Revolution Soph x extra spice palette review and swatches

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Ever since the Soph x palette came into my collection it's been my most used palette, the shades are perfect for my skin tone and the shades blend perfectly. When I saw Soph was bringing out a new palette (The soph x extra spice) I was absolutely thrilled, I couldn't contain my excitement. I used my last day before payday funds to grab this and it arrived yesterday, I couldn't bluddy wait to do this review so I've sat down straight after work and grabbed the palette to try.


I was so excited to see what Soph did with this palette, Like the first palette it came in a sleeve with the shades on the back and they're very true to the shades in the palette which is always handy. The palette itself is rose gold and metallic (actually stunning) and it has 'Soph x' written on the front in baby pink, essentially the opposite of the last palette. The palette has a really sturdy clasp (which we all know I like because I'm terrible at just throwing things in my bag) and it feels really sturdy as well which is perfect for someone as clumsy as me. There's a nice big mirror in this palette just like the last one which makes it perfect for travelling because you could do your full face using that easily.


This palette is bluddy dreamy in terms of shades, Soph's gone a bit more 'out there' this time with the colours and this one is much more colourful and bright than the last palette. There are 18 shades 6 shimmers and 12 mattes which I think is a perfect balance. There are a few really good transition shades in here and I think this would work so well alongside the OG Soph x palette. There's a lot of potential with these shades; straight off I think you'd get some perfect green, purple, gold and bronze shades using this palette and there are for sure some sunset vibes going on here. Personally, I'm instantly drawn to the shades 'Everyday' and 'Infinity'.

Application and pigment

From my first impressions, I am so bluddy happy with this palette. Firstly I'll chat about the mattes, so as I mentioned there are 12 mattes; Running late, Cheesecake, Cookie Dough, Vitamin C, Sweet n Sour, Twenty-one, Enchanted, Laked, Brownies, Chocolate orange, Mulled wine and reputation. The mattes blend out so lovely and they build up really nicely as well which is a bonus, the pigment on these is amazing like you don't need to dig your brush in there so you won't be wasting your shadows. For a drugstore palette, I'd say the pigment is really impressive and the shimmers (Everyday, Infinity, Dreams,  Romance, LA sun and Aurora) are on a whole new level they're actually so pigmented, They kind of remind me of higher end shadows and if you apply them with your fingertips they come out so bold which I absolutely love.


Row 1; Everyday, Running late, Infinity, Cheesecake, Cookie dough, Dream
Row 2; Vitamin C, Sweet n sour, Twenty-one, Romance, Enchanted, Lakes

Row 3; Brownies, Chocolate orange, Mulled wine, LA sun, Aurora, Reputation

Have you picked up this palette yet?

Naked 3 palette, is it worth the hype?

Friday, 1 June 2018

I've lusted over Naked palettes pretty much for as long as I've shown interest in make-up, everyone hypes them up and it seems like there's one in most girls collection. I get that I'm a little late to this bandwagon but I got my hands on the Naked 3 a few months ago and I've been using it since then and to be honest I've got some opinions I wanna share on it, so I thought I'd do a full in-depth review and on this and test to see if it's worth the hype.


The packaging itself is a rose gold tin, it almost reminds me of those pencil cases we used to have through primary school it has 'Naked 3' embossed across the top in gold and it's a complete reflection on the shades inside which 100% drew me to this palette (like a little magpie). The packaging itself is quite durable which is perfect for someone as clumsy as me, it shuts with a clasp which I always like because it gives me peace of mind that it won't come open if it's chucked in my bag.

When you open the palette up you have 12 dreamy 'pink nude' inspired shades; 3 mattes and 9 shimmers, you're quite limited with your matters so I'd definitely say this is a 'shimmer persons' palette. There's also a large mirror on this which is super handy for when you're travelling. The pan sizes are smaller than other high-end palettes I own but they're still a good size.

The palette also includes a double-sided brush which I am so thankful for as well as a slot to store it in, this brush is such a good quality for saying it's come out of an eyeshadow palette it's honestly replaced my current blending brush and I use it all the time. The flat side of this brush is really good for packing on your shimmers though I'd recommend using your fingers if you want the best from this palette which brings me on to the application.


