Why I’m obsessed with glitter and my favourite options

I love glitter. Right that’s it, see you in the next post. No, I just thought that I’d share my love for the sparkle in a blog post, along with my favourite glitters and the way I find best to apply them. Enjoy this sparkly post!

The Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow in Gold Goddess is actually magical. I got it for Christmas the year before last and it’s changed the game when it comes to glitter. I do love a chunky glitter with plenty of sparkle (I mean look at all the shade options I have) but there wasn’t something I could use for a sheer wash of sparkle that wasn’t just a shimmer eyeshadow. With this you can dab a bit on and blend it out so it’s ‘barely there’ – or as barely there as glitter can be – or keep layering it up for something that really packs a punch and looks amazing. Also there’s no need for glue and it is potentially the easiest thing in the world to apply. I have no idea why I don’t have more shades of this because I’m 100% in love with this product.

I searched high and low for the Revolution Pressed Glitter Eyeshadow Palette after one of my friends tagged me in a post on Instagram last year. It was nowhere to be found and I had to fill the hole with some of the individual magnetic ones. BUT I was very surprised and extremely happy when my fab friends gave me this as part of my birthday present. Thanks friends! I mean look at it, it’s a glitter lovers dream! I have the Hot Pursuit palette. I’m yet to have a proper play around with all of the shades but Inflamed is something pretty special. It shifts green and pink in different lights and is like something I’ve never seen before. I love this formula. Because it’s pressed it’s easier to work with than one that’s in a pot. I still use a glitter glue (the one from NYX is my go-to) and it stays put. Safe to say, I’m in love with this palette.

My picks for what I’d class as ‘traditional glitters’ come from Revolution and NYX. Yes, they have the potential to spill all over the place but a little tap into the lid and a swirl of the brush should contain it. I have the Revolution Glitter Bomb in the shade Last Dance, a really nice bright pink and the NYX Glitter Brilliance in Copper, a sheeny red copper. Both solid options, easy to work with and with a dab of glitter glue they stay all night.

On New Year’s Eve I decided to go all out with the glitter and put it in my hair. I picked up a little tub of the Go Get Bio Glitter in the shade Sea Glitter- biodegradable which is always a win – and it has a mix of large chunks and tiny specs. After a lot of googling I ‘attached’ it to my head with hair gel and hairspray. I put the gel onto my hair and then scooped up the glitter and sort of patted it onto my head with not much precision and a lot go hope, then sprayed it with hairspray. I really liked the look of it and it pretty much all brushed out of my hair and into my hairbrush the night after. My hair was really crispy though after all the gel and spray but I think it was worth it.

Naked Heat vs Revolution Iconic Fever

For my birthday a couple of weeks ago my cousin gave me the Revolution Re-loaded Iconic Fever Palette. Safe to say I was very pleased (any eyeshadow is legit my number one) and I was excited to dig in, especially with the mattes because a one wash brown matte eyeshadow has been all I’ve been wearing recently. After about a week I started to realise that this is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise but beside a few extra shades I’d say they were identical. Because I love reading posts about dupes and watching videos of people testing different products on half of their face I thought I’d put both of the palettes to the test by recreating the same look with a different palette on each eye. Here’s how I got on.

First, I swatched all of the eyeshadows from the Naked Heat Palette and then found the matching one from the Revolution palette. Most of the Revolution eyeshadows were very similar, if not the same, as the Urban Decay ones. Not just in colour but also in texture. They’re not quite as buttery smooth but for the difference in price they’re not that dissimilar. One shade that is noticeably different is Lumbre. The Urban Decay shadow is a light peach with some gold shifting shimmer but the Revolution ‘equivalent’ doesn’t have as much of a sheen and is more of a copper (and to be honest I prefer the Revolution one). Overall I’m very impressed with how similar the shades are.

