makeup revolution

First Impressions – High End and Drugstore Beauty

This weekend I tested out quite a few beauty products that I’ve been dying to try. Some of these are cult favorites, others have mixed impressions by the beauty community, and some are products that really haven’t been talked about much.

*Products marked with an * are PR. This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission if you purchase a product using one of the links in this post (at NO cost to you!) Thank you for supporting Glamour and Giggles!


7 Affordable Makeup Brands | Product Hits and Misses

As a beauty enthusiast, I love trying makeup in all price ranges – luxury, high end, and drugstore. As much as I love me some luxurious and prestige beauty products, I am a huge fan of affordable makeup. Why spend $30 on a primer when you can find something that does a wonderful job for just a few bucks? Also, it’s great to be able to find affordable dupes of pricey items we’re unable to get our hands on or reason to purchase. Moreover, if you’re new to makeup or wanting to experiment with certain types of products and shades, it’s always great to test out affordable items before taking the splurge on high end products.

7 Affordable Beauty Brands To Haul + Hits and Misses

That being said, I wanted to share affordable beauty brands I absolutely love. Not only do these brands have great prices but the quality of many of their items are incredible for the cost, some even perform better than products that cost double, triple, even quadruple the price! Like any other brand, these do have products that didn’t work for me so I’ll be sharing a few misses along with the hits.

*This post contains affiliate links.



Makeup Revolution Blush, Brow, and Eyeshadow Palettes Review

Hey hey hey!

I hope you beauties are having a fantastic weekend! I’ve been wanting to get this review up for a few days but getting ready for my trip has kept me crazy busy these last two weeks.

Today I will be sharing with you a brand I really adore, Makeup RevolutionMakeup Revolution is a London based brand and they sell revolutionary products at an affordable price, plus they are cruelty free! They recently launched an online store in the US and can also be found at Ulta! I’m a huge fan of their Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers and was thrilled when Makeup Revolution sent me these three palettes for review!

Like I mentioned above, US customers can find these at Ulta or on their website! Shipping is $4.95 for US residents and free on orders $25+.

Each of these palettes came wrapped in a box. The palettes themselves are sleek and black with gold print on the top. The eyeshadow palette is larger than the other two and the brow palette is slightly thicker. I appreciate how each palette includes a mirror since not all brands do that. 
Product Reviews

Ultra 32 Eyeshadow Palette in Flawless – $15.00

I can’t find this on their website or on Ulta’s site, maybe they’re sold out – I remember a friend said she got the last one when she went to buy one.

Anywho ~ I’m not going to lie, a few of these shadows were chalky and did not have any pigmentation whatsoever. You might notice them in the swatches but they’re  mainly the lighter shades in the first two columns of the first two rows. However, I wasn’t too let down with that since I was more interested in the darker shades, especially the dark reds, golds, and everything in the last three rows and those did not disappoint! The shadows are SO pigmented and blendable, I was blown away!

Lord have mercy. Other than the 3-4 shadows I couldn’t get to work for me, this palette is amazing! I know the pans are quite small but it’s perfect for me considering I don’t hit pans of shadows often. I’ve been wearing these over primer and they don’t crease or anything on me. I’ve been using the golds and plummy colors the most but I’ve been trying to incorporate the bold colors during the weekends. 
Their Affirmation and Mermaid palettes are definitely on my wishlist – the first is sort of similar to this, it includes neutrals, rosey, gold, and charcoal colors while the Mermaid palette has more colorful shades!

Ultra Blush and Contour Palette in Sugar and Spice – $10.00

8 shades for $10?! Yes please! How much more affordable can a blush palette get?! This Sugar and Spice palette includes a mix of matte and shimmery cool toned and warm shades. This palette was something I was super iffy about but after swatching and playing with it, I was hooked! I found all of these super pigmented and easily blendable. I think my favorite has to be the first shade of the second row but they’re all beautiful!

I’ve been using a mix of either one of the first two as well as the fifth shade for work since it gives me a nice add of natural color. I’ve also been using some of the colors as eyeshadows!

Makeup Revolution also sells a Blush and Contour Palette in Hot Spice which includes peachy and rusty nude shades and I’m really intrigued about. I’ll definitely be adding that or their Bronze Palette in an order sometime soon! Probably both because why not? 

Ultra Brow Palette in Medium to Dark – $15.00

There are two other versions of this palette: Fair to Medium and Dark to Black. This palette includes 4 eyebrow powders, 2 tinted brow waxes, enhancing cream, highlighter, pencil, mini brushes, and a small pair of tweezers! They sure did fit in a ton of products for an affordable price!

