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Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit – The Wants

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Hey everyone!  I am so excited about today’s post, I have truly been looking forward to it.  Today I am giving my review on the RevolutionXEmily collaboration, The Emily Edit.  For this post, it’s going to be all about The Wants palette.  I have been playing with it for almost 3 weeks at this point.  Now, before you say anything, I know that I said it was in my September makeup basket, but I’ve been playing with it since the day it was delivered, which was before the makeup basket was posted.  Just wanted to clarify that.  So, if you are curious what I think about this palette, let’s get into it!

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Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

First off, let’s talk about the packaging.  I ordered both palettes (The Wants and The Needs) from both the Revolution Beauty website as well as the Ulta website.  Yes, I have two of each, no I am not crazy.  Both palettes were individually wrapped in lots of bubble wrap from each retailer and not a single item was damaged.

The Wants palette weighs in at just under a pound (13.16 ounces), I would say is a light peach color, and has a full-size, high-quality mirror.  Even though it is on the larger side of a palette, it is still quite thin and I feel very travel-friendly.  It contains 24 shadows which include 13 mattes and 11 shimmer/metallic shades.  Revolution Beauty is certified Cruelty-Free by Peta.  This palette is NOT vegan, however, because it does contain Carmine.  Each shade contains about 0.03 ounces or 0.85 grams of product, making the total amount of product you get 0.74 ounces or 20.4 grams of product.  It retails for $20 US on both the Ulta and Revolution Beauty websites and is apart of Revolution Beauty’s permanent line.  I repeat this is NOT limited edition.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

Before I continue, I would like to give you a little information about Emily, just in case you don’t know who she is.  She is a Beauty YouTuber, her tag name is EmilyNoel83.  She has been on YouTube I believe 11 years this upcoming November.  For me to try to accurately describe what type of videos she puts up I feel would be a disservice to her and her channel.  She does it all.  Not too long ago, she did a video trying to dupe lip colors in her collection that matched Disney princesses.  Oh yeah, she went there.  Click here if you’d like to check out that video.  For me, she is just such a positive light to YouTube, one that when I sit down with a cup of coffee, I don’t feel I’m watching a YouTuber, I feel as if I’m listening to a friend.  I don’t know how else to describe her, other than just wonderful.  Her daughters are some of the most PRECIOUS kids I have ever seen.

 

Now, back to the palette.  From my understanding, Revolution Beauty gave Emily free-range on the creation of these palettes.  When creating the Wants, she was looking to create a “Complete” palette.  Meaning, she wanted to be able to have light shades such as “the cream,” mid-tones for great transition work, to set up the looks, and rich deep shades that don’t muddy up or lose strength is pigmentation.  She wanted each shade to be able to stand out amongst whatever look someone might create.  To get a full background and full understanding of the palettes, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Emily’s video, which I will link here for you.  She goes more into depth about the palettes, what went into the thought process of the palettes, tips and tricks, and so forth.

Before I get into the review, I will give you some swatches.  I will do it by rows from left to right.  I did the best I could to give acurate swatches, but this is not really my forte.  If you want to know the inspiration behind the names, I don’t want to take that joy away from Emily.  I highly recommend you just watch her reveal video, again I will link that here for you.  At the very end, I will showcase a few eye looks that I have created using this palette so you can see some of the shades in action.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

We have The Cream, Hobby, Prayer, Grateful, Good Vibes, and Side Hustle.

 

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Up next we’ve got Midwest, Dues Paid, Eve Rose, Belle Violet, Capricorn, Pi Phi.

 

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Here we’ve got Oh Heavens!, Love Tons, Pizzazz, Family, Top Story, and Apartment.

 

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Last we have Cupcake, Laughcry, Cheer, Heartbeat, Corduroy, and Dark & Early.

 

Now onto my review of the palette.  Like I’ve said in the intro, I have been playing with this palette for about 3 weeks now and I have used every single shade.  Let me just get this out of the way, yes I know I love Emily and that automatically is going to make me somewhat bias to this palette, I understand that.  However, I am still going to be honest about this palette, give the pros and the cons regardless of how I feel about her.  So you can take that information how you will because I really do love this palette.  If something happened to this palette, I would 100% go out and purchase it again.  Once I get into the pros and cons of this palette, I think you will understand why.

