Monday, 18 February 2019

How to write your dissertation / How I am writing my dissertation

Hello lovelies,

It has come to my attention that it has been a hot minute since I have written any university content, which is a shame because it is one of my favourite things to read about on other people's blogs. I am currently in my final year of my English and History degree and the end is near, which means the undergraduate dissertation is looming. This post is basically a few pointers on how to write your dissertation, from someone who is going through a similar thing. If you have to write a dissertation this year, you should have already started researching if not writing, but this might still be of use to you. And for students in their first and second years, this may help you too! I'll talk a bit about where I am with mine too, so if you're not at uni but are just nosy and are interested in that, I cater for you too! But I've got an inkling that this will be a loooong post, so you'll be in it for the long haul I'm afraid.

For those of you who maybe aren't British or don't know what an undergraduate dissertation is, it is basically a long essay on a subject of your choosing within your degree subject (within reason, of course). At my uni, because I do a combined degree of English Literature and History, I could either not do a dissertation and instead make up the credits with additional modules, choose to write my dissertation in either English Literature or History, or write two, one in each subject. Now, I was warned against making up the credits with additional modules, as you may think you have less work but you are actually probably writing the equivalent number of words, if not more, than a dissertation student. And I obviously wasn't going to write two LOL. So I had to choose whether to write one in English Literature or History. For me, it was an easy choice. I am better at History, and thought it would be easier to write an original take on something in History rather than Literature. This was a choice that I made waaay back in Second year. History dissertations at my uni are 10,000 words, whereas English dissertations are only 8,000, but include an earlier assignment that is basically a 2,000 word proposal form that is weighted at 20%. I knew I didn't want to do that, so History it was. So I then had to choose what to do it on. Despite not being able to write a single dissertation in English and History, I knew that I wanted to somehow combine the two fields. After speaking to my personal tutor (a tutor that we get assigned in First year that basically meets up with us once a semester and checks on our grades/ attendance/ if we need any help), again back in Second year, I decided to do a History dissertation on something to do with journalism, as it is the industry that I think I would like to go into once I graduate. At the end of Second year I made the decision that I wanted to write on British female journalists during the Second World War, and whether the war meant that there were more opportunities for women, and whether they merely assimilated with the men or wanted to change the industry. So that's what my dissertation is on. It's current working title (it will probably change another 98765456 times) is:
Women, Genre and the Second World War: Did British female journalists assimilate within the journalism trade or did they seek to change it?

Now onto some pointers about how to actually write your dissertation:

Research!
It all begins with research. Before you've even set your heart on a topic yet, you need to research, because your first idea will almost always be shaped and changed, made smaller etc. My first thought was basically the entire history of British female journalists from about the 1800s to the 2000s, including bloggers etc, but obviously that was waaaay too broad, so after researching and having help from my supervisor, I was able to narrow it down to a smaller and more niche subject. 
Once you have chosen your topic and had it approved by your supervisor, the research gets even more intense. The library, Google Scholar and Jstor will become your new best friends. Ooh and Google Books (a life saver for pretending you've read more books than you actually have - shh.) 

To get a decent grade in any humanities dissertation, but especially History, you have to use a balance of primary and secondary sources, and at Bath Spa they encourage all History dissertation students to visit archives to gain access to these. Getting access into archives is a BALL ACHE. The rules are different for every one, and some you need to apply through a form, some through email. You need copies of this form and that form, this email and your ID and student ID and basically every piece of important documentation you have ever received. Ever. OK - slight exaggeration, but it is still a lot of hard work, but worth it for me. To date, I have attended the British Library Archives in London once, and the London School of Economics Women's Library Archives in London twice. I have also been in correspondence with an archivist from New York, as while I was researching I found that an archive that would be a fantastic source of primary documents was all the way in America, and I don't have the budget for that. Thankfully though, she is sending me over scans of the documents that I would like to use, which is amazing! 

For me, I also find it easier to research as I go along so that I know the gaps in my knowledge and can fill them as I am writing, but obviously different approaches work for different people, so if you like compiling all of your research before you start, then go for it. I also feel like I have accomplished more if I have actually started writing an essay, especially one the size of this, but again - that's just me. You do you, boo. (Gross, I promise I will never say anything like that again.)

