Issa Review! Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours the Brave palette | Hot or Not 

You know how sometimes your focus changes and you’re into something totally different now than you were a few months ago? Or is it just me? Just me? Ok moving on 👀 so anyway lately I’ve been obsessed with eyeshadow palettes. I recently reviewed the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette and if you checked out my review, you know I absolutely love that palette. I was recently on the Makeup Revolution site and I noticed this palette and I knew I just had to have it and I copped it recently. Enter the Fortune Favours the Brave palette… 

The palette is a collaboration between Makeup Revolution and Jane aka British Beauty Blogger. The palette comes with thirty shades – yes, THIRTY – which guarantees the versatility of the palette. 

Thirty shades of matte, glimmer and sheen combine in one golden palette for an every which way smoky eye. From the brightening base colours to the darkest, most daring shades of navy, black and green and everything in between, Fortune is the most versatile, every – age, every – tone palette yet. 

The pans are pretty small but you get a whopping 30 shades so I don’t really mind so much. 

The packaging is a golden plastic case and you get a clear, full sized mirror and a dual ended brush, and just like with the Modern Renaissance palette, you get a blending brush on one end and a flat brush on the other, which I use to pack shadows onto my lid. 

The individual shades are named but the names are printed on the plastic wrap that covers the shadows themselves. Without that, it’s nearly impossible to tell which shade is which. 

Thrown into the assortment of mattes and shimmer shades are 5 marbled shadows that swatch and apply beautifully. The palette is a mix of neutral tones with some dark purples, blues and greens. The black shade, Blacqua, is an intensely pigmented true black shade. Apply with a heavy hand and risk raccoon eyes! 

Of course like in every palette, there are a few dud shades that I will probably never use but on the whole the palette is a very versatile one that can be used to create a wide variety of looks for various occasions. 

Let’s take a look at the shades in the palette now 

First row

Even the lightest shade in this row, glimmer is so pigmented that it shows up on my darker skin, and in my opinion if a very light shade shows up on my skin tone, that shows how pigmented it is.

Second row

I haven’t gotten much use out of the first two rows because I’ve mostly been using the palette for my day to day work eyeshadow and a lot of the shades are more daring. But can we talk about how gorgeous and intensely pigmented the shades are? These were swatched without a base and they still showed up without having to go in over and over. The shade Tip Top is one of those dud shades I mentioned. It’s quite patchy, doesn’t apply very well and I will probably never get any use out of it. Yes Please swatches more golden but is leans more green when applied. 

Third row

I could not get Latte and Creme to show up on me no matter how many times I swatched them so let’s add that to the list of dud shades that are of no use to me 😂 I do use Creme to set my primer from time to time. Caffeine Fix is a beautiful dark brown shade that I like to use as a transition.  

Last row

This row is one of, if not my favourite for creating everyday wearable looks. I like to pop Sunset Hour and Super Gold on my lid and brow bone. The two shades look similar but are very different when applied. I also really like the final three shades, Winning, Brave and The Revolution. I like to deepen my outer V with either of these shades (or all 3 when I want a bit of drama). Notice how the brand managed to incorporate its name and the name of the palette into the shade names? Smart huh? 

All of the shades last all day and some. I have experienced no fading whatsoever. My one gripe about this palette is the brush!  

The flat side is not half bad, but the blending brush is so scratchy and harsh against my eyes. There is some fall out to the marble shades I’ve tried, Skylight, Golden Coins and Super Gold. Lonely Planet which is also marbled doesn’t have as much fall out and I haven’t used the last marbled shade, New World at all. Sunset Hour also has some fall out, as do quite a bit of other shades but I guess that’s to be expected from a bit of eyeshadows. When using the shimmer shadows in this palette it’s best to do your eyes first before your foundation because it gets quite messy. But the shades are so pretty that I am so willing to overlook that. 

