October 29, 2014

Broke Girl Last Minute Halloween Makeup Idea - Scar from Disney's Lion King

If you're broke this Halloween and don't feel like going as a generic cat, why not dress up as a big evil cat? By big cat I of course mean a Lion from one of the best Disney films ever, the Lion King. If you have a very basic makeup collection you should be able to achieve this look. All you really need are black eyeliners and a nude palette. If you owned a white eyeliner it would be handy, but a light eyeshadow should do the trick. The only more obscure item you'll need it black lipstick and whilst I used an expensive brand black lipstick, you can easily find cheap alternatives like Stargazer that cost no more than £3. In terms of clothing you could easily just wear a black or dark brown dress, or go for a shirt and trouser combination.

 I also used green contact lenses but you could easily go without it as the Scar is all that it takes for people to guess who you are. To get this look, I started off with the eyeliner around my lids, I tried to make the lines and jagged and precise as possible to give it a more cartoony effect. I then filled in the space with dark brown eyeshadow and used a lighter brown shadow around the rest of the eyes. I used NYX's Jumbo pencil to create the base of the scar and used a highlight eyeshadow to define the shape of it better. Using liquid liner, I lined my eyes, then created the shape of the nose. Finally, I used a lip liner and black lipstick to finish off the look.

Products Used
Makeup Geek Shadows in Mocha, Cocoa Bear, Creme Brulee & Shimma Shimma
Barry M Liquid Liner
Illamasqua Black Sophie Pencil as eyeliner and lip liner
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Illamasqua Lipstick in Pristine
B. Makeup Mascara
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer

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October 27, 2014

Halloween Banshee Makeup Look

I'll admit I've not been great with updating the blog over the last two months. It's the end of October and I've done nothing Halloween related at all. Which is a shame as I find it's the perfect season to really challenge ones makeup skills. So over the week, I'm going to be ambitious and try to do 4 looks for Halloween. The first look is based on an old Illamasqua Halloween face chart that I wouldn't have dared to try back in the day but thought I'd do my own spin on it.

I started off the look by popping on my contacts then applying foundation. Next I began working on all the blood patterns. I used red face paint from my Mehron Prism Blending Fleur set to do this. Whenever I made mistakes I had to wipe with a damp tissue and reapplied my foundation. Since I only had one shade of red, I used red glitter to give the blood some dimension. I did a simple smoky eye look on the lids and added some subtle sparkle using Illamasqua's Beguile pure pigment on the centre of the lid. I finished the eye with a subtle cat eye and false lashes. For the rest of the face, I used a red lip and used a soft apricot blush on the cheek.

Products Used
White Zombie Contact Lens
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Mehron Prisma Blend Set Fleur (red face paint)
Violet Voss Glitter Adhesive and Rose Glitter
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Urban Decay Vice LTD Palette Shadows in Perversion, Laced, Anonymous, Backdoor
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile
NYX The Curve Eyeliner
Illamasqua Bat False Lashes
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Lover
Illamasqua Lip Pencil in Feisty
Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine

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October 26, 2014

Shiro Cosmetics 'I Am Groot' Eyeshadow Look

It's been a while since I've had a movie that I've been obsessed with. Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely a movie I see myself picking up on DVD the day it releases. I can already picture myself watching it on those gloomy rainy days as a pick me up. The soundtrack is actually the first album I've bought in around 3 years too. So when I heard that Shiro Cosmetics' new colour of the month shadow was called I Am Groot, I made my order immediately.

Left - Over Eye Primer, Right - Over Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy

The eyeshadow released shortly after Robin William's passing. Instead of being tasteless by making money from his suicide by creating a colour after him, Caitlin donated $1 per I Am Groot's eyeshadows sold to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. As the shadow isn't officially listed online though, no further sales outside of September 2014 won't be directing any money to them but if you were interested in the eyeshadow, you can pick it up here for $6.

The look I created kind of out of my comfort zone due to all the gold but I achieved this look by applying a natural lid shade into my crease and around my lower lashline. I made sure to avoid applying it on the inner corner of the eyes. Next, I blended a darker brown shadow into the crease before applying Shiro's I am groot shadow on the lid and inner eye corner.

The eyeshadow actually has a wooden brown feel to it but I brought out the copper gold highlight by applying it wet using Fyrinnae's pixie epoxy. It actually took a lot of eyeshadow packing to get it to look this way, which was a pain. Normally I just wear it with just eyeshadow primer.

