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What is it?

I received this palette as a Christmas gift from Karalee and I instantly fell in love with it. When you open it, it has a faint chocolate scent and it’s luckily not an overpowering one like how some other make up products have. The design on the outside is super cute too, a partially melted bar of chocolate. As this one is called Death by chocolate, it contains quite a few brown-ish shades. It contains a good variety of matte, satin and shimmer finishes. It does have a little bit of fallout but I honestly don’t mind that when the quality is generally really good. On the tambeauty website, this has almost exclusively only four and five star reviews.

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Swatches

These swatches are all done with a brush, I figured that would give them all a fair chance as some always look better with finger swatches.

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Don’t let go, Break me up, Consume me and All is lost. Not pictured is the large pan of White light because it was exactly the same as my skin color so it didn’t show up at all on my arm.

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Lick me, Fool’s gold, One more bar, Devour me, Tear the wrapper and Love you to death.

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Pray for me, Dipped, Tease me, Set me free and across the bottom is Bring down angels.

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I think they all have very good pigment and they are quite easy to blend. Below I used White light all over my lids as a base, Break me up in my crease, Love you to death on the outer 2/3 of my lids, a bit of All is lost on the absolute outer corner and under my lower lash line and the beautiful Fool’s gold shade on the inner third of my eyelids. I was really happy with how they blended and I will definitely try to create other similar looks with is.

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In addition of it having good shimmers, the mattes can also be used to create a more natural and daytime kind of look, with a bit light shimmer added on top to make it special.

To me this is a perfect palette because it has most of the colors I love and it’s possible to create so many different looks with it. Some of the browns could maybe be a bit more neutral but they do work either way.

Have you tried this palette before? What did you think of it? 

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What is it?

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The True Match Minerals Powder claims to be a skin improving foundation that consists of 95% minerals. I purchased one in the shade Rose Ivory because I felt that this was the shade that suited me the best. ( It was also the palest shade I could find. I’m pretty much as white as snow when my skin is behaving properly ). It looks a bit dark in the glass jar, as you can see in the picture below. The powder is dispensed through a mesh layer and the instructions says to just dab your brush down in it to pick up the powder. You can end up picking up a whole lot at once so I would definitely recommend to tap off some of the excess before applying it to your face.

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How does it work for me?

In the picture below I have only applied the foundation to one side of my face. I guess you can tell that it is on the left side of the picture, since the skin there is much more even and less red compared to the right side of the picture. My nose is the easiest to see it on, because the camera couldn’t pick up on the redness of my cheeks too well. The day I chose to document this was a very physically heavy day because I help out with stocking dry goods in a grocery store and there is a lot of heavy lifting so I could really get to test it to see how it would last.

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I applied my make up right before 8 in the morning and it looked fine. I couldn’t really take pictures in very natural light because the sun doesn’t really come up until after 9. I then kept the make up on my face throughout work, and took a new picture around 3 in the afternoon. The foundation has stayed on very well, only fading a bit from my nose, making it shiny, and my cheeks, which was mostly due to me wiping sweat off of my face.

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I think it held up pretty well, and it has on other days when I haven’t done as much too and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who prefers powder foundations over regular foundations. My skin can’t handle liquid foundations so powders have been my go to for the past few years. It really feels like I’m wearing nothing at all and it’s really nice!

Have you tried this foundation before? What did you think of it? 

What is this?

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I found this in the Maybelline display at the grocery store here and I was immediately intrigued, especially since I have been loving purple a lot the past year or so. I haven’t had a proper blush in ages because I feel like my cheeks shine through no matter what so I decided on purchasing this one. It also comes with a highlighting shade so it was kind of a twofer. The idea of it, as told by the backside of the packaging is to use the blush, then highlight on top of it to give a different effect, apparently.

In the pan, the highlighter looks really pale, but when I swatched it, as you can see below, it looks more golden than white. For me, that is kind of a problem since I’m really pale and golden shades doesn’t suit me too well. The other shades look gorgeous though, there’s a good variety between shades, one pink-ish, one light purple and one that looks a lot deeper.

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The blushes are very pigmented, so you would have to be careful when applying it. I used a round contour brush to apply it the first time because my blush brush had been used for highlighter previously and I didn’t want to wash it. By using that I pretty much just stamped a circle of color onto my cheeks and I looked like a clown. You can also see in the picture below that the palette has a lot of fallout so be careful when using a brush to apply it. I only gently swiped into the color and that was how much came out, a bit more than what I’m used to from other Maybelline products. I guess it makes up for it by being super pigmented.

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All in all I found it to be a good enough blush, the highlight was too dark so I resorted to using it on my eyes along with the purple shades instead. The colors blend really well so they are ideal for being used as an eye shadow too.. So this is technically a three-fer palette then, blush, highlight and eye shadow in one!

