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. 

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

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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ColourPop Hutch x Notion Swatches & Mini Review

ColourPop is definitely not something new. I’ve previously reviewed their ultra matte lips and highlighter (check it out here and here if you missed it) so this is going to be a quick review. Since breaking the internet when they released their ultra matte lips, they’ve had other releases, including their ultra satin lips. Weirdly enough I’ve never tried the satin lips til now. I recently picked up one of their fall releases and one ultra satin lip. L- ultra satin in Hutch                                   R- ultra matte in NotionL- Hutch                                                             R- Notion 

I’m pretty sure ColourPop reformulated their ultra mattes because this definitely feels a lot different from the ones I have previously. It’s extremely lightweight and very comfortable on the lips. It dries down pretty fast, and it’s not in the least bit drying. It lasts much longer than it used to, too. I’ve worn Notion longer than 12 hours, with the lipstick only fading a little from the middle of my lips. Transfer is minimal, too. All in all, I have to say that I absolutely love the new formulation. 

Hutch, unlike Notion does not completely dry down which is to be expected of a satin lipstick. It transfers but nothing crazy. After the end of my day, I still have a lot of the lipstick left. I don’t find Hutch to be as lightweight as Notion is which surprises me because I expected a satin to be more comfortable than a matte.  

Both colours are very pigmented, and I can cover my lips in one swipe. Notion reminds me of Lena Lashes more matte than matte in the shade Lucious (which is my absolute favourite lipstick everrrrrrrr) Lucious is about half a shade darker, but they’re very similar. My favourite of the two shades I got is Notion. I like Hutch too but I’m not exactly crazy about the formula of the satin lips. I don’t know if that formula is consistent throughout but I’m not crazy about the formula on Hutch. Notion is such a beautiful colour and I love love it. 

If you’ve tried any of ColourPop’s ultra matte or ultra satin lipsticks, let me know how you got on with it!

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil: Revolutionary or Just Meh?

Hey guys! Can you believe the month is almost over?  

The Micro Brow Pencil is one of the NYX’s most popular products and of course I had to try it out to see what the fuss is all about. It’s said to be a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz but of course I haven’t tried the Brow Wiz because it is insanely expensive for a brow product. The product is double ended with the pencil on side and a spoolie on the other which is pretty convenient because you don’t have to get a separate spoolie and you can continue to use it when the product has run out. This is what the brand has to say about their product: 

Build full, beautiful brows with our ultra-thin Micro Brow Pencil. So precise it coats even the finest hairs with color for a natural-looking finish

It comes in 8 shades and I picked it up in Espresso, which is the darkest shade. Lately brows are all the rage and I can definitely see why because brows can make or break your look. I have pretty full eyebrows naturally and I don’t really need to fill them in but I like the look of a chiseled brow so I fill them in every time I wear makeup and it definitely makes my look more put together. The small tip makes for precise application and the small size makes it easy to grip. I fill in my brows with hair like strokes.Here I compared the micro brow in Espresso to a regular dark brown pencil that I’ve been using for a while. On top is the regular pencil and on the bottom is the micro brow pencil. The shades are pretty identical but I feel like the micro brow pencil is a little more cool – toned than the pencil I’ve been using but you don’t really notice that when I use them. The pencil is hard. I kind of expected it to be creamier, but it works. I do feel like it doesn’t show up much so I have to keep building up on it to get it to show up on my darker brows. Bare brows, no product.After filling it in with the NYX micro brow pencil. (I cleaned it up a little with concealer) my eyebrows look natural, but you can still build up til you have a more chiseled brow, if that’s what you want. Here my eyebrows look more chiseled, and I used the same pencil to achieve this look. 

I really like the spoolie on the micro brow. It’s soft but very firm. Now that I’ve started to use the spoolie on the micro brow I find my regular spoolie to be a lot more abrasive and harsh. 

My one gripe is the teeny amount of product you get. It’ll probably run out after about a month of daily use. 

I would recommend this if you have sparse brow hairs because the outcome is always natural, and you can still carve out “instagram brows” if you wish. It’s pretty expensive, but I would definitely repurchase. In conclusion I would say the NYX micro brow pencil is revolutionary!! 

Get it here: Rouge Cosmetics

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Milani Lip Products, Review and Test

I love Milani. It is one of my favourite drugstore brands and they make amazing lip products. I’ve been hoping to try their take of the liquid lipstick trend, and finally I got the chance to, along with their Brilliant Shine Lip gloss They are packaged incredibly similarly, and you’d have to look at the actual tube or the bottom of it to be able to tell if it’s the Amore Matte lip creme or the Brilliant Shine lip gloss. I got 4 shades of the lip cremes and 3 of the lip glosses Milani describes the Amore Matte Lip Cremes as Non-sticky, smooth and ready for all night wear (up to 16 hours!) our Amore Matte Lip Crème is the ultimate transfer resistant kiss-me-matte 

They also describe the lip glosses as:

Silky instead of sticky, its dawn to dusk staying power is thanks to a sponge – tip applicator that lets you precision – paint like a pro. 