I can’t wait to create some more looks with this palette, which I will post on my Instagram for you to check out, the possibilities are simply endless! It’s love mehn. True love, this palette is definitely a winner in my book. I love it just as much or even more than my Modern Renaissance palette, especially since this is more pocket friendly at only £10. If you can get your hands on this palette, definitely pick it up, it is frickin amazing! 

I’m sorry about the longer than usual post, I just had so much to say lol. If you made it to the end of this post, thank you so much for reading! xx 

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Keep Your Brows in Place with NYX Tame and Frame 

Hi guys! I reviewed the NYX micro brow pencil which I absolutely love; along with it I picked up the NYX Tame and Frame, because I’ve always wanted to try a brow pomade after my disastrous experience with the Kleancolor brow pomade. This is going to be a quick review. I’m a sucker for packaging, and I quite like this one. It’s plastic but is frosted so it gives it a glassy look. I picked it up in the shade espresso, just like with the micro brow, which is the next to last shade, not the last like I originally said. The product looks almost black in the tub but it’s a very dark brown. The swatch is very dark so is pretty scary, but it doesn’t translate to your brows. You can either build dramatic brows with it or a very natural brow, depending on what you want.Top: NYX Micro Brow Espresso.                     Bottom: NYX Tame and Frame Espresso 

The brow pomade is much darker than the pencil in the matching shade. Once this sets, it SETS. It’s not going anywhere, no matter how much I rub my brows, and I love that about it. 

My favourite way to use the Tame and Frame is to use it together with the Micro Brow pencil. I use the micro brow to give my brows definition then fill it in with the tame and frame. The combination is does not budge at all. 

I don’t have it anymore because I sold it in a recent blog sale I had but I really like this brow pomade. 

Thanks for reading xx 

if you have tried this, share your experiences with me! 

Rave Review- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Hi guys, happy new month! Can you believe just how fast this year is going? Blink and we’re already already 6 months in. I haven’t posted regularly lately but I’m going to try to be more consistent. So anyway let’s dive right into this post. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills is known as the brow and highlighter queen and she also makes bomb eyeshadows, most of which are sadly limited edition. When the brand released the modern renaissance palette, and it was permanent, I just knew I had to have it.  Packaging

Personally I’m not a fan of the velvety packaging because I know that no matter how careful I am, I’m definitely going to get it dirty eventually and I’m really not looking forward to that. However it does have a premium feel to it, and it looks quite luxurious. Inside the palette there are 14 eyeshadows, 11 mattes and 3  metallic/ shimmer shades. 

I absolutely love the colours in this palette. They are definitely right up my alley. There is a mix of neutral tones and some reds, berries and orange shades thrown into the mix. The possibilities are endless with this palette, you can create full on glam looks with it or subtle, everyday look.  

The palette is inspired by the renaissance era, hence the less than usual names. 

Brand description: An essential eyeshadow collection featuring 14 shades, including neutral and berry tones. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills’ first permanent palette, Modern Renaissance to create endless looks for daytime and evening. 

The palette comes with a double ended brush, a packing brush on one side and a blending brush on the other 

The palette comes with a nice sized mirror which is good for use on the go. The shades in the palette are listed down below:

Finger swatches

° Tempera is described as a velvety beige with an ultra matte finish

° Golden ochre as an earthy yellow with an ultra matte finish 

° Vermeer as an iridescent shell with a metallic finish

° Buon Fresco is described as an antique lavender with an ultra matte finish

° Antique Bronze is described as a metallic sable with a satin finish

° Love Letter as a raspberry with an ultra matte finish 

° Cypress Umber as a dark coffee with an ultra matte finish 

Brush swatches

Second row: 

° Raw Sienna is described as a neutral amber with an ultra matte finish 

° Burnt Orange as a deep orange with an ultra matte finish 

° Primavera as shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish 

° Red Ochre as sienna with an ultra matte finish

° Venetian Red as crimson with an ultra matte finish

° Warm Taupe is described as an earthy gray with an ultra matte finish 

° Realgar as brick with an ultra matte finish (this looks more burnt orange to me than the shade “Burnt Orange”)

The eyeshadows are very pigmented, even the light ones and pick up very well from the pan. I couldn’t get Antique Bronze to show up on my skin when I swatched with a brush but it’s still pigmented nonetheless, and Raw Sienna is pretty close to the skin of my inner arm, making it a perfect transition shade. 

