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The Morphe 39S - it really is such as gem!

If you follow us on Instagram and have seen our feed recently, you will know that have suddenly loved playing with purples and pinks, and the Morphe 39S 'Such a gem' palette is the reason why. We have wanted to sit down and write this post for a while but wanted to properly play with this first and create a few looks, to show you this beauty's full potential, and I am finally getting a chance to sit and talk about it today. The palette has 32 gorgeous shades, with an extra 7 'toppers' in the middle row, which have a very unique formula that I have never seen Morphe create before. Like all Morphe palettes I have ever experienced, the shades perform SO well, and I adore that this palette has something fun and something neutral for the less adventourous days. This palette costs £35, so is on the nice borderline between cheap and expensive, and to me makes the perfect, not so expensive purple palette, with all shades a purple/pink toned palette would ever need. Also on Morphe, though I am sure you all know this, using the code 'JSTAR' gets you 10% off. Many influencers have codes but I always use this one since Jeffree donates the revenue from this to charity, which is a nice touch.  

As always with a palette post, we have swatched each row individually so that you can see how they perform. These swatches are all from one dip and haven't been manipulated to look good - they really are just that great!

Row one from left to right: 'Makin bank', 'Poss boss', 'Boujee', 'Dazzle 'em', 'Pearlfection', 'Super swanky', 'Flaunt it' and 'Plums up'. 

Row two from left to right: 'Mauvelous', 'Pink prize', 'Amethyst awe', 'Treasure trove', 'Ritzy rose', 'Decadent AF', 'Berry good' and 'That's tempting'

Now for the sexiest row of shadows you probably ever will see...the toppers. 
Row three from left to right: 'Take the crown', 'Oh Yasss', 'Total goals', 'Catch the light', 'Bling thing', 'Here for it' and 'Strike a pose'.
 Row four from left to right: 'Laven dare', 'Purple Majesty', 'It's Violit', 'Make it reign', 'You fancy', 'Fame game', 'Extra oomph' and 'Wine not?'
Row five from left to right: 'Peri-twinkle', 'Loaded lilac', 'Grape minds', 'Shiny object', 'Pure luxe' (this also makes a stunning highlighter!), 'Show off', 'Garnet glam' and 'Rocks on'.

My ONLY critiques about this colour story is row four, where 'You fancy' and 'Extra oomph' look virtually the same; I feel as though one of them could easily have been replaced with a lighter blending out shade, but that is just me being picky to be honest. Also I wish we had a matte black in here, but for the smoky look below I just used 'Rocks on', though this has some glitter to it. It ended up working fine but a matte black it pretty much a must in all palettes for me. It isn't a huge problem as I have so many in my collection for day to day if I need one, but when showing you looks where I use just one palette it is a bit awkward. 

Given that this is a purple palette, they perform so well. Apparently purple eyeshadows are very hard to formulate (although don't ask me, I've never tried!) and they can often be patchy to apply, which I can't say I have experienced with this. Below are some pictures of some looks that we have created with this palette, so you can see how they perform on the eyes too. I know that swatches can sometimes be amazing and then as soon as you touch a brush to a shadow your hopes and dreams fade away, so hopefully the below pictures will show you how lovely they are on the eye too. If you follow us on Instagram, you will have seen these before, but we love the pictures so why not show you again aye? 

Look by Emily 

Look by Natasha

Look by Natasha - A more neutral smoky eye to show you that she is the type of palette who can do both. The glitter in the crease here is the Lottie London eye foil in 'feels' in case you're wondering. 

Do you like the look this palette? What's your favourite palette at the moment? We'd love to hear about it in the comments! 

Thanks for reading! We hope you are all safe and well :) 

Natasha and Emily 

Plastic free beauty/lifestyle changes - small ways you can help to save the turtles!!

Despite what some conspiracy theorists and barbaric presidents may suggest, global warming is a real thing, and it is our responsibility to do what ever we can to make a change. I will admit that I am of course not perfect, but if all 66.44 million people of the Great British population installed small changes to their lifestyles, that is bound to be a positive thing, right? For the last few months I have been really trying my hardest to ditch old, unnecessary habits, and I wanted to share some of my favourite new routines with you today. 

Using a face cloth and a cleanser/face wash: 
Good for your skin and the turtles (by which I mean the planet, but if I say turtles I will hopefully pull on your heart strings more and get you to make a change, ha)! 