I have mixed opinions with this palette in terms of the application. I'll start with the mattes which I absolutely love because all of them are lovely to apply, they're creamy and they're blendable, they can also be built up really nicely they're also really nice transition shades which makes everything a little bit easier.

In terms of the shimmers I have mixed reviews the darker shades apply perfectly on my lids but generally I'd advise you apply them with your fingertips if you want them to really stand out but the lighter shimmers, I don't think it's just me (perhaps it's just my light skin?) but they just do not apply as well as the darker shades 'Dust' in particular just seems like a different consistency to the rest of the shadows and it only really applies well when you use your fingertips which can be a little bit of a pain.

I've used the palette with both concealer and primer and it's applied well with both, you can also use the palette without it but I wouldn't generally do this because my eyelids can get quite oily which means it'd just be a mess within an hour or so but you would have to build it up a little bit more.


ahh the best part of the post, you get to see all the dreamy shades out of the pan, I used my finger to apply these to show the best pigment possible and I'm sure you'll be able to see what I mean about 'dust' in these photos.

Left to right: strange, dust, burnout, limit, buzz, trick, nooner, liar, factory, mugshot, Darkside, Darkheart

Shimmers - 

dust, burnout, buzz, trick, liar, factory, mugshot, Darkside, Darkheart

Mattes - 

strange, limit, nooner

So is it worth the hype?

Personally, I really like this palette and I would repurchase it, it does have a couple of small issues but that wouldn't put me off buying Urban Decay shadows again, it is quite pricey though so that's the only thing that would really put me off. The shade range is stunning and I really like how durable the packaging is, I would for sure recommend this.

Have you tried this palette?.

My current faves

Saturday, 26 May 2018

You guessed it!, the long-lost favourites posts are back, I feel like I haven't done favourites in so, so long. I haven't really tried anything new over the last few months and most have what I haven't tried just hasn't made this list (unfortunately) but there are a few bits that I've been loving recently so I wanted to share some bits with you all, Perhaps I'll go back to monthly faves, let me know what you prefer. I usually share my recent purchases over on my Instagram stories so be sure to follow me over there as well!.


I've always struggled with my skin so when I find a product that works for me I stick with it. The first thing I'm absolutely loving is the Botanics hydration burst day lotion, this contains SPF and is specially formulated for sensitive and dehydrated skin. This moisturiser also has 'the power of plants' inside which is 'Clary Sage'. The clary sage is ego-logically sourced to get the specific moisturising part of the plants (in the leaves) as well as that it has a self-activating ability to store water and keep itself hydrated making it perfect for dehydrated skin. I love the fact that this has a pump on it because I feel like you can get the most of the product out of the tube. The tube is also a really good size for travelling without skimping on product.

I've also been loving the Boots simply sensitive cleansing jelly ball scrub, usually I stay away from scrubs because of my sensitive skin 99% of the ones I've tried have broken me out or irritated my skin. The scrub is fragrance-free which is perfect for us sensitive skin beauties and as well as this it contains aloe vera to soothe the skin. I wasn't expecting much from this because it was quite cheap (which is always a bad assumption to make) but it really has exceeded my expectations, my skin always feels so fresh and clean after using this and I'd 100% recommend it.

The Soap and Glory sugar crush body buttercream has also become a new found favourite of mine. I absolutely love soap and glory and all of their products are just so dreamy. I found this range from a Christmas gift which included the sugar crush shower cream and I absolutely loved the scent of it, it's so fresh and uplifting which was perfect to wake me up during my morning shower and when I spotted the body butter version I had to get it. The thing I like about this is that it isn't a 'tough' butter it's more light which makes it non-greasy and really quick to apply I also love the fact that it's really hydrating, I actually prefer this compared to the Righteous Butter.

Make-up & Haircare

There aren't too many faves in the make-up department recently because I haven't come across many 'new' products although I do have a cheeky wishlist waiting for me on beauty bay which I 100% cannot afford at all but will buy anyway. The first thing is the Naked 3 palette, my boyfriend got me this for my birthday and honestly I've worn it most days since getting it, no doubt there will be a review on this very soon but in a nutshell; the pigment is great, the shades are gorgeous and the shadows are so easy to work with.