All the shadows apply and blend so easily; they basically do the work for you because of how easy they blend. They are all buttery soft, especially for a palette that contains mostly mattes. I’ve tried it with both a base and without a base, and each time it performs so well. It lasts foreverrrrr without fading. I get at least 12 hours of wear without fading and creasing, until I take off my makeup. 

This palette is definitely worth the hype, because it is AH-MAZINGGGG. My least favorite shade is Warm Taupe. I don’t see myself getting much use out of them except to probably set my eyeshadow primer. My favourite shades are Love Letter, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Realgar and Primavera. If I had to choose only one, it’ll definitely be Primavera. I love love love that shade. It’s shimmer but not gritty or textured in the least. 

I am definitely impressed with this eyeshadow palette, it is what I expected and more. My only gripe about it is that there is no black shade but Cypress Umber is a really dark brown and that sort of makes up for it. 

So do I recommend this palette? Abso – freaking – lutely! It’s pretty pricey but definitely worth ever penny. If you’ve been considering picking up this palette, I say get it! 

Have you tried this palette? Share your experiences with me. 

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup Review, Thoughts| Shade Fail 

Hi guys, happy new month! So if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I’m a bit of a foundation fiend (view my entire collection here) I’ve wanted to try the cult favourite Estee Lauder Double Wear for the longest time but finding my shade held me back from picking it up. 

Shade Matching                                            Estee Lauder double wear comes in a variety of shades, separated in cool, warm and neutrals, which definitely makes picking your shade pretty easy. But that was where I had a huge problem. For the longest time, Sandalwood 6W1 was the darkest warm shade, and it’s not even that dark at all. Several times I was tempted to pick up a shade from the cool section because I’d seen a lot of people about my colouring use Rich Cocoa 6C1, but I always held back because I wasn’t about to spend a lot of money on a shade based off of guesswork that wouldn’t match me. 

Then they went ahead and released a darker shade after Sandalwood, Deep Spice 7W1. I was going to pick that up then I realised it would be too dark for me. Then I saw they’d released newer shades and a friend recommended that I pick up Nutmeg 6W2 which is a shade between Sandalwood and Deep Spice. I was definitely glad to find a middle ground. 

These are the claims the brand makes about the product: The same long – wear makeup you love, now proven to last even longer. Looks flawless and natural. Feels lightweight and so comfortable, you won’t believe it’s super long wear. Won’t change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Lasts through heat and humidity. 

Packaging                                                         The packaging is super cute. I really like the glass bottle and the beautiful gold accents. The bottle is small but has a weighted feel to it.

My Thoughts                                                     Now on to my thoughts. The shade range is absolutely amazing, and like I mentioned, I picked this up in the shade Nutmeg 6W2 which is the second to darkest in the warm category. The brand used to boast of 15 hour wear but now they boast of 24 hour wear and this foundation definitely lives up to those claims. I haven’t worn it for that long; the longest I’ve worn it is about 12 hours and it stayed flawless throughout. 

It doesn’t smudge or transfer so go ahead and hug bae while he’s wearing his white shirt. The white shirt ain’t got shxt on Estee Lauder Double Wear because once it sets, it SETS and it’s not going anywhere. It is of a thicker consistency but applies easily. I like to apply it with my Real Techniques expert face brush then go over it with my beauty blender to smooth it all out. It plays well with my current under eye concealers and I absolutely love the finish of it. It does transfer a little when I get oily but it’s so minimal that it’s not even a big deal. 