Products Used
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
Shiro I Am Groot Eyeshadow
MAC Cosmetics Kelly Osbourne Palette Eyeshadow in Tickety Boo
Inglot double sparkle 459 eyeshadow
NYX The Curve eyeliner
NYX HD Grinding Powder
Illamasqua lipstick in Magnetism

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October 23, 2014

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine

It feels like every brand out there now stocks some form of a matte liquid lipstick, back when I reviewed my first Lime Crime Red Velvet, there weren't anywhere near as many. Back then, I found the concept of drying/mattifying liquid lipsticks odd but now I'm no stranger to them and own several from a decent variety of brands. I finally ended up purchasing another from the brand that I'm fairly sure started the trend and after trialing out different matte liquid lipsticks, are the new repackaged Velvetines still awesome?

Wicked Velvetine swatched above Red Velvet to compare

Of all three shades in the Clueless Witch line, Wicked is the most accessible and Salem probably the oddest that I may have to pick up at some point. Wicked is a gorgeous deep burgundy red, the perfect shade for this time of year, not that the time of year would stop me from sporting a dark lip. I'd describe the pigmentation for the Velvetine range as intense.

I love wearing these because I don't have to worry about transfer or reapplying product for the most part, they're quite fuss free. These are waterproof and super long lasting although after 6/7 hours of wear the product tends to fade a little on the center of the lips. After several hours of wear, it can get a little uncomfortable on the lips though. I find other liquid lipsticks that feel more comfortable on the lips don't tend to be as long-lasting, so it's down to personal taste.

The one kind of drawback of these is that you get 2.6 ml of product for £13.50 or $20 depending on where you purchase from. For an indie brand isn't the cheapest but it's certainly more affordable than a brand like Hourglass' rouge liquid lipsticks that sell 2.8 ml of product for £23 or $28. However, you can easily get more product for less with NYX or Sleek's Matte Me range.

Of all things to try out in the Lime Crime range, the Velvetines are a must! I've yet to try a liquid lip that's beaten them in terms of durability and length of time. In my honest opinion, I prefer the Velvetine formula over every other matte liquid lipstick I've tried so far.

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October 21, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Palette

It feels like it's been forever since Sugarpill released a non limited edition product that captured my attention. You would think the darker Cold Chemistry palette would have been right up my alley but it didn't appeal to me for some reason. Despite it's ultra girly pastelness, I knew I needed the Sparkle Baby palette after catching a glance of it at IMATs.

It's an odd time to release a pastel filled palette, but I'm certainly glad I didn't have to wait until spring to finally get my hands on this palette! The cute, kitten themed palette is true it's name as I only realised upon receiving this, all four shadows contain some form of sparkle or shimmer, with it being more obvious in some and subtle in other shades. Unlike the original quad palettes in the Sugarpill range, this palette comes with four shadows in a row rather than the 2x2 format, which I much prefer. I also love how the sparkle baby palette is less bulky than the older palettes.

 Kitten Parade is shimmery peach with an opulent golden sheen, similar to the rose gold of Nars Orgasm blush, I picture myself using this as a cheek highlight in future looks. Kitten Parade probably had the best pigmentation out of all four shades. Frostine is a frosty pastel lavender which makes for an excellent highlighter shade. Candycrush was a surprisingly pigmented glistening mint with a pearl finish. Hotsy Totsy is a magenta with subtle iridescent sparkle, I found it to be a more buildable shade, making it an excellent colour to pop onto your cheeks.

The shades are surpriginly well pigmented, I assumed it being a pastel palette I would have to rely on a white base but I managed to create a beautiful look with the palette with just an eye primer. I started off by adding Hotsy Totsy into the crease, popped Kitten Parade on the lid, used Frostine to highlight and used Candyrush on the lower lash line. I finished the look by adding Violet Voss' Copperella glitter on the lid and applied some eyeliner. If you wanted to center a look around Frostine though, I would use a white base but with the other shades, I found using Fyrinnae's pixie epoxy was the best tool to make these shades really pop.

The adorable Sugarpill palette is available on the Sugarpill site for $34 and the singles are $12 each. If you're in the UK, you can purchase it online from CuteCosmetics or walk in store at Cocktail Cosmetics for £24.95 or get the singles for £8.95.

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October 17, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury New Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna Review

After receiving my first pay check at my new job, I thought I'd indulge a little by purchasing my first high end lipstick. As Charlotte Tilbury had just released her new Matte Revolution lipstick range, I decided to head to a counter to try out the unusually square lipsticks. I originally had my eye on their plum/purple shade, Glastonberry, which would have been perfect for fall, but on me it didn't seem particularly purple and was closer to a sheer blackcurrant shade. I ended up trying out a few of their other shades and settled on Sexy Sienna, a wonderful shade of golden coral.

There are 10 shades in the entire range and each shade coordinates with the 10 signature looks. Sexy Sienna for example, was made for the Golden Goddess look, although personally, I love using this lipstick with a smoky eye. Each of the lipsticks were also created with a specific celebrity or model in mind, this was inspired by Sienna Miller whilst Glastonberry was inspired by the likes of Rihanna and Blondie frontwoman, Debbie Harry. 