Left swatches: Urban Decay | Right swatches: Revolution

When testing both palettes out, I wanted to use as many eyeshadows as possible – so I did. I started out with Chaser (light matte brown) all over the lid and then Sauced (warm matte brown) in the crease. I did notice that Sauced was slightly darker and a bit more pigmented but with a little bit more work I managed to get the Revolution shadow up to the same level. I then went in with Low Blow (orange matte brown) through the crease but focusing on the outer edges. The Urban Decay shade was darker again than the Revolution one when one the eyes but I worked a bit more and managed to match them (ish). Finally (because I clearly used every single matte eyeshadow in my crease) I went in with He Devil on the outer corners. These shades were very similar and performed pretty much identical. Now moving onto shimmer! After putting some concealer on my lid (Maybelline Eraser Eye in Light) I went in with Scorched. When I swatched these on my arm there was a noticeable but difference, but on the lid they look exactly the same. Everything from the colour to the sheen is spot on! I ended by using Ember along the lash line (exactly the same) and He Devil under the eye. Stepping back I thought they looked exactly the same and to look at you wouldn’t notice or know that two different palettes were used.

Left: Revolution | Right: Urban Decay

I tested the wear time of both eyes throughout the day to see if the cheaper palette didn’t last as long as the pricier one. There was no difference. None. At all. I am so impressed with how the Revolution palette holds up. It more than delivers on colour and wear time. The only thing that’s a bit different is pigment and the eyeshadows take a little bit more working with but nothing that’s going to majorly set you back. When one is £42 and the other is £4, it’s crazy how similar they are.property

My makeup favourites for 2018

FOUNDATION – Revlon Colorstay mixed with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk: This combination is perfect for me. The staying power of Colorstay mixed with the seamless blending of the Luminous Silk. I do like them both individually but they are a formidable force together.

CONCEALER – Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer: An old faithful. It gives me the coverage I need (which is a lot) but isn’t cake-y. An all round good egg.

POWDER – Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: I used the RCMA powder for most of the year but when I was travelling about a bit for a few weekends I wanted a powder that was easier to travel with. I thought I’d pick up an oldie but a goodie and oh wow did it change my life. It made me realise that the RCMA powder wasn’t stopping any oil from sneaking through during the day and I was ending up a cake-y mess. The Stay Matte just does the job and I’m very grateful to have rediscovered it this year.

CONTOUR – Jordana Contour Stick: A surprise choice, I picked this up to take a Beauty Bay order one the £50 mark for free next day delivery. This doesn’t work for me really when I’m fake tanned but normal, pale Abz totally gets on with this. It’s a great shade to give a little bit of sculpting, is really easy to blend and is compact for travel.

BRONZER – Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: After two years this one is still going strong. It’s the perfect matte shade for my naturally pale self but I can build it up when I’m a bit more tanned.

BLUSH – Mac Immortal Flower: I’ve been a bit of a blush slut this year but if I had to pin down a favourite I’d go for my old faithful, Mac Blush in Immortal Flower.

HIGHLIGHT – Tanya Burr Highlight in Champagne Sorbet and The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: I couldn’t pick just one highlighter, it was too difficult. There are two that I have in my life, one for everyday and the other for when I need something a bit more popping. The Tanya Burr one gives a great sheen with some sparkle and I love it for everyday. But the Mary Lou Manizer gives me that glow and ‘pow’ highlight when I need it. Best of both worlds!

BROWS – Glossier Boy Brow: This has literally changed my life. Bold statements but it’s 100% the truth. There’s some magic in that tiny little bottle that fluffs up the brows to the point where when I have my eyebrows tinted I don’t need to use anything else. On other days I’ll give them a bit of a boost with a brow pencil but this is the only thing I really need.

EYE PRIMER – Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: Life changing makeup moments happening all over 2018. Ever since I got it for Christmas back in 2014, the Mac Paint Pot in Painterly has been my go to, everyday eyeshadow base, but when it came to an end I pick up the Nars one and oh my golly golly gosh it’s great. I swipe it on and then set it with my powder. It does not budge, like at all. I’m in love.

EYESHADOW PALETTE – Revolution Sophdoesnails Extra Spice Palette: I’ve been obsessed with this palette ever since I got it back in August. It has so many amazing shades in it, from everyday to random colours, that I can’t get enough. And it was only a tenner! Cookie dough is my favourite shade (obviously, it’s nearly all done) followed by cheesecake and dreams. If you don’t have this already I 100% recommend.

MASCARA – Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: Another magical product, this creates lashes like no other.

LIP BALM – Dior Lip Glow: I love this so much. It’s so easy to wear, comfortable and a gorgeous colour. It may not be the most moisturising lip balm but when I want a bit of something something on my lips then this is my go-to.