It has hard core oil control. This is the only foundation that has me looking matte for 8+ hours before I see a little bit of shine peeking through. It is a full coverage foundation but not cakey at all, just try not to go overboard with the powder else you’re on your way to cake face city. 

The biggest pet peeve for me and the millions of other people that use and love this foundation is the lack of a pump. For such a premium – looking foundation and for the price, it would have been nice if they threw in a pump but I’m careful to only pour out the tiniest bit because a little goes a long way. 

Now let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the shade. The foundation is supposed to be warm shade but it gives off cool vibes to me 

I am warm toned but I can make some orangey and red foundations work for me. I compared it to the coolest foundation I’ve ever used (which you should know if you’ve been kicking it with me for a while) is the Becca Ever Matte Shine Proof foundation 

The Becca definitely leans cooler than the Estee Lauder. When I wear this foundation, I look casket sharp. The colour match is pretty accurate but lacks the warm yellow tones that I like in a foundation.  

I took this picture with flash so you could tell the difference between the three foundations and you can see that the Makeup Forever Ultra HD which I reviewed recently is much warmer than the other two shades and it’s a much better match for me and the Becca Ever Matte is the coolest of the three. Sometimes to offset the coolness, I mix it with the Makeup Forever Ultra HD but the cool tones are so strong that my foundation just looks off. 

I really like the finish and the oil control properties of the foundation but I definitely do not like the shade. However I’m definitely willing to give it another shot because I am so impressed by the foundation. I don’t know what I’m going to do with this one just yet but I’ll figure something out. 

If you haven’t tried the Estee Lauder double wear, get you some sis, because this foundation is littttttt 🔥🔥🔥. And best of all it has 24 shelf life so you know this is going to last you a pretty long time. 

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know your thoughts on it! 

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The Garnier Micellar Range 

Hi guys! So micellar waters are all the rage lately, and for good reason. They’re a godsend on days that you’re just to lazy to do your whole nighttime routine (not that you should ever skip it) because it requires no rinsing. Just clean your face with some micellar water and off to bed. Bioderma was the originator of the micellar water trend, with a lot of drugstore brands following suit, providing micellar water at a fraction of the price of Bioderma.

I’ve been using the Garnier Micellar Water for Combination and Sensitive skin (also known as All In One Mattifying in the US) for about 7 months now and I absolutely love it. It gets all my makeup off, even my very black eyeliner and leaves my face feeling refreshed, and depending on how tired I am, I continue with my nighttime routine or hop straight into bed 😂

Garnier makes several micellar waters for various skin concerns and types; an oil infused one for dry skin, one for taking off waterproof makeup, one that is just a regular water that can be used by even those with sensitive skin, a blue one and the one meant for Combination to Sensitive skin, which is the one I’ve had for a while. 

Garnier recently added a cleansing gel wash to their micellar range and I picked it up recently, including the regular micellar water in the recently released bigger size.

Unlike the micellar water which contains no perfume, the gel wash has a slight smell to it which I’m guessing is the grape extract. The micellar gel range isn’t as large as the micellar water range; it only comes in two variants, for Combination and Sensitive skin, which is what I picked up and one for even sensitive skin, which has pink accents. 

Unlike the two micellar water (waters?) that come with flip top covers, the micellar gel comes with a pump. I prefer the pump; you’re able to control how you dispense the product much easier. 

I’ve been using the green micellar water for a while and I really like it. It is not harsh or abrasive on my sensitive skin and I haven’t reacted at all to it which is really great. It takes off all my inky black eyeliner as well as my matte lipsticks with ease. However I don’t really think it mattifies my skin but I don’t really mind because I don’t rely on that to keep my face matte. 