I’m not a huge brow person, I get them threaded once a month and use a wax pencil to tame them and that’s it. But boy has my makeup routine changed since I got this baby! I love that Makeup Revolution includes all brow necessities in one palette! It’s perfect for daily use as well as travel. I’ve been using both powders combined as well as the tinted brow wax mainly but sometimes I’ll feel fancy and use the enhancer and highlighter. I really wasn’t expecting to love this palette as much as I do! I recommend this if you’re into trying a new brow set!

If you think any of these palettes are for you I highly recommend purchasing them. Did I mention shipping is free on orders of $25? I am not even kidding when I say their products – at least the ones I’ve tried so far – are totally worth checking out. If you’re looking for reviews on their highlighters or other palettes, my friend Denise wrote about them on on her blog, you can check them out here and here!

You can check out all of Makeup Revolution’s products on their website here! Let me know your thoughts on these palettes or any of their other products! I’d love some recommendations!

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
You can also find me on: 

*These products were sent for review purposes but all opinions are 100% my own.


Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers Review

Hello hello!

Today I will be sharing with you two fun matte lippies I’ve been wearing often! These are none other than Makeup Revolution’s Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers! Makeup Revolution is an affordable, cruelty free, London based brand and I am really glad they launched an online shop in the USA!

About the Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers
This description is directly from their website:
The versatility of a lipstick, the convenience of a gloss, and the longevity of a stain: Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer goes on as a liquid and dries down to a matte finish, providing intense, touch-proof color that lasts. 
One thing I would say about these lippies is to look for swatches! I almost always look for swatches but didn’t with either of these and boy was the website’s photos off! I bought the top one thinking it was more burgundy but it’s definitely more purple in real life. The second one slightly deeper on their website but it’s a brighter red in person. Luckily though, I ended up loving both even though I was looking for something else!
Until a couple weeks back, Makeup Revolution was only available on their main website (apart from stores in the UK) but they launched a USA website (free shipping on orders $25+) and is available on Ulta’s website as of a couple weeks now. Yay to no more international shipping fees!
I bought the top lip lacquer (Rebel) off of Ulta’s website a few weeks back and the bottom ( Keep Trying For You) off of their London based website a month or two ago.
Each Velvet Lip Lacquer costs $5, which I think is fairly price compared to other drugstore brands. US shipping is $4.95 or free on all orders $25+!
I really like the packaging of these lippies, I think they’re the perfect size – they’re a tiny bit sleeker and taller than the NYX Matte Lip Creams. I like that there’s a gold ring on the top of the bottle and right below the cap. 
These lippies have standard doe foot applicators and for me, applying these are easy. The formula doesn’t dry super quick and adding a second layer doesn’t make it streaky, patchy, or flakey for me – although I have heard the formula is flakey for some people. I always exfoliate my lips and apply lip balm before using these. 
Both of these have amazing pigmentation and they have a velvety/creamy texture. For me, these have the right amount of matte finishing. They’re not super drying and do require some touch up throughout the day but that wasn’t surprising since some of my high end matte lippies don’t have super strong lasting power either. 

Keep Trying For You is a red/orange but more red while Rebel is a purple/burgundy type color. Neither of these were what I thought they would look like when I picked them based on the website photos but I’m really happy with both! I reach for rebel more often than the other. 
I apologize for the horrible quality of the photos of how they look on my lips, weather has been horrible these past couple of weeks!
Keep Trying For You is on the left and Rebel is on the right. I swear it’s the sun that’s making my nose look two different colors! 
Overall Thoughts
I am really happy with these Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers, they don’t crack or dry out my lips like crazy and they last long enough for me! I hope they release a wider range of colors in the future because I would love to see more fall friendly colors! I definitely recommend giving these a try if you’re looking for velvety matte lippies. I would say to buy one first to see how the formula works with you since all products work differently on different types of people! 
Have you tried Makeup Revolution products before? Let me know some of your favorites!
Other Posts You May Enjoy:
You can also find me on: 

Summer Ulta Haul – A Collab With Beauty Beyond the Scale!

Hello beauties!

Ulta had a NYX sale and added Makeup Revolution to their website a few days back so I just knew I had to get my hands on some goodies! 

