80s Rock Star crushes….now and then

First off, this isn’t an article designed to point and laugh at people who have simply aged. It happens to us all – the wrinkles, laughter lines, ageing skin….it’s part of life and not a reason to mock people. This article is about who has weathered the rock n’ roll lifestyle best….I mean, c’mon some of these guys have taken more drugs than I’ve had hot dinners, drank their livers to almost bursting point and done what any self respecting 80’s rock star would do – lived fast and partied hard. But, who’s living to regret that decision now? Who looks older than their years? Let’s take a look.

Jon Bon Jovi (Age 52) Lead Singer – BON JOVI

The long, flowing locks, the dimpled chin, the bright blue eyes and the Italian Stallion tan complexion….Jon Bon Jovi was one of the hottest stars of 80’s rock and the band continue making music to this day. But how has the man himself held up?
Verdict: Looking good! We know that Jon had his fair share of wild times but he calmed down quite early, raised a large family and lived a little cleaner than most rock stars. He might be grey haired but he’s growing old gracefully and looks pretty amazing for 52. Plus, those bright blue peepers are as piercing as ever, and he’s even managed to retain that famous jawline.

Bret Michaels (Age 51) Lead Singer – POISON
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Famous for his pouty mouth and ‘Blue Steel’ poses, Bret Michaels is also famous for outrageous outfits, his relationship with Pamela Anderson (Every rose has its thorn) and being the inspiration for Stacee Jaxx (Rock of Ages Broadway/West end show). But how has he aged?
Verdict: Considering he was in a band who sang songs about getting utterly wasted, threesomes (Look what the cat dragged in) and generally living a life of debauchery, he hasn’t aged too badly. However, I can’t help but notice that he’s still wearing a ton of make up, and that the rocker headscarf is still in place. He removed it recently to reveal what looked very much like a wig. He admitted to having hair extensions but not to maybe being bald….The jury is still out on that one. He looks okay though for 51! He could certainly look worse.

Joe Elliott (Age 55) Lead Singer – DEF LEPPARD
JEThe blonde haired rocker from the North of England with the raspy vocals comes from a band famous for catchy lyrics and tunes, as well as being much talked about for having a one armed drummer! Less likely to cruise Sunset Boulevard in a limo with a pool and more likely to be having a skinful of beer at some club, Def Leppard might not have had the glamorous glam rock lifestyle, but it’s fair to say they did their share of partying. Original guitarist Steve Clarke partied too hard and died of an overdose. How did Joe do?
Verdict: Pretty good I’d say! The hair is shorter, the skin is more lined and wrinkled (what do you expect for 55?), but overall, he looks good. Time hasn’t taken its toll too badly on Joe!

Axl Rose (Age 52) Lead Singer – GUNS N’ ROSES

Famous for his unique voice, his red locks, and his beautiful model girlfriends and turbulent relationships, Axl Rose once had it all, including the hottest band in the world. Then it all started to go wrong. His much publicized split from his wife painted him as an abusive, wife beating control freak, while the acrimonious split with the original GN’R line up did little to dispel the rumours of his controlling ways. He kept up with the band in the beginning in terms of drink, but was never one for drugs. While the rest of GN’R battled their demons, Axl went clean – and mean.
Verdict: Once a beautiful man, Axl became reclusive, un-trusting and…..well, a bit strange. He abused his own good looks – first with the awful braids hairdo, which was followed very quickly by a dreadful display of unnecessary plastic surgery which all but eradicated his good looks. Now he is bloated looking with pale skin and very little of the gorgeous 80s rock god remains….such a shame.

T (Age 51) Lead Singer – EUROPE
JTSwedish hunk Joey Tempest from the band Europe (The final countdown) is more famous for clean living and steering clear of scandal and excess. The music did the talking, the big fluffy hair and good looks no doubt produced a ton of groupies but it’s easier to believe that Joey & Co didn’t take them back to hotels and do drink, drugs and other stuff with them 😉
VERDICT: Joey looks hot! there’s signs of ageing, sure, but he looks much less than his 51 years. He’s in great shape, from head to toe and still manages to retain rock star looks without looking old or desperate – and without plastic surgery and hair extensions. Clean living really does pay off!

