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JANUARY SALES: I Heart Revolution Milk Chocolate Holiday Collection £20 BARGAIN! | SWATCHES ❤️

JANUARY SALES: I Heart Revolution Milk Chocolate Holiday Collection £20 BARGAIN! | SWATCHES

January Sales: I Heart Revolution Milk Chocolate Holiday Collection

I bought this collection at Superdrug for £20 in the sales after Christmas. It was originally £60. The Chocoholic Shadow Palette (the big one), the Champagne Truffle Highlighter Palette and the Hot Chocolate Contour Palette will be going into a future GIVEAWAY!

At the time of writing, the collection is no longer on the Superdrug website, although I saw some left in my local store today. It is currently available on the Revolution website, but for £24
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CONTENTS: 🎁

  • The Chocoholic Shadow Palette
  • Chocolate Milk Setting Spray
  • Ginger & Orange Chocolate shadow Palette
  • Berry Meringue Chocolate Shadow Palette
  • Violet Crush Shadow Palette
  • Champagne Truffle Highlighter Palette
  • Hot Chocolate Contour Palette
  • Berry Chocolate Lip Gloss
  • Ginger Chocolate Lip Gloss
  • 3 Piece Brush Set
  • Pocket Mirror

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JANUARY SALES: I Heart Revolution and Chill Holiday Collection £20 BARGAIN! | Close-up | SWATCHES ❤️

JANUARY SALES: I Heart Revolution and Chill Holiday Collection £20 BARGAIN! | Close-up | SWATCHES

January Sales: I Heart Revolution and Chill Holiday Collection ❤️

I bought this collection at Superdrug for £20 in the sales after Christmas. It was originally £40. The Chocolate Ice Highlight & Contour Palette will be going into a future GIVEAWAY as it is too dark for me.

At the time of writing the collection is still available on the Superdrug website

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CONTENTS: 🎁

  • Frozen Raspberry Eyeshadow Palette
  • Iced Latte Eyeshadow Palette
  • Peppermint Eyeshadow Palette
  • Chocolate Ice Highlight & Contour Palette
  • Defrosted Highlighter
  • Frozen Vanilla Lip Topper
  • Fruit Smoothie Lip Gloss
  • Vanilla Mint Sugar Lip Scrub
  • Strawberry Milk Fixing Spray
  • Blending Sponge
  • Pocket Mirror

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New To Me ❣ Series: Iconic London, Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette | Part 2 | Swatches

NEW TO ME ❣ SERIES | ICONIC LONDON | Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette PART 2 | Swatches!

New To Me ❣ Series: Iconic London, Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette, Part 2
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I received this palette in my Glossybox Advent Calendar this Christmas. Launched around three years ago, it currently costs £45.00.

Close-ups of the palette are available in our PART 1 blog post, or from the video here:

NEW TO ME ❣ SERIES | ICONIC LONDON | Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette PART 1 | Slow mo | Close-up

It’s a warm-toned palette with 20 pink, peach, gold and bronze shades in matte, shimmer and glitter formulas. This palette will give you day to night eye looks.
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The palette is available on the Iconic London website: Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette
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New To Me ❣ Series: Iconic London, Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette | Part 1 | Close-up

NEW TO ME ❣ SERIES | ICONIC LONDON | Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette PART 1 | Slow mo | Close-up

New To Me ❣ Series: Iconic London, Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette, Part 1
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I received this palette in my Glossybox Advent Calendar this Christmas. Launched around three years ago, it currently costs £45.00.

I hope you like the montage I created for this video – it’s a bit wobbly in some places, but I enjoyed editing it! Swatches of all the shades are available in PART 2, or from the video here:

NEW TO ME ❣ SERIES| ICONIC LONDON | Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette PART 2 | Swatches!