Planning!
OK, so you've started (or finished) researching. Now it is time to plan. Again, everyone writes essays differently but I urge you to write a plan for your dissertation, even if you don't usually for normal course essays. I'm not a massive fan of planning for normal essays, but I knew that because I'd be writing this piece of work over a much longer period of time, in order to keep my dissertation coherent, I'd need a plan. I found that the best way for me was to start with a small, basic skeleton plan which literally stated the chapter structure and a couple of bullet points about what I was thinking of including in them. I then built up this skeleton plan until it had more and more information on it, using my ongoing research to pad it out. I then took this plan to my dissertation supervisor for his comments.

Writing!
The best advice I can give you here is to just start writing. Even if it is utter bollocks when you first start, it is a lot easier to be productive when you're not staring at a blank word document. The first day I started, I wrote 350 words. I was super proud of this, until I strutted downstairs and announced it to my Dad, to which he sarcastically replied "well done, you've written 3.5%. Only another 96.5% to go. And that 3.5% will probably have to be reworded." Cheers for the support, Dad. But, when I looked at it again the following week, I was able to smash out a lot more work, just because there were already a few hundred words on the page. Remember, a small start is still a start, and you're one step (or in my case, 3.5%) closer to the end result. Being a humanities student, I was also advised, by numerous people including my supervisor and fitness and lifestyle vlogger @GraceFitUK (if you haven't discovered her Youtube channel go and check it out the SECOND you finish reading this blog post because she is an incredible boss of a human being that manages to smash out Oxford University standard essays and dissertations left, right and bloody centre), to leave the introduction until I am ready to write the conclusion, because my ideas haven't fully formulated yet. Which I think is fab advice, for me. But obviously this depends on your degree subject. My flatmate, Ellie, does a Psychology degree and so relies on experiments done on other people to calculate results, and so she needs to start with her introduction otherwise she'd have nothing written until probably 3 weeks before the due date (not advisable.)

Supervision!
Utilise your supervisor as much as you can! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! I am really lucky in the fact that, for History, there is no cap on the amount of hours you can spend chewing your supervisor's ear off. Lucky because I know that in other subjects at my uni, such as Drama and English Literature, they are capped at a certain number of hours across the whole year that they can spend with their supervisor. Which I think is silly. That is literally why they are there. To supervise. To help. To stop you crying when you (inevitably) are 3 weeks away from the deadline and are having an existential crisis and wanting to scrap your entire dissertation and change topics last minute (again, not advisable.) But I meet up with my supervisor at least once a month for a half an hour meeting, whether it be to go over ideas, a plan, a chapter, or just for some guidance. Literally, use them as much as you can. They are, probably, the only other person at the university who will end up knowing as much about your dissertation topic as you do. Mine even finds research for me sometimes. He is an ANGEL. (Love u, Cliff)

Where I'm at!
So my dissertation due date is actually the 17th of May 2019. But because I am a combined student and we are, as a uni, transferring from terms to semesters, and Easter is so blooming late this year, all deadlines and other uni dates have been moved to suit these changes. So, I actually return home from an English Literature trip to Berlin and Poland (we are visiting Auschwitz and places similar for our 'Literature and Evil' module) on the 17th of May, and so have to submit my dissertation the same day as the English Literature students, which is the 7th of May. TEN DAYS LESS TIME. I know, scary. But if I haven't finished at least writing it by 10 days before it's due, then God knows what grade I'll get. I need that time to proofread, get my friends/ family/ boyfriend to proofread, and proofread again! 

The History course at Bath Spa also set 3 smaller formative assignments (assignments that don't count) throughout the year, to make sure we are up to date. The first one was a small proposal form, that was due in October. The second, a 2,000 word 'Sources essay' (like a literature review), that was due in November. And the final one is a draft chapter, due in March. 

So far, I have written a skeleton plan, and bulked it out with research. I took it to my supervisor, who said it could make a "quite good" dissertation, but was concerned that it was too broad and would end up thinly spread. So I went away, used this information to help narrow down my plan. Having been to one archive already, I rewrote the plan, again bulked it out, and have now started writing. I haven't yet been to my supervisor, because we have had 3 weeks off for research/ reading weeks and I haven't actually returned back yet! I have now written my first chapter, and am up to 2,500 words, and visited the second archive twice. I am planning on skipping my second chapter for the time being and moving onto starting to write my final chapter this week, as I think it will be easier. I'm still not 100% sure whether more archival research needs to go into my second chapter, so that is why I will leave writing it until just before I write my introduction and conclusion. And so far, I'm kind of loving writing it. Yeah it can be a bit tedious, and trekking all the way to London 3 times (and making my dad drive me) has been annoying, but I'm loving researching and writing about a topic that I am so passionate about!

