Makeup Revolution – Ultra Contour Palette

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This brand seems to be gaining popularity, even from some of the YouTube gurus! 

With this palette, you get 8 powders – with only three of them being contour shades, two baked highlighters and and three lighter shades. The lighter shades include a light beige powder which I tend to use as a setting powder, a yellow toned powder for brightening and a light, shimmery peach for a subtle highlight.

Before I go on, I need to point out that this palette would only really suit fair to medium skin tones. It would be great if they could release a palette for darker skin tones, as I was really impressed by the quality. When talking about high street products, you tend to have low expectations. Well, don’t. This palette brings a lot to the table and let me explain why.

The contour shades consist of one medium toned brown, a cool-toned brown and a warm, dark brown. It’s extremely difficult to find a cool enough shade for pale skin, especially in a highstreet brand. A lot of the cheaper products are warm toned, which just means they’re slightly on the ‘red’ side so would suit warmer toned skin. This for me, was perfect. The colour was surprisingly pigmented and also very blendable. The colours are creamy and smooth. I normally reach for my Kat Von D palette, that I love, but lately I find myself using the MUR palette. 

The baked highlighters are pretty. One is an in-your-face highlighter. You can’t miss it. It’s sparkly, shiny and very pigmented. I have to say this is my favourite out the bunch. The second highlighter is so subtle that you can barely see its there. It has a slight shine to it. If you’re after more of a natural glow, then this could work for you. The third highlighter, which isn’t baked, is between the other two. Not too subtle, not too harsh and not for me. I’d rather use this as an eyeshadow. 

All in all, this is a brilliant palette for the price. I only paid £8 (40QAR). I would definitely recommend to any beginners who want to learn the art of contouring, especially if you don’t want to spend too much. 


Illamasqua – Precision Gel Eyeliner

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Whilst I was in the UK I decided I was going to find a decent gel eyeliner and not leave until I found one. Luckily for me – I found it. 💃

For me, MAC’s Fluidline eyeliner in Blacktrack was the best gel liner around. However, since I’ve started to buy ethically – I’ve had to start looking elsewhere. There are so many options out there and it can be a daunting task searching for something that might not work for you. 

I bumped into my old makeup teacher and he recommended Illamasqua’s liner. He was using it on his clients and compared it to MAC’s liner. Before I knew it, I was online, popping it into the cart. 🙈

I was sceptical at first but it really proved me wrong. It works like a fluid liner in the form of a gel so it’s easy to work with. I find that with a lot of liners you have to work fast, as they dry quickly. You know that feeling when you’re tugging at your skin? Well, you won’t get that problem. This just glides over the eye making it so easy to use.

You can also use it as a base for a smokey eye. You can smudge it all over the lid and then apply your black eyeshadow on top for a more intensified look. 

Once it’s on, for me, it lasts all day. I didn’t have any problems in this department. It’s able to withstand the heat of Doha and all the sweatiness that goes along with it. That’s good enough for me. However, I have read reviews where there have been complaints of it smudging – but for me it didn’t. 

The colour pay-off is a rich, gorgeous black – not as bold as the Inglot liner but a lot darker than the MAC liner. 

I’ve finally found an eyeliner I love so I’m a very happy bunny! 🐰

You can order yours online on the Illamasqua website. They deliver to Qatar. 

7 Reviews in 7 Days

…so I’ve decided to do it again…

7 reviews in 7 days starting from tomorrow! I have a great mix of products I want to share with you all. 

The first one will be Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Eyeliner. 

Seriously – this is on the same level as one of the best liners out there. What eyeliner is that, you say? You’ll find out tomorrow! 😛😉 

Morphe – Blushed Blush Palette 9b 

Oh yes. Now this is what I’m talking about. 9 shades ranging from coral, pinks, nudes to even a red. From shimmers to mattes – you get a bit of everything. The colours will suit most skin tones. 

These babies are creamy, pigmented and very blendable too. So if you go in all guns blazing and pop too much on, it’s not difficult to smooth out that colour. You can mix colours to create your own customised blush. 

Honestly, Morphe have really impressed me with their products. Their packaging might not be the best and if you can take that out of the equation – you are left with a decent quality product. 

These are high-end blushers at a high-street price. 

By the way – I bought mine from 

Boots Botanics – Facial Oil

Guys, I am really excited to be trying this oil. I’ve been trying to find a good moisturiser to help me with my dry skin. Ever since my second pregnancy, my skin has never got back to normal.

Just by chance I came across the reviews for this product. The majority of reviews are positive on every site I looked at. I looked at quite a few. This is double the price of what it costs in the UK but obviously, here in Qatar, we know we have to pay that little extra! Sigh. It cost me around 80 QAR – that’s around £15.

The oil is 100% organic and is a bargain even at that price. Something like this would normally set you back at least 150 QAR anywhere else. It contains Rosehip oil which is a natural source of Vitamin E that’s known to be beneficial for dry and sensitive skin. The vitamin A, combined with the oil’s essential fatty acids, can help improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation. Sounds good right?

The only flaw I can really see is that they’ve added a few fragrant plant oils and they can irritate sensitive skin. 

Anyhow – I tried it on last night and I loved the feel of it on my skin. It wasn’t greasy. I felt three drops were enough to fully moisturise my face. I have these small bumps on the sides of my face that aren’t that noticeable until I apply foundation. Well, this morning they seem to have gone down and my skin looks better than it did yesterday. A lot of reviewers said they saw a difference after only using it once. 

I don’t want to get too excited, as it has only been a day. I will review it after a week. I am hoping this will work! 🙏

Sleek – Matte Me Liquid Lipstick Review (Birthday Suit and Petal)

I want to talk about Birthday Suit first as this was the one I preferred out the two. This is an extremely popular colour out of the shade range. I, for one, liked the colour. The applicator is a bit of a pain but I managed to apply the lipstick without too much trouble. It’s pigmented so you don’t have to reapply. It’s relatively long lasting.

However, someone reviewing it described it drying like cement on your lips and I completely understand that statement. Not a good feeling AT ALL. I know I always say this but I am not a big fan of mattes (this is my new catchphrase 🙈) but I am always open to trying out new lipsticks as long as they look and FEEL good. I made an effort to exfoliate and moisturise before I applied but it didn’t change that horrible feeling once it had dried (which was pretty quick by the way). During the day, the colour started to crack which looked ghastly. You can’t even reapply as it results in a patchy mess. You have to wipe off the excess and reapply! What a nightmare. 
Saying that, removing it completely isn’t simple but I expected that. You just need to ensure you use an oil based makeup remover. I just felt uncomfortable wearing it and it’s a shame because that colour is beautiful. 

Moving onto Petal and what a disaster that was. I loved the shade when I swatched it on my hand which seemed like a dusky pink, however it dries a little bright and it was too much for me and my pale skin. The end result was patchy which was strange as I didn’t have that issue with Birthday Suit. The formula seems different. Oh and do not attempt to rub your lips with this one (which is a bad habit of mine) – the middle part of my lips were left bare. This was pretty much straight after it had dried. 

A bit of a disaster – won’t be buying again. 

Q U I C K • T I P

Mix a small amount of your foundation (fuller coverage) with a little of your moisturiser to create your very own tinted moisturiser. 

I love doing this when I just want a very light coverage. 

You can pop a little powder in the mixture if you prefer more of a matte finish. Be careful not to put in too much powder as it will get cakey!