It’s a warm-toned palette with 20 pink, peach, gold and bronze shades in matte, shimmer and glitter formulas. This palette will give you day to night eye looks.
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The palette is available on the Iconic London website: Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette
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Glossybox DOUBLE Unboxing | October & November 2020

Glossybox DOUBLE UNBOXING video! 🧝‍♀️✨
UK October and November 2020.
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**Contains Affiliate Links === Thank you for your support**

October ‘Enchanted Spirit’ Box 🧝‍♀️
• The Beauty Crop – Stargazing Blush Duo, RRP £18 https://thebeautycrop.com/collections/face/products/stargazing-duo?variant=33121009139775
• Bubble T – Fairy Dust Bath Powder, RRP £5.99 https://bubbletcosmetics.com/products/bubble-t-x-glossybox-stardust-foaming-bath-powder-in-lavender?_pos=1&_sid=d661df1e8&_ss=r
• Luna by Luna – Pixie Lipstick, RRP £15.00 https://www.lunabyluna.com/collections/bullet-lipstick/products/pixie-bullet-lipstick
• Illamasqua – Hydra Veil Primer, RRP £10 https://amzn.to/2UAGqNC
• Eyesential – Under Eye Enhancer, RRP £8 (Similar product https://amzn.to/36HTkPw)

TOTAL: £56.99

November ‘Make-up & Magic’ Box ✨
• LASplash Cosmetics – Magic Eyeshadow Palette, RRP £29 https://www.lasplashcosmetics.com/magic-eyeshadow-palette.html
• Hask – Argon Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner, RRP £2 https://amzn.to/3kDeT8R
• Que Bella – Moonstone Glitter Gel Mask, RRP 2.49 https://amzn.to/36Iqbn9
• Generation Clay – Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask, RRP £20 Approx. https://generationskin.com/product/generation-clay-ultra-violet-brightening-purple-clay-mask/
• Spectrum Collections – Limited Edition B07 Tall Crease Blender Brush, RRP £7.99 (Similar product https://amzn.to/32V6vvs)

TOTAL: £61.48
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New To Me ❣ Series: Too Faced, Chocolate Bar Palette

Rhubarb and Burble YouTube video: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I found this palette in Homesense a couple of months ago. It is one of their most popular palettes, originally launched in 2014, which I had never bought, so I had to give it a try, especially as it only cost £24.99 when the full price is £39.00.

I hope you like the montage I created for this video – it’s a bit wobbly in some places, but I enjoyed editing it! The palette also smells of chocolate! 🍫

There’s also a close-up of the leaflet which comes with the palette. It contains some creative ways you can use the palette to create some stunning eye looks. 👁👁

Please comment below if you have this palette and what you think of it.

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The palette is currently sold out on the Too Faced website, but here’s the link for more info: https://www.toofaced.com/product/23483/58989/eye-makeup/eye-shadow-palettes/chocolate-bar-eye-shadow-palette/chocolate-scented-shadow-collection

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I think I may have a problem…

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Judging by the content of this article, it could be that I have an addiction! In these modern times with the practice of mindfulness, gratitude acknowledgment and self-congratulation, it’s easy to conclude that “you’re worth it”.
I work hard; I’m definitely not unique in this. I’m a mum looking after two sons with additional needs. I run a childcare business. I’m a busy local councillor and devote a lot of my available time to my ward residents, the councils to which I’ve been elected, and my political party.
I am a person who is interested in lots of different things and I support various local charities and health and social care initiatives to try and help improve people’s lives. So, yeah, I think I deserve a treat, or two or three, right?

In this materialistic world in which we live, where we can have things almost as soon as we want them, the fun has almost gone out of receiving gifts. Presents can fall into the categories of “that’s not my current style” or “I’ve already got three of those”. So we utilise online gift lists or ask for cash or vouchers so we can fill the small gaps in our collections. ‘Surprise’ is no longer what it once was.

Luckily, I’ve discovered the perfect solution, the perfect self-help cure to make us feel excited again. In the last few years, there has been an explosion of subscription boxes with which one can ‘treat’ oneself. Think of an interest; there’s probably at least one subscription box for it. And yes, it helps if you’re a marketer’s dream customer too!

I would say some of my main passions are makeup, stationery and food. Well, what do you know? These are realms with a great choice of subscription boxes! So, I work hard and these are things I’m interested in. Therefore, I feel I can justify the indulgence.

Before I go on to talk about the boxes I subscribe to, I would like to point out, that wherever possible I recycle any packaging. The companies encourage feedback on the items they provide and excessive or non-recyclable packaging is something I give my opinion on, where needed.

