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Stacey Marie x BPerfect carnival XL pro palette | Review & 3 Looks

Just lately I have been loving playing with some brighter colours within makeup. There is just something about taking time to sit with a palette and get creative that I really enjoy, and find oddly therapeutic. With that in mind, when I saw that Stacey Marie was releasing a new palette with BPerfect I knew straight away that I had to try it out, having heard so many good reviews and seeing some amazing looks being done with the her original carnival palette. When this arrived I therefore got creative straight away, and created just a few looks from the many possibilities that this palette has to offer.

Look one - pink half cut crease:

At first glance the pink shades were screaming my name, so I created this pink cut crease which I think is a great way to incorporate some colour in a more wearable way. In this look I'm wearing the shades 'influence', 'makeup', 'persuasion', 'temptation' and a touch of 'orchid' in the inner corner. These shades complement each other so well in my opinion, and I think Stacey has done a great job when it comes to shade placement as all the complementary shades are all placed together. 

Look two - colourful half cut crease:

I of course had to create some sort of rainbow look with the palette, and I also tried to make this as wearable as possible as I am still new to wearing bright eyeshadows. For this look I used the shades 'keen' (a gorgeous yellow if you ask me!), 'infurno', 'lit', 'mood', 'ecstasy', and then used the highlighter shade 'fairplay' for the eyelid. I am so impressed with how all of these colours blend together so seamlessly; it is by far the best colourful palette I have ever come across. 

Look three - pastel:

This was Natasha's take on a colourful eye look, and I just love how she used a different colour on her lid compared to her crease. In this she used the shades, 'funki', 'foolish', 'lit', 'keen', 'peppermint', and 'fairplay' on the inner corner, helping to create this gorgeous pastel blend that you can see below. I think this has to be my favourite so far, and I will definitely be copying this some time soon!

Retailing at £42, this palette contains 40 colourful eyeshadow shades and 3 highlighters, making each shade just over £1 each. Just to compare that to her original carnival palette, that retailed at £40 and has 17 eyeshadow shades and 2 highlighters, making each shade roughly £2.10 each. Therefore this palette was quite clearly already a winner for me as it is much better value for money. It's also worth mentioning that I have noticed that quite a few shades in the original palette are replicated in the second one (just to name a few, shades 'funki', 'pink me' and 'lit' are replicated), so again if you are wondering which to buy, I would really recommend paying that extra £2 to get so many more shades. 

After playing with just a few shades from this palette, I am totally obsessed and I know already that this will become a firm favourite of mine. The shades are some of the most pigmented I have ever tried, and they all blend like a dream. Just looking at the colours inspires me so much to get creative and have fun, and any palette that does that for me is of course a winner. We will definitely be posting some more looks with the palette over on our Instagram in the next few weeks if you fancy seeing what else this palette has to offer (instagram is @twicethetalkblog), and if anyone has any cool ideas for what looks we could do with this we would love to hear! 

Which of the 3 looks is your favourite? Please let us know down in the comments!

Natasha & Emily x 

Carmi Mua x Revolution Make Magic Palette review and swatches | Twice the talk

Revolution are throwing collabs at us like it is no tomorrow, and it is hard to keep up with all their gorgeous new releases. It is absolutely no secret that we are hardcore revolution fans, and in my opinion they undoubtedly have the BEST eyeshadow palettes in the drugstore. The soph extra spice palette (review here) is high up there on my best eye shadow palette list, and every new collaboration makes me really excited. Therefore, when the new Carmi make magic palette was released we had to pick one up, especially since every one online was talking about the gorgeous cream to powder texture of a few of the shades which is pretty new to the brand. 

We bought this pretty soon after the release but were yet to do this post as we like to have a good play with things before sharing our opinions. After a good few weeks of playing though, here we are telling you what we think. Spoiler, we love it! 

Firstly, lets talk about the colour range. Just recently I have been trying to venture away from what I would normally do and play more with my eyes, something you will see through our Instagram. Therefore, this palette is perfect - it has some gorgeous colours to play with but also has neutrals, such as the golds and oranges, that can be used if we fancied something more toned down. It is pretty versatile and great if you are looking to experiment with makeup on a budget, without having extremely bright colours that some may see as being unwearable. The palette has 11 shimmers and 9 mattes, meaning that you get 20 shadows for just £10, which is an absolute bargain. 

Swatches of row one: left to right is the shades 'Coz of u', 'Bite me', 'Money maker', 'Under my spell', 'Make magic' and 'You got this'. 

