December 12, 2012

My Little Pony Makeup Series - Scootaloo

So today's makeup is based off of the final member of the cutie mark crusaders, Scootaloo. 

I really like the magenta with orange color combination, it worked a lot better than I had expected. Since it's the last pony of the cutie mark crusaders, i'm not entirely sure who the next look will be based on. I'll probably have a look around on some my little pony wiki for some ideas. All the colors from this look were from Sleek's Ultra Matte Palette. 

A shot with the lids closed.

Products Used

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Illamasqua Precision ink in Abyss + Mascara
Sleek Ultra Mattes Palette shadows in Sugarlite, Pucker, Pout & Strike

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December 10, 2012

My Little Pony Makeup Series - Sweetie Belle

As I said yesterday, I've been hooked on my little pony friendship is magic lately and today I bring you my second look of this series inspired by Sweetie Belle.

Sweetie Belle is Rarity's little sister and is also a member of the cutie mark crusaders. Overall, I was happy with this look, it's wearable and not too outlandish for day time wear either. I admit I feel like I've been in a makeup slump for a while as I went through November with no practice. I confess whilst applying makeup for my Applebloom look I did yesterday I wasn't extremely pleased and struggled a bit. 

You can always click on any of these images for a closer look. Tomorrow I shall be doing a look for the 3rd and final member of the cutie mark crusaders, Scootaloo. I'm not entirely sure who I'll base my next look on, any requests are always welcome. 

Products Used

Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Tako
Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Birthday girl and paperdoll
Inglot pressed eyeshadow in AMC Shine 30, 48 & 11, DS 491, Pearl 393
Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Unicorn, Duchess and Corrupt
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss
Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake

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December 09, 2012

My Little Pony Makeup Series - Applebloom

I've been watching the new episodes of my little pony friendship is magic lately. I should be more ashamed for indulging in something so childish but its nostalgic, colorful and is a vast improvement to the my little pony TV show I used to watch. Oh well, Jangsara did do a my little pony series a while back, it was very inspiring and far better than anything I could possibly come up with but I figured I'd go ahead and do it for fun anyway.

My first look is based off the character Applebloom, who is part of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and still waiting for her official mark. So, I created this yellow and red look to match with the character itself. I thought I'd wear a pink ribbon to match with the character too, but it turned out I wasn't girly enough to even own one.

As for now, I'm unsure how far I'll take this series, but I definitely plan on creating a look for the rest of the Cutie Mark Crusaders at least.

Products Used 

Inglot Eyeshadow in DS 474 & AMC Shine 29
Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Love+
Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Magentric
Benefit Brow Zings
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss
Illamasqua lipstick in Atomic
Illamasqua Blush in Ambition
Clinique Superbalanced Powder No 4

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December 04, 2012

Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette Swatch Comparisons

A while ago I put up a few swatch comparisons for Sugarpill's Heart Breaker Palette, I thought I'd put up a few more for Sugarpill's Burning Heart Palette.

Buttercupcake and the yellow off of Sleek Makeups Ultra Mattes Palette seem like a decent dupe of each other and though Sugarpill's Buttercupcake is pricier, it's definitely worth it as the quality is significantly better and applies easier due to it's super pigmentation. 
I was surprised to find that orange isn't that rare a color with makeup. MakeupGeek's Razzleberry is a close enough dupe of Flamepoint and can be bought for nearly half the price at the MakeupGeek store. 
Red is a really rare color for eyeshadows, the only reds I owned were by Sugarpill, so I swatched up one of Illamasqua's medium pencil in Feisty as their medium pencils can be used anywhere on the face. It was much trickier to work with than a simple eyeshadow. 
Out of all of my purple shadows, Sugarpill's Poison Plum is my favorite and I haven't quite found one that is similar to it at all. I swatched Sugarpill's other purples so people could compare the shades with each other.

Overall, the colors from this palette are pretty rare, are super pigmented and are long lasting. The only 'problem' stems from the fact that they are rare colors for a reason and aren't 'everyday casual' kind of colors. You can buy this palette at the Sugarpill store.

