April 30, 2014

Shiro Cosmetics Seven Kingdoms Collection

If you've not heard of Shiro Cosmetics', their slogan says it all, 'hand-crafted makeup and geekery' which is right up my alley. They're a rather popular brand on r/indiemakeupandmore and although I had known about them for a long while, lurking that subreddit convinced me to finally try out the brand. The Seven Kingdoms collection is a Game of Thrones inspired set and actually contains 15 shades but I only picked up 3 along with a limited edition color of the month shade. 

L-R: Little Bird, Maiden Queen, You Snow Nothing, Valar Morghulis

Little Bird is inspired by Sansa Stark and described as a matte mauve/beige pink.

Maiden Queen is inspired by Margaery Tyrell and described as emerald of Highgarden, with bright aqua shimmer and golden-rose sparks. Easily my favorite shade of the lot.

You Snow Nothing I'm sure I don't need to point out who this is inspired by. This is actually a limited edition shade and was color of the month back in December I think and is still available online here. It is described as iridescent crow's wing blue-black, kissed by fire.

Valar Morghulis is inspired by Arya Stark and is described as pure black with metallic white overlay. This was the only shade that needed extra attention and required layering.

The eyeshadows come in 3 different sizes with the smallest coming in a sample bag with 1/8 teaspoon of product at $1. The medium option is a mini jar without the design sticker which contains 1 gram of product and sells for $3.50 (a little over £2). The largest size is the full size jar with the artwork and 2 grams of product. The full size sells for $6 each (a little over £3.5).

I found that Valar Morghulis and You Snow Nothing were extremely hard to remove. As you can tell they are super pigmented. I'm gutted that the mini jars didn't have the artwork on them but that's what I get for picking the cheaper option. 

But all in all, I have no real complaints! I adore the collection and I'm impressed by the quality of the shadows. I will definitely in the future be picking up some more shades.

Have you tried anything by Shiro before? What would you recommend?

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April 27, 2014

Royal Cobalt Blue Chaos Smokey Eye Tutorial

So I was chilling at home, wearing my cookie monster shirt and decided hey, this is the perfect time to try out the Chaos shadow from my new electric palette! I decided on a simple but extremely heavy smokey eye look. I generally tend to not apply too much shadow on my big eyes but figured well I may as well go crazy. I love the way this turned out and wouldn't save this as a night time only look as it's not as bright without sunlight.

1. After priming, apply bright blue shadow (Chaos UD) all over the lid and on the lower lash line
2. Dip a blending brush into a brown shadow and blend into your crease
3. Repeat but with the same bright blue shadow and focusing more on the lid/crease area
4. Add a highlighting shade under your brows
5. Line those eyes and add mascara (or false lashes) and you're done!

Products Used
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift in Medium 2
Vitage Cosmetics Eye Color in Spiced Coffee
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Urban Decay Chaos Shadow
Makeup Geek shadows in cocoa bear and shimma shimma
Urban Decay Liquid Liner and Pencil Liner in Perversion
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara
Illamasqua Hydra Veil
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Illamasqua Cream Blush in Zygomatic

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April 25, 2014

Bath Sabbath | Heavy Metal Themed Soap

You know what's silly? The beauty world's habit of constantly associating 'heavy metal' with glitter or metallics. I've never ever seen a metalhead at a concert or festival wearing either of these things! So it's definitely refreshing to have come across Bath Sabbath (love the pun). It's not a makeup focused brand but I'm not surprised as metal gigs tend to be sausage fests.

The first soap I chose was their 'Sabbath Studdy Sabbath' soap in the Holy Diver scent in the white goats milk option. The alternative color choice was black from charcoal (not the one pictured above). The Holy Diver scent smells of midnight sea and brimstone. It's a smokey salty ozone scent with hints of wood. It may sound manly but I love the scent.

The second soap, Love Stinks, is part of their Valentines collection and is a chocolate scented soap, essentially making it an impulse buy at the time but the set is still being sold. The chocolate scent is strong and fills the entire room with the smell. The soap does contain charcoal which definitely strikes me as a strange ingredient but it's actually very common. 

I love that with certain soaps you can chose between different scents, all inspired by various metal songs. Without sounding too elitist, the brand has a more authentic metal feel to it compared to say Urban Decay's heavy metal liners. Virginia, the store owner was very kind enough to add a sample of her raspberry lambic love bites soap along with a perfume sample.

The soaps cost £4.28 each which isn't so bad, my main issue is etsy shipping prices! Once I'm done with all my soaps, I definitely plan on picking up their Turisas soap. If you happen to be of the male gender, the owner also sells beard oils and mustache wax.

Overall, if you're into your metal, I highly recommend you check out Bath Sabbath!

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April 23, 2014

Geek Chic Cosmetics Win or Die Look

For a while, I was unsure as to which shades from my Win or Die collection I'd pair together for a look and kept coming up with different ideas. In the end, I decided to go for ALL of the colors.