Can we talk about how gorgeous 'You got this' is?! I have never seen such a beautiful duochrome shimmer from the drugstore before! All of the shades are a gorgeous texture, with 'You got this', 'money maker' and 'under my spell' really standing out to me as amazing, pigmented foils. 

Row two of swatches: from left to right is 'flames', 'confidence', 'desire', 'self made', 'bless', 'U do U' and 'dark side'. 

What was lovely to see with the second row was that the mattes were as pigmented as the shimmers, something that a lot of drugstore palettes can lack. Also, how gorgeous is 'self made'? Since swatching I definitely think that is one I need to use more, I feel that I have neglected it but it is a thing of beauty.

Third row of swatches: from left to right is 'overcome', 'integrity', 'love yourself', 'free hugs', 'honesty', 'addicted' and 'camo'.  

'Honesty' is, in all honesty (hehe) the most gorgeous inner corner shade. It is super brightening and goes with everything! 'Addicted' has also been well loved (you could say I am addicted to it ;) ) as it is gorgeous in the crease as I have a light skin tone.

Overall, if you haven't already guessed, we love this palette and are so impressed with how it performs. It definitely exceeded expectations and has taken it's honourable place on the best drugstore palettes list. However, though unrelated to Carmi, can we just talk about the new Roxi palettes? I haven't bought any of them yet but if I do I think I will get the colour burst to play with as it looks the most different to other revolution collaborations. In all honesty, the first thing I thought of when I saw the Ride or Die was that it was REALLY similar to extra spice, and the packaging of the highlight and contour palette is literally the same...We are still undecided on this particular collaboration as we don't think it is unique enough, but let us know if you have tried any of them and what you think.

Back to Carmi, you can buy the 'make magic' palette here on Revolution Beauty, here on Superdrug, and here on BeautyBay.

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? Let us know,

Natasha & Emily x 

Alex Steinherr skin care comes to Primark

Just recently, with revising for exams and not wearing an inch of makeup unless absolutely necessary (so basically, never), I have fallen down a skincare rabbit hole, and have been loving exploring new products. Therefore, when browsing the skin and makeup selection in the new Birmingham Primark, I could not resist picking up some of the new Alex Steinherr skin products to try.  Not only are these really affordable, with I believe nothing costing over five pounds (however, do correct me if I am wrong), but they are also cruelty free, vegan friendly and have amazing ingredients which all sound really interesting to my nerdy brain.

We picked up the Pollution Solution City Mask (three pounds), the Pollution Solution Daily Skin Starter (five pounds) and the Sleep Spa Sleeping Face Mask (five pounds), all of which are beautiful and feel a lot more expensive than their small price tag warrants. Apologies that we can't link anything, as Primark doesn't have an online shop, but the store list of stockists is here so you can grab some in store if you're lucky enough to have one of these near you.

Sleep Spa Sleeping Face Mask (five pounds for 50ml):
The Sleep Spa collection contains mixtures of scientific and natural ingredients, such as peptides to restore the skin, hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, as well as willow herb and chamomile, which are anti irritants that soothe and calm the skin. This product claims to "help tired skin to recover during the night, restoring optimal hydration level", which sounds VERY exciting. 

When I was in the store deciding which products to go for I overheard another customer tell her friend that she had tried this and that when she woke up, she felt like she had amazing skin, so that definitely confirmed my purchase decision. I am persuaded very easily, something that is starting to become a major problem, it seems. 

I have her to thank though, as low and behold, she was indeed, correct; after using this I can confirm that the product's claims are true. I felt as though I had woken with a new layer of skin after wearing this over night, and it left my tired "exam skin" (if you're a student you'll understand what we mean by "exam skin" and "exam hair", if not, lucky you) feeling fresh. Love love love.

Pollution Solution Daily Skin Starter (five pounds for 34ml):
The Pollution Solution range also has scientific and natural ingredients, this time ranging from lactic acid, adding glow, and peach flower, which is an anti pollution antioxidant. The Daily Skin Starter is a moisturising primer which protects from pollution and smooths skin texture for makeup application. The product does recommend wearing an SPF too though, as lactic acid may increase sun exposure, which is something to bear in mind if you're conscious of this. 

This primer has a gorgeous texture which melts into the skin and leaves you feeling amazingly hydrated, being perfect for under makeup (especially for people with dry skin like moi). Again, I cannot believe this is only £5. Cheap as chips it is. 