So if you are writing your undergraduate dissertation this year, or will be in the near future, I wish you the best of luck! Work hard and put the effort in, and I'm sure you'll get a grade to be proud of! My one final comment is to try and enjoy the process as much as you can! It's not often that someone can say that they are *basically* an expert in a field of their choice! So be proud! And when it's all over, you'll have a copy on your bookcase to show off to everyone that happens to venture into a near proximity of it (or at least your parents will show it off if you don't!) 

And if you're not writing your undergraduate dissertation, lucky you! Hopefully you'll be aware of the work that third years across the country (and world) go through every day in order to pass their degree! (Not bitter about all you people at all.)

Phew, that was a long one! Well done and first class honours to everyone who made it this far! Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed the post, or even found it a bit helpful!

With love, Chloe x

Monday, 11 February 2019

Elephants and Explorations: My 2 weeks in Thailand

Hello lovelies,

As some of you may be aware, in July 2018 I packed a bag and headed off to Thailand, alone for two weeks. My experience was all booked through STA Travel, who were just amazing and allowed me to have the best trip ever.

Although it was super scary, I am so glad I jetted off on this incredible trip alone, because it meant that I was able to fully immerse myself in the experience, and make a lot of new friends along the way.
I was meant to write and submit this post months ago, but I never got round to it, so here it is. I have been putting off writing it due to the sheer amount of incredible things that I got up to.  I did so much on this incredible 17 day trip, so I will not be able to write in detail about everything that I did, but I will give you a little taster. If you are thinking about doing something like this, I 100% encourage you to do so, because I have made friends for life and it is an experience of a lifetime!





On Thursday 19th July 2018, I flew out of Heathrow airport and embarked on the 14 hour flight to Bangkok. After 7 hours of in flight movies and what seemed like endless magazine reading, I landed in Qatar and spent 2 hours in the airport, frantically trying to find a shop to buy water after mine got taken off me at Qatar security (I forgot I'd have to go through it again) and find my gate number. It was then another 6 hours and 45 minutes before I nervously trundled off the plane, through passport control and finally found my transport to the hostel. I met two other girls at the airport, Matilda (Matty) and Stephanie (Steph), who I instantly became friends with, and Matty became one of my closest friends on the trip, and I was lucky enough that she was doing the exact same programme as me, so we spent an awful lot of time together. When we arrived at our hostel, it was time for exploring, eating and making new friends, so after too much food and waaay too much alcohol, I stumbled into bed at about 4am (oops). 

Because I accidentally drank a bit too much, I wasn't feeling entirely fresh the following day for sightseeing, and after picking up heatstroke throughout the day, it wasn't one of my finest moments. But I didn't let my illness stop me, and I still had an INCREDIBLE day sightseeing in Bangkok. We went on a boat tour across the river, saw some beautiful temples, and even the King's Palace, which was awesome.




This is the whole team - unfortunately in the next part of the trip we split into different groups, but this meant that we met new people and made new friends, so that was fab.




This is me and Matty - she will reappear throughout this blog.




One of the buildings at the King's Palace!!

That night we watched a Ladyboy show, which was honestly the stragest thing I have ever seen in my life, and I was strictly alcohol free (I didn't want a repeat of the night before haha)


The following day we were travelling across Thailand by coach to get to our next stop, Surin. Surin was probably my favourite part of the trip, because it was there that we got to volunteer with elephants!!! Elephants are one of my favourite animals, so I jumped at the opportunity to get to see them. But this was where the whole group split, as some stayed in Bangkok, and some did different programmes in Surin, such as teaching and medicine.

My first time touching an elephant!!!

The cutest baby elephant ever

Our room in the elephant village! Out 'beds' were thin mats on the floor covered by mosquito nets that we shared between 2. I shared the green net shown in the picture with Charlie, and it was surprisingly comfy - just hot.

These next four days went by in a blur. We planted crops for the elephants to eventually eat, and chopped down sugar cane and banana plants for their food (it was hard work and I was a bit scared of the machete!) We bathed them in the river daily (my favourite part), went kayaking along the river, and even made paper out of elephant poo! (I have a notebook and bookmark made out of it to prove it!)







This is Charlie. She was another one of my closest friends that I made on the trip. She is planning to come and visit me at uni sometime this year, and I am so excited to see her!

Here we are standing in elephant poo to make the paper! Gross I know - but a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Then it was time to leave the elephant village and go back to Surin town for one final night. We partied and had a lot of fun, and Thai clubs are really strange (there were tables all over the dance floor in the one we went to) but it ended up being a super emotional night as the group was splitting even further, and I had to say goodbye to Charlie and all the others that we were leaving behind in Surin.
Charlie and I before it got emotional!

