Beauty: Hourglass vs Makeup Revolution Highlighting Palettes

My favourite bit of makeup has to be my Hourglass Ambient Light palette. Eye-wateringly expensive of course, but the airbrushed finish of my skin makes it worthwhile. I dread hitting pan as 50+ is more than I can justify, even the £37 or so for a full-sized single makes me want to cry. So it goes without saying that when I saw Makeup Revolution had released a dupe, I was very interested. When it finally appeared in store I snapped one up…and here’s the comparison.

 photo c8d7f898-a01d-4847-8b80-fd9ca2dd30e0_zpskza2dyde.jpg photo 27b43a1b-950f-496e-a626-4ce6841926a3_zpsbojexo46.jpgFirst off, packaging. Maybe it’s just me, but the few products I’ve had from Makeup Revolution have had dreadful packaging. Far too stiff to open without wrecking my nails, until the hinge snaps. This is no different – though the hinge hasn’t snapped in the first week of use. The Hourglass palette is very obviously more high-end, though it shows fingerprints like crazy and is a bit scratched up after five months of near daily use.

 photo 28117cae-9022-4dde-b67d-2f2a127ac51a_zpstywdkj1e.jpg photo 21e7c5df-0d70-49d9-8a73-4d4ac06a3d2c_zpsydkiroye.jpgUsing the palettes, it’s impressive just how close they are in consistency, thus proving that you really don’t need to spend a lot to get the lit-from-within glow I crave so much. That said, the Makeup Revolution shades just aren’t quite there, and there’s a LOT more shimmer present. Hourglass powders tend towards the cooler tones which suit me a lot more, Makeup Revolution is undeniably warmer in tone. Whilst appearing too orange on me now, I’m pretty sure it will get much more use over the summer. The shimmer is the deal breaker. Glowy and radiant, I can use the Hourglass palette to set my whole face. No such luck with the cheaper palette, though it’s perfect as a highlight, or for a more in-your-face night out look.

 photo 9ad30fad-a5d2-4de1-9d83-4ce2eefc1a9f_zpsisu3znle.jpgIf you have a darker skin tone than me (i.e. aren’t a ghost who can’t even find a Nars foundation pale enough), if your skin leans more warm-toned, if you don’t mind shimmer, save yourself £48 and pick up the Makeup Revolution version. I’ll definitely use it, and at £8 I do like it, but it’s not a replacement for my Hourglass palette. Although I’ll probably just pick up a single when I hit pan and combine useage of the two…

Remember, if you do want to splurge on any high-end item it’s always a good idea to check offers – this is a fantastic site that lets you do just that!

Have your tried either of this products? What’s your favourite highlighter?

Beauty: Budget Facemasks for Sensitive Skin

My skin is strangely sensitive. It isn’t (overly) spotty if you ignore the hormonal breakout that occurs with impressive regularity, but it definitely objects to certain ingredients. I’ve not managed to quite work out all of these ingredients, although one of them appears to be Vitamin E oil – strange I know, but this brings sore, swollen eczema-like patches all over my face. Ever-so attractive of course. Now, in the past six months or so I’ve loved nothing more than snuggling up to a #lbloggers chat whilst pampering myself with a face mask. It’s the perfect chance to treat any issues my skin decides to present (which varies from oily blackheads, to hormonal pimples, to dry patches), and I’ve managed to try a few different masks. You can read about my Lush experience here, but here’s my latest loves and hates.

 photo dec2879f-3ec2-47a9-b769-b0717ac569f0_zps011d59aa.jpgMy favourite mask of the bunch just so happens to be the first one I ever purchases. Bodyshop’s Warming Mineral mask is very spa-like – smells gorgeous (a little spicy) with just the right amount of warming to feel tingly without worrying my face will fall off. It’s a little difficult to rinse off, but the results are worth it. Any muck is drawn out of pores, and my skin is left feel soft. It is a little drying, but I’ve found even if I don’t moisturise and go off to bed my skin is fine the next day. I’ve also found that I get little spots if I don’t use this at least twice a week, so it’s now firmly in my bathroom for after-hairwash use. Love love this one!

 photo 8955f3a5-a301-4212-8a6d-b1f5409204fd_zps3bc5f81a.jpgNow it’s on to the hates. I was probably inappropriately excited when I found out Aldi were releasing two facemasks. Something affordable and that I can pick up on my weekly shop, what more could I want?! The first disappointment was the price. They were £3.99 which I felt was a little pricey for Aldi. The boxes seemed big enough though, so I trundled off to the tills with both in my basket. Second disappointment? The size of the actual bottles. These are pretty tiny, and I can’t say I’m impressed. Most of the money seems to go on the brush, which in my opinion is just a gimmick. The worst thing though was the reaction I had to the Nutri-Build-Up mask – a bright red face, swelling, itchy and a lot of discomfort. If I’m being kind, it did leave my skin nice and soft, but so, so, so not worth it. I’m now scared of trying the Anti-Fatigue one, has anyone tried it?!

 photo 86ce84e2-3617-4f75-b418-9be7ad7aea25_zps719e33ce.jpgI always want to finish on a high note, so now I’ll talk about my latest purchase – Bodyshop’s Aloe Protective Restoring Facemask. A bit of a mouthful to say, but (other than the play-doh scent) it’s comes with a definitely highly recommended by me! Moisturising without making me feel oily, this is great for repairing my skin after several days in the air-conditioned office. This is my favourite for relaxing in as it doesn’t need to be washed off, I also tend to apply a small amount before bed instead of a moisturiser which is working well. So it is possible – a moisturising mask that doesn’t cause breakouts, don’t aggravate sensitive skin, and doesn’t break the bank compared to some I could name…a winner in my eyes!

What facemasks do you use?