Pollution Solution Clay Mask (three pounds for one use, 50ml in step one and 5g in step 2):

Being part of the same range, this contains similar ingredients to the primer above. This mask is an interesting one, as you get two sachets in the box, one liquid and one powder, which you mix together with the spatula provided to make the mask. It's like skin care science!

Although you only get one sachet of each there is definitely enough for two uses, and me an Emily managed to share the mixed together mask between both of us, however I can imagine this could be quite tricky to save if you didn't have a twin sister there to finish it for you. Haha. Though the mask gave me an amazing finish to my skin and was fun to create, it was quite messy and I do think that the contents could have been split into two sachets to get two uses, as there is too much for one use in one packet. For £3 though, it was a fantastic experience! 

Overall, big thumbs up to the Alex Steinherr range in Primark! It is so amazing to see them branching out with their makeup and skin care as they can do so at an affordable price. Also did you know Lottie London had moved to Primark? Interesting... 

Have you tried any of these? Do you like the sound of them? Let us know x

Natasha & Emily x 

Avene Hydrance Rehydrating Routine | The ONLY thing to clear my dry skin

It's a known fact that we both have the extremely dry, sensitive skin, especially in winter, which has always been really hard for us to tackle (one of the numerous things I bet Emily wishes she didn't have to share with me, haha). I've tried all the tips and tricks, even drinking enough to share around my whole village, and, although it helps, it has never before got rid of my dryness completely. 

This year for our birthday, our lovely Mum bought us both an Avene Hydrance Rehydrating Routine set, probably praying to goodness that it worked to stop my incessant moaning. The set comes with a micellar water, serum, and cream, which claim to rehydrate your routine, targeting visible signs of skin dehydration, smoothing lines and softening skin. In their words, the products are said to contain an ingredient called Cohederm, derived from thermal spings, which forms water reservoirs in dehydrated skin for long lasting moisturisation, which sounds very interesting if you ask me. 

Since implementing this into my routine, I wanted to let you know my thoughts as I have seen a difference, and not just in a personal sense of me feeling like Caroline Hirons every night ;) 

Avene Hydrance Micellar Lotion 
I use Micellar water every day to remove my makeup, so was excited about this one. This promises to remove makeup and leave skin feeling fresh and soothed, and, having used this a few times, I can agree. I will however say that I don't think that this is any better than my Garnier Micellar which I use everyday, especially the oil-infused one that I have now moved on to. It is still a great micellar, but I don't think it is any better than the everyday brand, and is a little bougie when I can get a product that performs the same from a lower cost brand. 

Avene Hydrance Intense Serum 
I'm pretty low maintenance with my skin, normally just using a micellar water or cleanser (but lets face it, usually micellar as I'm laaaaazy), along with a toner and a cream, so have never really ventured into the world of serums before. The kit recommends to use this before cream to leave skin plump and soft, so I have been doing just that. Although I can't give a definite answer as to whether this alone has resulted in the changes to my skin, as I have used it in combination with the cream, I can say that I have definitely spotted a difference. The serum is really nice and light to apply, and as a result my skin looks a lot more glowy and hydrated than it used too, which I have been loving. 10/10 would recommend. 

Avene hydrating cream. 
Again, I haven't used this independently of the serum so cannot comment on it's personal performance, but, together with the serum, it makes the dream team. This cream states to reinforce the skin's natural moisture barrier, making skin supple and comfortable. I love the thickness of this moisturiser too, as it definitely feels as though it is pumping a lot of moisture back in, so much so that I would describe my skin as normal now. 

Though the micellar water was a little average, the serum and cream have been a game changer for me, just further confirming that my mother is indeed a legend. 

Have you tried Avene? Or do you have any other recommendations for dry/sensitive skin? Let me know :)

Natasha x 

Thoughts on the Colourpop x Zoella Brunch Date collection

When Zoella announced that she was collaborating with Colourpop cosmetics, AND that it was coming out two days after our birthday, we decided that there was no better excuse to order the whole collection and give colourpop a try for the first time as a bithday gift from us to us. Completely rational of course, since we definitely need more nude matte lips and neutral shadows...haha. 

As colourpop is an American brand, the shipping does take a little longer. For some perspective, we ordered on the 27th Feb, it was dispatched on the 8th March and then it arrived to us on 13th March. To make sure that we didn't receive a customs charge colourpop also adds 20% onto the total and, since we spent over $50, shipping was free, so overall it wasn't too bad as the makeup is affordable anyway. The full PR kit costs $89 and we ended up paying $100.80 (£75.83) after the 20% customs charge, which isn't bad as you do get a lot of products which I know I will use to death. 

