About a year ago, the brand Makeup Revolution had only just started and I didn't believe that they'd end up so popular now. Literally every beauty blogger has been obsessing over their amazing products at low prices and the apparent dupes amongst their collection. After looking over their stand countless times, I decided to try their Ultra Blush Palette in Hot Spice. It was a product that I'd heard a lot about, so I was really excited to use it. Anyway, here's what I thought of it.

The palette is packaged in black, glossy plastic, which definitely makes it look more expensive than the £4 it cost. It's sleek and looks professional, but can become covered in fingerprints easily, which is the only negative. Inside, there are 8 beautiful blushers, 6 of which are bold mattes and 2 are shimmering baked blushers. It also has a huge mirror, which is extremely convenient for travelling.

Out of the 6 matte blushers, the colour range is great and there is a lot on offer, from a peachy terracotta to a bold baby pink. I was actually surprised by this, as on the website they all looked really similar and nowhere near as pretty as they are in real life. Another thing which took me by surprise was the size of the blushers, as they are really generous for a budget palette.

The application of the matte blushers is very nice and you can definitely create a lot of looks with them. Some of them are initially more pigmented than others when they're first applied, but you can still blend them out for a subtler blush. They are also extremely buildable and can be layered up for a statement look.

The 2 baked blushers are pretty, one being a coral pink and the other being a subtle, silvery shimmer. They are both beautiful colours that would look great paired with one of the matte blushers. However, I don't think that they'd be as good on their own, due to them not being extremely pigmented. There is a slight bit of colour but it isn't comparable to the matte blushers. A nice alternative to using them as a blusher is putting them on the tops of the cheekbones, like a highlighter, as this looks lovely.

Overall, I love this palette and I think that it's a great offer, especially for those of you starting with makeup or trying to save money. The matte blushers are gorgeous and the baked blushers look equally pretty as highlighters. This product has a professional feel to it and is of a great quality, so I'd definitely urge you to buy it.

If you've tried this palette before, I'd love to know what you thought of it and let me know your opinions down in the comments. I hope you liked this post and I'll definitely be posting more product reviews in the future, so you'll have to stay tuned to see them. That's all from me today and I'll see you soon!

Love from Daisy x
I love writing book reviews for my blog and sharing those that I've recently read and enjoyed, but I've never shown you my book wishlist. There are so many books that I want to read, but I picked just a few from the extremely long list to share with you and hopefully persuade you to read, so I hope you like this post!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
When Roby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they can't control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
This book is one that is extremely popular amongst YA fiction enthusiasts, so much so that it feels like I'm the only person that hasn't read it yet. It is a science fiction dystopian novel, which is a genre that I'm really into, so I can tell that I'm going to like it. The plot sounds intriguing and like nothing I've read before, which is why I'm so eager to read it. After being rated 4.9 out of 5, I know that it must definitely be worth reading and hope that I'll be able to read it in the future.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. 
This book was actually first published in 1993, but has recently gained popularity and is again highly acclaimed as one of the best young adult sci-fi books. I feel like the description is quite brief and doesn't tell you too much, which has drawn me in and made me want to read this book a lot. It;s described as being complex, challenging and addictive, so I can't wait to try out this book!

Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling
Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But Yves turns out to be more than just a target. He is her destiny. Her soulmate. The Community owns Phoenix's past and it wants her future too. Can Phoenix save the boy she loves . . . and herself?
I read the previous book in the series, entitled Finding Sky, and I was blown away by how good it actually was. I wasn't expecting much but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and thought that it was similar to something I'd write myself. Joss' writing allows you to fully get to know the characters, with more contemporary elements shining through compared to other books, so I'm looking forward to seeing where the next book leads them and continuing with this gripping story.

