April 30, 2015

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Quiver First Impressions

Lately, I've been cutting back on makeup spending. I admit it may not seem that way and that I still probably spend more money on it than the average woman but it's a personal improvement. However, I had to make the exception with Urban Decay's summer nights collection which has officially launched in the UK as off today. The summer collection consists of 12 new lip glosses and blushers, 8 new eyeshadows and a new lip primer. Out of everything in the collection, the blushers stuck out the most to me.

The packaging's gunmetal packaging matches the rest of the brand's recently revamped products. The packaging can double as a mirror as it's easy to check out your reflection which also makes it a nightmare to photograph. It also features a see-through fishnet logo cutout to easily identify what shade you're reaching for.

Originally, I had my eye on Bittersweet, which was a bright matte purple blush but felt like I had too much purple in my life. So instead, I thought I'd try out Quiver, a matte bright red blush and it'd fill up a gap in my current blush lineup. I tend to play it safe with blush colours so figuring out how to wear this without feeling too clownish will be challenging for me.

Urban Decay's new afterglow blush is easily one of the most pigmented blushers I've owned. As it's such a bold colour, I'd definitely recommend using less product and building the colour to something you're comfortable with. As to whether it's long-lasting, I found that as I didn't apply a heavy amount on, it only lasted around 6 hours on my cheeks. The formula in the pan feels silky but a little powdery at the same time although it may not be the same with other shades. It's quite blendable but I'll admit to owning better blushers than this.

The Urban Decay afterglow blushes are priced at £19 each with almost 7g of product which is quite affordable compared to some other mid range brands. Although steep for those who are used to drugstore items. Ultimately, I can still see myself trying out some other blushers.

The new Urban Decay summer nights range is currently available at Debenhams in the UK.
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April 28, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Lipstick Last Longer

Recently I've began getting into the habit of reapplying my lipstick, why? It takes forever to get through a tube of lipstick, so why not make sure my lipstick is always in perfect condition? However, there are some occasions when the last thing I want to do is worry about the state of my face and just enjoy myself. So, here are a couple of ways I make my lip colour last longer.

  Line Those Lips
The simplest way to make my lips last a long night out is by using a lip liner. I've never overdrawn my lips personally. I just follow my natural lip shape and colour it in. Finish it off by layering your chosen lipstick shade over. My personal favourite lip liners are Urban Decay's 24/7 lip pencils but my Illamasqua pencils do a great job too. I find they prolong the wear time quite well. However, they can be on the dry side, so you may want to use a lipbalm before hand.

  Opt For A Matte Finish
While creamy lipsticks feel more comfortable on the lips, they certainly don't last particularly long. Occasionally they'll leave a light stain at best. If you really want a shade to last a while, wear a matte lipstick. I find they're the best finish for longevity.

  Skip Out On The Gloss
The number of times I have applied a gloss on top of a long lasting lipstick, only to find that my lip colour has completely disappeared within two hours! I am not a fan of gloss and don't buy them at all any more. However, I can appreciate the finish it gives. If you don't feel like skipping out entirely, applying as little as possible instead. If I wear gloss, I'll only apply a tiny dot and spread it with a lip brush.

  Blot Those lips
I admit blotting is still somewhat new to me and I was sceptical at first but I found it worked. Blotting correctly removes excess oils and leaves the pigment behind. To blot, apply lipstick then lightly dab tissue against your lips, then reapply.

  Try A Lip Primer
I think everyone out there uses an eye primer before applying eyeshadow these days, but how many of us have even heard of lip primers? They apply like a balm or gloss and essentially improve the pigmentation and wear time, just like eyeshadow primer.

These are the 5 ways I make my lipstick last longer, I hope these are useful to some of you out there. Feel free to share any other ways there are to make them last longer!
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April 23, 2015

Pinspiration - Smokey Purple Eyes & Wine Lips

When pinterest first launched I was on it quite regularly, over the last year or two though I've forgotten it existed. Lately though I've rediscovered it and thought instead of just pinning stuff and forgetting about them why not try out a few pins? I've recently had my hair bleached for a third time and the result has been very Barbie which I've really disliked. In hopes to balance out that out, I've decided to try out the dark purple smokey eyes and dark lips combo to vamp it up.

To get the look, I started by priming then using a black kohl liner around the eyes. Making sure to smudge it out with a smudge brush. Next, I covered the lid and crease with a light dusty lilac shadow. I then blended in Sugarpill's Hysteric shadow on the lid and crease into the dusty shadow. Next, I patted Elemental Chaos on the lid before smudging a dark plum shadow on top of where I placed my eyeliner. While I quite like the gothic finish, it's all a bit too heavy to get away with for casual wear. I think I could see myself wearing this in a long black dress that hugs the skin a la Morticia Adams. 

Products Used
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Anti-Aging Primer Potion
MAC Bloody Brilliant Quad Spoonful of Sugar, Shadowy Lady & Fizzy Rose Shadows
Sugarpill Elemental Chaos Eyeshadow
Sugarpill Hysteric Loose Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Beguile Loose Pigment
Barry M Eye Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Panther Feline Flick
Urban Decay Psychedelic 24/7 Eye-Pencil
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Tom Ford Black Dahlia Lipstick
Illamasqua Intense Gloss in Belladonna
Skin Base Foundation #10
Benefit Cosmetics Blush in Rockateur
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April 19, 2015

The Non Makeup Palette Lust List

 Over the last few months I've shared not one but two palette lust lists as I've been  a bit palette crazy lately. It seems that the palette cravings have finally worn off and I've been interested in non palette makeup items again.