The following day we travelled back to Bangkok and spent a couple of hours there, before getting the overnight ferry to Koh Phangan. The island is STUNNING. 5 of us went - me, Matty, 2 American women called Becca and Jenni, and an Swiss woman called Andrina. We all became really close by the end of the trip, so it was lovely to spend time with people from different countries that I never would have met before.
The five of us admiring the view (from left to right) Jen, me, Matty, Becca, (top) Andrina

Whilst in Koh Phangan, we went to a full moon party on the beach, which was amazing! So busy and so many people wearing multicoloured clothing and neon paint. All the bars are open on the beach front, each playing different music, and the drink is at a reduced price, which was an obvious bonus! ;)
This is the kind of colour I'm on about!

This dress is Primark!!

Glow in the dark facepaint!

Matty and I

The following day, we needed a massage to get over our hangovers - and it was heavenly. All illness I felt was washed away and I came out feeling refreshed. If you get a chance to have a massage in Thailand - do it! Depending on the massage, they do different things. We got a Swiss one I think, and it was so so relaxing. I could definitely do with one now!

The rest of the time on the island we spent exploring. We visited the 'Secret Beach', which was gorgeous - a very Instagrammable location ;)


On our final full day on the island, we visited the famous waterfalls. Apart from no one told us that they'd dried up HAHA, so there weren't really any waterfalls to see! That didn't matter though, as we climbed up the mountain to the viewpoint, which was definitely worth it. One of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen!

Me admiring the view at the top of the viewpoint!

The following day, we got the ferry back to Bangkok and had our last dinner together as a five, before Becca and Jenni flew home early hours of the morning. For Matty, Andrina and I, the following day consisted of last minute shopping, eating and exploring in Bangkok before Andrina and I got a taxi to the airport for our afternoon flights home, and Matty met her friend who lives in Bangkok, to continue her trip!

Overall, Thailand was one of the best experiences I have ever had, and despite not "finding myself" as many travellers suggest they do, I did discover a new culture and meet some incredible friends along the way. I hope one day to return to Thailand, and maybe visit some places that I didn't get to see. I definitely want to return to an elephant conservation site, as that was remarkable and I learnt so much about these gentle giants.

As much as I missed my family and boyfriend, a part of me really didn't want to leave Thailand, as I had such an incredible time. But I am determined to do something like this again in the future. I am hoping to spend three weeks volunteering at a safari in South Africa in the next couple of years, but let's see what happens!

If you are considering doing something like this, I would definitely go for it! You will not regret it! Another bit of advice is to book through a company such as STA travel, as they arrange a lot of it for you, and so it is safer than just grabbing a backpacking and going it alone - but if that's what you want to do then go for it!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you so much for reading!
With love, Chloe x




Thursday, 31 May 2018

MEET RIKKI ETC.

Hello lovelies,

I haven't been very active in the blogging universe recently because of the stresses of uni exams and work, however I have now officially finished second year!! (lol what?) and I want to use to summer "break" to focus more on my blog. I thought a good way of getting back into the blogging scene was with an interview. I have never done one of these before but my friend from school very kindly agreed to help me by being my interviewee. Fellow blogger, Rikki, has her little corner of the internet over at RIKKI ETC. I asked her questions all about her blog and her experience with blogging over the last few years.

1.    Can you tell my readers about yourself and your blog?

Yes, of course! I’m Rikki, a 19-year-old student at the University of Reading, studying English Language. I started my beauty blog around 5 years ago and although I mainly post beauty reviews, I do occasionally like to switch it up with DIY’s, holiday posts, fashion posts and interviews.

2. How did you first get into blogging?

I started blogging for numerous reasons. Firstly, I was in the midst of GCSE’s and I took them really seriously. So, I found myself getting really stressed out and decided to start blogging to relax me- (it worked!). Also, I never really had a talent or hobby, so wanted to find something that could fill that gap. I knew that I liked doing my makeup, I loved creative writing and I thoroughly enjoyed photography, so blogging was the perfect way to combine all 3! The last reason I started blogging was because I had ALWAYS wanted to start a YouTube channel, but I was super young and was really sceptical of YouTube at that time. I was scared of random people watching and judging me, so blogging seemed like a good alternative- and it was. It’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever pursued!