While I'm not especially fond of most of the packaging in the Charlotte Tilbury range, I adore the rose gold packaging and especially the oddly shaped square bullet. It was designed that way to match the square lip brush in the Charlotte Tilbury range as it's meant to provide precise application. The only thing I dislike about the lipstick is how fingerprints can easily make the inner casing look dirty quickly. 

The formula to these matte lipsticks are unlike any other matte lipstick I've used, they apply easily and I found they weren't too pigmented as I always have to swipe a few layers on to my lips for full coverage, it's meant to be a buildable lipstick. You can apply it relatively sheer for subtle colour or layer it to bring out the coral tinge. The formula also includes lipstick tree and orchid extract to soften and hydrate your lips and I found I actually experienced no drying at all. It also includes '3D glowing pigments' which are meant to give the illusion of wider and fuller lips. In terms of longevity, I'd say it lasts 4-5 hours on the lips without primer and I found it didn't last through a meal particularly well either.

Each lipstick in the Matte Revolution range sells for £23 and is available at Selfridges, alternatively you can purchase a desk to disco duo set of two matte revolution lipsticks for £42 on the official Charlotte Tilbury website. It's the first time I've ever spent more than £20 on a single lipstick and I'm glad this was the one I spent the money on instead of another brand. There's something about the lipstick that makes me feel extra classy whenever I pull it out, I love it so much that I've been looking at other possible shades to purchase like Birkin Brown.

Overall, despite it's price, I would definitely recommend trying out one of the lipsticks in Charlotte Tilbury's new matte revolution lipstick range, 0 regrets buying.

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October 15, 2014

Urban Decay's Vice LTD Palette

When the Vice 3 was announced I had hoped that Urban Decay had finally come out with a limited edition palette that I liked enough to part money with, however, I wasn't 100% sold on the colours I saw online. So when I discovered that Selfridges had a very limited stock of a Vice Limited Palette, I was excited to finally have found a palette with a gorgeous mixture of nudes and jewel tone shades and mattes, satin, metallic, glitter and shimmer finishes.

The palette comes with 20 shades of which the majority have been in previous limited edition Urban Decay palettes and a few of them were previously available as single shadows at one point. There are only three shades that are completely new to the brand in the palette as far as I'm aware, which are Disco, Floss and Hoodoo. So if you're a hardcore Urban Decay fan who's been collecting all their palettes, you may be okay to skip this one.

Nameless is a medium taupe satin. Backdoor is a cool dark brown matte, if I were to travel light, I could see myself using this shade for my brows or paired with a smoky eye. Deeper is a metallic medium bronze, disco is a pale metallic gold with iridescent glitter making it a gorgeous highlight or lid shade and heat is a warm bright metallic copper.

Crystal is a icy metallic blue with shimmer making it an excellent shadow to pair with Goddess, which is a deep blue with subtle micro glitter. Vaporize is a medium metallic grey taupe and floss is deep emerald with micro-glitter that required a bit of layering to get full coverage. Perversion is a soft matte black shadow which is somewhat disappointing as the eye pencil version of this is the blackest eyeliner I own, I'd hope for this to be the blackest black shadow I own too. Overall this is by far my favourite row, with shades perfect for creating a smoky eye.

Provocateur is a beautiful icy metallic pink with micro glitter. Hoodoo is a medium metallic violet with a subtle pink shift whereas Freakshow is a bright purple satin. Junkshow is a bright pink that reminds me of Savage from the electric palette but this has a satin finish more reminiscent of Jilted. Blitz is a bright in your face metallic gold.

Chase is a soft metallic bronze and easily the most pigmented shade in the palette. Last Sin is a gorgeous pale champagne with a shimmer finish. Roadstripe is an iridescent white with a blue violet shift that is impossible to capture on camera. Anonymous is a pale peachy cream matte, excellent for a matte highlight and Laced is a soft matte pink nude perfect to fake naked lids.

Overall, I love this palette and can definitely see myself taking this palette if I were to go on holiday. It has mattes, shimmer, nudes, colour, everything you need in a gorgeous lime green casing. At £42, it may not be in everybody's budget, but I'd rather spending that much money on a palette with 20 wonderfully pigmented shadows than a quad as some luxury brands do.

The major downside to this palette is how limited it is, I'm stunned that Urban Decay only released 1000 of these on the Sephora US site a while ago and in the UK it also had a very limited stock on the Selfridges site. Selfridges Birmingham had 300 in store, so if you're still interested I would contact Rose, the Selfridges Personal Beauty Shopper at Rose.gallagher@selfridges.co.uk.