LIP PRODUCT- Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk: It may not be a lipstick or a lipgloss with bags of colour and selling points but it is my most used lip product of this year by far. It goes with a lot of my other lip products (my fave at the moment is the LMX Matte Lip) and just makes my lips look ten times better. Love you long time lip cheat.

The eyeshadow palette you need to buy right now: Revolution Extra Spice

Hooray, I’m back! After months of stressing over exams and other life related things I’m back with a new site and am ready and raring to go.

To get back into the swing of things I thought I’d kick posting off with my latest obsession for my face, the Sophdoesnails Extra Spice Palette from Revolution. For me this has been the ultimate impulse buy. I’d been eyeing it up for a while but was a bit sceptical of Revolution products and how they would perform, but I was in Superdrug picking up some other bits and before I knew it it was in my bag, checked out and out the door.

This palette is £10 (see why it was so easy to buy on a whim) and you get 18 eyeshadows. It’s on the warm side, with lots of oranges and reds, but a few neutrals make it a great one to use everyday. For a tenner you really can’t go wrong with how these eyeshadows perform. They’re pretty special.

Cookie dough is such an amazing shade. I’m pretty sure I’ll hit pan soon which makes me sad but it shows just how much I use it. Day to day when I have ten minutes to slap on a face and go out the door I use this on a big fluffy brush all over the lid. It also works well with something a bit more smokey as a transition shade or just a bit of a base to get things started. A neutral mid-tone brown, I literally can’t get enough of this shade.

Cheesecake is another great shade and paired with cookie dough it makes a great warm toned matte eye. Add in shimmery gold dreams then you have autumn all over your eyes – now that’s a dream. I also sometimes add dreams on top of cookie dough if I want to add a bit more sparkle day to day. Also a quick shoutout to Reputation for being the blackest black eyeshadow I’ve ever laid eyes on. It may look a bit green in the pan but you’ll be blown away at how dark it is (well at least I was but I’m quite easily please!).

I’ve got lots of use out of 95% of these shades, creating orange-y smokey eyes, everyday one wash looks and jazzy sparkle-y ones that are a bit more neutral. Also a couple of purple toned eyes. I haven’t had a proper go with infinity yet, an amazing gold glitter, but I can’t wait to have a chance to use it. Aurora and lakes, both khaki green shades, haven’t had much love and I’m not totally into them but if you wanted something a bit different then these could be right up your street. The only thing I wish this palette had was a white/cream eyeshadow to use as a brow bone highlight but I can live without it.

All in all, if you’re in the market for a new palette which has something a little bit different and won’t break the bank then get this. I’m totally obsessed and can see myself using this a lot for a while.

Sophdoesnails

Spring makeup shake up

Although winter is my favourite season, I love it when Spring rolls around and I can switch up my makeup stash and bring a bit more life to my face. From pink on the lips to a fresh and sunny scent I’m all over making myself feel bright to fit the brighter weather. When it comes to other months, I don’t seem to have much of a drastic change when it comes to what makeup I use. For example, in autumn the cold starts sneaking in and my lips start to gradually get darker and my foundation becomes more high coverage. But in spring I feel like it’s a fresh start and I need to clear out my winter weather products and make way for the fresh bases and lighter tones. So, here are a few of the products I’ve brought into my everyday rotation that scream SPRING!

I’ve fallen back in love with the Nina Ricci Nina perfume. I bought it last year in Lanzarote and it’s the perfect spring/summer scent. Sweet and a little bit floral it’s really been hitting the spot in this hot weather we’ve been having recently. The Revolution Stick Foundation is the best everyday base for when you’re in a hurry – and is just the right amount of coverage for the warmer weather. I put a few stripes on my face after letting my skincare routine sink in for a few minutes and then I go in with my big blending brush (I think it’s from Look Fantastic) and blend it in. It literally takes less than a minute to do which is amazing for me in the morning because anything that gives me longer in bed is a winner. The coverage is literally whatever you want it to be. I can make it really light with just a few swipes or layer it up for when I need a little more coverage. I lasts a descent amount of time – most of the working day – before sliding off my face and in this hot weather it’s been a dream because I have been a sweaty mess lately!