For those who are interested, here are a few looks where I used colors from this palette:

Buttercupcake, Flamepoint & Love+
Judge Fire Look
Poison Plum
Alternative Catwoman Look
Buttercupcake & Flamepoint
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December 03, 2012

Gosh Gasoline Comparison Swatches

So I recently swatched a few GOSH nail polishes. These were very cheap at the price of £5. I thought I'd put up a few swatches to compare some colors for any dupes and see just how much you save by purchasing from this brand.

As you can see the four shades are very different as each have different finishes and aren't really the same color for a perfect dupe. 


GOSH - A bottle has 8ml of nail polish for £5 which is around £6.24 for 10ml. 

Inglot - A bottle has 15ml for £8 which is around £5.3 for 10ml.

Illamasqua - A bottle has 15ml which sells for £13.50 which is around £9 for 10ml. Alternatively you can create your own nails set where you purchase 3 bottles for £30 dropping the price per 10ml down to £6.67.

Nails Inc - A bottle has 10 ml and sells for £11, making it the most expensive out of all 4 brands. However, the website has several pick and mix options and the cheapest one would require a purchase of 10 bottles and cost £6.5 for 10ml. 

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November 30, 2012

GOSH Swatches

For some reason, I decided to stop posting on here after I made my 100th blog post. November was meant to be 'November Nails' month. Why? Because it begins with N of course but I may have to save that for next year. 

"GOSH nail lacquer has been developed using the latest cosmetic and environmental technology for this type of product. GOSH nail lacquer is manufactures without the use of the harmful agents DBP Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor and Phthalic Acid.
  • Excellent coverage and extra glossy finish
  • Hard-wearing
  • Dries quickly
  • Does NOT contain the harmful agents DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor or Phthalic Acid
  • Has a smooth consistency which is easy to apply
  • Contains no perfume"

For a closer look at the swatches just click on any of the images. 

606 Early Green               605 Blue Balloon                 541 Gasoline

I was surprised by how well these applied. The green and blue dried quickly, lasted for a few days and only needed one coat but the purple one had too much glitter in it and needed nearly 3 layers. I felt as though Gasoline on my nails never were as dark as the color in the bottle. 

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October 31, 2012

My 100th Blog Post: Fall Makeup 2012 Trends

I've finally made it, my 100th blog post!

I wanted to do something special for it. So, I figured instead of just posting up a look or a review, I'd put up a post with me trying out 5 of this year's Autumn trends and write about my thoughts on each look. I was surprised to find that every single source had different trends for fall 2012, so I just chose whichever 5 I felt like doing.

I really liked this one. It's the first time I've ever worn really thick eyeliner and I do approve.

I can't say much for this. I can't help but feel as though the look is somewhat incomplete with no brow work.

Every time I wear a dark color, I'm surprised by how much I actually like it, even if I don't really look like myself.

Gold in general is a safe color to use, it's nice for a more subtle look (especially compared to some of the looks I've posted up here)

Oh purple, for some reason I don't wear you on my face enough. In this look, I just sweeped the lid with 3 shades of purple and was pleased with the results.

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October 30, 2012

October Empties

We're approaching the end of yet another month and as per usual, I take a look at what products I've managed to use up this month:

1. Clinique take the day off makeup remover - I've recently stopped using makeup wipes as I figured they don't cleanse the skin as well as proper makeup remover. It's great and makes taking off all my heavy eye-makeup off an easy process, definitely a staple item.

2. LUSH Brazened Honey Face Mask - I've put up a review on this already, you can check it out here. It's a great face mask, especially as it addresses my skin problems. I will definitely be buying this again.

3. Clinique Super Balanced Powder No 6 - This was originally gifted to me by a relative. It was a strange gift to receive as it was powder of all things and it was two shades darker than the shade I usually wear. Despite that, I found that I actually preferred the darker shade to my original shade.

4. Illamasqua Liquid Eyeliner - As far as I'm aware, this used to be Illamasqua's only liquid liner product before they introduced their precision ink line. This is now discontinued though. I found the brush a little tricky to work with originally but soon after got to grips with it. 