Did you know that a non-biodegradable face wipe takes 100 years to decompose? (Well, I got this off the Daily Mail website which I wouldn't say is the most reliable source, but either way they aren't good!). Face wipes can also be bad for the skin, as they just remove the top layer of makeup, leaving all the grit still in your pores! As a wise woman formally known as Caroline Hirons once said, wipes are for flights fannies and festivals only, and as long as you remember those three F's forever your skin will thank you!! I personally have never been a wipe person anyway, and preferred to opt for micellar water and cotton pads, but between me and Emily the amount of face pads we got through was actually sickening and entirely unnecessary. If you've read this blog for a while you'll know how much I used to be obsessed with micellar, but I have now started to use a face wash EVERY time I remove makeup, rather than just occasionally.

I have written a review on the Magnitone London total wipeout face cloths before, which were kindly sent to us by FuelPR, and I love them so much that I am giving them a second mention here. These are similar to the makeup eraser, and will remove your makeup without the use of any product (I know, sounds delirious, but trust me, it works!!). I do personally use these with a wash/cleanser (current fave here) just for the sake of my skin, but it isn't entirely necessary to do so. Other holy grail items similar to this have been popping up left right and centre recently, such as the face halo, and I am sure they all do as good of a job. In fact, Primark now even sell a three pack of cloths identical to the magnitone/makeup eraser ones for a fraction of the price (like £2.50 if I remember rightly??) so there is always an option to make changes without breaking the bank. You can also get some decent packs on Amazon of similar items, as well as reusable cottons pads if micellar water is still your thing. I know that some may argue that these kinds of products may be more expensive than the typical single use ones, but over time they will definitely save you some dollar! You can even use a 29p flannel from body care, as it will do exactly the same job! No excuse in my opinion loves. 

Stop with the sheet masks:

I used to be so obsessed with sheet masks, to the point where I couldn't go to town without leaving with at least one new one to try! But after watching a video about plastic free beauty from Mikhlia McDaid, also known as MissBudgetBeauty, (can be found here - very informative and have helped me a lot with making new choices!), I realised how much these single use items were unnecessary, despite being really convenient. I know this sounds obvious, but instead use a face mask from a pot - most of these have at least 10 uses in them and then the pots can be recycled afterwards! This option is SO much better for the environment and will overall probably be more cost effective, giving exactly the same results most of the time. My current faves are the Jake Jamie x Revolution masks, which are so fun but equally good on the skin. 

To mimic the simple effect of a sheet mask, you could opt for a gel mask like the one pictured. I originally bought this from Primark for my jaw surgery, (wouldn't recommend for this use - it was far too tight!) but now use on top of serums and creams to act like a sheet mask. It has the same effect again, but is nicer to the planet. Win win. 

Another Mikhlia McDaid suggestion is the jade roller - again, I bought this to reduce jaw surgery swelling, but it can also be used as a replacement for eye patches to reduce puffiness. The marble rollers are so lovely and cooling, and reduce puffiness real quick. You can pay quite a lot for these, but I have linked the one that I bought from eBay for under £3. It will take a little longer to arrive as it is international, but will do exactly the same job as an expensive one. Don't go spending £20+ guys and gals. 

Reusable sanitary towels:

I was originally introduced to these by Louise Pentland's video and I have to say that they are the best discovery I have EVER made!! Let's do some maths - if the average woman uses 15 pads per cycle (right?), and has 12 cycles a year, that is 180 pads a year. Multiply this by the length on menstruation (approx 35-40 years right?) and that comes to around 7,200 sanitary towels/tampons in one woman's life! Given that a single pad takes 500-800 years to decompose, this can't be good for the planet.

I bought this pack off Amazon, and yes, they are more expensive than conventional products, but these will last years and will be more cost effective overall. Once one pad is done with it can be rolled up and popped back together, and placed in the zipped up bag until the end of the cycle when all of them can be washed together. This is so easy and such an amazing way to manage your period, whilst saving the planet at the same time. There are so many useful videos about these on the internet, including those by Hannah Witton. I am also happy to answer and Q's if you have any, just contact us on one of the socials on the right banner or comment on here. :)

Chilly's bottles: 

If you know me personally you will know that you'll never see me without this strapped to me somehow, haha! I don't even use glasses at home now, and drink everything I ever consume out of my chilly. I will admit that these are pricey, but are genuinely the best option in terms of a bottle that will keep your drink warm/cold for the longest time. I once kept mine in the car in summer with the sun directly shining on it, and it was still ice cold. In terms of being environmentally friendly, of course any reusable bottle will do, but if you do want a decent quality one that won't leak and that will last you forever, pick up a chilly. They're fab!

