Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow



I bought this Revlon Highlighting Palette the other day on a bit of a whim. It looked so beautiful that I wanted it in my life, even though I’d never used a highlighter before and didn’t really get the point. It has five different stripes with varying colours and amounts of shimmer. There were two colour variations: Bronze Glow which is primarily golden brown shades, and Rose Glow which is much pinker. I went for Rose Glow because the colour combinations are stunning.

To use the highlighting palette, you sweep a brush across it, gathering a bit of each colour, and then apply it to the areas of the face which catch the light, like the cheekbones and brow.

I was worried that the product looked so beautiful in the case that it would only ever be disappointing when applied to the skin. Luckily, I was wrong. It gives me a really natural shimmer to highlight my cheek bone and an overall bright, healthy glow. There is just the right amount of shimmer to catch the light when you move.

You can, of course, also apply the shades in the highlighting palette as individually. The  pigmented bubblegum pink shade in the palette can double as a blusher to give a lovely rosy glow to the apple of your cheeks. The palette could double as an eyeshadow palette, along the lines of the rose gold shades in Urban Decay Naked 3.



July 2014 Favourites


I’m a little bit late on favourites this month, so apologies for that, and without further ado, here’s what I have been loving through this lovely warm July we’ve had in England!

Midi rings – I know I’m really late to the party with this one, but I spotted these adorable little midi rings in Dorothy Perkins the other day and I decided to take the plunge. I’m not sure why, but I think they are a super cute edition to a Summer outfit and I love how delicate and feminine they look.

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Gold – I didn’t think anything could drag me away from my beloved L’Oreal True Match blush in True Rose, but I’ve been reaching for this more and more recently. I intend to write a full post on it shortly. It adds a beautiful shimmer to your cheek bones, and it has a little pop of rosy colour which gives a beautiful healthy glow to the cheeks. I find it works perfectly well by itself and I don’t need to use blusher with it.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream – Since the weather has been warmer, I’ve been using this lots instead of foundation. It gives a really light, healthy, natural look.

Mac All Fired Up lipstick – I’ve pretty much fallen in love with this lipstick. It is one of the best quality lipsticks I’ve ever had; I can eat and drink and still barely need to reapply. It doesn’t smudge or bleed, even though it’s a dark, vibrant colour. It doesn’t need a lipliner and is super easy to apply so its perfect for Summer wear.

Essie Cute as a Button nail polish – I bought my first Essie polishes the other day and I’ve been really enjoying them. Cute as a Button (adorable name) is my favourite so far. It’s the perfect Summer coral colour. It’s really good quality and long lasting.

Top 5 Summer Lip Colours


A while back I did a post on my top 5 Spring lip colours and as you guys seemed to enjoy it, I thought I’d do my top 5 Summer lip colours now.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Coral in Gold – This is a pale orange colour with some gorgeous shimmer it. The lipstick transfers a bit more than I would like, but the colour makes up for it.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude – Sometimes in Summer you just want a nice nude colour so you can feel fresh and natural in the sunshine. The Moisture Renew lipsticks are my absolute favourites. The formula is amazing – it lasts really well and doesn’t transfer too much.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Coral Queen – See, they are so good I picked two of them! This fabulous dark orange colour just screams Summer at me. It what I immediately reach for every time the sun shines.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive – As well as orange, the other lip colour I love in Summer is pink. This Matte Balm is a strong favourite of mine because it is super easy to apply and lasts really really well.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Luna – I think by now you know I love the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers. They are really deeply pigmented and have a lovely glossy shine. Luna is a super cute peachy colour which is lovely and Summery.

I don’t think these swatches do the colours justice at all because of the bad lighting, but they might give you an idea.


Mini make-up brush reviews!


As some of you may remember, in a recent haul post I included a Real Techniques Shading Brush which I had ordered online. One of my readers asked me to review this when I’d had chance to use it a bit. I always like to write about things when it’s requested but I didn’t think I had enough to say to fill a whole post. I then had a bit of a brainwave – why not write about all of the brushes I have been using lately? So that’s what I’m going to do. Hopefully there will be a nice mix of brushes which cost a variety of different prices

I’ll start from the beginning of my make-up routine and work from there as that seems to be a logical way to do it.


Eco Tools Bamboo Foundation Brush – As regular readers will know, I was a little disappointed when I bought this brush as I was actually after a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. However, having used it for a few weeks, I am definitely glad I bought it. It allows me to apply liquid foundation, or even the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation, swiftly and easily to the skin. Although you can’t buff your skin as much as you might with an Expert Face Brush, I really don’t think you need to because it distributes the foundation so evenly.


Cosmopolitan Powder Brush – I have had this powder brush for donkey’s years and I’ve never bothered to replace it because it does the job so well. It may not be the nicest looking brush in the world – everything from the plastic handle to the synthetic looking bristles looks really cheap in my opinion – but it picks up powder well and evenly distributes it. I think they’ve updated the range of brushes since I bought mine because it looks a lot nicer now.


Eco Tools Bamboo Blush Brush – This is the brush which made me fall in love with Eco Tools as a brand. I love how soft the bristles are – they look and feel really expensive. You can hardly feel the brush as it touches your skin but it buffs powder blusher in really nicely giving you a lovely even finish. I love how ethical the brand feels too.


Pretty Pink Angled Eyeshadow Brush – I got this brush as part of a set from Argos. Most of the set was really rubbish and a lot of the brushes have fallen apart (the handles fell off after literally one use!) so I definitely wouldn’t recommend buying the set! However, this brush has done okay so far and I am using it to fill in brows a little with eyeshadow because it’s quite sturdy and doesn’t get shadow everywhere. I guess I’m including this to show you shouldn’t always discount brushes because they are cheap. There are some diamonds in the rough!


Boots Eyeshadow Brush – This is my favourite flat eyeshadow brush. It doesn’t look the most expensive (and it wasn’t) but it picks up eyeshadow better than any other brush I have tried and it applies it fully and evenly to the eyelid. I’d highly recommend it!


Real Techniques Shading Brush – I was so excited to buy this brush because everyone and their mum seems to be obsessed with Real Techniques at the moment. I am a bit of an eyeshadow fiend so this seemed a good one to start with it. I really love how versatile it is. You can use it to apply a base eyeshadow, apply eyeshadow to your crease, or to blend colours together. However, it isn’t as good at blending as the Revlon brush I’m going to talk about below. 

The brush is really soft and it’s a nice looking brush to have in your collection. My only disappointment is that it doesn’t retain it’s beautiful white colour. Even after washing this several times I haven’t been able to remove the stain of the brown eyeshadows I use. Maybe I need a better brush cleaner?


Revlon Contour Shadow Brush – This is my favourite blending brush of all time and, considering I bought it several years ago, I’m really surprised by how well it’s lasting. I think the handle of the brush looks as expensive as the Real Techniques ones, although the bristles themselves let it down as they look a bit inexpensive. But as with any brush, it’s more about how it works than how it looks. The bristles aren’t as soft as the ones on the Real Techniques Shading Brush, but I find this actually works better for blending. I have yet to find a brush which gives me as natural a blend between colours as this one.