5. Inglot Black Liquid Liner - My very first liquid liner, for a long time, it was probably 3/4s empty and I had simply bought another one and stuck to that without finishing off this one. 

6. Hypnose Drama Mascara by Lancome - I really did not like this mascara. As someone who's had little experience with mascaras this was a rather annoying product. The brush has a weird S-shape and you need to apply it in a very specific way. A way that I struggle with, so it really didn't suit me. It does give you good results though, again, only if you apply it well. 

7. Illamasqua Eye Brow Cake - I'm going to call this a pan hit rather than an empty. I hit the pan a while back but I've made the mistake of leaving it in my bathroom where it heated up too much. So when it came to applying, the product just broke. It's pretty decent though, I think I may experiment with other eyebrow products before repurchasing though.

Overall I knew I didn't really use up much this month but I was happy to find I've used up more than I originally thought.

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October 29, 2012

Bird Makeup Series - Kingfisher

So today we have my last bird inspired makeup look which is based on the Kingfisher. They are very bright birds with an orange and blue colored combination. I've mostly used makeup geek eyeshadows which I received a while ago. When I first received the eyeshadows, I put up some quick swatches, expect a more in-depth review on them sometime soon. 

This look was more difficult to pull off than I expected. I struggled to apply the white dots, who would have thought something like that would be so tricky. Also, trying to find an appropriate lipstick color and clothes gear that wouldn't clash with the colors so much. For the lipstick, I ended up dabbing some of the orange eyeshadow onto the lips for the orange color. Oh well, as the last bird in my bird series, what are your thoughts?

Products Used

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Makeup Geek Pressed Eyeshadow in Poolside, Sea Mist, Corrupt, Razzleberry, & Peacock
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe & Abyss
Illamasqua Blink Eyeshadow (Empower Palette)
YSL Mascara

Illamasqua lipstick in Over
Illamasqua Illuminator in Odyssey
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Razzleberry

Illamasqua Skin Base No 9
Illamasqua Powdered Metal in Thalia
Clinique Superbalance Powder 6

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October 27, 2012

Illamasqua Pure Pigment - Swatches & Review

"Made to be played with. A metallic, high-shine, pure-colour powder that highlights eyes, cheeks and brows. Mix with eye shadow, blusher or use it on its own to intense effect. Bring out your bold side." -
Packaging: In terms of aesthetics, I love it. It's different and unique. However, in terms of practicality, I do get scared I'm going to drop the box and have it spill everywhere since it's a bit difficult to lift the lid off. #firstworldproblems 

Product: These pigments are super glittery. Expect fallout as with any loose pigment. These are long-lasting and true to color - except for Static. It looks white in it's pot but when applied it's actually a pinky-purple glitter. There isn't a wide range of colors for them but I do think most if not all of their shades are generally 'safe' colors (without being natural) that complement most skin tones. There are in total 11 colors available and I've luckily managed to get my hands on 6 of them.


All swatches on the left include the pure pigment with no primer. 
All swatches on the right include the pure pigment mixed in with Illamasqua's sealing gel.

Static - Iridescent Pink/Silver
Incite - Warm Gold Shimmer
 Ore - Rich Russet Bronze
 Android - Shimmering Charcoal Black
Alluvium - Iridescent Midnight Blue
 Chasm - Golden Turquoise Shimmer

PriceThe pot costs £15.50 (approximately $25). It's expensive and on top of that you get only 1.3g as well for this product (So the price per 10g is a whopping £119.23). Having said that, I still have yet to get anywhere close to finishing up a single one of these. There's probably a reasonable amount of product in it, it's just really light and it's pigmented enough that you don't need to add layers for color. Lastly, Illamasqua do have sales on often enough for you to get the product for less. You can also get a 10% reduction from your 3rd order & onwards on their website.

My favorite colors out of the six are definitely Static, Android and Ore. Which is unusual for me as I generally prefer 'crazy' colors. 

Product Rating: 3.5 / 5

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