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October 12, 2014

Illamasqua Vintage Metallix Review

When I headed instore to check out Illamasqua's Once collection, I was determined to only pick up their gorgeous Melange nail polish. However, when brand ambassador Zoe applied their newly formulated cream eyeshadows, the vintage metallix range, on my eyes I loved how complex the shades looked that I ended up purchasing Bibelot and Embellish. Eventually I decided to catch them all and purchased the 3rd shade, Courtier, a couple days later.

Left to Right : Bibelot, Courtier, Embellish

The descriptions on the Illamasqua store do not give these shades justice. They've gone ahead and described Bibelot, Embellish and Courtier as vintage green, vintage brown and vintage nude. In reality, all three shades are far more complex, Bibelot is a olive green khaki shade infused with gold shimmer while Embellish is a rich cocoa shade packed with fine bronze gold shimmer and Courtier is a nude dusky rose which also contains some fine glitter.

Courtier was the only shade that interested me when I saw original online swatches but it was actually the last one I was convinced to purchase and the least used of the three. I mostly use it as a highlight but will occasionally use it all over the lid with eyeliner. Bibelot was the shade that convinced me I needed at least one of the new cream eyeshadows and I ended up purchasing Embellish on a whim. I found it very difficult to capture how complex these two cream shadows are in real life, I find Courtier pictures better although in real life it's semi-sheer whilst Bibelot and Embellish don't picture as well and are incredibly pigmented.

You can apply these with a brush but I prefer just dipping my fingers into the pot and blending it on to my lids. You can build the vintage metallix for higher pigmentation or blend it out as a highlight. Although I've yet to do it, you can also use them as eyeliner. I found all three to be incredibly long lasting especially as I never bother using eye primer when using these. I've worn Embellish for work and the makeup is still perfectly in place by the time I return home. 

Overall, these cream eyeshadows are amazing, both in quality and finish. I've not been using anything on my eyes except for these since purchasing them and hope Illamasqua release more equally gorgeous shades in the future. At £16.50 each, it may not be affordable for most but I definitely recommend picking one of these up.

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October 09, 2014

10 Palettes I'm Lusting After

Last year seemed to be the year that I couldn't stop myself from purchasing lipsticks. Recently, I can't seem to stop myself from adding a lot of palettes to the wishlist. The only thing stopping me from buying them all is the fact that I know I already own a lot of eyeshadows. So here are the 10 palettes I've currently been eyeing up.

While I'm not a fan of Christmas items being released in October, I have no issues with all the Holiday beauty items being released. My current favourite item that's recently released is Kat Von D's Star Studded Eyeshadow Book. Her shadows are generally quite high quality and well pigmented but this one seems to have a few mixed reviews.

I've never cared for full face palettes before but because of my Illamasqua obsession, I'm quite curious about this one. It's nice to see Illamasqua come out with a different style palette as I wasn't a big fan of their small quads. As I already own so much Illamasqua, I'll probably be passing on these palettes because I already own some of the shadows and blushes to spend £45. The Facets collection will officially be available for purchase sometime tomorrow.

Sugarpill have been teasing their Sparkle Baby collection for well over a year now, after a long wait, their new pastel eyeshadow palette has finally released and is available on the Sugarpill website. It's their first collection in a while that's really captured my interest. 

Ever since the recent Selfridges Discovery Evening, I've had my eye on Shu Uemura's Brave Beauty collections' eye palettes which come in a range of green, orange or pink shadows. Out of all three, it's the green palette that's captured my attention the most.

I've only recently taken the plunge and tried out a few Too Faced items, over summer they released a rock themed palette and a country palette and although it's incredibly gimmicky, I needed the Rock N Roll palette. However, it's currently exclusive to Too Faced US and Ulta.

Stila's eyes are the window palettes are beautifully packaged and come in 4 different shades, the body, the mind, the soul and the spirit palette. Three out of the four are mostly nude based with the fourth offering some colour.

Despite owning Kat Von D's Chrysalis palette and generally not being a fan of nude palettes, Kat Von D's Monarch palette is the only 'nude' palette that I've ever been willing to part money for.

When Victoria put up her blog review on Lunatick Labs repackaged coffin palettes, I stopped dismissing the indie brand and took a serious look on their website. What's great about the brand is that if you don't like any of the ready made palettes, you can build your own by choosing whichever colours intrigues you the most.
I'm a terrible person and have a habit of judging palettes for their packaging. I really dislike the look of the Vice 3 packaging but love the shades, so when I found out that Selfridges Birmingham had a limited edition Vice palette in stock, I instantly favoured it over the Vice 3. 

Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the packaging with these palettes, what draws me to Charlotte Tilbury's palettes are how gorgeous the eyeshadows in their pans are. Their online photos don't do them justice at all, the only reason I've not yet purchased on of the quads is because I want a different palette each time I look at them.

Do you have any of these palettes? Would you recommend/warn against any?

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