Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation has just reinforced the brands wonderful reputation, and this is yet another new product from them to become a definite favourite of mine! Well Done Makeup Revolution!!
“A rose gold surprise, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between four shimmer shades, pale pink, rose pink, dark rose gold and dark rose brown, plus a matte rose brown. Create a radiant glow with the light and medium rose gold highlighter duo.”
This miraculous egg is packed with stunning rose gold eyeshadow shades, with a matte warm chocolate to blend out the beautiful shimmers. The dark rose brown shimmer is a tone that is rare and beautiful, it is a stunning crossover between bronze and rose gold and looks incredible. The other three shimmer shades are equally as amazing, and bringing all of these shades together is a match made in heaven! There is also a beautiful soft beige highlighter and a bright glowing champagne to compliment. Just looking at the shades together in the “egg” brings up so much excitement for those glowing rose gold makeup looks. Absolutely gorgeous!
I Heart Revolution Surprise Gold
“A golden surprise, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between three matte brown shadows, one light, medium and dark, plus two stunning shimmer browns. Get a golden glow with the two highlighters included, a yellow gold and soft bronze gold.”
The leading role in this particular egg goes to the blinding yellow gold highlighter. It is beyond a winner! Such a rich tone of gold, it gives a radiant sunkissed golden highlight without leaving a yellow cast underneath. It’s genius! This is paired with a stunning – actually almost rose gold – highlighter with a bronze subtle sheen. The eyeshadows in this keep to a more neutral colour palette, with three matte shades to build up a stunning soft brown look. The shimmers are quite different from eachother, but blend together beautifully to give a smooth gradient effect. The darker of the two is more of an olive toned brown, while the lighter keeps that rose glow to pair perfectly with the highlighter.
I Heart Revolution Dragon
“A surprise fit for a dragon, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between three shimmer shadows, a fiery red, a gorgeous gold and a beautiful bronze, plus two matte brown shades. Including two warm and cool highlighters.”
This egg is simply gorgeous – and probably my favourite if I had to choose one. The rich eyeshadows include beautiful red tones in both a matte finish and a gorgeous burnt toned shimmer. The other copper and gold shimmers show this off beautifully, and the soft matte brown blends these out like a dream. Surprisingly, the highlighters are more neutral toned, both a simple champagne with one warmer tone and one cooler tone. With the bold eyeshadows, these subtle highlighters make this collection all about showing off those beautiful burnt fiery shades.
I am sure it is now obvious that the packaging for these palettes is in the form of eggs. However, said “eggs” are so shiny and mesmerizing I love having these out on show – all the time! Luckily the 3 I chose fit together perfectly and I am actually able to make a display out of them!
Their size makes them perfect for travelling, and although they are plastic they are super strong and sturdy. The colour pay off is incredible, so pigmented and easy to blend. The highlighters are not over the top allowing you to build them up to the intensity you are looking for, and they sit well on top of foundation – although I would suggest using a powder before applying to make the blending process even more seamless. But! These eyeshadows really are just something else. The colour collections are perfect and every single shade is wearable for so many different eye looks. You literally only need the egg!
Another fantastic bonus to these is that they are priced at £5.00. That’s actually cheaper than buying an Easter egg – and I know what I would prefer!!
I am so excited to be collaborating with LivOliv and have chosen one of their gorgeous Gift Boxes to dive into! There are 2 variations of gift boxes depending on which size of nail polish you would like, and for this review I have the 10ml Version priced at £29.99. Individually, the nail polishes are £8.99 for a 10ml bottle – although if you are wanting to try out various shades there are also 5ml options for just £4.99! The Gift Boxes include 3 nail polishes of your choice, along with a hand cream (usually £7.50) and cuticle oil (usually £3.99) – again both of your choice! The value of this gift box is incredible, and being able to completely personalize its’ contents is amazing!
LivOliv breaks down its huge selection of shades into categories, and as I am obsessed with all things bronze I chose my 3 colours from the Brown & Copper selection.
The application of these nail polishes is an absolute dream. They are the perfect consistency – not too thick making it difficult to get a smooth application, but also thick enough to have complete control. The pigment is beautiful, and 2 coats gives a stunning full coverage finish. Another thing that I love is the drying time! I am quite an impatient person when it comes to drying nail varnish, but these polishes dry within minutes making it super easy to apply a quick second coat and be done! The shine of these are incredible, and LivOliv also has Top and Base Coats (including a Matte Top Coat!) along with a Nail Polish Thinner to replace the ingredients that evaporate when older polishes become a little “tired”.
Hand Cream and Cuticle Oil
For my Gift Box I chose the Sweet Orange and Rose hand cream, with the matching Cuticle Oil with Rose Oil. Starting with the hand cream, the packaging is so chic! It comes in a twist top tin and looks so elegant. The consistency of this is on the thicker side, and feels intensely nourishing and luxurious. The scent is exactly as imagined, a subtle sweet orange undertone with a feminine rose fragrance to top it off. Delicious! Because of its thick consistency a little goes a very long way, so it really will last for ages. It soaks into the skin beautifully, leaving hands soft and moisturized but not tacky or sticky.
The Cuticle Oil with Rose Oil is a new favourite in my beauty routine which is a welcome surprise. I am usually one to forget about using a cuticle oil, but this smells so delectable it is so addictive! You can see the results instantly with this, and the results last. It makes nails looks so healthy and genuinely cared for, and melts into the cuticles leaving behind a stunning glow and subtle rose scent. The packaging of this is genius, a “clicker” style brush that makes application so easy and clean – no mess or product wastage!