Of course, there is a danger that in receiving so many items month after month, that the bathroom will become an apothecary and the office, a stationery shop! Any items I don’t want or like, I donate to friends or family and make best efforts to use up the rest. I am aware of overkill and have cancelled or paused boxes along the way.
Brands are using the subscription box model as an opportunity to persuade us to buy more of their product. However, in the following month’s box, a similar product from another brand could be received. I personally find with beauty products, that I just don’t run out of some products and have no great need to purchase any more. This, in effect, is their marketing strategy backfiring!

I have various thoughts and opinions on my subscriptions and I will now attempt to elaborate.

Current subscriptions

Spotlight Stationery

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Spotlight Stationery website


This is my favourite box! I’ve subscribed for just over a year (minus a couple of months during the lockdown when I paused it). You can choose to buy a monthly or bi-monthly box and they are lovingly curated based on broad themes like ‘dots’, ‘duotone’, ‘gold’, ‘going green’, ‘tyger’ and ‘edges’.
This box has a personal touch and contains artisan stationery items such as notebooks, journals, pens, pencils, greetings cards and shaped paperclips from top quality, well-known brands like Rhodia, Dingbats, Leuchtturm1917, Castelli, Pentel, Zebra, Staedtler and Stabilo. There are a number of good-quality items from smaller, independent brands too. Each month, four postcards are included which feature the work of talented young illustrators. I have a large, open picture frame in my kitchen which has small bulldog clips for displaying items and these cards are ideal for this.
The one negative I would give this box, is that I don’t feel it is particularly good value for money. I once checked the cost of the box against the cost of the same items, which I found available online, and it was almost identical.
However, Spotlight Stationery do include a donation to charity from the sale of each box. I feel this box is more about the love of stationery, rather than them pushing a marketing strategy. Knowing I am supporting this small business gives me a cosy feeling. Additionally, subscription boxes like this are an avenue we may wish to explore, here at Rhubarb and Burble, in the future!


Spotlight Stationery

:Degusta Box

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:Degusta Box website


I have received five of these boxes so far, with five boxes skipped during the lockdown. Subscribers receive 10-15 products per box, many of which are new to the market. Prices are generally 50% of the RRP. The range is quite diverse but the box mainly contains drinks, snacks and storecupboard meals or ingredients. Sometimes items are available in a number of different flavours and you generally receive one of these options. Boxes are slightly cheaper if you sign up for longer periods of time. There is an information card included which gives a description of each item and its price. Some beverages are alcoholic, but when you sign up you can opt out of receiving alcoholic items if you wish! Additionally, money saving coupons are included for some of the items.
So far, I have enjoyed this box and have not been disappointed with any of the items. Furthermore, the storecupboard ingredients are great for expanding my culinary repertoire. I have no plans to discontinue this subscription box for now!


:Degusta Box

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Glossybox

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Glossybox website

Ok. I have some positive and negative thoughts on Glossybox’s monthly subscription box service. Having been a subscriber for over two years, I have a good understanding of what their business model looks like. I’ll start with the positives:

  • Value for money. These boxes are definitely good value for money. I don’t recall ever receiving any duplicate items either. They sometimes contain items from desirable brands such as Huda Beauty, Nails Inc., Rituals Cosmetics, Mitchell and Peach, Moroccanoil, Crabtree & Evelyn, Gatineau, Maria Nila, Bare Minerals and Yankee Candle. (Typically, there will only be one luxury product per box.) Boxes are cheaper if several months are paid for upfront.
  • The selections. When you sign up for Glossybox, you are also invited to complete a questionnaire which enables you to tailor your profile based on things like your skin tone, skin type, hair colour, etc.
    The items arrive in a beautifully packaged gift box and are well curated. Some boxes are specially themed, e.g. French Riviera, All that glitters, Valentines, Summer soirée, Winter warmers, etc.
    Occasionally they provide ‘either/or’ boxes and it is random which one you’ll receive, e.g. Trick or treat, Fruity or floral or Explore your wild side (zebra or leopard print). These contain like-for-like products, which vary in their colour or fragrance for example.
    They also promote additional special limited-edition boxes which subscribers can obtain separately at a reduced price before they go on sale to the general public at a greater price. Past themes have included: Mother’s Day, Vegan, Male grooming kit, and various single company branded boxes.
    A card is supplied with item descriptions and RRPs. A lot of the items are full-size and those that aren’t, tend to be deluxe minis rather than samples.
    This is a particularly popular subscription box and there will, therefore, be some variation in the actual products included between the batches of boxes, probably due to supply issues. (I receive box variant three.) So don’t be surpised if the items you receive are slightly different to other people’s. I have found that the PR boxes they send out to YouTube beauty influencers for review, tend to include all the same items and often at least one product is different to mine. The monthly, featured item, which is usually a high-end product, is included in all boxes.
  • Advent calendar. Glossybox’s pièce de résistance, is their Advent calendar. Subscribers receive priority ordering and ‘glossy credits’ can be used towards payment. (Glossy credits can be earned by reviewing items received in boxes throughout the year.) The impressively packaged calendar contains 25 individual boxes and products are generally more high-end than those in the monthly boxes. The calendar is shipped in October and the wait before opening it is excruciating!