Secondly is the Make-up revolution rose gold ingot highlighter, I've been slowly building up a highlight collection over the last few months and I'm so happy with what I've got so far (hands up if you want a post). This highlighter tho is the prettiest thing you've ever seen it's shaped like a 'gold bar' although mine has started to fade where I've used it tonnes, it's still so pretty though. This is the perfect rose gold shade and it looks bluddy gorgeous on the skin, it applies nicely and as it lasts really well (what more can you want?).

In terms of hair care, I've been absolutely loving the OGX Brazillian keratin therapy shampoo and conditioner. I absolutely love these, since using them my hair has never felt healthier, it's much stronger too. I didn't realise this bottle said ever straight however, it's made my naturally frizzy hair so manageable so I'll most likely repurchase this. It is a little pricier than my usual shampoo and conditioner but honestly, it's 100% worth the extra money so I'd definitely recommend it.

What are your faves currently?

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My realistic spring morning routine

Thursday, 17 May 2018

After roughly 3 days of sunshine  (of which I worked all 3), I'm declaring it officially Spring / Summer. I have quite a busy schedule through the nicer months with work so I tend to keep my morning routine a little bit shorter as I usually get about an hour before I run out the door whilst leaving my keys and anything else important inside the flat. I thought I'd share with you my realistic morning routine which involves a hella lot of rushing.

10:30 am 
I usually wake up around half ten, one thing you may have worked out by now is that I'm absolutely not a morning person, I stay awake quite late catching up with my blog and bits and bobs that I haven't had chance to get done throughout the week so a 7am start is like a horror movie to me. Usually, I'll lie on my phone (hella unproductive) for about 10-20 minutes before even moving out of bed.

My shifts usually start around 12 so this is the point where I look at the time and realise I need to get my arse out of bed if I want to turn up even remotely on time. At this point, my boyfriends reminding me that I have work in an hour and I haven't really moved from my double chin scrolling through Instagram I've grabbed myself a cup of tea (if I don't get this I'm basically a Zombie) and I've sat down at my dresser to start my skincare routine; Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser and I move on to my makeup.

I start actually waking up a bit around now and start to get my arse in gear, I'm starting to rush and slap on my makeup real quick and end up looking a little bit like a 5-year-old who's followed a smokey eye tutorial on YouTube. By this time it's like half 11 and I'm not even dressed (Good job Charlie).

I've decided to actually get dressed considering I need to leave in 15 minutes. My standard outfit is usually just a pair of ripped jeans, a T-shirt, denim jacket and my Nikes'. It's now quarter too and I've brushed my teeth ready to leave, I've grabbed my bag, plugged in my headphones and ran out the door for work!.

how does your morning routine usually plan out?.

Spring wardrobe essentials

Sunday, 6 May 2018

I had an idea of what I wanted this post to be, candid beach shots of a few outfits, me messing around on the beach in the sun. Amazing photography and cute poses almost like being an Instagram model for the day but alas the expectation was not the reality and I've been ~far~ to busy to take the photos for this post and it's been way to miserable outside to go and sit on the beach in an Asos skirt and cute sunnies. I wasn't sure whether to hold off on the post but if I did that then there's a possibility the clothes are going to go out of stock (do you see my dilemma?) so I'm posting it and I've tried something with the photos rather than candid shots of me sitting on the quay let me know what you think!.

The Skirt 

This is like one of those staples that you never knew you needed, A denim wrap skirt from ASOS that goes with literally any outfit, it's a 'Stonewash blue' and it's generally such a good staple, I've paired it with my Newlook Bardot top. As I have what I like to call 'milk bottle legs' I'll for sure need a pair of tanned tights, I'll most likely keep this look casual with my Nikes but you could dress it up with some nice shoes instead.

The boots

I'm a sucker for Chelsea boots.. high heel, low heel, burgundy, grey, black literally any Chelsea boots. I picked these out because their quite casual and they go with pretty much anything. Their pretty much just the cheapest pair that came up (broke life) but they've lasted well and they generally are great.