The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth, to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. After meeting Prince Maxton, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself and realizes that the life she's always dreamt of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Honestly, this isn't a book that I'd usually go for, but after hearing such good reviews of it I thought it would be worth a try. It's clear from the description that fantasy and romance are key themes of the novel, with an underlying story that is really interesting and intricate. From what I've heard, the characters are detailed and the authors was of writing keeps you on edge the whole time. I know that people either really like this book or hate it, so I'll be reading this with an open mind and hoping that it takes me by surprise.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The faction-based society that Tris once knew is fractured by violence and power struggles; scarred by loss and betrayal. When offered a chance to explore past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. But her new reality is more alarming than the previous. Old discoveries are rendered meaningless. Explosive truths change the hearts of those she loved. Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature, while facing choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.  
I can't believe I still haven't finished Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series, since I fell in love with the previous books. Set in a dystopian world, this science fiction book follows Tris Prior and what it's like being divergent, which is an interesting concept unique to this book. Veronica's writing isn't incredibly challenging, but I don't mind as much as I can fully absorb myself in the adventures in post-apocalyptic Chicago and learn to love the characters. I've actually started this book, so I'll let you know what I thought of the final book in this powerful and compelling trilogy.

I hope you liked seeing what books I currently want to read and I'd love to know what you thought if you've read any of them. I really enjoyed writing this post and will hopefully be doing similar posts in the future, so make sure you let me know if you'd like that. Also, it'd be great if you could recommend any other books to me, as I'm always looking for new books to try. Thanks for reading and I'll see you on Sunday!

Love from Daisy x

All images are from goodreads.com
I'm back with another post based around my makeup brushes, since they're something that I use frequently yet rarely mention on my blog. I love the Real Techniques brushes for various reasons and feel that they deserve this recognition. My previous post was about the Core Collection of face brushes and it was greatly received by all of my readers, so I thought I'd continue with this style of post. I hope you like it!

The 'Eye Starter Set' from Real Techniques consists of five brushes; a base eyeshadow brush, a crease brush, an accent brush, a fine liner brush and an angled brush. Each one of these has multiple purposes and can be used in a variety of different ways, which is part of the reason why I've been loving them. Like other Real Techniques brushes, they are recognisable by their coloured, aluminium handles, these ones being purple, which I love as they stand out and are interesting.

One of the main reasons why the Real Techniques brushes are really popular is due to how soft they are. The bristles are synthetic and smooth, allowing you to apply eyeshadow to create a flawless look. They can be cleaned easily without any bristles falling out, which is due to their amazing quality. Here is a breakdown of each brush, with a mini-review:

Base Shadow Brush - 'Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of colour.' This brush is truly the perfect eyeshadow brush. The bristles are really soft and not at all scratchy, but they still pick up a considerable amount of eyeshadow. I usually use it for applying a base shadow, but it could be used anywhere on the eye to give an amazing result. I love using this brush because it makes applying eyeshadow extremely easy, looking even and flawless.

Deluxe Crease Brush - 'Soft, over sized design for effortless contouring.' Like the previous brush, this is incredibly soft and applies eyeshadow really well. I like to use this for applying my transitional colour and a darker eyeshadow in the crease, which it is perfect for. If it is clean, it is also great at blending out the edges of the eyeshadow, making this a versatile brush. The only downside is that it's quite big and can make my crease colour come quite high up, which I'm not a fan of.

Accent Brush - 'For precision detailing, highlighting and smudging.' I think this is a great multi-purpose brush and have thoroughly enjoyed using it. Aside from the uses previously mentioned, it can also be used to apply powder eyeliner or to put eyeshadow on the lower lash line. It also works great with a bit of makeup remover to tidy up any smudged mascara or eyeliner. This brush is really convenient, as it is quite small and slim, so you can be as accurate as necessary with it.

Fine Liner Brush - 'For precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner.' This is probably the brush I have tried out the least, for the reason that I don't wear liquid or cream eyeliner. However, I think its size makes it perfect for inner corner highlighting. It is a very soft brush and is one that I want to find more uses for in the future, so I'll keep you updated on that.

Brow Brush - 'Distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows.' This angled eyebrow brush is really soft and picks up just the right amount of product, like the rest of the Real Techniques brushes. Not only is this useful for filling in your eyebrows, it would also be great for applying powder eyeliner, as it is the right size and shape. Again, I haven't tried this out a lot but so far I like it.

Like the 'Core Collection', this set comes with a panoramic case that protects the brushes. I tend to use this to store them, but it also makes them portable and can be conveniently taken anywhere. This case, which doubles as a stand, is quite slim and snug, so it can fit in your bag easily.