3. What inspired you to start your blog?

When I was around 15, I started getting into makeup. I’d go to my local Superdrug and would go crazy buying “loads” of makeup. (At that point, loads of makeup was a new concealer, mascara and lip gloss- oh, how times have changed). But I’d come home and either be really disappointed or would be really excited to show up to school the next day with my ‘new look’. I really wanted to share my opinions of products with the public so that largely inspired me to start a blog. I was bullied at school and the last thing I wanted was to draw more attention to myself, so I actually kept my blog a secret for years (although some people did find it). Now, I feel comfortable being a lot more open about it.

4. How would you describe your blogging style?

This is a difficult one. I feel like my style has changed over time… I have always written in a chatty style, but would avoid using swear words or slang, because you do need a certain level of formality. However, I have never sat down and structured a post. I just type how I think, because I feel like it can sometimes seem ‘staged’ and ‘fake’ otherwise, whereas this way it feels 100% genuine.


5. Who are your favourite bloggers and why?

I genuinely don’t have ‘favourite bloggers’. I much prefer to spend my time discovering more new bloggers rather than reading the same ones. I will say that I feel as if there are sooo many underrated bloggers out there. I have found many bloggers in my time who have less than 300 followers, yet I enjoy reading their posts more than those with 300,000 followers, because they are passionate about what they do, and it shows!




6. Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your blogging journey?

I have interviewed a few cool people over my time, like Caggie Dunlop from Made in Chelsea and Jemma McKenzie-Brown from High School Musical 3. I also went to ‘The Clothes Show’ a while back, where bloggers had their own little room to stay in. It was right next to the celebrity room so I met some interesting people there, mainly reality TV stars. I have been invited to many events over time, but I’ve always been way too scared to attend them, so have missed out on some great opportunities at companies headquarters or London Fashion Week events etc. I’d love to attend one this year, but I just find the concept seriously daunting, especially when you’re alone, so have missed out on meeting so really interesting people, as a result.


7. Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?

Definitely! I like setting goals because it helps me stay on track and be the best I can be. As for my blog, I’m simply working on making my photography, content and layout better. With my Instagram, I have more of a milestone I’d like to reach, which is 5000 followers by the end of my Summer holidays. I know it is a MASSIVE push, considering I’ve only just hit 2K, but it is important for me to keep growing, particularly because of the career in marketing/ advertising/ social media, that I want to pursue.

8. Would you encourage other people to start a blog and why/why not?

Starting a blog was the best decision I personally ever made... The good points definitely far outweigh the bad, however, it is extremely time consuming, competitive and hard-work. One thing I would stress is that you should never start blogging if you’re doing it for the wrong reasons (because you want followers or free products etc.). If that is the motive, then your readers will honestly see right through it. If you’re really passionate about something though, then it’s definitely worth starting a blog where you can share this.


9. How do you manage to get such banging photos for your blog and instagram, both of yourself and of products? Do you take your outfit photos yourself or get others to take them for you?

Ahh, haha, thank you. I’m not entirely happy with my photography yet, but I am a bit of a perfectionist. For my blog, I use a ring light (which is really useful in the winter, when the lighting is awful) and I use a Canon 700D. It was pricey, and you definitely don’t need to invest in a fancy, expensive camera. My Instagram pictures tend to be a bit more personal than my blog, in the sense that they are normally selfies or pictures with friends/ family. I deliberately wanted my Instagram to be like this, because although I adore blogging, it’s really difficult to get that personal touch, so that’s what I try to achieve through Instagram. My selfies and mirror pictures are taken by myself but my full-length posts are usually taken by somebody else… I use anyone that’s around me at that time, whether that’s my sister, the boys that I live with at university, or one of my best friends- Isabel, who seems to always take the best pictures of everyone! I just use my iPhone 6 for that.

10. What is the best thing about blogging?

There are so many things, it’s hard to pick one. But, I’d probably say the community. The blogging community are honestly amazing and are always willing to help each other out. It’s a really warm and friendly environment where all are welcome!


Thank you so much Rikki for agreeing to be interviewed! Please read Rikki's blog and follow her on Instagram and Bloglovin'.

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Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this post!

With love, Chloe x



Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Testing Makeup Revolution

Hello lovelies,

Once again, I tell myself that I am going to blog really often, but surprise surprise, it's been months again! Sorry!



This week's blog is going to be a testing Makeup Revolution post! Makeup Revolution is a brand that is unique to Superdrug. I, like about every single girl on the internet, have been DYING to try Makeup Revolution's £5 Foundation Stick! After seeing review after review online, I finally decided to head to Superdrug and splash the minimal amount of cash to buy this product, and I thought I'd try out (almost) a full-face of base products from the low-cost brand.

