Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sparkle - App Review

"Sparkle brings together beauty fanatics and cosmetics professionals who seek to share and discover the industry’s latest trends. The community is designed to be a fresh collection of hair, makeup and nail tutorials that highlight both the techniques and the products to make you Sparkle."

This app allows people from all works of life to share beauty tips and tricks and communicate with one another in one place. Think of it as a social network for beauty addicts - Instagram meets Polyvore. It launched in April of this year and it's already building a steady community full of helpful and friendly people.

The Sparkle app allows you to upload photographs and videos of your own makeup looks and you can use the "products" feature to add the specific products that you've used to create your look. This is particularly useful if you've just bought something new and you don't know how to use it - I've learnt so much from people on Sparkle already.

The design and layout are extremely slick and therefore easy to navigate. As you can see below, there is a search option in which you can track the most popular hashtags to find exactly what you're looking for.

The only downside I've found in this app is that not all of the products I use have been added to their directory yet, however, the directory is constantly updated with new products and I'm hoping that some of mine will be featured soon.

This app is available for iOS and Android and it's free on both formats. 

This is a screenshot of my profile on Sparkle. If you download it, follow me and I will follow you back. 

You can follow the lovely team at Sparkle on Twitter  @discoversparkle and most importantly - download the app HERE

Happy downloading and don't forget to let me know what you think - either by commenting below or sending me a tweet @MsMegan91 !

*DISCLAIMER*   This post was NOT sponsored - all content and opinions are entirely my own!

Monday, 8 June 2015

HUGE MakeUp Revolution Haul

Before I start, this is not a haul in the traditional sense, I didn't buy all of these products at once. I accumulated my MakeUp Revolution collection over a month - some products I bought in-store (Superdrug - Bangor) , some online and others were gifted to me by my super wonderful and generous friend Rachael, who you can find at:

Eyes Like Angels palette - £8.00

This was the very first MakeUp Revolution product I bought. I was drawn in by the huge range of colours in the palette and at £8.00 for 32 eyeshadows - I thought if at least 3-5 were decent - it was a worthwhile purchase. I've been hugely surprised at the quality of these shadows and there has not been a single shade so far that I have been underwhelmed by. 

This palette is perfect for travel as there are so many shades in one box. I bring this one everywhere. 

Iconic 3 palette - £4.00  

I'm not going to say too much about this one as I have already done a full blog post about this palette which will be up in the next few days. This is a perfect dupe for Urban Decay's  "Naked 3" palette and I use this as my day-to-day palette as its full of neutral shades.

Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

I will be the first person to admit that I am TERRIBLE at applying liquid eyeliner - it always ends up either half-way above my lash line or almost covering my whole lid after trying to rectify mistakes. I'm still no pro- however, the super-slim brush makes mistakes a lot less frequent. The only negative thing I have to say is that the brush is quite "sharp" and if you apply with too much pressure, it can hurt the sensitive skin on your eyelids. But I suppose for a mere £1.50, I can't complain!

Pro-Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray  - £5.00

I think this has got to be my favourite MakeUp Revolution product I own. Spraying your face with this after you've applied your makeup allows it to stay on perfectly for up to 12 hours. This is only £5.00 and a brilliant alternative to MAC Fix Plus, which is a lot more expensive and does the exact same job.

Your face will feel wet for about 10 seconds but that feeling passes and your makeup will stay flawless for hours. Highly recommended. 

Lipstick - Dare - £1.00  

This lipstick was a total bargain. The colour is reasonably long-lasting (which I wasn't expecting for that price) and the finish is very smooth. I will definitely be trying some more of these in the future as this lipstick puts other drugstore lipsticks to shame in both quality and price. In fact, the only thing about the lipstick which reflects the price is the packaging but when the product is that good - we can forgive!

Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer - "What I Believe" - £3.00

This one was a surprise for me. I love the MUA Velvet Lacquer lip tints so I ordered this one to test it out. On the website it looks like a pale pink shade but it's actually an unusual peach colour. I don't have anything else in that shade - but I think once you get used to it - it looks amazing. It's very long lasting and it doesn't try out your lips.

Sugar and Spice Blush Palette - £6.00

I am a huge fan of this palette. My go-to blusher was always Dollymix by MAC and I very rarely deviated from it. This palette introduced me to new shades that I can wear which are bit different but just as pretty. I especially love the two shimmery blushes - they're perfect for a night out.

The One Blusher - Malibu - £5.00

This is supposed to be a blush stick but I've seen a few YouTubers use it as a contour stick. This product is so creamy and it blends like a dream. I, personally, will only be using it as a contour product because it's too dark on my pale skin to be a blush!

Mermaids vs Unicorns Eyeshadow Palette - £4.00

The colours in this palette are a lot bolder than what I would normally go for but the quality and pigmentation is nothing short of perfect. I haven't had much chance to play around with this palette as much as I would like but I hope to maybe post a look based on it in the near future. The greens in this palette are particularly beautiful and as a whole, it's insanely cheap for £4.00. The applicator is the standard MakeUp Revolution sponge brush, which if you've read any of my previous posts, you'll know I HATE but it's the only downside.

Focus and Fix Concealer  - £2.00

I got this in the shade "Fair" which is one of their palest concealers. It does a great job at hiding dark circles. Luckily, my skin has been quite good recently so I haven't had the chance to use it on spots/blemishes as yet though I imagine the yellow tones will really help to conceal redness. I would recommend blending this in straight away as it is quick-drying and can look cake-y if it's left too long on its own.

Eyebrow tint - Fairest - £1.99

I am absolutely obsessed with the mascara-style applicator because not only does it distribute the tint evenly across your eyebrow, but it allows you to shape them too! This is the lightest shade available - and even at that I find that it's a little bit dark so be wary of that before you buy.

Lip liners - Baby Pink and The One - £1.00 each

These lipliners are exactly what I've been looking for. I don't like spending a fortune on lipliners but they're still a necessity. I have found that The One pairs really well with my Viva Glam II lipstick from MAC and Baby Pink is the perfect match for St Germaine (FINALLY!) Both lip liners are extremely pale so if you're looking for a bolder lip liner, these may not be for you. They come with a special sharpener in the lid, which is super useful and I don't know why more lipliners don't have these!