I wanted the colors to not pop out too much as I was heading out so I just went for a general eyeshadow primer as opposed to a sticky based one. I really loved the way this mash of colors turned out. My only problem was that the imp clearly needed a tackier base for it as it wasn't vibrant at all and it felt like it just didn't want to apply on the lids at all. I would have topped it off with Sugarpill's Goldilux but the idea was to stick to the one brand. 

Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Geek Chic Cosmetics Across the Narrow Sea, Born In Fire, The Spider & The Imp
Urban Decay Liquid Liner & Pencil Liner in Perversion
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara
Illamasqua Hydra Veil & Skin Base Foundation
Kat Von D Lipstick in Lovecraft
Illamasqua Blush in Ambition

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April 20, 2014

Illamasqua Cream Blushers

As I've already mentioned, I have a somewhat large Illamasqua collection. It's been growing for a while so I haven't really reviewed most of it but I've started tackling the collection. For a long time, I could never understand the concept behind cream blushers, how do you even apply them and how do they even work. However, Illamasqua had a few cream blushers in various sales leading to a few impulse purchases.

L-R: Laid, Rude, Dixie, Seduce, Zygomatic

Laid is a bright rose pink.
Rude is a warm peach pink.
Dixie is a warm coral pink.
Seduce is a warm rose pink.
Zygomatic is a naked pink brown.

Laid was the most intimidating shade out of the lot but I found that applying a little gave a much more toned down shade of pink. I find Zygomatic barely shows on my skin as it's very close to my skin color which makes it excellent for a super subtle glow on myself.

As someone who is really into shimmer powder blushes, I found the dewy finish of cream blushers a nice alternative as I don't tend to use my matte blushers much. It's also perfect for winter time when the harsh weather dries out your skin. I found the cream blushers weren't as long-lasting as their powder blushers. The dewy finish lasted around 4 hours.

I apply this using a blush brush or with just my (clean) fingers. I love that it's multi purpose and you can use the blush as a matching lip color. The only thing I don't like about the blush is that it can look a little messy in the palette but that's mostly if you decide to use it as a gloss.

These currently retail for £21.50 which is a rather astonishing price to pay. It seems Illamasqua have recently had a price hike across their range. As a mild cheapskate I would wait until one of their sales are on or try your luck on Ebay rather than pay full price.

Have you tried cream blushers? Or are you strictly powder blushers only? 

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April 18, 2014

The Beauty Spending Ban Wishlist

I've bought my IMATs London ticket! After years of wanting to go, I'm finally going! Needless to say, I'm quite excited for it. To save up for it, I've started a beauty spending ban at possibly the worst time ever as there are so many releases I have my eye on. I've been good and not spent any money on makeup since the start of the month, I admit I'm finding it a lot harder than I expected.

Beauty Spending Ban Wishlist

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet I find the color options are a little too safe for me and look somewhat boring but oh my god pretty packaging! Yes, I'm being superficial.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Loose Glitters As a magpie, I really need to include more glitter into my collection. I've mostly got my eye on the blue in the set.

Kat Von D Chrysallis and Monarch Palette More gorgeous packaging! I'm unsure which one to go for but I'm leaning towards the Monarch one as I really don't like the colors in the Chrysallis

Lime Crime Clueless Witch Velvetines Since I already own a black liquid lipstick, I figure I'll most likely end up picking up Wicked out of all 3 if any. I'm hoping to get this on discount at IMATs

Makeup Revolution Scandalous Lipstick Set These are so far the hardest thing not to buy because they're both colorful and dirt cheap! I'm trying hard to wait either way though.

Revlon Spiderman Super-Powered Nail Polish My main appeal to this is the fact that it's Spiderman themed. In my opinion, this is also the only really pretty color in the collection.

TheBalm Instain Long-Wearing Blush This isn't a recent release but it is on discount and I love the magazine themed packaging.

Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks Also not a recent release but is constantly out of stock. They've been given a new look and have a few new shades in the collection, I have my eye on l.u.v.

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Varnish I'm currently obsessed with cobalt blue lately. My main disappointment with this shade though is that it doesn't seem as bright as the electric palette.

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April 16, 2014

5 Lip Products I Regret Buying

It's common for us bloggers to rave about products, so I'm going the other way by talking about a few items I regret wasting my money on. This was meant to be a general products I regret buying post but when it came to making my choices, it turned out I had a lot of lip products. So I thought I'd do a lip edition for now, an eye edition later and possibly a skincare edition later.

Kate Moss Lipstick in 04 - I included this lipstick in my fall favorite lipsticks post because I loved the color and it was my first purple lipstick. However I just can't go beyond the nasty scent it has each time I apply it. I'm unsure if it's just a matter of preference but the smell is unpleasant.

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams in Birthday Suit and Petal - I'm surprised to say that out of all 3 shades I picked up, it was the two subtle/normal lip colors that I get the least use out of. I find I just end up reaching for lipstick dupes of these shades instead of bothering with these two.