Jani Lane (Age 47 when he died in 2011) Lead Singer – WARRANT
JLThis one is a sad one. Jani had a beautiful voice, the fluffy blonde hair and the big blue eyes…not to mention that cheeky smile. He was also in a pretty successful band and that led to him being able to get his hands on pretty much anything he wanted. Jani died of acute alcohol poisoning in August 2011. Before then, the drink had already taken its toll on his looks and ultimately took his life.
VERDICT: Sometimes, sadly….you can’t beat your demons.

Duff McKagan (Age 50) Bass player – GUNS N’ ROSES
DMSpeaking of beating your demons….Duff McKagan of GN’R has succeeded. In 1994 he became gravely ill due to acute alcohol-induced pancreatitis, which caused his pancreas to swell to the size of a football and leak digestive enzymes into his body, causing third-degree burns. He was taken to hospital in Seattle, where he was monitored until the swelling went down. He was told by his doctors that he would be dead within a month if he did not stop drinking.
VERDICT: Duff literally came back from the grave. At one point, he was pretty much dead but he hung on. Once he recovered he took up martial arts and cycling and took part in competitive events. He’s found health again, but drinking more than a bottle of vodka a day has definitely taken its toll on Duff. But he’s still here, and that’s the main thing! He’s still a pretty good looking guy too.

Richie Sambora (Age 55) Lead Guitarist – BON JOVI

Richie has been in and out of rehab for substance abuse (painkillers, alcohol) and he’s been missing from several Bon Jovi tours in the past as he battles against his addictions. Once the sultry looking, brown eyed guitar god with a voice that sometimes overshadowed Jon Bon Jovi’s, Richie Sambora now looks……haggard.
VERDICT: Richie looks like he’s had some work done. I dread to think what he looked like before the work. Actually, if you’d like to see, just Google his DUI arrest photo. He has really abused his body and it sounds like he’s still getting up to the same old tricks. He looks like someone’s grandpa in the photo above (red jacket) and any trace of that rock god is long gone.

Sebastian Bach (Age 46) Lead Singer – SKID ROW

Bar brawls, drugs, drink….this pretty boy has done it all and seen it all. Once the owner of one of the hottest faces and bods in the business, this bad boy has lived the true rock n’ roll lifestyle. Discovered by Jon Bon Jovi, Skid Row became one of the hottest bands out there – helped along no doubt by their prestigious rock connection and that gorgeous frontman!
VERDICT: A bit squishy around the edges……still wearing a smidge of eyeliner and probably colouring his hair….but Sebastian doesn’t look half bad.  He’ll never have that pretty boy face again and he does look older than some of the guys on here who are older than him, but he hasn’t done too badly.

So there you have it, 9 Rock & Roll legends in all their past and current glory. Those who have drank, done drugs and lived a real rock & roll lifestyle are definitely showing that history on their faces. Sadly, we’ve lost more than just Jani Lane to drink, drugs & excess. At least some of these hugely talented musicians are still around to tell their tales.

Recommended reading:

It’s so easty (and other lies): The autobiography – Duff McKagan
Dirty Rocker Boys: Bobbie Brown
Jon Bon Jovi: The Biography – Laura Jackson
Def Leppard: The definitive visual history – Joe Elliott
Welcome to My Jungle – Craig Duswalt

Further reading:

The Heroin Diaries – Nikki Sixx
My appetite for destruction – Steven Adler
The Dirt – Motley Crue
Slash: The autobiography – Slash

Makeup Revolution Foundation, Lip Gloss & Eye Dust review

Budget brand Makeup Revolution continues to impress me with the quality, selection and price of their products…I keep buying and testing, because at these prices it would be ridiculous not to. I think I have found my new Makeup crush – this is definitely a new favorite brand of mine.
I have 3 products that I’ve reviewed today for you. Up first is the the Matte foundation – £2.00


I chose the Ivory shade which is apparently the first shade on this chart:


However I have to say that it is very pale when you squeeze it out of the tube. The funny thing is, once I applied it, the foundation blended seamlessly and it’s actually the perfect colour for me. I’ve been wearing it for 3 days now and it lasts all day long. It stops any shine from coming through (I have quite poly skin), and gives quite a nice, flawless finish. My skin feels smooth, unclogged and able to breathe. It really doesn’t feel like I’m wearing any foundation at all.  The formula is quite thick and not at all runny, which means less mess! 9/10.