The Brunch Date palette - $18 or £13.55

Swatch of 'Brunch Club' 
Swatches from left to right - Sundae Funday, Mimosa, Skinny Latte. 

This palette comes with 5 mattes and 7 shimmers (if I can count), which have INCREDIBLE pigmentation and blend gorgeously. I know that some reviews have slated it for not having a very adventurous colour range, which I do understand, but I actually love the range of neutrals that are really wearable, with the pop of colour in the shade 'brunch club'. I can imagine this looking gorgeous underneath the eye with some of the golds on the lid, for example. Especially in summer. 

Look using 'Brunch Club' with 'Mimosa' and 'French Toast' in the crease. I also added 'Hello' from the James x Morphe palette on top to add shimmer. ft. unruly brows

Supernova liquid shadows in 'OG' and 'Bellini' (can be bought together in the group hug set here) - $7 each or £5.27.

Left - OG, Right - Bellini 

Being big lovers of the Stila Magnificent Metals I was really looking forward to trying these, and let me say that, for $7, I was SHOOK. Both are really glittery and easy to use, either being great for a night look or a day look, just using less and blending out with your finger. Honestly, these probably will be replacing my Stila ones, and, given that they cost me £23 EACH, that is a revelation. These look absolutely gorge over the top of a neutral smoky brown look, and are a really easy way to create a cut crease. 

Creme Gel Liners - Sincerely Yours and XOXO: $5 each or £3.77

XOXO - Black  // Sincerely yours - Brown 

I'm not generally an eye liner wearer and I generally blame it on me 'having the wrong shaped eyes', yet I'm certain that it's probably just my bad skills. I either end up looking like an Amy Winehouse tribute or Superluv Shane Dawson, so generally give it a miss. (No offense to those two legends of course). These two liners perform really nicely though, and are a great consistency to smoke out. 

Lip kits in 'My day ones' and 'Give us the goss' - $11.50 or £8.66. 

 'My day ones' 
'Give us the goss'

These lip kits come with a lip liner and a liquid lip, as the original Kylie ones did that kicked off the lip kit craze. Both perform amazingly, and are really lightweight and non drying, so are comfortable. Honestly, this is probably the best liquid lip formula I have EVER used, up there with the Jeffree Star liquid lips, so I will definitely order some more shades off colourpop. They are so nice that it is worth paying a bit more to get them over here, trust me. 

Though we ordered the full PR kit, which also comes with the highlighter, blush and another lip kit, we decided not to swatch these as the colours didn't look like something we would like. This way, we were able to pass these on to someone brand new and that is why they didn't feature in this post. <3. 

Have you tried colourpop? Do you like the look of the Brunch Date collection? Let us know x 

Natasha & Emily x 

The Beauty Crop Espresso Yourself Eyeshadow Palette - Free with your first February Birchbox x

The Beauty Crop is a 100% cruelty free cosmetic brand that before this month's Birchbox, I hadn't heard of before. If you order your first box this month you will receive this palette for free, meaning that you get 5 beauty products and a palette for  just £12.95. Baring in mind the palette retails for £23 alone, it's an absolute steal. Therefore, even though we already have a subscription to the box and don't need any more makeup, we made the entirely rational decision to make another account just to get the bargain...obviously. Valentines present from me to me <3

(The brush above was also part of the February Birchbox, and is the Luxie 205 tapered blending dreamcatcher)

The palette comes with 21 shades which are made of caffeine, antioxidants and coffee extract which claim to reduce puffiness and dark circles, whilst brightening and tightening the skin. These are bold claims for an eye shadow, making it even more intriguing. The coffee extract also makes the palette scented, reminding me of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes, and, even though I don't like coffee (shock horror), I love it. The scent is enough to notice without being too over powering, which I'm all there for.

The above shades left to right are: Chai, Cinnamon Cream, Gold Roast and Java Chip. 

All the shades are wearable, and, from swatching, they are highly pigmented and smooth. There didn't seem to be much fall out either, which is a win win. One downfall in my opinion though is that the individual pans are quite small, but with the amount of eye shadows we own I don't think there is a concern of us hitting pan any time soon.

Have you tried this palette? Are you subscribed to Birchbox? Let us know!