I am so happy to have found LivOliv. The quality of their products is just incredible for such an affordable price. They also stock natural handmade soaps from Lucy’s Soap Kitchen which look so indulgent!
I am beyond impressed with all of the products I have tried so far, and their shade selection of nail polishes is ridiculously brilliant. There is literally a shade for every occasion or style – I can’t wait to build up my collection!
Using oils as hair masks and treatments is so much more beneficial than using a typical hair mask. The results from using oils are incredible. They repair damaged ends, sooth the scalp, give incredible shine and so much more. Apply oil all over your hair before you are going to wash it, concentrating on the ends and then massaging the rest into your scalp (above). Leave for as long as you are able (overnight if you can), then wash your hair as normal. Coconut oil is my personal favourite, but using castor oil on your scalp will help to get the circulation flowing. Most cruelty free brands will also have some sort of hair oil (cruelty free brand list at the bottom of the post), and honestly the more you can use the better!
Does Trimming Hair Make It Grow Faster?
No, no it doesn’t. Cutting the ends off of your hair will in no way make it come out of your head any quicker. However, trimming your hair will make it get LONGER faster. If your ends are split or dry, they will break off. As an example, if your hair grows ½ inch per month but also snaps off ½ inch per month, it isn’t going to get any longer, whereas if you trim off less than it grows you will gain length a lot faster! A comment I have heard a lot is “my hair has stopped growing” – no, no it hasn’t. If you colour your hair and still get roots it has not stopped growing – chances are it is just breaking off as much if not more than it grows so isn’t getting any longer.
Repair Damaged Hair
You don’t necessarily have to cut off your ends every 6 weeks if you are trying to grow your hair, but you definitely do have to look after it. As mentioned above using oil treatments will help to prevent breakage and can even repair ends over a period of time. BUT, and here is the kicker, the biggest form of damage to hair is from heat. So if you are serious about wanting to repair your hair and grow it longer faster, using heat is a straight up no no. Straighteners and tongs etc are hard to give up, so if this is something you will find difficult at least just try to cut it down to special occasions. Believe it or not, natural healthy hair is always beautiful – frizziness is caused by dryness and damage. So while you may feel like your hair looks better when its straightened, every time you use them you are making your situation a whole lot worse. Imagine putting your hand inside the straightener? It burns! Just think what that’s doing to your hair.
With frazzled ends and straighteners it’s a bit of a downward spiral. We all know that straighteners will smooth out frizzy damaged ends, but it is burning it even more every time so will just keep breaking and getting shorter regardless of how many oils or treatments you use. Heat protection sprays are an absolute must if you do use heat occasionally, but still think about whether you would trust it to protect your skin when touching an iron!? If you have short snapped pieces (these are usually around the face at the front) then do not use heat to try and hide them. Tuck them behind your ear if you can or use hairspray if needed to blend them in. If you don’t particularly like your natural hair (at the moment, because trust me once it’s healthy you will!) then there are hundreds of heatless hairstyles and hacks to help while you’re healing your hair. Pinterest and YouTube are great for these. And if you are a curly girl like me, embrace it! Some of my favourites are the Osmo Curl Collection, Lush Cosmetics Curly Wurly & the Shea Moisture Curl & Shine range. Starting my curly journey was the best thing I ever did for my hair!
Another thing that should probably go without saying, is to avoid damaging colours on your hair. If this is something you will struggle with, try using toning shampoos to stretch out your colour for as long as possible. Another of my favourtie collections is the Maria Nila Colour Refreshers, these are fantastic for stopping you getting bored with your colour and will do absolutely no damage whatsoever.
Supplements & Diets
Using supplements can work to increase hair growth, but tread carefully. There are a lot of companies claiming to sell “miracle” tablets that will give you long hair almost instantly, but this won’t be the case. The main ingredient in these products is Biotin, which by itself does work and is a lot cheaper to buy in its own form than with a mix of other ingredients in fancy packaging. I myself have used Biotin and can vouch for it, it works. Just bare in mind that it works everywhere! To help my hair grow faster I was willing to shave my legs twice as often – but this will depend on how far you want to go for Rapunzel locks!
It should go without saying really, but diet and general health do have a big part to play in the health and growth of your hair. Drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep (things we should all do anyway!) will make a difference to not only your hair but your skin and overall state of mind.
So with this motivation, Go Go Go!!
To Grow Hair Faster :
Use stimulating shampoos with deep conditioners
Have your ends trimmed or use oils and treatments regularly – with lots of massaging!
Care for your hair – don’t burn it! Treat your hair how you want it to treat you!
Take care of your diet and health in general.
It is possible to grow your hair faster, and once you get into the swing of things it really is noticeable pretty quickly! But don’t buy into “miracle” brands, just be smart and treat your hair with the respect it deserves – it will serve you well!
Welcome to Belles Bunnies! Cruelty Free Cosmetics! Belles Bunnies is first a foremost a source for cruelty free cosmetics. As a hairdresser and salon owner for over 10 years, I have now been fortunate enough to follow my life long dream and make the career change to work with animals. However after discovering just how many brands still test their products on animals, I began a mission of changing what I use and who I buy from to make sure none of the cosmetics I use were tested on animals or would I be supporting the brands that still do – but this was harder than it sounds! Trying to find out which companies test on animals became quite a challenge, and while there were some sites offering information lists of cruelty free brands these were primarily brands sold in America or Europe, and trying to get hold of these was a task in itself!
So! I decided to set up Belles Bunnies with cruelty free brand lists and products, along with product reviews and much more based on brands and products that can actually be found easily in the UK. I know I could have done with this info when I was transitioning, so I hope you find some of this this helpful, and please feel free to comment, make requests or ask any questions!