Who knew staying at home for an extended amount of time would bring about some realizations about life? For me, it has been three months of quarantine life since it first began back in March. Today I woke up to the news that a second wave of coronavirus has started in my city. Of course people what did you expect to happen! I know many people have been going out and about and for some time it felt that we could somehow get back with our “normal” way of life. It would have been great expect that precautions were ignored so now we will have to deal with the consequences.
Back to the topic for today though, I thought I would share some interesting things and realizations about life I have learned from these few months of staying at home.
Welcome back to Chic Neat and Sweet! Today is a review for a drugstore eyeshadow palette that has blown my mind! I will be sharing my thoughts on this drugstore product as well as a tutorial on a simple eye look using this palette.
Makeup Revolution Forever Flawless Shadow Palette in Optimum
First off the packaging is stunning. The case is made of tin so it is quite sturdy. The cover has a beautiful gray pattern and the word Revolution has raised letters. I think it makes the palette look more high end and doesn’t feel/look like the typical drugstore eye palette which I really liked.
Inside is a FULL sized mirror! This is a huge plus because it is so convenient when applying eye makeup. Another thing I really liked is that there are shimmer and matte shadows. 10 shimmer and 8 matte shadows.
The shadows are very pigmented. Like a lot. I loved that because the shadows also blend with each other really nicely. The matte shadows are soft and easy to blend but make sure to tap your brush once to avoid too much product in one area. As with any shadow there will be fallout meaning the shadow may fall on other places besides your eye. There is a some amount of fallout when applying the shadows. This isn’t a big deal to me but it is better to do your eye makeup before the face makeup. Even my LORAC palette which was $40 has fallout.
The shimmer shades are also great quality and apply beautifully. The shimmer shadows don’t have as much fallout and are soft/creamy when you apply them. I always use my finger vs a brush because you can precisely apply the shimmer.
Swatches of Capital, Energy, Own and Choice.
The dark navy shade (Maximum) is a little hard to work with as it is not as soft or pigmented when swatching. But that is the only shade that was like that.
All the colors are so beautiful and I have created many eye looks from simple/day time to smoky eyes. I loved the colors because they are unique and I don’t have any like these. I mostly go for the warm toned palettes but this was still a great choice and I use most of the shadows too.
This palette is for $15.00 USD. I bought it at Ulta and used a coupon for $3.50 off a purchase of $15.00 or more. You get a sturdy case, a full sized mirror, and 18 shadows.
They have 7 more palettes with different colors and tones which you can see here on Ulta’s website. The palette I bought is not listed on Ulta’s website so here it is on Makeup Revolutions website.
Eye shadow tutorial using the palette
Step 1 – Apply “Capital” shade all over eyelid
Step 2 – Apply “Own” shade all over eyelid and crease. Make a winged effect and bring out the shadow to the corner.
Step 3 – Apply shimmer “Choice” shade to the outer corner and middle of the eyelid only.
Step 4 – Apply “Energy” shimmer to the inner eye and blend with the shade “Choice”
Step 5 – Use an angled eyeshadow brush to make a winged liner with the black shade “Onyx”. Start at the outer corner and angle upwards. Also line the eyes with that same shadow. Blend using a fluffy brush and that is the look!
I absolutely loved this palette and for the price I think is a great addition to my eyeshadow collection. Definitely check out the other palettes in the Forever Flawless collection because there are so many color options from cool tones to warm, neutral, and even rainbow!
Check out this review on another eye palette by Makeup Revolution for only $7!
Today I want to talk about a book I recently read called The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha. I want to share what I learnt from the book because it is so important! In the book, the author outlines nine secrets that will make you happy. I want to share the first thing which isContinue reading “Why Being Happy = Success”
Little fears within us are detrimental to living our lives to the full potential. We all have fears in life whether they are small or big, fears often leave a lasting impact. It can stop you from dreaming big (fear of failure) or fear can stop you from speaking up when you see something wrong.Continue reading “Push past your fears to see your potential”
Hey everyone! Makeup is my happy word, so when I see great products under $5.00 you know I’m going to try it out! The prices will vary depending on the store. The same product can be more or less based on your location as well. For drugstore brands I think these products give the high end brands a run for their money. If you love a good deal and great makeup keep reading for some goodies!
Here are five makeup products under $5 that I love! Also each product title is linked so feel free to check them out.