Natasha & Emily xx

October Birchbox Product Reviews 2018

If you are new here, then you may not know that every month we like to do a review of the previous month's Birchbox, after having tried and tested all of the products. This month it is a tad late though (I mean, so late that we have already receieved November's subscription haha), but we still really wanted to make sure we got it up as we think the products were too lovely not to share! When we recieved October's Birchbox, I was honestly so excited - I think the packaging is the best yet and the products are all brands that are completely new to me. Last months box contained 6 products all for £12.95 - a complete bargain if you ask me!

October's box contained the Amika soulfood nourishing hair maskWinky Lux strobing balm in 'Radiant Pink', a Calvin Klein 'Women Eau de Parfum' sample, the Doucce luscious lip stain in 'Amber Rose', a Multi-functional charcoal soap sponge by Daily Concepts, and finally a Thermotherapy warming silver foil mask by BeautyPro, which comes in at a total of £106.95 for all of the full size products! When you consider that we paid £12.95, that really is amazing, even if some of them are travel size. 

I was really intrigued by this one, since hair masks aren't really something I tend to do very often. However, after using this, I totally loved it! Aiming to 'fight split ends and dryness', this product left my hair feeling soft and light, in a way that no conditioner ever could. My hair is in desperate need of a trim and at the minute it constantly feels horrible, but this helped to fight that feeling. Definitely something I would consider buying again if I wanted to treat myself!

Winky Lux strobing balm in 'Radiant Pink' - £15 full size: 

Personally, this has to be one of my favourite products in the whole box - who doesn't love a good highlight ay!? However, liquid highlighters are not something I would usually go far, as I find them quite hard to work with over the top of foundation. I found this to be perfect though - I just dabbed a bit onto my finger and then onto my cheekbones, and it left the most gorgeous 'wet-looking' highlight. Unlike other highlighters I have tried like this one, it blended like a dream and lasted well. Amazing, and not actually that expensive if you were to buy full size.

This claims to be a 'pigmented liquid formula' that 'applies matte and dries fast', and I can agree with that. It's pigmentation is amazing and it quickly dries down to a matte finish, but for me I just wasn't thrilled with the formula. My lips are naturally quite dry during these winter months, and so I did find it to be uncomfortable and it cracked within a few minutes of wearing it. However, that's not to say it's bad - when my lips are a bit less dry in the spring and summer I'll probably love it - it's just not really my cup of tea for this season. That being said, I'm not mad with this as I think the colour is gorgeous and I got it at a massively discounted price, but it is just something to consider if you also suffer with dry lips in the winter. 

Calvin Klein 'Women Eau de Parfum' sample - £39 full size: 

Again, I was shocked when I saw this in the box, as the brand is considered high end and it is not something I was expecting to find in a box that cost me so little! After trying this, I must admit I do get the hype about the brand now - the scent is unlike anything I have ever smelt before and it actually lasted all day, unlike most other cheaper fragrances I have tried. I won't try and describe the scent as that really isn't my strong point, but it claims to be a 'multi-layered fragrance with fresh eucalyptus' that has notes of 'sparkling orange flower' and a 'seductive cedarwood finish'. Like I said, like nothing I have ever smelt before!

BeautyPro is a brand I have honestly never heard of nor tried before, and so again this really intrigued me as I am a sucker for a good face mask! I must admit, though, I'm not usually a lover of warming face masks as I just think the heat on the face can just be quite uncomfortable, but even so I gave this the benefit of the doubt and gave it a go. When I opened it up I was quite surprised by the look of it - one side was foil and the other was just the standard sheet mask material, but the foil aspect is really unique and something I have never seen in a mask before. I found to really like this - it left my skin feeling amazing afterwards and it didn't actually heat up as much as I expected it to (which is a good thing if you don't really like heating masks, like me, but I guess it's not so great it you had bought it hoping for more). This isn't too out of my price range either, so I would definitely consider buying this one again. 

Daily Concepts Multi-Functional Charcoal Soap Sponge - £6:

This one really confused me, as I have never seen anything like this before. It is essentially a hard cube with exfoliating balls in, that you wet and use in replacement for a soap and sponge. At first, I used this on my face thinking it was a facial cleanser, but after rubbing my face with this I soon realised it must be for the body as the exfoliating aspect practically rubbed off the top layer of my sensitive face haha! Just something to note if you try it - don't put it on your face as it really does hurt haha. That being said though, I do like the concept of this as a body cleanser, as it is really easy and takes the chore out of using a separate soap and sponge. It also left my body feeling really smooth due to the 2 in 1 exfoliating aspect, so overall I would definitely consider using this again.  

Did you have the October  Birchbox? What did you think of the products? I would love to know!

Natasha & Emily xx