SS15 Beauty Lust List

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows | Unsure if this is a cheat choice, but I really need to make a new Makeup Geek order. They've been releasing so many amazing items lately. From all the swatches I've seen online, their foiled eyeshadows have a gorgeous finish. Out of all 10 shadows that they offer, Jester, which is a gold green, has caught my eye the most.

Urban Decay Bittersweet Blush | My favourite item in the upcoming Summer collection is definitely Urban Decay's blushers. They seem to have already released in the states and while I'd love to try one out, I'm not quite sure if I can justify another blush. These should be releasing in the UK by the start of May.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer | During the Winter Selfridges sale, I treated myself to a Charlotte Tilbury makeover and got to try out loads of their products. Their foundation and primer really wowed me. I was surprised by how well it had lasted which I'm going to assume is down to the primer.

Nars Dual Intensity Blush | These have finally reached the UK...kind of. They're only available on the NARS site and I've yet to see it in store anywhere. Their intense shadows are amazing quality so I'm expecting the same with their blushes when it comes down to a swatch test instore.

Illamasqua Gel Blusher | My last blush item! I've been quite intrigues by cheek sticks and pencils. Since Illamasqua are usually amazing quality, I'm hoping this will deliver! They currently only have two shades, an orange and pink and a contour shade which has my eye.

Sephora's Blackberry Sorbet Lip Cream | I was originally hoping to pick this one up during my trip to Paris but it seems France hasn't updated their colour shades yet. It seems like such a badass vampy brown lip colour. Almost a dupe for a notorious brand's brown liquid lip aside for it's metallic finish.

Clinique Lip Pop Lipstick | As if I need another lipstick. I judge me for how much I love this already just because of how the packaging matches the shade of lipstick. Naturally the purple grape pop stands out the most to me and found the beige pop to be too light.
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April 15, 2015

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Lookbook

Back when I reviewed the Chrysalis palette, I didn't manage to share any looks. Mostly because the lack of sunlight made for terrible photos. Although the palette may seem a bit crazy for some, you can get some wonderful everyday looks that won't have people staring at you as if a unicorn sharted all over your face.

The Daytime Smokey Eye - While I prefer my dark black panda like smokey eyes, it's not something I'm comfortable wearing to work on a daily basis. The alternative? A 'day' smokey eye where you substitute the darker shades for more subtle colours. I got this look by following this tutorial by a redditor. Although it's difficult to tell, I've actually used the blues in the palette to darken the crease.

The Hint of Colour Cut Crease - This one was inspired by the recent Cinderella movie (which disappointed me). I've done looks like this with boring shades, making it look like I have almost no eyeshadow on but replacing the crease colour and lower lash line colour with subtle purple shades make an interesting twist.

The Silver Eye Experiment - I've seen some seriously pretty silvery grey looks online recently and wanted to give it a go myself. Unfortunately, I found Black Milk (matte grey) to be the worst shadow out of them all. I found it way too too chalky and it needed a lot of building to work with my skin tone. 

Subtle Hint of Blue - This is pretty similar to the first look, the difference is I just added a bunch of blue on to the outer corner. It's a neat way to use up a few blue shadows as I find I tend to hoard loads of them and get little use out of them.

The Chrysalis palette has saved me from my long period of 50 shades of beige looks that I've been doing for work. Although there are blues in the palette that may seem ridiculous to wear for work, it's possible to still get some use out of them by blending it into the outer crease or blending it into purples to darken the crease. I'm hoping that I'll eventually be able to do a 2nd lookbook where all I have is more crazy looking looks. 
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April 05, 2015

5 Samples That Convinced Me To Buy The Whole Thing

If you have a makeup addiction problem, it's safe to bet that you have a whole drawer of beauty samples from multiple shopping sprees. For the most part, my samples tend to waste away in my drawers never to be touched again. Sometimes I'll use up a few only to decide that ultimately the sample just wasn't for me. However, on the rare occasion, I'll find a few gems. So I'm sharing 5 samples that convinced me to own the full sized product.

Urban Decay's Anti-Aging Eye Primer | The original Urban Decay primer has always performed well. It's only during this winter where I found it along with several other brands of eye primers didn't go well with my dry lids. The Anti-Ageing primer is the only one that I find doesn't dry my lids out even more. I'd even say it slightly improves it's condition.

Lolita Lempika Perfume | My relationship with perfumes? Get one on sale and use the entire thing up before purchasing another. I barely use them but I fell in love with this sample and for the first time in my life I now own two fragrances at the same time. It's the first perfume that seemed to have started off the brand. It smells of liquorice, vanilla and vetiver with top notes of ivy, violet and anise. Not only does it smell lovely but the whimsical packaging makes it a lovely accessory to the dressing table.

Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks | I originally tried out this sample from Sephoras Give Me More Lip set and although I got along with the formula I wasn't sure about the pink. Luckily, around the same time Kat Von D added a bunch of new shades to the liquid lipstick range and since I already knew the formula was lovely, I just went for it.

Clinique Moisturiser | I've already raved pretty hard about this moisturiser. It's the only moisturiser that seems to work for my sensitive skin. I've had bad reactions to several in the past but this fragrance free moisturiser is the only thing that helps soothe my eczema prone skin. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation | This is a bit of a cheat as I already intended on buying it but I walked to a counter and asked for a colour match and a sample to see how I'd get along with it first. I did find it a little too thick so I  mixed it with my Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation and noticed a significant improvement on skin coverage and even had a few compliments when I first began using it.

Have you had the same thing happen to you? Which samples did you love?
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