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As mentioned and shown in the post about the Makeup Revolution 2016 Storage Chest, it came with three different lip kits, each containing a liquid lipstick, a cream lipstick and a lip gloss. I got a request for showing how they looked on and here it is! Sometimes swatches just isn’t enough to decide if it would be worth it so seeing how they look on could definitely help. My favorite before I tried them on was the dark purple, but it’s so messy! You can see in the picture in its sectioned that it smeared out quite a bit. I don’t think there is a lot to say about each kit, the shades don’t have any names, they just named the different types. “Euphoria” for the liquid lipstick, “Amplification” for the cream and “Sheer” for the gloss. You can use them all together or just use them separately. The pictures go in the same order as the types I mentioned in the previous sentence, liquid then cream then gloss.

♥ Ultra Nudes

These were a bit more orange than I expected, but still pretty! I really expected them to be more brown.

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♥ Ultra Reds

These were my favorites!

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♥ Ultra Vamp

These were the messiest out of the bunch, especially the purple cream lipstick.

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I think maybe the darker purple shades could work with a good lip liner! All in all the lip kits were comfortable to wear, I didn’t quite care for the slightly chemical scent but it wasn’t too noticeable when I was wearing them on my lips. I’d recommend these for anyone who want to try out new shades as these are very cheap! I think they go for £2 or £3 per kit.

Have you tried any of these kits before?

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Recently I was looking at the TAM Beauty website and I stumbled upon this beauty. It is still available there so you can get it for yourself, it is very discounted and it’s pretty much a bargain now! ( It’s on sale for £30, RRP is £80) This is a pretty sturdy storage chest that comes with a variety of make up items and tools that every girl needs. The doors have magnets in them so they will stay closed when it’s on display or being transported somewhere. It comes with a plastic sleeve you can keep around it to, to keep your make up extra safe.

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The chest has twelve compartments/drawers and each of them contains one set or one item when you open them. My package contained three bonus items too because TAM Beauty includes free samples for a limited time so I received 15 items in total. The bonus items were Velvet lip lacquers and a sample of a duo brow powder, which coincidentally was in the shade I normally use.

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All 12 items/sets + the bonus velvet lippies & brow powder.


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The first item, which was in the largest drawer on the top was their Iconic Nudes brush collection! I have been wanting this for a while so having it included in this set is amazing! The brushes are so incredibly soft and I really look forward to play with these. It is a 9 piece set, including a powder brush, contour brush, flat blending brush, prime & correct brush, conceal brush, flat eye shadow brush, round eye shadow brush, angled eye brow brush and a fine eye shadow brush.

For the rest, I will combine drawers, or else this would be a mile long!


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These are the small drawers on the left side and they contain these; Their blending sponge (that is sold in a bundle with the brushes), a Vivid baked highlight in “Peach lights”, an Ultra Pro Contour palette and a Trio Lipstick Amplification kit in “Ultra Vamp”.

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Contour palette, top row.

 

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Contour palette, bottom row.

 

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Trio Lipstick Amplification “Ultra vamp”, a cream, gloss and a liquid lipstick.

 

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Vivid baked highlighter in “Peach lights”.


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These were the small drawers on the right side, one item in each. They contained the Ultra Face Basic Primer, Trio Trio Lipstick Amplification kit in “Ultra nude” and “Ultra reds” and an eye brow kit. I only swatched the actual eye brow shades (4 powders and 2 creams), the waxes and highlights didn’t show up well on camera because I’m so hecking pale.

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The first three going down on the left side, the others are on the right side of the palette.

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The “Ultra reds” on the left, “Ultra nude” on the right. Liquid lip, cream and then gloss.


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These items are from the three drawers in the middle. These drawers contained a “Ultimate favorites” eye shadow palette with 32 (!) shades, a duo face sculpt compact and a HD Pro Strobe palette. They’re all very pretty!

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Swatches of the creams first, and the two powders. A good variety of undertones.

I didn’t do swatches of the contour compact because the shades are pretty much identical to the contour palette, and swatching 32 eye shadows would take so long! They are very soft to the touch and very pigmented though so I’m excited to see what kind of looks they can make.


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And here are the bonus items I received. The velvet lip lacquers didn’t feel too great on the lips, once they dried they became very sticky, but if I paired them with glosses from the lip kits they felt a lot better. It’s a shame that they end up being so sticky though because I love the colors, they’re very vibrant and not really patchy at all.

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“I keep lying for you” on the left and “Rebel” on the right.


 

So that was it for the Makeup Revolution storage chest! What did you think? Would you say it was worth it for £30? I’m very happy with it at least, and now I get more storage for my other make up too, I love organization!

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