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I really, REALLY love this product and so does my skin.
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Next up is the £1 Lip Gloss tube. My selected shade was Hush, hush – a soft pink.

I love these tubes. The formula is much better than the ELF counterpart – it’s not sticky and it’s longer lasting. The packaging is nicer and there is a nice smell with it too – kind of fruity, like strawberries.

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I love this lip gloss and will definitely go on to try other colours. The 9 shades are so on trend and versatile that I think they would suit most skin tones – they’ll definitely suit most budgets! 8/10.

Finally, we have another colour of the Eye Dust. I previously tested the colour ‘Vitality’ here. This time I went for Purple to help my green eyes pop. The colour is Levity.

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Not sure about this colour. With purples, there’s a fine line between the right colour and looking as though you’ve been punched in the eye. I think this colour was a bit too dark for everyday work wear for me….I’m still making my mind up. The quality, pigment and price were all spot on though!

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So now it’s a waiting game…..waiting for payday so that I can order more £1-£2 goodies! Have you tried this brand yet? Any suggestions what I could try next?



September Birchbox

I’ve been a Birchbox member since July, but forgot to blog the first two boxes I received. So I’ll have to start with Septmeber’s box…which is pretty awesome, I have to say. First of all, let me explain what Birchbox is. You pay a monthly fee – in this case £12.95 (inc P+P) and you get your box of goodies delivered once a month. The contents of your box is 4-6 selected beauty samples. Don’t worry – you aren’t getting sachets of stuff that are worth peanuts – you’re getting decent sized trial samples of great quality products. What you receive in your box usually far outweighs the £12.95 you pay in value. I calculated the contents of one box and there was over £50 worth of products in there. This month is pretty good value too. Let’s take a look at the box and what’s inside!

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Lovely, re-useable, sturdy presentation box.

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Your goodies usually come in a drawstring bag, or a plastic zipper pouch.


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This is what I received this month and here’s the low down on the contents:

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One quibble this month. Birchbox emailed me to ask which ModelCo product I wanted – I had a choice of 2 lipglosses or a mascara. I chose the mascara. They sent a lip gloss. So I do wonder….why both giving us the choice and emailing back and forth to ask? Hmmph! I wasn’t too happy but C’est la vie!

First up – Agave healing Oil.
This stuff is GORGEOUS. It smells like coconuts and tropical fruits and is so easy to use. You pop a small amount of oil into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm the oil and then smooth it on your hair. The result? Shiny, smooth, gorgeous smelling locks. I really love this – it’s my favourite thing in the box. I may have to have the full size!
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Next is the Premae face & Body scrub.
A lovely product that I have so far just used on my face. I am going to get at least 10 face washes out of this little sample pot. This stuff is lovely. It smells great and although it is a scrub, it’s really soft and not abrasive at all. My face feels absolutely amazing once I have washed it all off – soft and moisturized and refreshed. Again, another one I might buy the full size of.

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Next product is the ModelCo lip gloss.
I like their glosses but I’m still sulking about the lack of mascara 😉 It’s non-sticky, looks nice on and is a lovely neutral colour. I already have a few full size ones so probably won’t bother getting one of these, although the sample makes a nice little gloss to pop into small going out clutch bags.photo 2 (2)b

It’s Potent eye cream by Benefit.
Love this stuff and loved opening my Birchbox to find it inside! Works wonderfully on bags, dark circles and sleep deprived mum’s wrinkles! 😉 At least a couple of week’s worth of applications inside. Winner!