Every year when spring rolls around my trust Mac Blush in Immortal Flower comes out to play. A peachy pink that is impossible to over do it’s been an annual staple in my collection since I was given it by my friend Fiona in our first year of uni. It goes with pretty much any look and although it looks like a nothing colour, I love the warmth it brings to my face. A pinky lipstick is always a spring/summer staple for me. I have a new liquid lipstick coming very soon (seriously excited) which will fill this slot for me but for now the Tanya Burr Lipstick in Sunday Walk wild nicely. If there’s anything that gives my face a bit more life it’s a pinky nude and this one is great to just slap on in a hurry, safe in the knowledge that it’s not going to end up all over your face at the end of the day. Other pinky lip products I love are the Tanya Burr Liquid Lipstick in Rhubarb and Custard (slightly brighter but I lived in this last year) and my favourite lip product of all time at the moment, the Dior Addict Lipstick in Tout-Paris, a sheer pink that is so comfortable…I’ve already expressed my love for this enough so I’ll spare you it again…it’s amazing.

What’s your favourite product to bring out for spring?

First impressions and test driving Revolution

After having a cheeky purchase of a few Revolution products I thought I’d give them a little road test over one day and give my thoughts! I’ve started to slowly work my way down my friend Rachel’s foundation recommendation list and the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation was the first one to give a go. I haven’t tried any stick foundations before but the whole swipe, blend and go situation really appealed to me. Anything to make getting ready in the morning that little bit quicker. Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer – other than the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has any high street concealer been as hyped up? I think not. But they’ve never had it in my shade! So when I saw there was one left I practically lunged at the stand in case anyone got in my way and took it (there was literally no one else there). Then I saw the Revolution Liquid Highlighter Drops. I’ve never tried this kind of highlight before but always admired the Cover FX drops from afar. Although the shade Unicorn Elixir was the most appealing sounding, it was purple and I don’t think I’d have got much wear out of it. So instead I went for Liquid Starlight, a pink shimmer.

I can’t tell you how fun it was to draw this foundation on my face. It was like colouring in! I did a few swipes and then blended it with a brush, it took no time at all and gave some pretty good coverage. There were a few areas that I just wanted a bit more but it was nothing a few more swipes and blending couldn’t fix. The concealer has THE biggest applicator I’ve ever used, and that was perfect for under my eyes. Again a few swipes and I blended it in with a mini real techniques sponge which I also picked up recently. I loved this for concealer, it could really get to places I struggle to with my normal one such as around my nose and on the inner corners of my eyes. Back to the concealer, good coverage, not massively full but good enough, and C3 was a great shade match for me. Last but not least the highlighter. YOU DO NOT NEED A LOT OF THIS. I put a single tiny blob on the back of my hand and I used two taps of it. This spreads like wildfire, but looks stunning. So sheeny and metallic I don’t own anything like this already. I blended it out with the same tiny sponge and it worked really well.

But how will it last throughout the day?

10.30am
My first thoughts were ‘oh my god what has happened to this highlighter?!’. My nose and cupids bow had both kind of set and were no longer glowy but pink blobs of glitter, it looked stupid. I rubbed it in and it was fine but I think I might avoid putting it on these places in the future. It wasn’t too bad on my cheekbones but it had gone a bit chunky on one side – nothing that a little dabbing couldn’t sort out! Foundation and concealer still look great. Nothing to report other than that my skin shows no signs of getting oily just yet – an amazing sign.

12pm
Starting to get a little bit oily but not so much I was in serious need of a blot. Other than that my base is still looking good. As for the highlighter it’s shining bright on my cheekbones but after dispursing the mess earlier it’s totally gone from my nose and cupids bow. But to be fair I don’t think my usual powder highlight lasts long there anyway.

2.15pm
Not much more oily than I was earlier but I gave myself a bit of a blot to take off some of the shine. Everything still looks okay but I don’t think I properly blended one side of my highlight because I’ve ended up with a really harsh line by my eye where it begins.

4pm
Exactly the same as 2.15pm
8pm
After going out for a meal I came back to take my makeup off and was very impressed with what I found! Everything looked exactly the same from when I last did a blot and check at 2.15pm. Foundation was still sticking around as was the concealer and although it was a little chunky, the highlighter was still shining bright. If I had one complaint it’s that my skin was going a bit dry (which never happens!) but it didn’t feel like all the moisture was sucked out of it, just not oily.
Overall, I really liked all three of the products. my least favourite was the highlighter just because it went a bit weird but that being said it might have been my application. The foundation was the star of the show I think