A pair of sunnies

Is it even spring if you haven't got a pair of sunnies for that not so sunny weather?. I got this pair from a local shop in town but you can get a similar pair (Linked below). I absolutely love these sunnies they're a perfect size and they don't look absolutely ridiculous on me like most sunglasses do!, perfection.






My drugstore hair care routine for controlling frizz

Thursday, 3 May 2018

My hair is such a burden at times, I can be straightening it/curling it for ages and it'll still be twice the size by the time I'm finished and I hate it, I've tried every hack, tip, remedy ~ I mean I've even covered my hair in egg whites (which was awful tbh) and there isn't an awful lot that works like that. I feel like I've found a few products over the last few years and built quite the routine which has really helped me out so I thought I'd enlighten you with it all, so grab yourself a cuppa and sit back all you frizzy-haired gals and grab yourself some of the following.

OGX ever straight Brazilian keratin therapy shampoo

So I'll start with shampoo, lets take it from the top at least and Imma be honest, I didn't realise this aid ever straight when I picked it up, My hair is quite ae curly natural (hence the frizz) but.I'm always trying to control it and in my  opinion, this shampoo & conditioner have just been ~AMAZINGG~ it keeps my hair feeling soft, takes off the frizz and moisturises it just so well. It contains coconut oil and Keratin proteins as well avocado and cocoa butter and yes, it does smell good enough to eat. Also going on their FAQ'S they're cruelty-free which is fab!!.

OGX ever straight Brazilian keratin therapy conditioner

I follow this up with the same brand conditioner and again it's one of the best I've tried, In terms of ingredients again it contains cocoa butter, keratin, coconut oil and Avacado, You're best to leave this on for a few minutes before rinsing because it makes your hair feel like advert worthy ~ I mean you'll be swishing your hair around the place like Ellie Goulding did in that Pantene advert before you know it.

As I'm in the process of getting rid of my non-cruelty free products I'm using up the ones I have left because your gal hadn't got a mortgage to buy it all at once. Therefore the next few products aren't likely to be cruelty-free but I'll list some alternatives.

Touch of Silver shampoo

occasionally I use the Touch of silver shampoo as I've recently had my hair dyed as an ombre, this shampoo just keeps the brassy tones out of the blonde and it was suggested by my hairdresser. I just leave this on for a few minutes to tone my hair and rinse it out until the water runs clear. Don't let the vivid purple colour scare you, this really does cool your blonde and get rid of the brassy tones, It's very affordable and you can also get the conditioner to follow with but personally, I use my OGX conditioner instead. I use this every couple of washes and I've noticed such a difference, I highly recommend it.

Heat Protect 

As my hair can be a pain in the arse frizzy I always need to make sure I'm protecting it from heat (your gal uses a lot of heat on her hair). I'm using the V05 heat protect spray which has been in my collection for a fair old' while so It's getting pretty low as a cruelty-free alternative I'd recommend the Superdrug Argan oil hair treatment,  I just spritz this over evenly and then move onto serum.

Hair serum

I always use a hair serum in my routine, I really feel like it makes such a difference to my hair, I also like the fact that it's just a little extra nourishment and protection for my hair. I'm currently using the Tresemme smooth salon serum which I do really enjoy using, it contains argan oil which I'm a huge fan of and it smooths frizz which is always a good thing with hair like mine. This isn't cruelty-free though and once it's all gone I'll be moving onto The body shops Coconut Oil Brilliantly Nourishing Pre-Shampoo Hair Oil which sounds fantastic, you use this one prior to shampoo and you can either leave it for 5 minutes or overnight for a more powerful treatment.

Heat tools

I went heat free for a good few months ~ in fact, I wrote a post all about it and to be honest it was mainly accidental after breaking both my curlers and my straighteners, but since replacing them I use heat daily, honestly I know it's terrible for my hair and I do like my natural hair but it' so difficult to maintain so I turn to my curlers by instinct. For my soft loose curls, I use my Tresemme perfectly undone curlers, for straightening it's my Nicky Clarke hair straighteners and for drying my hair it's the Babyliss pro speed hairdryer which honestly is obsessed with. 

Is your hair your biggest burden?, How do you tame it.
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