Caudalie Divine Oil.
It really is divine. I was getting low on night cream and so when this came, it was a godsend. I used it last night and it made my skin feel so soft and calm and I woke up with just a little bit of a glow. The face scrub, plus this, plus the eye cream means I have good skin right now! photo 5

Finally, there was a pack of dried strawberries – I ate them, they were nice, would have preferred another product but never mind! Then there was this cute photo holder…..going to pop a picture of my son in the clip and use it on my desk at work. Happy days indeed!
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This is my face after a good night’s sleep and using some of the lovely products from my Birchbox.
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I am quite pleased with the results….at 40 years old you either regret never looking after your skin or you keep mixing it up and trying new products. Luckily, I have moisturized since 16 years of age and always made time for my skin. I stay out of the sun and use SPF wherever possible. I love trying new products and Birchbox are very clever to set up this monthly scheme – I am sure lots of people try and then buy! But it’s ingenious too because for just £12.95 you can get enough high end beauty products to keep you going for a few weeks. If you can spare the monthly fee, I would highly recommend Birchbox.

Have you already tried Birchbox? Are you a subscriber and if so, what did you think of this month’s box?



Make up revolution £1 lipstick review

I’ve been buying and reviewing lots of Makeup Revolution cosmetics recently. The products I’ve tried and reviewed have delivered surprising results – £1 makeup items proving to be of great quality, giving lasting results and great colour. One thing I am very picky about though is lipstick. It’s one of the few things I’ll pay top dollar for…..I like to treat myself now and again and I believe that lipsticks need to be top quality to stop your lips from drying out as lip skin can be very sensitive.  Anyway, despite the great performance from other Makeup Revolution products, I was skeptical about the lippy.

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So I figured only waste £1 on testing one of these lipsticks. I mean, how good could they be? I ordered a nice, neutral pink shade called Cheer. When it came, it turned out to be a lovely shade – nice, subtle and suitable for daytime wear. This is a pretty decent lipstick actually.


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The lipstick applies really well and has a nice, non-sticky finish. I needed to apply a few layers as the colour is really sheer and very subtle but for wearing to work, it’s perfect! It did not dry my lips out and it lasted okay…..I needed to re-apply after my second coffee of the day.

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Make up used: Benefit Dr Feelgood, bareMinerals bareskin foundation, Makeup Revolution baked blush, Makeup revolution eyeshadows Frozen & Heavenly, Benefit They’re Real! mascara, Sephora white eye brightening pencil, Elf eye pencil and of course…..Cheer lipstick from Makeup revolution!

I really like this lipstick and am eager to give a few other colours a try.  Some of the colours in the range are a bit out there – suffice to say I’ll be sticking with nudes and pinks!

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These shades I will probably test.

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These shades? Not so much!

One thing that is good about these lipsticks – they lid stays on and the lipstick stays inside the tube. It might sound like a strange thing to say, but I find that with ELF lipsticks, the lid often does not click safely on and then the lipstick comes loose and is no longer usable. Plus, I have had a handbag lining ruined by this happening 😦 I think I may have fallen out of love with ELF a little. Their £1.50 range has increased in price (now £1.95) and the quality is very hit and miss. Plus, their unique selling point of selling makeup for £1.50 has now gone and they are almost double the price of Makeup Revolution’s budget range. What I love about Makeup Revolution is that you shop for what you want and need, you don’t go mad spending £20 to get 40% off only to pay the same price for ELF makeup as it was before they put the prices up!!

As ever, my top tip is to order from Superdrug as they exclusively stock Makeup Revolution and you will receive free shipping on order £10 and over. Makeup revolution charge £2.95 on orders under £30 and to be honest…..for £2.95 you can order 3 extra products more or less!

Have you tried this makeup range? What did you think?

Makeup Revolution for 40+ skin, Part 4

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I’m in love with this brand. Makeup Revolution is affordable, well packaged and user friendly. The products I’ve used so far have been great quality with staying power, colour pay off and they look so lovely in my makeup bag and on my dresser!
The biggest plus point? I’m 40 and these products perform as well on my mature skin as more expensive, high end brands specifically developed for older skin.