Now we come to the negatives (apologies if I get a bit ranty or preachy in this section, but let’s face it, there is no beauty community without a scandal or two!):

  • Value for money. I said earlier that the boxes are definitely good value for money. Whilst this is true, I feel that there is potentially an issue with an overinflation of the RRP on certain items. The following may come across as a conspiracy theory, but I have conducted my own research on some of the lesser-known brands which are regularly included in the boxes. My suspicions were initially aroused from having received a few makeup products from a brand called ‘Steve Laurant’. I’d never heard of them prior to subscribing to Glossybox. (If this name sounds somewhat familiar to you – it’s because it’s similar to a hairdressers in nearby Bideford, called ‘Steven & Laurent’!)
    In the ‘Explore your wild side’ boxes, the outer carton of the ‘Wild Things’ eyeshadow palette, unusually, matched the graphics on the Glossybox giftbox. What I learned is that makeup production has a slightly ‘shady’ side. Some brands release products which have been generically produced in the PRC but have simply been packaged up for that brand. The phenomenon of different products with identical formulations is well documented. (For the record, I am not saying here that the products are unsafe nor that are they being produced on the Chinese black market.) It seems that there is a market for ‘fillers’ in subscription boxes. A few of these filler brands fall under the umbrella of a company, ironically-named, ‘Dirty Little Secrets Cosmetics’ or ‘DLS Cosmetics’. The filler brands which were specifically mentioned included: Steve Laurant, Luna By Luna and Bang Beauty. Products from these filler brands make regular appearances in Glossyboxes. I have received at least one item from all of these, but it feels like they are being promoted as if they are indie brands. The filler brand websites do not contain any business information and look almost identical with a very basic design.
    Now let’s analyse the small Steve Laurant ‘Wild Thing’ eyeshadow palette that I received. It has six pans in neutral tones with basic matte and shimmer shades. [See my photo below.] Here is a link to the product on the Steve Laurant website. (Note that there are incomplete sections on the webpage below the product – not something I’d expect to see from a high-end brand’s website!)
    So here is my question: How can a tiny, generically formulated, repackaged palette produced in the PRC, possibly have an RRP of £31.00? I just don’t believe it. I compared the price per gram of product (£4.31), with palettes from two of the most expensive, high-quality makeup brands I know of. Pat Mcgrath Labs‘ recently released Mothership VIII: Divine Rose II artistry palette (RRP £115.00) came in at a whopping £8.71 per gram! However, the other, Natasha Denona‘s renowned and revered Gold palette (RRP £111.00), came in at just £2.96 per gram. I now feel somewhat convinced that the marketing of fillers is playing subscribers for fools. What is more, after I’ve opened my boxes, I generally watch Glossybox ‘unboxing’ videos on YouTube for comparison. The beauty influencers never seem to question the seemingly inflated RRPs. I wonder if there’s something in the PR contract about not questioning the validity of the RRPs. Or perhaps it just doesn’t occur to them to question it. Who knows?
    Anyway, with all that said, I can for now, overlook these misgivings because when I take all the items I’ve received in the boxes into consideration, I do feel they are worth more than the price paid.
‘Wild Thing’ palette by Steve Laurant
  • The boxes. Whilst these are a beautiful touch, I question if they are really necessary. Yes, they can be recycled, but it’s better for the environment not to make them in the first place. Perhaps there’s an argument for the special editions warranting a special box as they may be bought as a gift for somebody. I have found myself becoming overwhelmed by the empty boxes, most of which I have no purpose for. I have used some for storage, given some away and recycled others. In terms of shipping, I would suggest that they could package the items in the outer postal carton. Costs to the consumer would be reduced too.
  • Limited Editions. The following debacle has only happened once to my knowledge. In addition to the Advent calendar last Christmas, Glossybox promoted a companion, limited edition box. Subscribers were informed that they could log in to order it on a particular day from 7am and then it would be available to the general public from 12pm. As a subscriber, I logged in a couple of hours after the launch time, but well before sales were going to open up to the public. I was very disappointed to discover that the boxes had already sold out! Somewhat alarmed, of course I went to straight to Twitter to see if I could find out what was going on. What I discovered was simply unfair. Many subscribers who logged in at 7am had been unable to purchase due to the Glossybox website crashing. That’s not unusual though, especially when hundreds of people try to log in at the same time. Many people reported that they were frustrated as the system did not recognise them as subscribers and they were having to pay the higher price. Those who eventually managed to check out were lucky. Glossybox announced that the boxes sold out in 3 minutes! A few people stated they would be unsubscribing as a result. (I have a feeling that Glossybox have a waiting list, so I don’t believe they’d be too worried about these threats.) Conversely, there were tweets from subscribers who proudly announced that they had managed to purchase multiple boxes. And this is where I have a problem. If these are limited edition boxes, then I believe Glossybox should have limited them to one per subscriber. (Some people were saying it should have been one per household, but this doesn’t take into account the fact that there may be more than one subscriber in a household.) To add insult to injury, many of these multiple purchases ended up on online auction sites at vastly inflated prices. The general public never even got a look-in, let alone the majority of subscribers. If Glossybox offer a Christmas companion box again this year, I shall be contacting them to find out if they have changed their purchasing policy and if not, I will let them know why I think they should! If they continue to treat the majority of their loyal subscribers like this, I may well consider unsubscribing and spend my hard-earned money elsewhere!