I had purchased this lip color because it was on sale at Walgreens. I thought hey why not? I love me a sale! I didn’t expect to love this product at all! It is matte, super lightweight and comfortable as the product claims. Goes on your lips very smoothly. I bought the colors Hickory Smoked which is a cool toned red and Lie Lack which is a pastel purple. I will say it is not long lasting but it does leave a very natural stain on your lips. 10/10 for me!
This was my first bronzer/contour powder and I have used it so many times since I bought it. About two years and still I haven’t hit pan! The powder itself is very finely milled and smooth. The one side is for contour and the other half is a setting powder which has a slight yellow undertone. Very great quality for the price. The shade I have is Caramel Toffee.
Back when I first started using makeup, I would use this powder religiously on my oily teenage skin. True to its name, the matte powder will take away all the unwanted shine. I recommend this powder for anyone looking to set their makeup for a flawless finish.
This concealer is a cult favorite in the beauty community. The concealer is very full coverage and thick enough to hid your dark circles and more. I have the shade medium beige. There are color correctors as well in the range. I don’t use this often as I like a more natural concealer now. I recommend to start with less to avoid creasing due to the thick consistency.
For a drugstore brand, this highlighter is very pigmented. I love the colors and the blinding highlighter effect is so there! But if you don’t want it that strong, it is buildable so start with a little! Honestly, when I compare it to my Becca highlighter, the wet n wild one is a strong competitor.
I hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have tried any of these products or what your favorite under $5 products are?
Thank you for reading and until next time don’t forget to stay Chic Neat and Sweet!
How many of us actually follow a morning routine? I think for Generation X and Z, we have a hustle mindset and love being busy. Do you agree?
In recent years though, and especially with being in lockdown/quarantine, many of us have started to adopt a slower way of living.
It is really refreshing and I feel so much healthier because I have started to nourish my body with healthy foods. I have incorporated daily meditation for my mind. Lastly, I have begun listening to myself, my soul.
I find myself wasting my precious time in the morning on my phone too often. Quite frankly, routines have never been easy to follow. Until now.
I have actually started to enjoy my morning ritual. I no longer feel drained or foggy in the morning and it is all because of a ritual that feeds my mind, body, and soul.
Why should you follow a morning ritual?
When you take care of you, everything else works itself out. You can’t tend to others, if you don’t tend to yourself first. Just like you can’t save others lives unless you first put on your oxygen mask.
A ritual doesn’t have to be complicated as you will see in the post. It really takes a small amount of your time in the morning to see the benefits of your ritual.
*Sleep around the same time consistently. This is going to help you feel refreshed and not groggy.
*Keep your phone away in another room preferably. Out of sight, out of mind. This way you won’t spend time on your phone.
*Keep curtains open to let sunshine in the morning. This has been so helpful for me to wake up earlier naturally without an alarm clock. Let the light wake you up!
My morning ritual takes about 15 to 20 mins. I know that as a student I have more time now as school as ended.
Wash my face with water
Drink one glass of hot water
Sit outside in the sunshine while drinking chai
5 minute morning yoga to stretch out body and get out of sleepy mode and ready to start the day
Set 3 achievable goals for the day
Mind + Body + Soul = Your Morning Ritual
To make a ritual that is right for you and your lifestyle is key. It should feel natural and not forced. Remember that the time you make for yourself in the morning, enables you to carry out your responsibilities.
Ideas for your morning ritual
Meditate for 5-10 minutes
Journal thoughts, dreams, worries
Choose an intention for your day (examples: clam, productivity, focus)
Write down 3 realistic/achievable goals for the day
Reflect on the pervious day
Listen to music to uplift you
Eat fruits for breakfast
Drink hot water to rehydrate
Sit outside in the sunshine for Vitamin D
Take a brisk walk without your phone
When I say soul, I mean your inner self. The person you are when no one is around. If we constantly keep ignoring or denying our gut feelings, your soul is what gets affected. Along the lines of the saying “Be yourself”, you can incorporate small activities that YOU want to do. What feels right for you? Most often what feels right for others in their morning rituals is not going to always feel right for you.
For example, I love having my morning cup of chai. But “experts” would say that a filling breakfast is the best thing for a successful day. I listen to myself and act accordingly. I drink chai because it is what I want and I still have an amazing day. So for your soul, do one thing that feels right for you!
I hope you enjoyed reading! Tell me what you do in the mornings? Is it easy for you to follow a routine?
Thank you for reading and until next time don’t forget to stay Chic Neat and Sweet!