If you've got this far, thank you! I hope I've been able to inform you in some way and that this has made you think about your old habits. Like I said, no one will ever be perfect and of course single use plastic is sometimes necessary, but making little changes here and there will have a big impact if we all start having a go at it!

Do you do any of these? Do you have any other suggestions? Please let us know!

Natasha x 

The biggest makeup launch of the century | Jeffree x Shane Conspiracy Collection Swatched

If you haven't heard of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Shane Dawson collaboration then you've been living under a rock, as this launch has sent the makeup world spiraling like never before. Following on from Shane and Andrew's series on the makeup world, Shane has released his own collection with Jeffree Star Cosmetics with products that suit his personality perfectly, from palettes to liquid lipsticks. 

This collection launched on Friday 1st November at 5pm over here in the UK, and was available on BeautyBay and Morphe, but not for long. On Morphe, the Conspiracy palette sold out within minutes, and both websites crashed for several hours following the launch. We were lucky enough to be able to pick up the Conspiracy palette (£48), 'Are you filming?' velour liquid lipstick (£16) and 'Shane Glossin' ' THE GLOSS (£16) from BeautyBay, though this took us both using four different devices to see which loaded first. It was a journey, but we couldn't physically be more excited to own this. In fact, as I am typing, Emily is sat in the bathroom having a play with the palette for this first time and I can't tell you how jealous I am. This arrived yesterday, but we had to take pictures first for the blog so have had to refrain. It was tough I can tell you.

The Conspiracy Palette: £48

This palette contains matte, metallic and foil eyeshadow shades and is the most unique palettes I've ever laid eyes on. I have read some reviews saying that the shade range is strange and awkward to use, however, to me it is perfection. The top row will be my daily neutral colours, exactly what JSC was missing, whilst the middle can be for when I want to be creative and the bottom is perfect for autumn and winter. It has everything I could ever want and adds to the JSC family perfectly. 

From left to right: 'Ranch', 'My Pills', 'Tanacon', 'Diet root beer', 'Just a theory', 'Spiralling' 
I actually just recited all of those without looking and I haven't even used the palette yet. That just shows how obsessed I'm going to be haha.  

Given that it is just a brown shade, I am OBSESSED with 'diet root beer'. It is just the perfect amount of warm toned brown for me and complements 'tanacon' so well. I also already know that 'just a theory' is going to be my new daily shade for university or work, as it is just such a gorgeous neutral. 

From left to right: 'Conspiracy', 'Pig-ment', 'Food videos' (or food vibes as every review I've seen keeps calling it haha), 'trisha', 'cheese dust', 'flaming hot' 

This row reminds me a lot of the HUDA neons but has the best of all of those palettes in one row. I can definitely see myself reaching for these A LOT in spring/summer.

From left to right: 'What's the tea?', 'Diet Cola', 'Not a fact', 'Sleep paralysis, 'Illumina-tea', 'My rides here' (have you ever in your whole entire lives seen a better black? I think not)

My favourite row! Literally, cover me in 'sleep paralysis' and have done with it. These tones are so gorgeous and are absolutely gorgeous for winter. My makeup on new years is going to be fineeeee, let me tell you. 

The most gorgeous Christmas red ever. This has the iconic JSC liquid lip formula and for us was the one liquid lip from the line that we just needed. I know I can trust Jeffree's formula of liquid lips and we were missing a trusty red in our collection. To be honest, the other shades didn't quite look like our cup of tea (although I am eyeing up 'Jeffree, what the fuck' for the restock), but this is absolutely stunning for all skin tones and will not leave my sight throughout Christmas. Such a gorgeous seasonal colour, that would also look amazing in summer. 

This was the last piece of the collection that we picked up, as it will be something I will get a lot of use out of. On it's own on the more 'no makeup makeup days', or over the top of liquid lipsticks, this is a stunning gloss to have in your collection. Also, how stunning is the packaging? Just incredible. 

We already have a gloss from JSC in diamond juice so just knew that we loved this formula, so had to pick this one up. 

If you didn't manage to get any of this collection, don't worry, Jeffree has confirmed that this is not limited edition and will be restocked at the start of 2020. I can highly recommend picking up some bits when it does restock, as why wouldn't you want this in your collection? 

Did you manage to pick any of this up? What are your thoughts on the collection? Let us know, 

Natasha and Emily xx

Week One Post Double Jaw Surgery - my recovery so far

Not the typical post to read on a beauty blog on a Saturday night, but today marks the 1 week post op period for my double jaw surgery. I can no longer compare myself to a bulldog or say "stick a f*****g lamp on my head and I will look like an angler fish, ha!" but instead am swollen like spongebob square pants and feel so skinny I might waste a way (an exaggeration of course, given that I am still classed as an overweight individual despite losing 10ibs in a week lol). I am hoping that with this post I am able to shed light and help some people also going through this, as well as being able to use our blog as a form of catharsis and a platform to vent, since I haven't actually been able to talk clearly all week and my fam are no doubt sick of my mumbling. 

To give this a bit of background, I had braces fixed in 2014 with a 'quad helix', a metal device that they place on the roof of your mouth in attempt to widen the jaw. Well, that clearly wasn't successful, hence where we are today. I had a Type III Malocclusion of the jaw, meaning that my bottom jaw protruded more than my top leaving me with an open underbite. Not only did this give me confidence issues (if you can tell by my sardonic humour), but also problems with my jaw functionality such as difficulty chewing and eating (though I sure still managed to eat more than the average person, lol), as well as issues with breathing and occasional head aches from the tension. Also, leaving something like this untreated can mean that the point in which the teeth do join (only one place on each side), can wear down meaning that your teeth can crack and degrade with age. Not something I wanted to risk! So, jaw surgery it was. During the operation my surgeon moved my top jaw 9mm forward and up slightly, whilst moving my bottom jaw backwards by between 3-4mm. 

The night before surgery we took some before pictures so we could compare my face before and after surgery. As you can see, my nose was crooked, jaw protruded and my cheeks were very flat, something that the surgeon said he struggled with during surgery. I looked like one of the witches off hocus pocus. 

The night before I also made sure to eat as much as possible (a habit of mine anyway I guess), because I knew that I would be consuming only liquid, pureed food from then on. We all went out as a family and I had a pizza, which I have been dreaming of all week. 

Saturday 12th October 2019: warning, the pictures get rough from this point on wards haha
This was surgery day! I had to get to the hospital for 7:30AM where I was taken to the ward and met with various people such as the nurses, my surgeon, and the anaesthetist. Up until this point I had been looking forward to surgery and not too nervous, but these few hours before it began to kick in and I was quite tearful from the anticipation. Shout out to my Mum and Emily though, as they were with me and managed to calm me down. I was eventually taken down at 11AM and walked down to theatre (which felt like miles away from the ward), and it was all over with before I knew it! I was apparently in theatre for 4 hours with 2.5 hours in recovery, where I remember hearing my surgeon and the recovery nurses arguing over who would tell my parents the news that it all went well like I couldn't hear haha. I think I was more awake than they thought. 

After being in the recovery room for all that time, I was eventually taken back the ward where my Mum and Sisters were waiting for me, and I could not stop crying. We eventually figured that the morphine turned me loopy, as every time it was administered I instantly started breathing extremely heavily and crying non stop. It is safe to say I stopped using that as soon as I could. I was surprisingly quite awake after coming out, and was able to talk (though it was tiring and definitely not clear, so a white board was handy!), which I didn't expect at all. In terms of pain, I wouldn't say I really experienced any at this point as my whole face was numb and I was dosed up, but my jaw just felt very heavy, like I had bricks on my face.

At 10pm visiting hours ended so my family left and I was alone (and I won't lie, terrified to do this by myself, albeit just for the night). I am so lucky in that my family are SO supportive, and were with me the whole time that they were able to be, so 10AM-10PM. Anyway, sleeping is pretty rough. I didn't really sleep more than about 3 disrupted hours the whole time I was in hospital; with the nurses checking on me and giving me medication etc, it is pretty difficult. I just remember lying awake what seemed to be all night, not knowing what to do with myself. I was also hooked up to an IV which was plugged in, so every time I needed the toilet (a lot, given that I was on a drip as I couldn't really consume liquids yet), I needed a nurse to help me. I remember one of the ladies saying "oh great, I have to unplug you", which made me feel like such an inconvenience - I should have pee'd the bed in rebellion. That same nurse was also reluctant to change my ice packs, which is really important after jaw surgery, but I asked her anyway. I am complaining, but everyone else was brilliant.  Anyway, the morning soon came around and my family were there to save me. 