In conclusion, the continuation of my Glossybox subscription is potentially hanging in the balance. I will be keeping an eye out for what I consider to be, further complacency towards their subscribers. There are alternatives out there and I would be prepared to take the opportunity to make comparisons.

Glossybox

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Papergang

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Papergang website

At the time of writing this, 13th August 2020, I am still waiting for my first Papergang box to arrive. This subscription is quite different to Spotlight Stationery’s offering detailed above. At around half the price, these boxes have a monthly theme designed by a guest creator and most items are specifically manufactured for the box. The items have cohesive styling and typically include notebooks, stickers, pens, washi tape and paperclips. Here too, a small donation is made to a charity and every box purchased provides a quarter of a tree for planting in the drylands of Africa to protect the environment and help villagers grow nutritious food all year round.
Again, there is a range of subscription options and the more you commit to, the cheaper they work out. I have selected the monthly price for now until I’ve assessed the quality and value of the items. I will come back and update this page once I’ve formed an opinion.

Sharing is caring! Please use this Papergang referral code. For every two people who subscribe, I will receive a free box!

Cancelled subscriptions

Deck of Scarlet

Photo of the Deck of Scarlet website
Deck of Scarlet website

I really liked this beauty subscription. I only cancelled it because it was quite expensive for what it was. There were extra charges for shipping from the US. This subscription started out as a bi-monthly service. It soon increased to monthly and although the order could be paused, I sometimes forgot and it became too costly for me. In essence, the box includes a palette with three eyeshadows, a blusher, a highlighter and two lip creams, plus another item such as an eyeliner or mascara. Each month’s range has a different ‘Artist-in-chief’, usually a YouTube beauty influencer. I watched, in some disbelief, the launch video from one month’s artist-in-chief. I was disappointed to hear that they had had very little input into the colour story of the product and basically just lent their name to the collaboration. I wonder if this is the case for all of their collabs? However, I did overlook that at the time, since the products are really good quality. And I am still enjoying using them.