Latest products up are:

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Today, let’s focus on the pigment – or eye dust as it’s technically called. I love silver and grey shadows so went for the shade ‘Vitality’. In the pot it looked a bit glittery and as though it was going to be much too glamourous for my everyday look.

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I underestimated Makeup Revolution on this one, I have to say! My fears were completely unfounded. Once I started using it and blending it, I found that the effect it gave was actually a lovely subtle sheen – and really, really pretty. Well, I like it anyway. Makes my green eyes pop.



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I used the smallest amount imaginable on my Lauren Luke pencil brush (sadly no longer available!), and the pigmentation is fantastic, I have to say. It blends beautifully and a little goes a long way – my type of product. I can see this handy little pot lasting me a long time and at £1 each, you can afford to order tons of colours and experiment to your heart’s content. I will definitely be ordering some more now that I’ve tried this one.

It’s 4.30pm and I applied the eye dust this morning at around 7am and it is just beginning to crease a little bit. But, this is probably my fault as I forgot to use a primer this morning and I do suffer from greasy skin sometimes. Overall though, this product is a definite winner. Highly recommended!


bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Review

The advert I keep hearing (and seeing on Youtube) asks….”Can a foundation love your skin?”
bareMinerals reckon they have made a foundation that does. You can check out the product here.


The Hype:
Ultra-thin silky texture, non-chemical SPF 20, reveals bright, more even-looking skin tone and a no-make up look and feel, skin loving formula, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, coconut-derived base with jojoba-coated mineral pigments and lilac plant stem stells & Vitamin C……



The Reality:
An initially offputting runny formula delivers amazing results, leaving your skin feeling as though you aren’t wearing any make-up at all, whilst giving great coverage to combat blemishes, discolouring and tiredness. Long lasting, non greasy and easy to blend.

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My Samples, courtesy of So-Post.

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One tiny drop goes a long, long, long……long way!!photo 5

Partially blended. This is so you can see how far that tiny drop goes….and will continue to go when you blend more.

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Obligatory before face.

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After face, with a close up on my skin. As you can see, the shade Ivory isn’t spot on for me so I need to experiment to find my shade which I think will have more pinkish tones that yellow.

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I’m actually really pleased with this foundation. It doesn’t sit in my pores looking cakey and undoubtedly clogging them further. It brightened my skin and did give a good, flawless, soft finish. My skin feels amazing! It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing any make up at all and my skin feels silky and soft.

I will definitely be investing in a bottle of this once my samples run out. I just need to find my perfect shade.

Have you tried this product yet? What did you think?




Makeup Revolution for 40+ skin, Part 3

A small update on the last two eyeshadows that I ordered. I can confirm that Good life and Heavenly (pictured below) are just gorgeous. They performed as well as the other eyeshadows from my last review and I still can’t get over the pigmentation, quality and staying power. I’m still amazed by the price too. I will definitely be investing in more eyeshadows and a palette or two!


Good Life £1.00 each


Heavenly £1.50

I used Good Life on my eyelid and the corners of my eyes and then used Heavenly above, up to the brow for highlight and definition. I was so pleased with the result; Good Life really brought out the green in my eyes and these shadows stayed put all day long.

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Excuse the brows 😉 I’m due to go and get them threaded!! Anyway, back to Makeup Revolution. I have ordered a few more products:


I want to see how their regular blusher performs, and I am very interested to see the quality and quantity of the eye dust! I couldn’t resist including one of their £1 lippys with my order and of course….I needed another eyeshadow to try. Just waiting on delivery and then I will use and review. Stay tuned!



Makeup Revolution for 40+ skin, Part 2

Warning: Features pictures of me without make up….and with, for that matter. I don’t claim to be a model, or remotely attractive and I’m not a make up expert. I’m just a 40 year old cosmetics fan buying, reviewing and sharing 🙂

So today I’ve used the majority of the Makeup Revolution products I bought and posted about. I have to say, I like what I see so far, and I can’t select a favourite as all the products are working so well for me. Here’s my before face. Be warned, I’d been awake 15 minutes, had showered and put my hair into a shower cap (it was washed the night before). So this is my all natural 40 year old face….after interrupted sleep (18 month old teething!). The only product I have used at this point was The Body Shop’s Vitamin E cleansing bar.