For one, there are no repeat or similar shades.  If you look at the palette, you might think Midwest, Dues Paid, and Prayer are similar.  Nope, all completely different and all 3 do show up completely different on the eyes.  With every shade, I did not have a single problem with blending.  There was no patchiness, skipping, or muddying of shades.  It was extremely effortless.  They are all pigmented but not overly pigmented.  What I mean is you don’t have to be afraid of accidentally getting too much and be fearful of ruining your eye look or not being able to blend them out.  All of these shades were meant to be built up.  So you grab a little bit, place the shadow where you want and then you can bump up the intensity.  From what I remember, Emily wanted this palette easy to use and beginner friendly.

There were only a couple of shades that took me a bit more building than the others and that was Hobby, Corduroy, and Side Hustle.  When dipping my brush into the shades, only one had a little bit of kick up and that was Dues Paid, however, it still performed without issue on the eye.  The only other thing that I noticed was when using some of the shimmer/metallic shades.  Belle Violet and Heartbeat got a little bit of a hardpan when using my fingers to apply the shades (as you will see below).  I got a little hardpan on Cupcake and Grateful when using my fingers, but not as much as with Belle Violet and Heartbeat.  However, Emily recommended in her video using a flat brush, then press and swipe the color onto your lid for best results.  So just keep that in mind.  I use the ELF Professional Eye Shadow Brush ($1 US) and have had no issues since sticking with the brush.

For my personal tastes, this is a perfect all around, complete palette.  It helps get me out of my comfort zone and use color, without feeling overwhelmed.  There is a wonderful mix of cool, warm, and neutral shades, and excellent balance between matte and shimmers, a light cream shade and a matte black.  Seriously, she thought of it all.  For my tastes, this palette is not missing anything.  For others, if you love more blue, pink, or yellowy shades, this might not be your jam.  However, not every palette is going to please every person.  You need to evaluate what you have in your collection first, then look at a palette that is interesting you.  I highly recommend going in store if you can before purchasing, that way you can get an up-close look at the palette as well as possibly touch and swatch before deciding if you want to buy it or not.

Let’s also discuss staying power.  For one, I use my concealer as my eyeshadow primer, but I don’t use an actual designated eyeshadow primer.  I set my lids with a shadow close to my skin tone, then I go into creating an eye look.  With all the shadows, I did not have any trouble with fading or creasing throughout the day.  The shadows were just as vibrant as when I put them on.  Let me give you a little bit of info on what I put my makeup through.  I usually put my makeup on around 5:45 am and take off my makeup around 8-9pm at night.  I am a dog groomer, so I deal with heat, humidity, dog hair, dander, wind, water, EVERYTHING.  These shadows have stayed put, have not creased, and have not faded.

Overall, I truly feel this is a fantastic palette that so many people could get great use from and a wide multitude of looks.  I’ve gotten glam looks, everyday looks, fall, spring, this palette truly can do it all.  Yes, it is not a perfect palette, it has a couple of flaws, but it does not take away from this palette in the least.  Also, the price is phenomenal.  You get such an amazing deal with this palette.  If you are apart of the Ulta rewards system, you can get coupons and money off, making it an even better deal.  Also, you are further supporting a truly genuine person who put their heart and soul into this palette and I feel it absolutely shows.

So that’s it.  That does it for my review on the RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit The Wants Palette.  Is there anything I missed?  If you have any further questions about the palette, go ahead and leave them in the comment section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  I’m not trying to promote that you need to go out and buy this palette.  However, if you were already debating on purchasing this palette, have looked through your collection and didn’t find anything similar and were wanting to pick this palette up, I truly feel you will not be disappointed.  Sorry for such a long post, but I just wanted to make sure I covered everything.  Well, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check this post out and until next time!

The Wants Palette on Ulta ($20 US)
The Wants Palette at Revolution Beauty ($20 US)
Emily’s Reveal Video

 

A few looks I have created using this palette.  Remember, I am NOT a makeup artist.  Just your average, everyday makeup wearer.  Shit ain’t going to look perfect, so just FYI.

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

For Look One, I first used a shade close to my skin-tone to set my lid.  Then I took the shade Oh Heavens! all over the lid, into the eye corner, up into the crease, and on my lower lash line with a flat eyeshadow brush.  Then, I took Capricorn on smaller crease brush and worked that into my outer V, slightly blending it into the crease, and onto the lower lash line.  I then took Oh Heavens! under the brow bone.  This look was inspired by smokey looks done by Charlotte Tilbury.  I notice she does a lot of shimmer work into the crease and the models look so beautiful.  I just wanted to give it a try.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 2)

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 2)