Deck of Scarlet

toucanBox

Photo of the toucanBox website
toucanBox website

Strictly, this one actually wasn’t meant for me! It was a children’s arts & crafts subscription I bought for my son when he was younger. I did enjoy the box-opening process though! We received this for a fair amount of time and we opted for the monthly subscription which included a themed book. It looks like they have now changed their subscription options, but, essentially, they are still the same types of projects.
By the time I unsubscribed, we had ended up with a lot of left-over toucanBox-branded products like felt tips, crayons and PVA glue as they were included in each box that required them. I donated most of them along with a massive amount of random children’s art materials to a local domestic abuse charity, for use by parents with their children whilst staying in the refuge.

toucanBox

If you treat yourself to a subscription box, please let me know in the comments below which one it is and what you think of it.

I aim to film regular unboxing videos of my subscription boxes. Let me know if there are any boxes, I don’t currently subscribe to, which you are curious about. If appropriate, I might be willing to try one and record/film my first impressions.

This brings me nicely to the end. There are pros and cons with subscription boxes. My apparent ‘addiction’ is being fed, but I do feel that I am relatively in control of it! Anyway, what could be more exciting than what feels like having Christmas presents all year round?!

Best wishes,

Louisa

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Makeup, Printables

Makeup Manifest – FREE printable resource

Have you ever created a great makeup look and wished you could remember what products you used to create it and how?

If you are a professional makeup artist (MUA) or makeup enthusiast you can record your favourite looks using our printable Makeup Manifest to refer to. An MUA may like to use it with clients to recommend particular looks. Clients can see the products you plan to use and determine whether they are cruelty-free and/or vegan.

Downloadable as a free PDF with rhubarbandburble.com watermarks, or available as an online purchase with watermarks removed (the Rhubarb and Burble logo will remain), you can keep track of those special looks and/or create a catalogue for clients to flick through.

Page 1 – Eyebrows and eyes
With 23 categories for eyebrows and eyes, you can record the products, brand name and shades used. The level of detail should satisfy most creative looks and any extra categories can be added manually at the bottom of page 2. There are two columns for recording whether products are cruelty-free and vegan.

Page 2 – Face and lips
There are another 23 categories, this time for face and lips, plus an extra four rows for any additional products used. Again, you can log the product descriptions, brand names and shades used. Again, you can tick the cruelty-free and vegan options.

Page 3 – Designer
Get artistic and design makeup looks for portfolios, clients and memories. There is an illustration of a closed eye for designing eyeshadow and liner placement, etc, plus a woman’s face for coordinating the whole face. ( I haven’t created a male version of this document, but please let me know if you would like one.)

Page 4 – Photographs and notes
If you take photos of your special creations, print them directly onto the A4 page or print, cut and stick them on! Record any extra notes, such as the tools you used, ingredients which may cause irritation or foundation blend calculations, so you don’t forget anything!

Feedback
This original product has been developed and created by Louisa, so we would welcome your comments, especially if you are an MUA. If you feel it could be improved, please also let us know. If you notice any errors, they can be corrected.

Enjoy creating and recording those ‘iconic’ makeup looks!

Louisa

Makeup Manifest without watermarks

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Makeup

#EyeshadowPaletteTag

Those of you who know me well will have realised that I love makeup! Since a teenager, I have always worn makeup, but I really caught the beauty bug a few years ago and have built up quite the collection, particularly eyeshadow palettes.

A current trend on YouTube is to allocate your eyeshadow palettes to certain categories and use the ‘EyeshadowPaletteTag’ hashtag. The trend (as far as I’m able to ascertain) started with a collaboration between YouTubers Samantha March and Allie Glines in May 2020.
I have been inspired to jump on the bandwagon!

You can watch our first YouTube video below!
I have swatched three colours from each palette on my arm so you can get a feel for the pigmentation and sparkle.

