under eye and darker patches.
Brown – Balances ashiness in medium to dark skin tones.
I suffer from dry, sensitive skin so I’m always using the green cream to neutralise the redness in my skin around my T-Zone. I always really like the lavender and pink cream to brighten up my skin when it’s feeling particularly dull after not seeing the sun for hours on end!
Sticking with Makeup Revolution, they also have a new range of brushes in the ‘Ultra Metals Collection’. If I’m totally honest I picked up these brushes because I’m obsessed with anything rose gold/copper at the moment and they were too good to resist! I bought the Ultra Flawless Powder Brush, the Ultra Sculpt Blush Brush and the Ultra Contour Foundation Brush although I’m not even sure if i’ll get round to using them because the white brush hairs are far too clean and pretty as they are!