For look number 2, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I took Hobby on a fluffy crease brush and worked that into the crease.  Then on a smaller, denser crease brush, I took the shade LaughCry on the outer third of my eye, mostly the outer V area and packed that on as well as smudged in on the outer half of my lower lash line and connected it to the upper eye area.  Then, on a small shader brush, I picked up the shade Cupcake and worked that over the rest of my lid and pulled it into the inner corner.  I also smudged it on the inner part of my lower lash line.  On a very small brush, I picked up a little of Oh Heavens! and placed that on top of Cupcake in my inner corner.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 3)

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 3)

For look 3, the last look I’m going to share, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I picked up Dues Paid and worked that into my crease with a fluffy crease brush, then took a denser brush and worked that same shade on the outer V area.  I also pulled that shade on the outer half of my lower lash line.  Then for the lid and inner corner, I kept it simple and pulled in Oh Heavens!  This is the type of two shadow look I would wear to work often.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

 

 

Beauty

YouTube Made Me Buy It: EmilyNoel83 Edition

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition

Hi everyone, how was your weekend?  Do anything fun or interesting?  Or were you like me and had to work?  Well, whatever you had to do or had the pleasure of doing, I hope it was enjoyable!  I thought today I would do another edition of YouTube Made Me Buy It, this time talking about products EmilyNoel83 influenced me to purchase.  I absolutely adore Emily and just to give you a heads up, this Wednesday I am bringing you my review on The Emily Edit, The Wants Palette.  So if you’ve been wondering about that, stay tuned!  But enough blabber, let’s get into it!

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LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Em Cosmetics True Gloss

EM Cosmetics True Gloss ($17 US)
She absolutely SOLD me on this formula.  This shade isn’t up her alley, but it is up mine!  The shade I have is called Truffle Haze, a sheer grey nude shade.  This gloss is comfortable on the lips and not sticky, which I fucking hate.  I’ve been getting into lipsticks and glosses lately, shocking I know, but I’ve been selective on what makes the cut.  This gloss definitely makes the cut.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick

Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick ($22 US)
The color I have is Red Velvet 1946 which is described as a mid-tone neutral red.  Oh, and it is absolutely STUNNING.  Besame Cosmetics is a brand dedicated to recreating vintage shades in modern formulas.  Their packaging also stays true to that.  I absolutely love the look of the 1940’s era and I wish I could pull off a red lip, but sadly I don’t feel comfortable in a bold red lip, but I will NEVER get rid of this.  It is way too beautiful.  It also has a very comfortable formula.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Morphe M506 Tapered Mini Blending Brush

Morphe M506 Tapered Mini Blending Brush ($6 US)
Now I am not particularly a fan of Morphe but when Emily recommended this brush, I picked one up the next time I was at Ulta and man, this brush is a game changer.  I never thought a brush like this would work so well and never thought I would actually need a brush like this.  I can perfectly get into my outer V without going overboard and completely blowing out a look too far.  It’s a perfect brush.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder

Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder ($9.99 US)
This powder has reached holy grail status for me, no lie.  It sets my makeup without it looking powdery on my skin and still gives me this natural, slightly radiant finish without looking greasy.  I cannot be without it.  I haven’t used it in so long and I’m dying over here.  I’m trying to currently use up the other powders in my collection before returning back to this one.  I’m counting down the days.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit

RevolutionXEmily: The Emily Edit
The Wants Palette ($20 US) & The Needs Palette ($15 US)
Now, I’m pretty sure you KNEW this one was coming.  With how excited I was about her surprise launch and how much I love this girl, you knew this one was coming.  I know I can support her by just watching her videos, commenting, liking, yadda, yadda, yadda, but I wanted to also support her makeup collaboration.  She’s never done one before and even though these are permanent, I had to pick them up right away.

So that does it for today’s post.  I know I’ve asked this before, but if you watch beauty YouTube, what are some products that you purchased that were influenced by some of your favorite YouTubers?  Any regret purchases or did you find some holy grail products?  I would love to hear about them in the comments, maybe we can have a discussion!  Thank you so much for your time today, I really appreciate it.  Definitely stop by Wednesday if you’d like to read my review on The Wants Palette.  Fair warning, it’s going to be a long one!  Until then!