Overall, I've been loving these brushes and I use them all the time when I wear eyeshadow. The quality is great, they are incredibly soft and I honestly love everything about them. I would recommend trying these if you're looking for some new brushes, as they are only a small price to pay for brushes that will last forever and that you'll love using.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope I have convinced you that this selection of brushes is amazing and definitely worth trying. I'd love to know if you like these brushes and what others you might also use, so make sure you let me know in the comments. I'll be back on Wednesday with a new post, so I'll see you then!

Love from Daisy x
I own a fair bit of makeup, so there are some products which don't get used as much as I'd like them to. Although I tell myself to switch the products in my makeup bag often, I find myself sticking with the same things constantly. This month, I've been trying especially hard to get some use out of my lesser loved makeup items, so I thought I'd share them with you.

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter
I've been wearing highlighter more often recently, my current favourite being featured in the Sleek Face Form palette. This Benefit highlighter, despite being amazing, hasn't received a lot of use from me, which I've changed over the previous weeks.. It's creamy and feels really soft on the skin, blending in to create a natural sheen on the tops of my cheekbones. The cream to powder finish also means that this product will last a long time.

Bare Minerals Loose Powder Blush
When I first got this product, I fell in love with how it looks on my skin and really enjoyed wearing it. It is matte and looks natural, yet adds a hint of colour and radiance to your cheeks. The only downside, which you'll find with any loose powder blush, is that it goes everywhere, making it fairly messy and time consuming to apply. It has been this reason that stopped me from wearing this product as much, but after using it again I've realised why I originally loved it.

Barry M Natural Glow Palette
This product used to be my go-to eyeshadow palette for a long time, but I started to use less and less as new ones came into my collection. There is a selection of beautiful eyeshadows that are suitable for the lid, crease and highlighting, each one having a great amount of pigmentation and applying really well. It's a gorgeous palette that has the perfect shades for any look, so I'm sure I'll be using this a lot more in the upcoming future.

Avon Colour Trend Lipstick
I absolutely adore this lipstick and think that it looks gorgeous on the lips. I have it in the shade 'Coral Wisp' which is a lovely coral pink that looks natural yet still really pretty. I haven't been using this as much lately as it has been winter, whereas this is more of a colour that I'd wear in the warmer seasons. However, now that spring is on its way, I'm looking forward to having this in my makeup bag and wearing it more often!

So these are the products that I'm currently revisiting! Honestly, I still love all of these products and tend to swap items in my makeup bag often, so these will be getting a lot of love. Thanks for reading and I hope you liked this style of post. Let me know down in the comments what products you've been revisiting lately and what you'd like to use more often.

Love from Daisy x
I talk about makeup a lot on my blog and I frequently tell you which products I enjoy using. However, I feel that my brushes are never given any recognition and I actually think this will be the first time that I've mentioned them in a blog post. The Real Techniques brushes are favourites of mine; I love using them and they make applying makeup a lot easier. Today, I thought I'd tell you a bit more about the Core Collection face brushes.

The 'Core Collection' from Real Techniques consists of four brushes; a buffing brush, a foundation brush, a detailer brush and a contour brush. Each one is extremely versatile and has a variety of different uses, which is part of the reason why I love them. They are instantly recognisable by their bright orange, aluminium handles, which are lightweight and add an interest to the brushes.

The bristles in these brushes are synthetic and described as ultra-plush, which I one hundred percent agree with. Each one is incredibly soft and applies your makeup really well. They don't shed, are easy to clean and, in my opinion, have every quality you are looking for in a makeup brush. I thought I would give you a mini-review of each brush next:

Buffing Brush - 'Ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.' This is an amazing brush for applying your face makeup, buffing it in to give a natural, glowing look. It is really soft, quite dense, and the bristles don't cling onto too much product. I often use this to apply and blend in concealer or foundation, as it does a good job of making my skin tone even, giving a flawless finish.

Pointed Foundation Brush - 'Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage.'  Despite not using this brush as much as the others, it is still a lovely one to have in the collection. It is soft and flexible, giving a concentrated coverage wherever applied. Aside from foundation, one of the uses for this brush could be for concealing dark circles, as it glides over the skin and won't pull at the tender areas around your eyes.

Detailer Brush - 'Precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition.' I have been using this brush to cover blemishes and other problematic areas. It is really small, allowing me to be accurate and ensure that spots and red areas are concealed as best as possible.As it is such a small size, this could also be used for applying eyeshadow or lipstick, but I've yet to try either of these.

