Monday, 20 October 2014

Halloween Week: Porcelain Doll Tutorial!

Halloween is my favourite time of year! Dark nights, crazy make-up, scary films, blood and gore. I love it all! Last year I only filmed one Halloween Tutorial and had genuinely been waiting all year to film some more! So this year I filmed 5 and have decided to share them with you in a week full of spooky fun! I've starting of tame, but I promise you'll be scared by the end of the week! 

Product List at the Bottom :)

Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer*
Autograph Smooth Matte Mousse Foundation - Ivory
Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder
Maybelline Expert Wear Blush - Flash Plum 
Sleek Brow Kit - Light
ELF Eyebrow Lifter & Filler 
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk
Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio - Gris Dandy
MUA Luxe Precision Felt Eyeliner 
Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves Mascara 
Stargazer False Eyelashes #4
SEVENTEEN Eye Kohl - Slate*
GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner - Black Ink
ELF Matte Lip Colour - Rich Red

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

New! MakeUp Revolution The One Blush Sticks (+ Swatches!)

I write about make-up on a daily basis, but it's not everyday I feel the urge to tell you about a new products straight away, feeling I might explode if I don't! The day you're reading this is Sunday, however as I sit here typing away it's Saturday and only a few hours ago these beauties landed on my doorstep. I've given them a photoshoot, had a play and I'm ready to introduce you to them! Review to follow :)

The Basics
The new 'The One Blush Sticks'* from MakeUp Revolution each come in large lipstick tubes, with secure fitting lids. There are 8 shades in total, 4 matte and 4 shimmer and I'll be showing you all the swatches today, time to get excited! The outside packaging reflects the finish inside, so as you can see some are matte, and some are glossy - it's a great touch! However I do wish they had put the names on the packaging somewhere... Each one contains a huge 12g of product and are available from the MakeUp Revolution Website for £5* each.

First Impressions 
To look at, these look very much like the Nars Multiples, but having never tried or owned one I'm not going to be able to tell you whether these are a dupe or not - however there is definitely potential! I love that these come in shimmery and matte finishes, including a shimmery highlight and two bronzers. The texture is also really nice, they have lots of pigmentation, so apply well and blend well. The true test will be in if they last well too. But the swatches did stain my arm a little, so it looks promising on that from too! 

I'll be back with a full review and pictures of these beauties on my face in a couple of weeks, but until I've had a chance to test them, I hope you enjoy the swatches!

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Review + Swatches: Essence 3D Eyeshadow - Irresistible Chocolates

3D? Chocolate? I just wanted an eyeshadow! All (bad) jokes aside I've actually been pretty impressed with what I've tried from Essence since making a rather large order when the brand FINALLY became available in the UK earlier this year! I'm slowly working through sharing everything with you, we'll get there! 

As always I've included a summary at the end :)

The Basics
These 3D eyeshadows look so pretty in the packaging, like the patterns in the sand when you go to the beach. Less grainy though! These little eyeshadows actually contain two different shades - I guess you'd call them a duo! Can you tell I'm in a really silly mood today? Each one contains a rather large 2.8g of product and can supposedly be used wet and dry - I've been too scared to try these wet though! There are 9 different shades available, each priced at £2.80 and available from Wilkinsons. 

The Formula
Despite the bargain price and the huge amount of eyeshadow you get, I've actually been quite impressed with these. Cheaper make-up has really come leaps and bounds since I was a teenager,starting my adventure into the world of make-up! This is soft and blendable and surprisingly doesn't kick up too much powder. The colour does fade a little when you blend so I would advise blending softly! I do find that you need to use some kind of primer with this to prevent creasing towards the end of the day. But to be honest I wear a primer most of the time anyway. 

Colour & Pigmentation
The pigmentation of this isn't super duper crazy awesome pigmentation, but it is good and I'm more than happy with it. Together the two shades make a beautiful, subtle smoky brown eye, all by themselves, nothing else. The darker shades works beautifully smudged across the upper lashline too! The lighter shade is a beautiful champagne shade with a slight rosy tone to it and on the right we have a beautiful taupey bronze shade with golden shimmer - beautiful!

The Good - Pigmented, cheap, value, 2.8g product, 9 choices in colour, pretty colours.

The Not so Good - You will need to use a primer, colour fades a little when you blend.

Price & Availability - £2.80, Wilkinsons

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

A Lesson in Nighttime Photography!

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited down to the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff for a lesson in Nighttime Photography with Transun. I had to walk down some wiggly (technical term!) roads to get there, but once I arrived at the centre I was very impressed. It seemed very cultural and like a fab place to hang out (they have a cafe) and get the creative juices flowing.

We started off in the classroom with a lesson in the basics of the manual settings on our cameras. Then progressed into the components of taking good photographs at night. It was all set on a theme of photographing the Northern Lights, although we didn't experience that in the middle of a Welsh city surprisingly enough! I think that was to be expected though! 

I actually studied Photography at college, so it was amazing taking some different pictures than the standard blog ones I usually do these days. The only problem now is that it's made me dream of seeing the Northern Lights for myself. Transun do actually do trips to see the Northern Lights - a girl can dream right! 

The pictures I took aren't amazing, but as soon as we get a dry night I'm planning on going out and practicing my skills some more and hopefully come back to you with some better pictures in a few months! 

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