I haven’t even brushed my hair! 😉



I think we can all agree that I have bags under my eyes, saggy upper eye lids and quite tired looking skin, as well as large open pores and wrinkles around the eye area.

I used my usual BB cream, which is pictured below….this is everything I used today.

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I followed the BB cream with the baked blush. This applied like a dream and gave a really lovely sheer glow. Below is the product swatched on the back of my hand in natural light.

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I was really pleased with the blush, as I thought it would give a pearly, fake, caked on look but in fact it was the complete opposite. Next I applied my under eye concealer, a little translucent powder and then I was ready for the eyeshadows. I chose Base and actually used it as a base, right up to the brows. Then I chose Frozen – a gorgeous silvery shade – for my eyelids. The effect was subtle, barely there and lovely for a daytime natural look when you want to highlight your eyes but don’t want an obvious made up look. I guess you can build it up if you want more of a statement look.

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Base (left) and Frozen.

I then did my usual routine….eye pencil in the corners to brighten my eyes…white pencil for the wet line to open my eyes….liner beneath that. I curled my lashes and used Benefit’s They’re Real, as this is the best mascara ever (it takes some getting off though!).

My usual routine was now finished. So I broke out the lovely highlighter which I was dying to try.



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My advice on this one – using sparingly. A little goes a long way and even using a fan tail brush I managed to cake it on and looked like I had slipped over and fell into a tub of glitter. Plus, I made the mistake of just generally cramming it everywhere without carefully selecting where I wanted to highlight. Next time, I will know better! Also, it clings to pores and makes them more obvious so focus more on cheeks rather than your nose…..also, avoid the forehead! It works well just below the brow bone too. Overall, I love this product – I just need to learn to use it correctly to full effect.

So this is me after my full routine, which usually takes me 5-10 minutes tops.

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I’ve included the photo below as I think you can really see the effect of the baked blush in this one. I really, really love this product and want to order more colours to try asap. My favourite ever blusher, hands down. I haven’t really used baked products before but I will now!

It’s 12.30pm and by this time normally, poor quality eyeshadows have come off and slid into a mass lump in the creases of my skin. So far, these shadows are staying put and they look really nice!


Would I recommend these products for people with mature (40+) skin? Absolutely!
The older I get the more I realise that budget brands just don’t have what my skin needs or the right staying power. Elf eyeshadows are the worst for creasing and coming off (sadly), and to be honest, I am astonished by the quality of Makeup Revolution considering these shadows were £1 each. I am itching to try lots more of their products now.

Browse the collection by clicking the logo below. Top tip for UK shoppers – Superdrug stock this brand and if you spend £10 you get free shipping, whereas Makeup revolution charge £2.95 for orders under £30.00.

Eyeshadows: 8/10
Baked Blush : 10/10
Highlighter : 7½/10





Makeup Revolution for 40+ skin, Part 1

If you follow the excellent ‘Nina’s Bargain Beauty’ blog, you my have noticed that Nina reviews a lot of products from the Makeup Revolution brand.  I implicitly trust Nina’s reviews as she isn’t afraid to be honest, even if it means giving a negative review. That’s why when she raved about this brand, I decided to give it a try. I’ve ordered a few products to use and review – costing as little as £1.00 each – I know, a bargain right? The question is, how does this brand perform on mature skin? Does it have staying power when faced with skin that is older, has more lines and especially has that crepe skin thing going on around the eyes? Well, I’ve got a 40 year old face and I’ll be having a go and letting you know the results. Here’s what I will be using and reviewing:

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I’m quite excited already by the look and packaging of these products. They don’t feel flimsy and look so pretty. The colours on the blush and highlighter are just gorgeous!

Stay tuned.