Friday, 18 May 2012

Rave On!

Sleek Makeup ‘i-Divine’ palette in Acid
Rimmel London ‘Flash Eyeliner’ in Black
Rimmel London ‘Day to Night’ Mascara in Black
Rimmel London ‘Scandal'eyes Mascara’ in Black

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Neutral Eyes yet with Glamour

MAC 'Prep + Prime' in Light
Sleek Makeup 'i-Divine' Palette in Storm
NYX 'Jumbo Eye Pencil' in Milk
Rimmel London 'Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil' in Stable Brown
Rimmel London 'Day to Night Mascara' in Black
Lips: (in tutorial)
Nivea 'Hydro care'
No. 7 'Moisture Drench' in Pink Crush
Lips: (in photo)
Nivea 'Hydro care'
Rimmel London 'Lasting Finish by Kate' in 01

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

30 day Fashion Challenge

Ok, so I really want to start making videos and posting things but I was lacking in ideas and motivation. So I decided to do 30 days of straight vloging and posting about beauty and fashion.
I decided to do 30 day challenges set by someone else because if not these challenged will be easy and that is not way to motivate me. I am better motivated when I am forced to do something for a large amount of time.

It is said that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit so on the 21st day this should be a habit enough.

I will start doing tutorials and reviews soon, but I think that this will get me started.

I know that these challenges are fashion related but I will slip the beauty in there as well.

Also I know I am 2 days late to do this over the whole of April but I will make that time up!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

MAC Packed to Go 6 Cool Smoky Eye Shadows

Seedy Pearl (Frost)

Tendersmoke (Frost)

Satin Taupe (Frost)

A Brown Suit (Frost)

Beauty Marked (Velvet)

Carbon (Matte)

I will start this with a confession: I don’t own a MAC palette. I have played with the idea so many times but I just don’t know what colours will really go well together and compliment each other, due to variety of textures and the MAC website doesn’t have excellent pictures of the colours.
But when I say this I knew this would be good.
First off the mark the packaging was beautiful, I know you should never judge a book by its cover but this was just beautiful. Inside it had the common sleek black packaging.
Inside there is a mirror the size of palette and a small 213 brush that is kept in a compartment at the front.
Now I often think that photos are never as good as the real thing and no offence to MAC but the colours are so pretty in real life compared to the photos on their website. Take Beauty Marked on the website it looks like a dark maroon red when really it is a dark (almost black) red with red glitter in it. Satin Taupe is much more gold than brown like it looks on their website.
Mini 213 Brush
First impressions of the colours are: they are beautiful.
There is such a mix of colours but they work well together. Creating a soft look with Tender Smoke and Satin Taupe. Or a dramatic smoky look with A Brown suit, Beauty Marked and a bit of Carbon.
Now for the swatching. My favourite colour Seedy Pearl that is just beautiful its pigment is not that high and does not have a lot of colour pay out; which is very disappointing. But the rest of the colours swatched lovely and were very high in their pigmentation.
Apart from Seedy Pearl not being what I expected this is such a good product and if you are thinking of wanting a smoky palette then I would go for this. I cannot really fault it.
Now time to bore you with the math on why this is worth it.
Four of the colours are available as refill pots or as straight colours in pots. Even the exclusive two have very similar colours available through those pots; Tender Smoke is similar to Patina and A Brown Suit is similar to Expensive Pink.
Carbon, Seedy Pearl, Satin Taupe and Beauty Marked are all available as pans.
Now let’s look at this logically, the colours in this palette are about 9g of product, in comparison to the refill pans that are 1.5g. These colours are two thirds the size admittedly, yet they are very cheep compared to the refill pans.
The pans cost £10 each, these each cost, per colour, £6 (ish) being 2/3 of the size.
As refill pans they are: £60 (all six together). Plus the Palette: £11.50. Plus Brush 213: £16. Total: £87.50!
But you could have six shades, in a palette, with a mini 213 brush, for 29.50!
And here is more maths for you all six of the colours are £36. That is taking in to consideration that they 2/3’s the size so I did alter the price according to that. I don’t know how MAC is making money off this!
I bought this on Tuesday 14th, I checked back on the MAC UK website the next day and they had sold out. They were back in stock for a few hours and then they had sold out again. And I definitely know why.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Rimmel Glam’ Eyes Quad Eye Shadows

The Rimmel Glam’ Eyes Quad Eye Shadows come in many different shades with a sponge applicator. The shades also include a various smoky eyes looks, browns, greens and other colours all with complimentary colours.
As a whole for a respectable £6.99 these are well worth the money and I would recommend getting them. Yet with all of the colours applying an eye shadow base is key to get a vivid colour if not the eye shadows will become powdery. All of the colours go on very easily and blend out very well together. But all in all these colours do not crease and stay on all day so for a beginners kit these would be well worth the money.
These quads combine complementary colours to create strong looks. Both have a mixture of pearl and shimmery colours with a very glittery silver as well.
On the back it tells you how to apply the eye shadow. Use 1 fully on the lid, 2 on either side of the lid leaving a gap for 1 to be seen. Use 3 as a highlighter on the brow bone or in the inner corner and using 4 to create a smoky look.
State of Grace
This mixture of colours leads to a very strong and stunning look. The silver glitter though is very flaky and sticks far better with some kind of sticky base: a primer, eyeliner.
I have also found that the turquoise is more powdery so will require more than the purple or blue as they are very strongly pigmented.
This does create a very striking Peacock style look with a bit of hot pink added also.
Beauty Spells
This mix of colours creates a very pretty and innocent smoky eye effect the light colours with just the hint of black vamps up a very innocent look.
The black is the colour that is really stunning a matte black with silver shimmer with it tones down the harsh black yet makes the colour more striking because of the glitter.  

MAC Glitter and Ice Mineralize Eyeshadows


Frozen Blue

When first looking at the ‘Glitter and Ice’ collection I just thought was those are beautiful and the second thought was I want them. I could have easily bought them all but I settled on two: Winterized and Frozen Blue.
The idea of mineralised eye shadows were a bit lost on me, my fist thought was why does this cost £16.50 for a eye shadow colour and the other thought was what makes this so special.
The first major difference is that you can use these wet. Using mixing medium, or just water like I use, to foil the colours and make the colour even stronger. When using them wet I have found that the colour changes, in the shadow pot, in to the blended colour and stays that shade, so I would recommend only using a side to do the foiling and not use the full disk.
When I first foiled using frozen blue not a lot of colour came out on the brush, this was down to not enough water. The brush has to be very wet for this to work meaning you have to use a lot of colour to create the colour you want. The other thing I noticed is that the brush smelt when using it wet. This could be to do with the fact I use water not mixing medium but it was an odd smell. The products on its own dose not smell like normal eye shadows it is really strange.
But enough about the smell, the colours are beautiful the Frozen Blue looks like ice and Winterized is a gorgeous dark purple. Both have a really noticeable pearl finish but also has glitter in them as well. The Winterized has the glitter in all the colours of the swirl so even with the straight purple on your eyes there is still a subtle purple, blue, silver and black glitter in as well.
As Winterized looks in the box there are many different layers of shades, blue parts, darker parts, this means that you can use different parts of the eye shadow to create different colours. Frozen Blue just has that blue silver shade running through out.
The packaging is very different to the normal black that MAC uses and is swapped for a white case and silver package. I think this is to keep with the ice skating theme, that the whole collection was based upon, but it also sets these eye shadows out from the rest of them.
All in all these shades are worth the money. I have used these colours a lot and, especially Winterized, looks like it has barely been touched. Mineralised eye shadows are well worth the investment.