The micellar water for sensitive skin however, I am not a fan of as much as I am of my combination and sensitive skin formula. It doesn’t take off my waterproof makeup as easily and I feel like it stings my eyes a little. It also leaves a little film on my skin which is a little uncomfortable but it’s nothing a final swipeof my combination/sensitive skin or a toner can’t take away. Of the two, I definitely love my first love more, which is pretty obvious from all I’ve said. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash 

This is a recent release from Garnier. I’m not sure if it’s available in the US but it’s available in the UK. 

Brand claims: New Micellar Cleansing Water technology, now in a rinse off gel. Our all-in-one rinse-off gel wash not only cleanses but also soothes and removes makeup, even on eyes and lips. An easy way to remove makeup and cleanse. 

How to use: Apply to a wet face. Foam up with water and massage gently in circular motions on face focusing on lip and eye area. Rinse off. 

You’d think because I can be pretty lazy about taking off my makeup, I wouldn’t like this but nope! I’m definitely a believer. The gel takes off my makeup so effortlessly. I definitely didn’t expect it to do so. I apply it to my wet face and all my makeup literally melts off. I don’t use it to take off my eye makeup though because I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say it stings the eyes a lot so I go in to take off my eye makeup with the regular micellar water. And unlike the combination/sensitive skin micellar water, this one actually does mattify my skin. 

I use about 2 pumps to cover my face and I massage into my skin. It leaves my face feeling fresh but not stripped. I’m not crazy about the smell but I can deal with it. The micellar gel is nearly taking the place of my micellar water, especially because it is so travel friendly due to it’s small size. 

I will definitely recommend it, if you can find it. It comes in two variants, one for Combination/ Sensitive skin and another one for even sensitive skin, just like the two micellar water I have.

I will repurchase the green micellar water but probably not the pink because I’m not a fan of the film it leaves on my face. The giant 700ml bottle will last a pretty long time because I’ve had my smaller 400ml bottle for over 6 months. 

Get this here: 400ml bottle: Rouge Cosmetics

700ml bottle and Micellar Gel Wash: LeFleur Beauty Essentials 

Have you tried any micellar water? Share your experience with me. 

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ColourPop Brow Pencils. 

Hi people. Today I’m coming to you with a review of the ColourPop brow pencils. I recently reviewed the NYX micro brow pencil and if you checked out that review, you know that I really love that pencil. The ColourPop version has been out for a while and I’ve always wanted to try them, so when I found them, I knew I just had to try them. It comes in 8 shades and I picked up in Bangin’ Brunette and Black n Brown, which are the third and second darkest shades respectively. 

The packaging is not unlike the NYX micro brow pencil, with the product on one side and a spoolie on the other, and it comes in the signature ColourPop white packaging.  

Bangin’ Brunette is described as a true brunette brown and Black n’ Brown a deep blackened brown. 

The pencils are creamy and pretty pigmented, but that’s actually the reason why I’m not so crazy about them. Unlike the NYX micro brow that allows you to build up, this one is boom, colour, and it can get harsh pretty quickly. 

Swatched, these don’t look look too different. Bangin’ brunette is just a little bit lighter than black n’ brown but it doesn’t really translate when I use it to fill in my brows. I don’t like the spoolie it comes with. It’s too soft, so doesn’t do much for distributing colour through my brows. 

My Thoughts                                                   I do like this, but not as much as I thought I would. I’m definitely not crazy about it. Like I mentioned, it’s highly pigmented but it works as a con for it in this case, because it’s easy to overdo it. And I’m really wondering the genius that came up with the packaging; even though it’s self sharpening, it doesn’t twist down. That’s messed up because you can’t tell when you run out because you if you twist it all thy way up, you can’t twist it back down. 


The NYX micro brow in Espresso is lighter than both ColourPop shades, probably because the micro brow isn’t as creamy as the ColourPop shades and so allows you to build up. 
In conclusion I should say that although I do like the ColourPop brow pencils, I’m not crazy about them and will probably not repurchase. They’re much more affordable than the NYX micro brow but I’d purchase the micro brow in a heartbeat over these. 