Contour Brush - 'Delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish.' This brush is the perfect size for applying the majority of face makeup, whether it's blusher, bronzer, highlighter or powder. I tend to use this mostly for blusher, as it picks up the perfect amount of product to create a look that isn't too subtle or too bold. It's also really soft, so applying your makeup feels really nice.

All of these brushes come with a panoramic case, which they fit securely into. I like this, as it makes the brushes portable and conveniently stored. The case can also be used as a stand, which is a great idea but I haven't found myself using this feature.

Overall, I think these brushes are great and I've really been enjoying using them for the past few months. They are of an amazing quality, which you can tell by the softness and how well they apply makeup. If you are looking for some new brushes, I would definitely recommend trying out these.

I hope you liked this post and that it provided an insight as to what brushes I use for my face makeup. I will be uploading a similar post next Sunday, talking about the Real Techniques eyeshadow brushes, which I also use a lot. Thank you for reading and make sure you let me know down in the comments what you think of these brushes!

Love from Daisy x
I'm back for another blog interview, which has been highly requested by quite a few of my readers. Today, I'll be interviewing Lucy from 'Freckles and Thoughts', which is a great lifestyle and writing blog, featuring a bit of beauty and fashion on the side. Her blog is amazing and she's incredibly kind, making her one of my new-found blogger friends. I'd love if you could check out her blog, which can be found here. Anyway, on with the interview!

How long have you been blogging for and why did you choose to start a blog?
I started my blog in November 2014. I had been considering it for quite a while and have a few deleted blogs that I didn't have the guts to post on. Before I started my blog I even wrote posts on Microsoft word to build up my courage. I was inspired to write my blog by Zoella but I really only started it because I thought it would be fun!

Have you always liked fashion/beauty or is it something that started when you made your blog?
I am more a lifestyle blogger than fashion/beauty blogger but I will have a posts from both these categories in the future as I don't want to restrict my blog to just one thing. I have however always had an interest in fashion but I had never really used much makeup until I started my blog. I still don't use loads of makeup but blogging has definitely increased my usage. I have a few product reviews coming soon, so you'll have to check those out.

What products or items can't you live without and use on a regular basis?
My Barry M Showgirl Mascara and Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss are definitely my most used products. I also can't live without my perfumes/body sprays - my current favourite being Britney Spears Circus. I do love the Forever Aloe Lip products too as they're incredibly  moisturising and make your lips look and feel amazing.

Are there any products you're hoping to try out?
I would love to try some Benefit mascaras (cliché much?) but I'm not prepared to splash £20+ on one quite yet so I'm hoping to get my hands on a sample or dupe from somewhere. I also want to try the Urban Outfitters holographic nail polish - oh my gosh it looks amazing.

What posts do you enjoy writing and have the most fun with?
I really enjoyed writing my 'De-stressing Tips' post as I love the fact that I might be helping someone through my blog! I also have a lot of fun writing award posts such as the 'Liebster Award' as I get to share some of myself with my readers as well as spreading some blogger love!

Do you have any exciting blog related things coming up soon?
Unfortunately I do not. I am quite new to the blogosphere so I'm just trying to figure it out at the moment! I do have a few planned posts though...

So there you go! I hope you liked this post and I am incredibly thankful that Lucy was willing to be involved. Make sure you check out her blog, as I'd really appreciate it. Remember, I might have more interview posts in the future, so let me know if you'd like to be involved or want me to interview a particular blog. Thanks for reading and I'll be back on Sunday with a new post!

Love from Daisy x
Hello everyone! Today, I thought I'd bring you a new hairstyle tutorial, as it seems to have been a long time since I last posted one. I love experimenting with new hairstyles and these posts are often greatly received on my blog. The twisted bun, which I'll be showing you, is easy to do, doesn't take a lot of time and looks really pretty when completed. I hope you like it!

After brushing through my hair, I created a part line from ear to ear, so that a small section of hair at the front of my head was separated from the rest. I brushed back the majority of my hair into a ponytail at the nape of my neck, using a comb to smooth it down, making it look sleek and neater. I then took this hair and started twisting it, wrapping it around itself to form a bun. I secured this in place with some bobby pins, but you don't need a lot as this hairstyle looks nice if it's looser.