I will attempt to go into more detail about my palette choices here:

  • Newest – 24A artist pass by Morphe.
    This palette spoke to me because it is a palette which satisfies a lot of looks in one. It has neutrals, brights, neons and glitters. I had to buy it! It’s not too big and has a good-sized mirror.
  • Oldest – Cat eyes by Too Faced.
    I have decluttered all of my really old palettes, even my first ever Rimmel palette which my mum bought me for my 14th birthday! The cat eyes palette is the oldest I currently own. It was the first I purchased from this brand. I found it in TK Maxx at about a third of the original price! I love the leopard print tin and three of the shades can be applied wet which creates an intense eyeliner.
  • Most expensive – Born to run by Urban Decay.
    This is one of my favourite palettes. Although powdery, the shadows are extremely pigmented and a lot of looks can be created from the broad spectrum of mattes and shimmers. The packaging is luxurious and the travel theme is inspiring. The RRP for this palette is £43, but I managed to snag it online at TK Maxx for £29.99. Still nowhere near Natasha Denona prices, whose 15 pan pallettes can cost £110.00!
  • Most affordable – Re-loaded visionary by Revolution.
    Not much to say about this palette other than it only cost £5.00! I love purples and this was a bargain too good to miss!
  • Everyday – Chocolate bon bons by Too Faced.
    If you want a palette which isn’t overly pigmented to achieve a subtle look, then this one is great. The cute heart-shaped pans give it a twist and the palette smells of chocolate. The shimmers are soft and appropriate for daytime looks.
  • Most colourful – 24A artist pass by Morphe.
    The second spot for this palette. This is by far the brightest palette I own, particularly because of the neon shades. I’m not planning to go to any festivals, but you never know!

  • Smallest – Devil by STYLondon.
    This measures just 7.5cm2 and I received it in a ‘Glossybox’ subscription box. The shadows are very creamy and pigmented and are surprisingly good quality.
  • Biggest – Colour spectrum by Revolution.
    This measures 32.5cm x 26cm and dwarfs the James Charles palette which many YouTubers have selected as their biggest palette. There are 196 mattes and shimmers altogether and is a great fallback when struggling to find just the right shade!
  • Best memory – Sweet Peach by Too Faced.
    This is actually my favourite palette of all time, but because it’s not my favourite brand, it didn’t make the penultimate category. I have nothing bad to say about this pallet. The tin design is so cute and the palette has the most beautiful peach fragrance. It’s on my desk right next to me now. I can smell it as I type this. Hang on a minute… sniff, sniff, ahh, that’s so heavenly! It’s so well-used, that I’ve almost hit pan on a few shades. My favourite shade of all time, ‘Luscious’, is in this palette. It is a warm-toned, light-medium copper with a metallic finish. I use my finger to swipe it onto my eyelids and it is, quite literally, luscious!
  • Worth the hype – Naked honey by Urban Decay.
    Urban Decay have released several ‘naked’ palettes recently. I have cherry and honey. Honey is just perfect for everyday or evening wear. The shades are universally flattering and the formula is incredibly pigmented. When I realised they also brought out a mini palette, I had to grab it to increase the flexibility of the original palette. The double-ended brush, which is incuded, is incredibly high quality which makes packing on and blending shadows a breeze.
  • Not worth the hype – White chocolate bar by Too Faced.
    Unfortunately, Too Faced product quality is inconsistent. This one lured me in with the beautiful ‘lavender cake’ shade. The shadows are mostly light in tone and take some building up. There is, however, one stand out shade, ‘sugared raisin’, which is a silver metallic with a lilac undertone. Packaged in a hard wearing tin with their signature chocolate bar styling, it’s too cute to not keep!
  • Favourite palette from a favourite brand – 39S Such a gem – Morphe.
    This brand has recently become my new favourite. YouTube community dramas aside, Morphe have really upped their game. The shadows are creamy and rich and blend effortlessly. The shimmers are intense and the glitters add that extra sparkle needed for an ultra-glam look. As I said earlier, I love purples and this palette is devoted to them. They compliment my green eyes and there are a number of neutral browns to create the perfect transition or to deepen up the outer corner of the eyelid.
  • Most used – Sweet Peach by Too Faced.
    For the reasons I gave in the ‘Best memory’ category, this is my most used (and loved) palette.

If you want to buy any of these palettes, the links are in the video description. However, some of them are not available, unless you want to risk buying them from ebay!
(Beware, many palettes sold this way are copies and cheaply made in China with ingredients which may be toxic and/or cause iritation to the delicate eye area. Always buy from a reputable stockist.)

Which palettes do you own and which would you choose for the 13 categories? Please comment below and share your hidden gems with me.

Louisa

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