Hi guys, today’s post is super duper exciting, it’s my long awaited 100 subscriber giveaway. I hit 100 subscribers well over a week ago but my Makeup Revolution parcel took longer than usual to arrive due to the bank holiday weekend over Easter.
*PLEASE NOTE – THE PRODUCTS YOU SEE IN THIS BLOGPOST ARE MY OWN, I PURCHASED TWO OF EVERYTHING SO I COULD SHOW YOU GUYS THE PRODUCTS BEFORE YOU WIN THEM, YOUR PRODUCTS ARE OBVIOUSLY UNOPENED*
This eyeshadow palette is an exact replica of Urban Decay’s Naked 1. Below I swatched this palette (the top line) with Naked 1 (the bottom line) and you can see that it is essentially the same! The colours are pigmented, creamy and a doddle to blend. I created three different looks using the Naked 1 palette in a blogpost last year which you could easily recreate using this palette.

Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant

The shimmer brick is a new release from Makeup Revolution and was made as a dupe for the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick. You can use the shades individually or swish your brush around and use a mix.  It can be used as a highlighter or as a shimmery bronzer. The swatches on the top line show the shades individually and the bottom swipe shows a mix of all five.

The One Blush Stick in Rush
Cream blushes are so natural yet take minimal blending. This is a beautiful pink shimmery shade that would suit any skin tone. The formula of these blush sticks are amazing, so creamy yet pigmented.
Rose Gold Lipsticks in Chauffeur, Red Carpet and Diamond Life
First off, can we take a minute to appreciate the packaging of these lipsticks, they’re a cross between Mac with the bullet shape and Charlotte Tilbury with the stunning rose gold packaging.
The formula of these lipsticks is like creme sheen from Mac – super moisturising. The colour is pigmented, but one coat allows a subtle lip colour but it layers up beautifully to allow a more intense version.

 

I chose a staple nude and a classic red as everybody needs those two essentials in their makeup collection. I chose the berry shade as it’s fun and people may not purchase this shade for themselves but if they won it in a giveaway they could give it a whirl and love it!
The wonderful Alice from DaintyAlice made me this for my giveaway! This is the image you need to repost to qualify for the reposting an image on instagram enteries.
Terms and Conditions 
  • Open to the UK only (I would love to do an international giveaway in the future, but sorry, this one is only UK)
  • This giveaway will run for one week from 12.00am on Monday 11th April 2016 to 12.00am on Monday 18th April 2016.
  • The winner will be contacted and if they don’t respond in 48 hours a new winner will be randomly generated.

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Cue the soppy sentimental shiz*. But seriously… every single one of you who reads my blogposts, comments on them or subscribes means the absolute world to me. Some people may not host giveaways for the right reasons eg just to gain more subscribers but from the bottom of my heart I promise I only have good intentions and just want to give back to you all. When times have been tough, I’ve fixated on my blog, channeling all my thoughts into it to distract myself from other stuff that’s going on in my life. Blogging means so much more to me than just the number of subscribers but it is nice to know that your hard work is being appreciated and consumed. The best thing about gaining subscribers for me is the increased engagement, I still get butterflies when an email pings through that somebody has commented on one of my blogposts, I love replying to all your comments so so so much! 100 subscribers may be a fractional amount to some bloggers but I am absolutely overwhelmed and delighted by reaching this milestone.
Comment down below which product you would most like to win from this giveaway and why?
Ruby Red Roses xoxo

Hi guys, for today’s post I thought I would share with you how I wash my makeup brushes and beauty blender.  Everybody has their different techniques so I thought I would share mine with you incase you’re looking to change up how you wash your brushes as this works great for me.

I was going to do a makeup brush collection alongside a wash routine but I thought the post would just be far too long. So in this post I am going to show how I wash my brushes but in a future blogpost I will share my makeup brush collection with you all.

To wash my brushes I use Johnson’s baby shampoo as it’s super gentle so I know it won’t damage my brushes. 

I squeeze a small amount of shampoo into my palm, dilute it with some lukewarm water then swirl my brush in it – this releases the product trapped inside. I then continue swirling my brush on my hand under the running tap to allow the product to wash away. 
To clean my beauty blender I rub shampoo into the surface before repeatedly squeezing under running water. I keep doing this until it looks orange again and not a muddy brown colour. 
*I bought a new beauty blender the day after taking these photographs because I realised mine looked a bit worse for wear*

I lay out my brushes out on a flannel with the bristles hanging over the edge to allow them to dry better. I leave them overnight so they are fully dry for doing my makeup the next day.

The following day once my brushes are all dry, I clean the handles using baby wipes as they tend to get a bit grubby from foundation, concealer etc.
So here’s my brushes all lovely and clean, I generally try and clean my brushes every week but its been at least a month since I last cleaned them, awful I know.
Thanks for reading, I thought this might be a helpful post and might motivate you to clean your makeup brushes if you’re procrastinating and constantly putting it off. Cleaning my brushes on a Sunday is my favourite as I love having fresh brushes for Monday, it makes me feel like I’ve started the week right.
How do you clean your makeup brushes and/or beauty blender?

Ruby Red Roses xoxo

Hi guys, for today’s post I had an idea to create a recipe incorporating leftover Easter chocolate, I in fact bought my Easter chocolate from the reduced aisle as my gifted chocolate didn’t last past the bank holiday weekend! This is the simplest and quickest recipe for fudge you will ever find and it’s extremely likely you will already have these ingredients in your cupboard.


Ingredients
  • 1 (397g) tin of condensed milk
  • 240g milk chocolate
  • Leftover Easter chocolate 




Method
Step 1) Line a baking tray with foil, make sure you leave some extra hanging over the edges to make lifting your fudge out the tray easier.




Step 2) Break your chocolate into chunks and put it in a microwave safe bowl with the condensed milk.



Step 3) Microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until chocolate is melted and combined with the condensed milk.



Step 4) Pour into your prepared tray.



Step 5) Top your fudge with your leftover Easter chocolate. I opted for a Lindt chocolate bunny broken up in shards with galaxy golden eggs cut up then sprinkled on top. I love how effective the golden eggs are, it looks like gold leaf to me, but a much cheaper and tastier alternative!




Step 6) Place in the fridge, ideally overnight, to make sure it is fully set.



Step 7) Cut up into chunks and enjoy!





This is such a rich and decedent fudge yet you wouldn’t believe how quick it is to make! After seeing this microwave fudge recipe who would dream of slaving over the stove for hours with a candy thermometer. 

What is your favourite Easter chocolate? Mine is definitely Cadbury’s creme eggs which you would know if you read my March favourites as I raved about them.

Ruby Red Roses xoxo