With the front section of my hair, I formed a side parting. Taking the left part of the hair, I twisted it away from my face, picking up all of the hair from that side as I went along. I wrapped the hair around the bun in a clockwise direction, securing the ends with a few bobby pins so it blended in. I then repeated this on the other side of the front section, this time wrapping the twist around the bun in the opposite direction, so that they cross over each other. I'd recommend keeping the twists as tight as possible, as they will loosen up as you're styling the hair.

I finished this hairstyle by making sure everything was secure and looked how I wanted it to. Now would be the ideal time to add some hairspray if you would like to ensure that the style will stay in place throughout the day. I also used a pearl bobble to embellish this style, placing it around the bun. I really like this as it holds the hair in place and hides any bobby pins that are visible.

Overall, I really like this hairstyle and think that it is a gorgeous variation of a basic bun. It is quite a versatile style, meaning it could easily be adapted to someone who has shorter or curly hair. I also think this hairstyle could serve a variety of purposes, looking great for everyday wear or being practical for dance and sports. It only takes a few minutes to complete and is a lovely way of styling your hair without too much effort.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I'll definitely be putting up more hairstyle tutorials in the future, so make sure you keep your eyes pealed and look out for them. Thank you for reading and please let me know down in the comments if you like this hairstyle!

Love from Daisy x
It's time for another monthly favourites post! February went incredibly fast and I found myself wondering where it had went, but I still had enough time to try out some new items and rediscover a few old favourites. Today, I thought I'd share these with you, as you seem to really enjoy seeing what I've been loving. I also thrown in a book favourite, which I hope you like!

I have always been a fan of using powder to set my makeup into place for the day, especially if I'm doing sport or dance, as I feel like it really makes a difference. I usually opt for a pressed powder, but recently I've been using a loose powder, specifically the Mineral Veil from Bare Minerals. There has been a huge amount of hype surrounding this and, after trying it, I understand why. It is transparent and blends really well into the skin, absorbing unnecessary oils and ensuring my makeup stays in place all day. I've really enjoyed using this and you'll definitely see a lot more of it in the future.

I've been wearing matte blusher a lot recently, so I've been adding shimmer back into my cheeks in the form of a highlighter. There are two that have been particularly good this month, those being Benefit's Watts Up cream to powder highlighter and Sleek's powder highlighter, which is in their contour kit. The Watts Up highlighter is a warm toned champagne, which I feel looks quite bold yet still really pretty, adding a flawless shimmer to my cheekbones. Sleek's highlighter, however, is more of a neutral beige that gives a subtle shine to the high points of my face.

I go through phases of wearing no eyeshadow and a lot of it and this month has definitely been one of the latter. One of the items that I've been using frequently is MUA's Heaven and Earth palette, which I actually reviewed here. I feel like this product can create a variety of gorgeous looks that are suitable for any makeup look and occasion. One eyeshadow that I've been particularly loving is 'catacomb', which is a gorgeous champagne that looks stunning both in the pan and when applied.

My lips have been incredibly dry throughout February and I found myself in desperate need of a lip balm. I decided to resort back to my Eos spherical lip balm that I bought in America a while back. I was obsessed with this for quite some time and found that it really helped my lips. Yet again, I was amazed by how good this product is and my lips have definitely felt a lot smoother since using it.

On my lips, I've been wearing Soap and Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in the shade Bashful. This is a gorgeous pinky nude that looks really natural on the lips yet you can still tell that you're wearing something. The formulation is creamy and this product applies really well, starting out sheer but intensifying as you apply more layers. I've really been in love with this lip crayon and I think it is one that I'll continue to wear in Spring.

This month, I've thoroughly enjoyed reading The Glam Guide: beauty blogger Fleur de Force's debut book. A wide range of topics are discussed in the book, such as makeup, hairstyles, fashion, health and travel, all of which are incredibly engrossing and fun to read. Each page is set out like a mini blog post, sharing lots of advice and helpful tips that have been really helpful. This book has definitely been one that I've loved reading and feel that I'll always find it useful.

These are all of my monthly favourites, which I hope you enjoyed! Thank you for reading and I'll be back on Wednesday with a book review, so stay tuned!

Love from Daisy x