Get them here: Urban 101 and Lilian Forson 

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Say Hello to My New Fave: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Hi guys! I haven’t posted in a bit cos my WordPress app had been trippin’ 😑 I’m back with another foundation review. Now you know I’m a bit of a foundation fiend and have amassed quite a bit (see my entire here). My collection is quite large and I do have my holy grail foundation but I tried a few new foundations lately and I’m here to tell you, I’m in LOVE. This foundation has a pretty long name but for the purposes of this review, we’ll just refer to it as Makeup Forever Ultra HD. 

Shade Matching:                                             The foundation comes in 40 shades. Forty! That’s mind blowing. Matching myself was pretty easy. I was pretty sure I would be this shade because that’s the shade one of my favourite YouTubers, Ambra Emerald Eyes uses, and since we’re about the same colouring, I was convinced that would be my shade, so I picked this up in the shade Y535 which used to be 178 Chestnut in the original HD formula. 

Packaging:                                                       I’m definitely a sucker for pretty packaging, and this one hits the right points It comes in a plastic bottle. I like the pop is metal on the bottle. 

These are the claims the brand makes: Created for the very latest high definition technologies of the film and tv industry, Ultra HD advanced formulas look invisible in 4K definition and to the naked eye. The light – diffusing Ultra HD foundation looks natural, makes skin look flawless and feel moisturized. Exclusive 4K Complex guarantees invisible and comfortable coverage. 

My Thoughts:                                                 Makeup Forever got it so right with this foundation. The shade range is divided my undertones, R for Red/Pink undertones and Y for Yellow undertones; I have warmer undertones and the shade is a perfect match for me. It’s one of the most perfect matches I’ve ever had. It is literally my skin in a bottle, that’s how amazing it matches me. It does not run too red or too orange like some foundations do, but a perfect middle ground. SwatchedIt is of a thicker consistency, and blends easily. I’ve only ever applied it using a beauty blender and I love how it applies. It goes on smoothly and doesn’t cling to any patches. I was pretty apprehensive about picking this up because it claims to have a “natural finish” and I’m all about the matte life. I’m happy to report that although it doesn’t claim to be matte, it doesn’t exaggerate my oiliness either so if you’re oily and skeptical about getting this, you have nothing to worry about. The finish is absolutely beautiful; it dries to a beautiful satin-y finish, and it plays well with all of my under eye concealers. Did I mention that it comes with a pump? I really love that it does. The coverage of the Ultra HD foundation is pretty light but buildable to medium. I use 3 full pumps when I want to build to medium but about 2 when I’m keeping it at light coverage. Usually I prefer full coverage foundations, which was another reason why I held off picking this up, because of the lighter coverage but now that my skin is in a good place, I really don’t mind having a lighter coverage. I should also say that it is never cakey. 

I start to get oily around the 5/6 hour mark, which is very impressive, because I’m very oily. I feel like a broken record saying this always but it’s true. The longest I’ve worn it is 17 hours (which I know sounds really long but I went from work to a church function) and it lasted ALL DAY, and I only had to repowder once. I did have to blot twice or three times but that’s not shabby at all, because that’s usually how it is with all my foundations. It doesn’t settle into my smile lines, doesn’t exaggerate my pores and to cap it all off, it photographs absolutely beautifully, even in flash photography. Here’s a picture I took wearing the Ultra HD foundation. It matches me extremely well, which is so hard to get in a foundation. It’s an everyday foundation for me, because I don’t really need much coverage when I’m going to work but I could definitely see myself rocking this foundation when I’m going out, especially if I need to look snatched and there’s going to be flash photography. The Ultra HD foundation is was definitely not love at first sight but now I love it so much and would definitely recommend it and repurchase when I run out (although I don’t see that happening soon because I have so many foundations). 

Get it here: Your Treasure GH

Let me know if you’ve tried this foundation, and your experiences with it. 

Thanks for reading! 


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