I got the lip cremes in the shades l – r Obsession described as a true  plum Covet; vampy brown                           Gorgeous a raspberry wine and                   Fascination; a royal purple I also picked up the Brilliant Shine Lip glosses in the shades l – r                               Black Cherry;                                           Ravish Raspberry;                                             Berry Tempting       

The glosses provide shine with a hint of colour, but the stars of the show are the Amore Matte Lip Creme. Both come in a square tube with a gold cap, different from most liquid lipsticks which are usually more round (cylindrical? LOL help me 😂) I really like the gold accents. It makes the tube look pretty expensive. The name of the shade is embossed onto the tube for the new formulas and printed on a gold label on the old formula. My tube of Fascination is the old formula. However I don’t notice much of the difference between that and the other three, which are of the newer formulation except that Fascination is more liquid-y which Obsession, Covet and Gorgeous are more mousse-y. They both smell strongly like cupcakes, bordering on a strong medicinal smell, which thankfully does not linger. Sometimes I find that I love the smell and sometimes it makes me feel pretty nauseous but I don’t notice much of a smell to the lip glosses. 

Covet is definitely not vampy on my darker skin, more like a milk – chocolate brown but it’s a beautiful colour and I love it. It reminds me of LA Girl’s Spicy because they are both brown with no hint of any other colour. Just brown with neutral undertones. 

Fascination is pretty light on me. It’s not as purple as I hoped it would be, and I find that it looks pretty unflattering on my darker skin when worn by itself. Add a brown lip liner and it is so beautiful. 

Gorgeous is a beautiful beautiful fuchsia (on me). I don’t really like how it looks on it’s own although I could certainly wear it like that if I wanted but paired with Milani’s Dark Coffee lip liner and I was mind blown by the combo. Definitely rock it with a brown lip liner if you’re not a fan of bright lips. 

Obsession is the star of the set. It’s a beautiful dark plum, just as described. I don’t need to manipulate this. Just pop it on and go. Gorgeous on the left, Ravish Raspberry on the right.  

Both the lip cremes and the glosses come with a flat doe foot applicator. I like that I can cover my lips in one pass without having to double dip. I should mention that it is best not to layer because then it is not very lightweight so it’s best to work with the product that the applicator picks up. One swipe and you’re good to go. I have to go back and layer to get a bit more colour with the glosses though. 

It isn’t my favorite lip gloss formula (Coloured Raine is. Y’all know how much I loved Mysterious) because I don’t like how sticky and heavy they tend to feel on my lips, and they’re so sheer that you need to layer and layer if you want more colour, making it even more heavier feeling. In terms of wear time, I get at least 6 hours of wear from the lip cremes without eating or drinking. When I do eat, it fades from the centre of my lips and by the 6 hour mark starts to flake and feel pretty drying. Also like most liquid lipsticks, it fades when you eat anything oily. To reapply, it’s best to take off then apply a fresh layer because if you layer a new layer over the old, especially when you’ve eaten or drank a lot of liquid, it tends to feels pretty uncomfortable and heavy. I learnt that the hard way. The lip glosses are perfect for someone who isn’t into the whole liquid lipstick trend and wants a bit of colour and comfort. They’re not really my bag but I do like them on days where my lips are screaming at me for subjecting them through too much liquid lipstick torture. The colour disappears after a while but the shine sticks around for a while longer. Thankfully it doesn’t leave that white ring in my mouth 😈

The Amore Mattes are not the best liquid lipstick formula I’ve tried (ColourPop still is — for now!) but they are definitely worth trying. I love the wide variety of shades they come in and I’m definitely more open to trying a few more colours. They’re intensely pigmented and smell like cupcakes (sometimes!) 

Have you tried these? Let me know your thoughts! 

xx

Makeup Products Under 50 Cedis

I was inspired to write this post after seeing it on amakeupjunkiesblog. Makeup is expensive in Ghana lately, especially due to the depreciation of the cedi. Even drugstore products are considerably more expensive here. So as kind hearted as I am, I’m here to give you tips on how to buy makeup for 50 cedis and under, and how to buy makeup at an affordable price, because you don’t have to spend a million dollars to look like a million dollars. 

Let’s get right into this post! My first tip for buying makeup is to hunt around the interwebs and compare prices. I do this all the time. I’m not about to buy something for one price when there’s a chance I can get it for considerably lower. 

Tip 2: take advantage of sales. A lot of sales take place in Ghana. Stalk makeup pages on Instagram (because that’s primarily where most of them advertise their wares) and you’re bound to come across a sale pretty soon. 