Beauty

If My ENTIRE Makeup Collection Disappeared…

LeahERaven.com | If My Entire Makeup Collection Disappeared, These Are The First 10 Makeup Items I'd Repurchase

Hey all and welcome!  Happy Friday!  Today I thought we would do a fun little YouTube inspired post.  This idea originally came from Emily Noel and Jessica on YouTube, which they got the idea from a subscriber (how cool right?).  Emily’s video I will link here and Jessica’s video I will link here.  So, the title leaves out the second part of this post.  If my entire makeup collection disappeared, what 10 makeup items would I repurchase first.  Isn’t that a cool idea?  It was so different and even though the videos were posted a while ago, I thought this would be a fun post idea!  I’d really love to see more people do this video idea as a post, so if you have done it or plan to do it, leave your link in the comment section so I can check it out!  But, if you are curious as to what my 10 makeup items would be, just keep on reading!  Just want to quickly throw this out there, I plan to go in order of which I would apply my makeup, this is not including any tools, and everything can be purchased from one location.  Because in my mind, if my entire collection disappeared and I needed things to put together a look, I don’t want to have to be running around finding everything.  I’d want a one-stop shop, you know what I mean?  Anyway, onto the makeup!

 

LeahERaven.com | Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup in 1.5 $40 US

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup ($40 US)
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Now, if you have been reading my blog for a bit, you know how much I love this foundation.  This foundation works so beautifully on my skin, I don’t even need a primer.  It looks so natural and has all day staying power on my skin.  This isn’t even a question on purchasing!

 

LeahERaven.com | Wet N Wild PhotoFocus Concealer Wand in Light Ivory $3.99 US

2. Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer in Light Ivory ($3.99 US)
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Next up would be the Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer.  It is hands down my favorite concealer that I have tried, it is inexpensive, and you get a great bang for your buck.  I not only use it as a concealer for under my eyes and any spots I need to conceal, but it also works great as an eye primer.

 

LeahERaven.com | Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Translucent Powder $9.99 US

3. Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Translucent Powder ($9.99 US)
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Yet another product that is Holy Grail status for me, so you know I am not skipping out on this one.  It sets my makeup beautifully and keeps me radiant without looking greasy.  It also works incredibly under the eyes to set my concealer.

 

LeahERaven.com | L.A. Girl Just Blushing Blush in Just Because $5.99 US

4. L.A. Girl Just Blushing Blush in Just Because ($5.99 US)
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A great multitasking product for me.  I use this as a contour as well as an eyeshadow.  It is a great tone for my skin tone and I love throwing this into the crease for a quick swipe of color on my eyes.

 

LeahERaven.com | Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Natural $13.99 US

5. Physicians Formula Shimmer Bricks in Natural Nude ($14.99 US)
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Another type of multitasking product.  If I focus more of my brush on top, I can use as a wonderful, bright highlight, I can use different shades as a pop on my eyes for shadow, and if I focus more at the bottom, I can obtain a very glowy bronze, or if I focus on the pinks, a glowy blush.  I love single products that can multitask.

 

LeahERaven.com | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $21 US

6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21 US)
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I love the Anastasia Brow Wiz, I have gone through so many.  It has never failed me or let me down.  I’m also very particular when it comes to my brows, so I would definitely want to pick up something tried and true!

 

LeahERaven.com | NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Clear Eyebrow Gel $5.99 US

7. NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Clear Eyebrow Gel ($5.99 US)
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Because of working in such a humid environment, I need a brow gel to make sure my brows don’t melt off or go anywhere.  This NYX one hasn’t let me down and for $5.99 I feel it is such a great buy!  I’ve had my current one for a while now and it has yet to dry up on me.

 

LeahERaven.com | Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara $4.99 US

8. Essence I Love Extreme Waterproof Mascara ($4.99 US)
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Because I work with dogs for a living, I need a mascara that is waterproof but still makes my lashes look great.  This mascara does that for me and it is so inexpensive!  It gives me volume, length, and holds my curl.  Great, great product.

 

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede $18 US

9. Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede ($18 US)
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Oh, look at that, another holy grail product.  I can wear this lip shade every day and not get sick of it.  For me, this is my everyday nude that I can dress up and dress down and it looks good on me no matter what.

 

LeahERaven.com | Milani Make It Last Setting Spray $9.99 US

10. Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ($9.99 US)
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Setting spray, for my line of work anyway, is a must.  This Milani one is great, does the job and does it well.  It sets and blends all the powders together, but doesn’t make me look matte or like the life has been sucked out of my face.

 

So that does it for the 10 makeup items I’d repurchase if my entire collection disappeared.  If you have done this idea, drop your link in the comments so I can check it out!  If you haven’t done a post, I’d love to know what 10 items you’d repurchase!  Are there any items that I would pick up that you also would pick up?  Let me know in the comments!  Well, I think I’ve rambled on enough for one evening.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a great weekend and until next time!