Maybelline Baby Lips - These were so hyped when they came out in the UK and now? Nobody cares apparently. I find that these dry my lips out more than moisturise them.

Lime Crime Babette & Great Pink Planet - Babette was an impulse buy as it was new at the time and it didn't look like the promo pictures either. I find the two look off with my skin tone but I can imagine them suiting others quite well.

Kat Von D lipstick in Celebutard - I purchased this off of ebay so it wasn't too expensive. I find that it's a little too nude and sheer for my liking, making it look rather meh on me.

Which lip products have you bought only to regret later?

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April 14, 2014

Geek Chic Cosmetics Win or Die Collection

Another week, another Game of Thrones related post! This week I'm sharing swatches of Geek Chic Cosmetic's Win or Die collection. I've started picking up the 3rd book since the airing of episode 1 of season 4 and have managed to almost catch up to the TV show already! I'm currently obsessed but I'm trying to avoid passing the book to keep the surprise element.

Across the Narrow Sea, The Spider, The Imp, Born In Fire

Across the Narrow Sea is a turquoise with a seafoam highlight and aqua sparkles. 

The Spider is a matte pink lavender and is inspired by the Master of Whisperers himself Varys.

The Imp is a glittery golden containing ruby sparkles that fall off easily, inspired by Tyrion.

Born In Fire is a smokey violet inspired by Daenaerys Targaryen, my favorite out of the lot. 

The entire collection actually contains 8 shades including an Arya inspired one and a Nights Watch inspired one. I only went for these four though cause they were the ones that just appealed to me the most. I can definitely see myself repurchasing Born In Fire in the full sized packaging. It makes for a perfect smokey eye shade and a great all over the lid shade too. 

A single shadow sells for $5.99 or you can try out their samples if you're unsure for $1.25 each.

If you'd like to see more Geek Chic Cosmetics, check out my The Walking Dead swatch post.

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April 12, 2014

Lush Ocean Salt Scrub*

I've not used many Lush items outside of their fresh face masks and emotional brilliant range but during last months blogger meet, I was lucky enough to be given a few Lush items. One of these items was today's Ocean Salt face and body scrub, one of Lush's many cleansers.

Let me start off by saying I love the feel of this scrub and feel fresh the moment it touches my skin. I definitely get flash backs of swimming in the sea each time I use this, I even get the salty after taste on my tongue whenever I scrub my face. The texture on this scrub is unlike any other I've tried before, it's definitely a light soft mousse with little lumps.

This is one of Lush's top selling cleansers and it works for a lot of people. However, I find most skin products that aren't face masks or foam cleansers tend to break me out and much to my disdain, this was no different. That said, my breakouts from this cleanser was mild and only on my face, so thankfully, I could still enjoy it as a body scrub. Despite how lumpy it looks in the pot, it's a rather mild scrub and isn't harsh at all on the skin.

The ingredients include coarse and fine sea salt for exfoliation, fresh avocado butter and coconut fat for hydration and fresh lime extracted in vodka for dealing with blocked pores, blemishes and blackheads. Extra ingredients also include fresh grapefruit infusion, lime oil, seaweed absolute and violent leaf absolute.

Overall, I don't think I'll be repurchasing this specific cleanser myself but I would consider trying their alcohol-free version of this. Unfortunately, it seems as if it's only available in the US. Boo.

You can purchase a 125 g pot for £7.25 or a 250g pot for £13.25 from Lush.
*Cleanser was from a goodie bag at an event. No other compensation was made

Reminder: As this is a skin product please be aware what doesn't work for me may work for you and on the other hand you could potentially suffer from more severe breakouts than myself.

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April 10, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette Look Tutorial

Despite the electric palette being a rainbow palette, I was quite curious about their silver shade, revolt, as it was the obvious odd one out. I figured Urban (purple) was probably the best shade in the palette to match it with making it a color combination that screams Urban Decay. I'm not a professional and I don't think much of my own makeup skills but I thought I'd share how I achieved this look with a step by step pictutorial. 

1. Prime!
2. Apply Jilted (fuchsia) with a blending brush on the crease
3. Go over it with Urban (bright purple)
4. Use a silver liner (Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Cuff) as a base for the lid
5. Apply Revolt (silver) all over the lid
6. Apply Revolt (silver) on the inner eye corner
7. Apply Urban on your lower lash line
8. Line those eyes and add some mascara or false lashes if you like

Of course you don't have to have the electric palette to get this look, just use similar shades!

Products Used
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Illamasqua Skin Base Life Medium 2
Urban Decay Electric Palette shadows Jilted, Urban & Revolt
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Cuff & Perversion
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Precision Pen
Benefit Bad Girl Mascara
Illamasqua Hydra Veil
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation 233
Benefit Hello Flawless
Illamasqua Cream Blush in Laid
Too Faces Lip Primer
Kat Von D Lipstick in Lovecraft
Smooch Cosmetics Lipstick in Naughty

Catch my first impressions post on the electric palette here.

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