Weekly Recap 1 – 7 April 2019

Hi there! It’s the last day of the week, so it’s time for my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’d like to know what I’ve written about this past week. 🙂

Monday 1 Apr – March Empties

Monday’s post was about all the products I said goodbye to in March. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 2 Apr – Nail Of The Day
Wednesday 3 Apr – Skin Treats Unicorn Hydrating Sheet Mask

On Tuesday I showed you a mani I did not too long ago. Click here to read the post.
And on Wednesday I reviewed a face mask. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 4 Apr – Nourish Balance Refining Toning Mist

Thursday’s post was about the face mist I’m using at the moment. Click here to read the review.

Friday 5 Apr – MakeUp Revolution Re-Loaded Marvellous Mattes

On Friday I reviewed an eyeshadow palette. Click here to read the post.

This is it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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MakeUp Revolution Re-Loaded Marvellous Mattes

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing MakeUp Revolution‘s Re-Loaded Marvellous Mattes Eyeshadow Palette. This palette contains 15 matte shades – the standard black and white plus 13 (more or less) bright and colourful colours.

When I bought this palette, I had no intention of using any of these eyeshadows on my eyes. I bought this palette because I wanted to crush up the eyeshadows and use them to make stamping polish. 🤩

However, I thought I could do swatches nonetheless! I’ve done the swatches on a well moisturised forearm to ensure the eyeshadows stay put. And here’s what I think of them!

First of all, the eyeshadows are extremely chalky. I think they’re the chalkiest eyeshadows I’ve ever came across. I remember that MUA’s matte palette had horrible reviews in its day – if you think that MUA’s matte palette was bad, well, this is the exact same thing!

The 5 shades in the top row are well pigmented, but the chalky texture made it impossible to apply them evenly or blend them out properly. I’ve seen plenty of positive reviews and I’ve watched a few videos on youtube as well. Based on this, it appears that you can make these eyeshadows work if you use other products as little helpers. One reviewer mentioned that she applied the eyeshadows after 4 bases and primers (I assume she means 4 in total and not 4 each). It seems to work for her and for others, so more power to them!

Onto the 2nd row! The 2nd shade was well pigmented, but the other shades weren’t. Shades 4 and 5 (violet and light blue/turquoise) were particularly disappointing. However, many reviewers have achieved great results by using plenty of primer or by mixing these eyeshadows with creamy products. Personally, I have no doubt that these eyeshadows work if you make them into a paste. This is pretty much what I hope to achieve when I use them to make stamping polish. 😎

The bottom row was a mixed bag. The first 3 shades are nicely pigmented. But the white and the black eyeshadows are not. But again, I have no doubt there are plenty of people who made these eyeshadows work. I just wish that at least some of the reviewers had commented on what their faces looked like half a day later. I would have been genuinely interested in how these eyeshadows perform over at least 8 (but preferably 12+) hours.

All in all, I think MakeUp Revolution‘s Re-Loaded Marvellous Mattes Eyeshadow Palette is exactly what you’d expect for £4. Nowadays it’s pretty much expected that every woman owns and uses all sorts of different primers for everything from eyeshadows to face masks. So it’s obvious the brands focus more on the primers than the on the products those primers are meant to prime the face for. Anyway, I’m not spending any more time on this palette – unless it’s for the purpose of making stamping polish! 😊

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Haul! New Products From… Revolution, Barry M, Bundle Monster, The Crème Shop, Treacle Moon, Montagne Jeunesse, CND, Superdrug & More!

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I’ve bought over the past few weeks. I picked up a lot of face masks, but I also bought toiletries, nail stuff and other skin care. The following goodies are mine now!

The Crème Shop Clean Up, Skin set of 3 sheet masks for £4, TK Maxx. Polish’d Vitamin C Brightening Face Mask set of 5 sheet masks for £4.99, TK Maxx.

Skin Treats Glitter Face Pink Hydrogel Glitter Mask, £1 at B&M Bargains, 3 Holler And Glow Sheet Masks, £1 each at Primark.

2 fantastic Montagne Jeunesse Purple Acai Peel Off Face Masks, 30p each at Primark, Maxbrands Panda Face and Kitty Face Sheet Mask, 2 for £1 (intro offer) from the independent bargain store (formerly Poundworld) in East Ham.

2 Original Source shower gels – 90p each from the independent bargain store (formerly Poundworld) in East Ham.

Superdrug Calm Skin Blemish Rescue Gel, Superdrug Calm Skin Refreshing Facial Spritz – these were £2.99 each but there was a Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price offer. 2 CND Clear Top Coats – £1 each at Poundland. I bought 1 of these before, tried it, liked it, bought 2 more.

The incredible Treacle Moon Happy Melon Sorbet 4x500ml, £2 each (save 1/3 offer) at Waitrose!

Treacle Moon Her Mango Thoughts shower gel, £2 (save 1/3 offer) at Waitrose. Pack of 10 Fascy Aqua Sheet Masks, £5.99 at TK Maxx.

Superdrug Vitamin E products – 2 lip balms, £1.99 each but Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price, the Facial Exfoliating Bar and the Vitamin E Leave On Moisture Mask were £2.99 each but also Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price.

Palmolive Welcome To Madagascar Forest, Palmolive Welcome To Japanese Garden, £1 each, Superdrug.

Jiinju Sheet Mask Duo – I got 3 of these sets for free (gift with purchase), B. face masks, £1.45 each. Superdrug.

Barry M Molten Metal Holographic nail polishes, these were on special (3 for 2 across all makeup and nails at Superdrug, so I bought 6 items for £4 each and I paid £16 instead of £24). The Barry M Rockstar Lip & Nail Kit was a free gift with purchase.

Revolution Reloaded Marvellous Mattes, £4 but 3 for 2. I’m going to use this palette to make more stamping polishes! I bought another eye palette, but I don’t know where I placed it. Oops!

B. Vitalised Vitamin Facial Spritz, B. Comforted Camomile Facial Spritz, £3.89 each (half price offer).

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Facial Pads, B. Soft Multi Acid Retexturising Pads, £2.89 each (half price) – these seem to be the exact same product! 🤔 I’ll give them a try and report back!

And I bought 11 new Bundle Monster stamping plates, the cheapest plate was £1, the most expensive one was £2.60. Bundle Monster is now Maniology. Either way, I bought these stamping plates from a fantastic online shop – Nail Art UK. I’ve shopped with them before, and I think they provide excellent service! I’m not affiliated with them in any way, I’m just a happy customer.

Wow, I bought quite a lot! And I have no excuse really! Any new products you picked up recently? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde