MAKEUP REVOLUTION HAUL + FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Makeup Revolution Haul

I know I'm probably the last person to get in on this but last week I finally made my first Makeup Revolution order. I've heard so many great things about their products and I haven't really tried any new makeup in a while so I thought I should see what all the fuss was about. The brand tend to create "dupes" for more expensive products so it's a great way to save some money. I've only used each of the products a few times so I can't give an in-depth review yet, but here are my first impressions:

Makeup Revolution Naked Chocolate Palette

NAKED CHOCOLATE EYE PALETTE

I'll start off by saying that I hate the packaging of this palette - it's so ugly! However the product itself is great! I'm guessing it's a kind of dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette but at £7.99 it's much cheaper. The shades look beautiful - all neutrals with a mix of matte and shimmer. There are a lot of shades here that aren't just your run-of-the-mill neutral shade - they're all a little bit different to what you'd normally find so I really love this palette. The eyeshadows themselves are very pigmented and last well throughout the day so this is definitely a winner!


Makeup Revolution Focus + Fix Eye Primer


FOCUS + FIX EYE PRIMER

Since my beloved Gosh eye primer was discontinued, I've been on the hunt for a good replacement. This comes in the form of a wand to apply the product and there are several formulations but I went for the original. I've used this a few times and my eyeshadow definitely seems to stay on well throughout the day so I'm very impressed.


Makeup Revolution Ultra Brow Darkest Swatch


DUAL BROW ULTRA BROW ARCH + SHAPE

I was so excited to use this product but unfortunately I ordered the wrong shade. I went with "darkest" but didn't realise it would be completely black! I know that makes sense but the shade lighter than this would be far too light for me (I checked swatches) so, sadly, I don't think I'll be able to try this product at all. Instead of letting it go to waste though, I think I could maybe use it as an eyeliner so I'll see how I get on with that.


Makeup Revolution Ultra Brightening Contour Kit Ultra Fair

ULTRA BRIGHTENING CONTOUR KIT

This reminds me of the Sleek contour kit but I have to say I much prefer this one. I swatched the Sleek one in the summer and none of the shades were suitable for me but this kit in "Ultra Fair" is perfect. It has a bronzer which is matte and not orange at all. I really struggle with bronzers but I tried this once and it seemed great. The blush is beautiful - rosy pink with golden shimmer. It is very shimmery though and I just don't think that suits my skin very well. I can definitely still use it because I love the colour but it's probably just a bit too shimmery for my liking. The highlighter is a gorgeous champagne kind of colour and it looks lovely on the skin. It catches the light beautifully and I really love it.


Makeup Revolution Radiant Light Highlighter Breathe

RADIANT LIGHT HIGHLIGHTER

This is obviously supposed to be a dupe for the Hourglass highlighters which I have been desperate to try for so long but I just can't justify that kind of money. This is a total bargain at £5. I got the shade "Breathe" and it is beautiful however I don't find it to be as pigmented as the highlighter from the contour kit. If it's just a really subtle glow you're going for then this is perfect. If you want something a bit more high-impact, go with the contour kit.


Makeup Revolution Pro Fixing Spray



PRO FIX MAKEUP FIXING SPRAY

I've been using the NYX setting spray for ages now but it ran out last week so I thought I'd give this one a try. I've only used it a few times but so far I prefer the NYX one. This spray still works to an extent but I don't feel that it keeps my makeup in place for as long as the NYX one. I'm happy to use this for the time being though because it's still a nice product.


Overall I'm pretty impressed with my first Makeup Revolution order and I'm sure I'll be ordering more from them in the future. They've just brought out a range of brushes and I have my eye on a few of them! My favourite item from this order is definitely the Naked Chocolate palette - I'd highly recommend it! If you'd like to see a more in-depth review of any of these products once I have used them a bit more then just let me know in the comments.

What's your favourite Makeup Revolution product?

WEEK IN PHOTOS #17



| I spent the whole of Monday in the library studying for my exam | My Scottish Politics exam was on Tuesday | To celebrate the end of exams Adam and I went out. We had dinner at Cocktail & Burger and it was amazing - best burger in Glasgow in my opinion! | My first Makeup Revolution order arrived and I am loving the Naked Chocolate palette! I'll have a blog post about what I bought coming this week so keep an eye out! |


| On Thursday I met up with my old workmates for a catch-up and it was so nice to see them all again | Set my alarm for 9am on Friday to buy Fall Out Boy tickets - so excited! | Went to the West Brewery for lunch yesterday, it's in a beautiful building | Had a lovely day walking around in the snow with Adam |

How was your week?

WHEN UNI TAKES OVER

Something has been bothering me a lot lately and I still haven't figured out a way to solve it. I thought writing about it might help, and maybe some of you are experiencing or have experienced something similar.

Studying

I have always wanted to go to university. Since seeing my sister in her fancy graduation robes when I was five, I knew that was what I wanted to do in the future. In school I worked my ass off in my final two years to get onto the course I wanted at the uni I wanted. I slaved over my personal statement, asking several friends, family and teachers to read it over a million times before I sent it away because I knew it needed to be just right. My course doesn't accept a high number of students at all (there's only about 25 of us) so the stakes were high but I got in. I cried with relief when I got my acceptance letter. I couldn't wait to start university.

Fast forward to now - I am half way through my third of four years and I hate it. All uni brings me is stress, confusion and frustration. I'm not enjoying my course and I feel like I would be having a much better time if I wasn't there. Don't get me wrong, I love to learn and I still fully want to be a journalist - I'm just not happy with the way uni is going. I know I'd be much happier if I wasn't there, but quitting just isn't an option. I only have three semesters left so I may as well stay, it would be a waste of the past two and a half years if I left. I know I have to stick it out and to be honest I do really want to have a degree.

I've just been wondering a lot about how long you should put yourself through unhappiness, even if it will eventually lead to your ultimate goal. I'm 20 years old; I should be enjoying life to the full by travelling, creating, writing and paving the way to my dream career. But uni ties me to one spot, a part-time job deprives me of any free time because when I'm not at uni or studying, I'm at work. I feel claustrophobic and I long for summer when I can have a reasonable amount of time to do whatever the hell I want.

Motivational Quote
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This has turned out far more rambly than I intended but the main point I am trying to make is this: I fully understand and appreciate that in order to get where you want to be in life, you have to put in a lot of hard work and sometimes you won't like it and that's just life. However, should it really get to the stage where you aren't living your life at all just so that you'll be happy in the future? I want to be happy now. And constantly sacrificing all areas of my personal life isn't making me happy.

Perhaps I'm just moody and cynical from all the exam studying coupled with a sudden cold. When I (hopefully) graduate next summer I'll be so proud and I'll be glad that I stuck it out, but right now that seems way too far in the distance. I just hope this will pass soon and I'll look back on this time and wonder what the hell I was so worried about.

How did you cope with university stress? What are your top tips for getting motivated?

PAST / FUTURE

Yes, I am still alive. Back with a nice new blog design and a fresh batch of ideas for Shannon Darko and beyond. I needed to take a little break from blogging but I promise I'm really back this time. Excuses over, let's get going.

It was only a few days ago that I realised how big a year 2014 actually was. A very brief summary of the main events goes like this: I turned 20, I lost my job, I travelled around Europe for a month, I got a new job and I moved out of my parents' house.

Travelling


Travelling was my highlight of the year. I visited 11 different European cities in the space of a month with the person I love most. I had so many wonderful experiences, witnessed some beautiful sights and learned about other cultures. What could be better? I never got around to finishing my blog series about the places I visited but I'd like to post them eventually. I learned that as you travel, you then want to travel even more. I want to visit more new places this year and I'm really hoping to have two holidays in the summer but whether that will actually happen or not, I'm not sure. I already have one non-summer holiday planned as Adam's main Christmas present to me was a trip to Dublin. I've wanted to go there for literally as long as I can remember so I'm really excited. We haven't booked it yet but we're thinking of going in April. If any of you are from Dublin please let me know the must-dos!

The biggest change of 2014 was moving. I lived in the same house with my parents for 20 whole years so moving for the first time ever was scary but wonderful. Adam and I now have our lovely flat in Glasgow and it's great. I'm so much closer to uni and work, I enjoy the freedom of living independently and I get to wake up with my favourite person every morning. Of course, it's not all fun and games. I under-estimated how much cleaning has to be done, how often bread and milk need to be bought and how annoying it is to come up with ideas for dinner every night. I'm so glad we decided to move in together though, and I can't wait to get our flat looking exactly how we want it.

2014


Moving forward in 2015 I have a few personal goals but they aren't resolutions as such. I'd just generally like to get my life sorted out a bit more and get myself on the right path for where I want to end up. I'm going to get more focussed with my blog because I've got a lot of ideas that I'm dying to put into practice. Expect to see a lot more lifestyle and fashion posts as these are two areas I've always wanted to expand, but never really had the confidence to do so. I'm hoping to improve my photography and design skills and end up with a really nice looking blog that I'm happy with.

I need to get more organised for uni as I was a total mess by the end of the last semester. Part of the plan to achieve this is to sort out the spare room and turn it into a study-type area, with a desk and bookcase and a nice, calm vibe. I need to learn to manage my time better and strike the right balance between work, uni and personal life. If I can do this it will make me less stressed and happier overall.

I'm feeling quite positive about the year ahead and I'm sure it'll be a good one. I can't wait to share it with you all and I want to say a quick thank you for sticking around even if I have abandoned you a few times. It makes me so happy to think that even one person reads my rambling. Here's to a year of making shit happen.

What was your 2014 highlight? Where do you want 2015 to take you?