But what makes shopping more fun? When your friend does the same! My friend Denise, over at Beauty Beyond the Scale, and I did some shopping on Ulta’s website the same day last week and we thought it would be fun to do a haul collab! Denise blogs about all things beauty, fitness, fashion, and lifestyle. You should definitely giver her blog a read as she has tons of great, honest reviews and she’s nothing but kind and super sweet!
Ulta had all NYX products 40% off and everything I’ve wanted to try was in stock (for the first time ever!) so that’s what really made me want to pick up a few things. BTW I will have swatches of everything at the end of this post!
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo
Not going to lie, I only bought the NYX Matte Lip Creams because so many people were raving about them last year – especially Copenhagen and Transylvania. It took a while for me to get my hands on these since they were always sold out when I went to Ulta or Target. I think Monte Carlo and Copenhagen are nice colors but I really don’t like Transylvania on me. I also found it really streaky and difficult to work with. I’m debating on trying it out again or putting it in my shop on Edivv

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Chocolate Crepe
NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Black Cherry Tart
NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Toasted Marshmallow
I wanted to try these when they first came out but was waiting to catch them on a sale like this! My favorite out of these three is Toasted Marshmallow and I do like Black Cherry Tart but Chocolate Crepe is a huge no for me.I seriously don’t remember ordering Chocolate Crepe though, I swear I chose something pink but oh well..I think I’m going to play around with it before putting it up for trade. 
NYX Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish
This finishing spray was always sold out when I looked for it online and in stores. I’m glad I finally got my hands on it – and it came at a perfect time, I’m just about done with my Urban Decay All Nighter Spray so I’m curious to see how this one works compared to that!
NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Pitch Black
Another thing I wanted to try for a long time! I refrained from buying this for a while since it was a pricier drugstore product but I am so happy to finally own it! It’s super dark and creamy and it glides onto my waterline with minimal effort. I’ve used it for about a week now and it stays put ALL day! It does run a tiny bit but I can work with it considering nothing else stays put besides this and my Pacifica Eyeliner.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Medium
Maybelline was buy 1 get 1 50% off and I’ve been wanting to try this for so long since so many people love it. I don’t use concealer often 
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
I LOVE Maybelline’s color tattoos, they are perfect for a easy, quick look and lazy days – which is pretty much every day for me lol! I ordered a pink since I mainly own browns, blacks, and golds.
Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rebel
I am SO happy Ulta is selling Makeup Revolution because I really like their products but was trying to avoid international shipping costs. I really liked one of their Velvet Lip Lacquers from my last haul and wanted to try this. The formula is really decent for less than $5 – it’s long lasting, doesn’t dry out my lips and it’s super matte! I really want to own more wearable colors from their line but the ones I wanted were either sold out or not sold on Ulta’s website.

Here are swatches of all the lippies, eyeliner, and color tattoo!

So that’s it for my Summer Ulta Haul! Denise has tons of fun products in her haul – lots of goodies from Makeup Revolution and NYX:

  • Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights
  • Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights
  • Makeup Revolution in Radiant Lights
  • Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette
  • Essence Lip Liner in Satin Mauve
  • NYX Argan Oil All Over Balm
  • NYX Tres Jolie Gel Liner Pencil in Pitch Black
Be sure to check out her haul here!

Makeup Revolution Haul!

Hey hey hey! Hope everyone is enjoying Memorial Day!

So I’ve been wanting to try products from Makeup Revolution for a while – I saw so many great haul posts lately and had to place an order!

What I love about Makeup Revolution is that they’re affordable! I’ll have a breakdown of the costs in pounds and dollars below.

Full Go! Palette Collection  ₤8 | $11.99
I was having a hard time choosing which one to purchase so I thought I’d just buy the whole set! I’ll be gifting one of these to my cousin and one will be included in my giveaway! This was definitely a steal and I’m excited to see how they compare to some of the drugstore shadows I own. 
Lip Hug Collection – Pinks  ₤7.50 | $11.24
I bought this collection because I think it would be perfect for the spring! I haven’t tried any of the colors yet but I really love “Want to Leave?”. I’ll be adding a couple of these lippies into my giveaway as well!
Here’s a look at “Want to Leave?”:
The packaging is cute and I’m blown away with the price! Five lippies for less than $12 is a win for me! I saw pictures of the “Nude” collection and really hope to purchase it soon! 
Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in “You Took My Love” and “Keep Trying For You”  ₤3 | $4.50 each
These looked super pretty on the website and they’re just as gorgeous in real life! I only swatched the orangey-red one and it is SUPER PIGMENTED! I’m really tempted to purchase a few more – especially with their current promotion going on! Spend 25 pounds and they’ll add a gift worth 20 pounds! 
Amazing Lipstick in Reckless and Dazzle  ₤1 | $1.50 each

I <3 Makeup Lip Geek in Total Diva  ₤1.99 | $2.98 moral of this haul is I wanted to try a little bit of everything and I honestly did not realize how many reds/pinks I chose until I opened the box. The pink packaging is sooo pretty, I want them all just to put on display! 
Anywho..that is all I got from Makeup Revolution! All of the products cost less than $40 and shipping was about $11! I definitely will order from them again…I would love some fall friendly colors to experiment with in a few months! 
Have you tried Makeup Revolution before? What’s your favorite product by them?
Also, be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow – I will be launching my 1 Year Blogiversary Giveaway and a few products from this haul will be included!