Sunday 13th October: 
Today was the day that I expected to go home, but after seeing my surgeon in the morning he suggested that I stayed another night as I was really weak. The surgeon also wanted to see me on Monday morning so there didn't seem to be much point in taking me home to go back again. I now see that this was completely logical, but at the time I was so disappointed as all I wanted to do was go back home to my family. I remember crying a lot over it, just at the point when the nurses brought in liquid medications for me as my IV had been taken out. I had to take these using a syringe, and it is safe to say they tasted horrendous. I had paracetamol, ibuprofen, an antibiotic and a laxative to get down me and on an empty stomach they weren't nice. I was discharged with all of these and had to take the antibiotic until day 5, though as soon I was at home and in control I started to take solid forms of all the others since I was lucky enough to be able to open my mouth just enough to do so. This was a saving grace! I could not have taken those liquid painkillers for much longer (yes, I am a drama queen it seems). 
God bless milly jane. You all need to get yourself a twinny x

This was the day I ate (well, sort of) for the first time since surgery too. I remember Emily feeding it me using a syringe whilst I was half asleep with it all down my PJ top. It is impossible to eat without getting covered in what ever you're trying to consume after jaw surgery, let that be said. You can't feel you mouth, lips or chin so have no idea what is going on. I will also add that I drooled a lot after surgery, which was quite irritating, and this is still happening on day 7. Make sure you've got plenty (great pun haha!!) of kitchen roll in. One sheet is not plenty let me assure you. 
Living proof that you will get your soup EVERYWHERE haha. 

My other sister, niece and nephew came to visit me on the Sunday too and the poor kiddies looked so scared at the sight of my swelling. I tried to reassure them the best I could though whether they understood me or not is debatable haha. 

Monday 14th October:
I came home!! The surgeon saw me in the morning and I had x-rays and my bands changed. This hurt a lot, as I couldn't really open my mouth and him pulling my lips about pulled the stitches. Never the less, if it meant I could come home I was willing to let him do anything he needed to. 

Coming home just made me feel so much more positive. I was still weak, tired, in pain and really swollen but could recover from the comfort of my own home. Result! All I managed to eat this day was a little bit of soup again, half a protein shake and a yogurt, but this was better than what I was eating in the hospital. 

Days 4-7:
I will group these days together because this post is pretty hefty already, I'm tired, and these days have sort of merged together for me. A significant point in my recovery was day 5, Wednesday, as I was able to fit a baby spoon in my mouth to eat milky weetabix! I was so ravenous I could barely see (shout out to Gavin and Stacey), and so having this made me super happy. I also managed spaghetti hoops with cheese, though I had to cut the spaghetti up of course as I couldn't, and still can't, chew. Though I had to have tiny portions and swallow them whole, it was progress and things were looking up. I also managed to clean my teeth with a baby toothbrush on day 6, which was such a relief after using just mouthwash for days. 
Look at those whopper bruises!

I am now on day 7 and am feeling much more positive, though I still have a way to go. I can already see progress as my swelling has reduced a lot, and I managed some ready meal lasagne! I of course can't chew it, but it is sloppy enough to just swallow and let my stomach acid do the work. My nose has been very bloody today though, but my surgeon said not to worry as he broke my nasal mucosa during surgery and this needs to heal. I was fortunate enough not to have had my nerve severed though, something 1 in 5 suffer from. I still have a long way to go but am feeling more like myself by the day, which is such a relief. 

This was taken today. As you can see, swelling has reduced a lot :). 
My lips are so greasy as I am smothering them in vaseline as they are SO dry. Make sure you have plenty of lip balm in. 

I highly doubt anyone has read this far, and if you have you're probably a jaw surgery patient. If you have any questions at all, please ask me, as I want to help everyone. I can't tell you how much talking to other patients has helped me through this, as the surgeons don't really prepare you well at all. Praise the lord for social media! (If you're having surgery, or are considering it, join this facebook group! It is such a great community of jaw surgery patients who will help with anything. Helped me a lot!!)

Thank you to all my family and friends for the support, you're all amazing! Although I do wish you'd stop making me laugh, it hurts!

All the best,
Natasha xxx

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