Also pictured are some W7 makeup applicators which I purchased on the same day so I thought I'd add these to the review.

*Disclaimer- This post is not sponsored by Makeup Revolution or Superdrug in any way. All views on this post are my own and are truthful.*

First of all, I'm going to talk about the main attraction, the £5 Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick. I picked up the shade F2, which seems to be a pretty good match, if slightly too light for me- it doesn't matter, I darken it up with bronzer. I LOVE this foundation. For a fiver, it's amazing. The formula is so light and creamy, which makes it perfect for super dry skin like mine. The creamy texture means it is really easy to blend out- I use a damp beauty blender for this- and feels really lightweight on the skin. The only issue is that the formula might actually be too creamy, even for dry skin like mine, because even with 2 different face powders, the foundation still tends to come away a bit if touched. This isn't too bad if you hardly touch your face throughout the day, but if you're a serial scratcher or like to rest your head on your hand, this is something to think about. The coverage is pretty good too, it's a medium-to-full coverage that is easy to build, and leaves a dewy finish- again, good for dry skin. All in all, despite the transfer throughout the day, for only £5, this foundation is bloomin' good and such a bargain!



Next up is the Conceal & Define concealer. I picked up the shade C1 because I wanted to not just conceal but highlight too. This baby cost just £4. I do really like the finish of this concealer, dewy and fresh, and it isn't too much lighter than the foundation, which is good because I didn't want it to look stupidly light on all my blemishes and bring more attention to them. However, this concealer is THICK AF. Seriously. The tiniest bit goes a really long way, which is good because you get more use out of it. The problem is though that if you do accidentally use too much, it can look very cakey on the skin- not a good look. However, like the foundation, for such a low price you can't really complain and the thick formula means it definitely does what it says on the tin- conceals. As long as you don't overdo it, this concealer is pretty good!


Now for the Bake & Finish powder. This cost me just £5. I really wanted to like this powder. I've tried it several times now to see if I can make it work. Apply more and buff it around the face more. Apply less and keep it concentrated. And everything in between. However, I just can't make it work. It just does not sit well on my skin. Maybe if I tried it with a different foundation it would work, but with the above foundation-concealer combination it just finishes looking really cakey and drying- not what you want considering the dewy finish of the other two products. It is also SUPER light. I thought that the white colouring would mean translucent powder. BOY was I wrong. It lightens the products so so much and I ended up looking like a ghost. Maybe it works for someone, but right now it does not work for me.

The next product I picked up was the Revolution Strobe Highlighter in the shade 'Ever Glow Lights'. I picked this shade up partly because of its gorgeous shimmery colouring but mainly because it was the only one I could see in store and I didn't actually realise it came in different shades until I got home. This only cost me £3, which is quite good. This highlighter is not bad. In fact, it creates a really pretty, natural, light-kissed look, which is perfect for you girls and boys looking for a natural every day highlight. However, for those of us who like a really EXTRA highlight, one that is blindingly bright- this is not for you. It's nice, but not quite what I was hoping for.


The final Makeup Revolution product I purchased was their Pro Fix Amazing Makeup Fixing Spray, which comes in at £5. This product seems to do what it says it will. I haven't tried the above products without setting them with this spray, however, this seems to do the job of setting everything in place relatively nicely. There is still a bit of transfer from the foundation, but I think that is the foundation's fault rather than the setting spray's. All in all, this is a good product. 



Moving onto the W7 makeup applicators. These only cost me £2.99 each so I wasn't expecting much from them. The sponge is pretty decent, seems to work similar to the beauty blender, however it is quite a lot firmer. I find that the firmness makes blending out foundation flawlessly quite difficult, but it works really well for baking with powder. The silicone pebble, however, doesn't have such a good review. The pebble claims to create a flawless finish without wasting any product, as there is nothing for the product to sink into. However, I found that instead of blending, the pebble was just smearing the product around and more product stayed on the applicator than ended up on my face. I will continue to try and use this applicator because I know it works really well for some people- I might try it with a different foundation that I squirt directly onto the pebble rather than a stick which I draw onto my face, to see if it works any better, but in the mean time, I'll stick to my trusty ol' beauty blender thank you.

So there you go, that is my honest review of five different Makeup Revolution base products, some of which I loved, some not so much.

I hope you liked this post as I really enjoy writing makeup posts. If you have any other brands of makeup you'd like me to try out please comment down below!

With love, Chloe x