Now for the makeup products under 50 cedis. I’ll link the ones that I’ve personally tried and reviewed so you can check them out if you’re interested. 

Primer: LA Girl Pro Prep Primer 

photo credits: lagirlusa.com        Personally I’ve never tried this primer, but reviews are pretty favorable, so it’s worth getting. It ranges between 30-45 cedis, and there’s a sale on it right now for 35 cedis. 

Where to get it: Everything Beauty GH

Foundation: Maybelline SuperStay 24hr foundation

This foundation is great for a drugstore product. It’s long lasting and has such beautiful coverage. The only thing that sucks about it is that it comes in a limited number of shades for dark skin (2 shades. Not cool, Maybelline). But if you can find your shade, this is definitely the foundation to get because for the price it is pretty freaking amazing. I got mine early this year for 45 cedis. It was 40 cedis previously so it should be about 50 cedis now. 

 Where to get it: The Johnson Brand

Concealer: LA Girl Pro Conceal

These come in a variety of shades for spot correcting, highlighting, contouring, even colour correcting. Best part of it is it’s highly affordable. I’ve bought one for as low as 15 cedis (at a sale) but it can be as expensive as 35 cedis. I have a love – hate relationship with these concealers. They are pretty hard to work with sometimes because they dry so fast, but they’re cheap so I’m not complaining

Where to get it: The Twins Store

Eyeliner: LA Girl gel eyeliner

This was the first gel eyeliner I tried and I absolutely loved it. I’ve had it for ages and I notice now that’s it’s starting to dry up, but I’ve almost hit pan (pot?) on it so I don’t mind so much. It can also double up as a brow pomade if you wish. I got mine for 20 cedis. Yup, only! For the price this is pretty freaking amazing. Right now I’m not too sure how much it costs but it definitely shouldn’t be more than 30 cedis. 

Where to get it: Shormies Beauty Supply

Brow Pomade: Kleancolor Brow Pomade

I reviewed these fairly recently and I wasn’t at all impressed with it. But if you’re able to get a shade that best matches your brows and isn’t dried up in the tub like mine was, I could see it becoming a staple for you. I got thid for 10 cedis on sale. Resellers are shooting for 20-25 cedis. 

Where to get it: The Twins Store

Blush: Sleek Flushed Blush

This is great for a pop of colour. It’s beautifully pigmented and can also double up as an eyeshadow. Use a light hand and build up as preferred. Sleek products and made for women of colour and come in such cute packaging. I got this for the unbelievably low price of 15 cedis from an authorized Sleek retailer but when I went back to get Sahara blush from the Sleek store, it had gone up to 20 cedis, so it should be about the same price or 25 cedis now. Definitely a great way to start using blush if it’s unfamiliar territory to you. 

Where to get it: Sleek Shop, Makola Shopping Mall 

Eyeshadow: W7 The Naughty Nines PalettePhoto credits: ladylipbalm.nl

These are supposed to be a dupe for the Mac Times 9 palettes. I don’t know if they are as pigmented because I haven’t tried them but they’re affordable enough. Even if they suck, well they only cost 50 cedis. 

Where to get it: The Beauty Box GH

Setting Powder: LA Girl Pro HD setting powder

Personally I wasn’t wowed by this product. But when you spend 30 cedis only on a setting powder, don’t be too surprised if it doesn’t perform as well as a 100 cedi product. But for the price, it works okay enough. It has horrible flashback so stay away from flash photography when you use this. However you can use a light hand and dust onto where you need oil control and it won’t be as bad. 

Where to get itShormies

Liquid Lipsticks and Highlighters: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip and Highlighters

ColourPop is undoubtedly one of, if not the most popular, brands in the world right now. They are known for their very beautiful but affordable makeup. Their highlighters are beautiful on dark skin, and their liquid lipstick come in a wide range on colours to depending on what your preference is. I got mine for a good deal and snatched up 5 but I have to resign myself to the fact that I’m not going to get them as affordable anymore. These go for 40-55 cedis but this is supposed to be a post to help you find affordable makeup so 55 cedis is definitely off the table. 

 Where to get it: Urban 101

Lipstick: LA Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick

These LA Girl lipsticks are affordable and good value for the price. I initially wanted 4 but I only got 3 colours. I’ve bought it for as low as 10 cedis and as “high” as 20 cedis. Or was it 15 cedis? I love the colours, I hate that they are scented, but it goes away pretty quick. The darker shades leave behind a slight stain. 

Where to get it: Klassic City

It’s pretty obvious from this post that I have and love a lot of products from LA Girl. They’re readily available and you can’t beat the price. Try to catch them on sale and they might be even cheaper than the estimated prices quoted here. I hope this post helps you when it comes to buying makeup, especially as a beginner. If there’s anything I left out, please let me know! 

xx