Monday, 28 February 2011

Interview Look and Beauty Tips

Today I have created a really simple and easy interview look, which I wore to my interview this afternoon. It could also be used as a day to day make-up look, for those that like something neutral. For an interview it's important you don't go over the top with your make-up, so thats none or your new favourite bright orange lipstick or dramatic eyelooks. However tempting it might be. There probably are occasions you can look good at an interview with a red lip, but here I decided to stick to the basics.

The Body Shop Oil Free Foundation in shade 01
Bourjois Correcting Concealer in Dark Radiance
Accessorize Merged Blusher in 1 - Bombshell (contour)
Maybelline Pure Blush Mineral in 40 - Quartz Peach (Blush)
ELF All Over Colour Stick in Golden Peach (Highlight - only a small amount)
I used Fyrinnaes Choco-cake Mix, I started by using it in the crease and then blending the leftover on the brush onto my lid to get a small amount of coverage on the lid. If you don't have this colour then use any dark matte brown, that blends well.
ELF Eyelid Primer
Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow (highlight)
17 Eyeliner in Onyx
Barry M Intense Black Mascara 3 in 1
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Lip Butter

I used a shiny lip balm on my lips so that they weren't bare but didn't have anything dramatic going on either. I also french plaited my dreads - yes it is possible! To keep them neat and out of my face and to show that I can be well presented.  The shot I got is not that great, but it's not as easy as you think to get this shot! I have about 20 of my floor and wall!

DO Keep your make-up neutral and presentable
DO Feel comfortable in the way you look.
DO Carry a mirror with you to check you haven't smudged your liner etc before you go in.

DON'T Forget to brush your teeth.
DON'T Go over the top with colour or glitter.
DON'T Go wear overpowering perfume. 
DON'T Worry. And  good luck to anybody reading this with an upcoming interview

I know I always say it at the end of a post, but thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed :)

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Febuary Favourites!

I didn't actually do one of these in January, but I have brought a few things that I have turned out to love that never made it to blogland. This gives the products a chance to make it out of my stash and for me to share them with you. I might not get around to this section religiously each month, but every now and again you will probably see it popping up on my blog.

MakeUp Academy Eye Shadow in Shade 7
Yes it's not the best quality eyeshadow on the market, but the value is outstanding, £1! I have been reaching for this a lot this month, it makes great looks in the crease with gold colours as I did here. It's in my top 5 this month because it's such a great versatile colour, that I am pleased I picked up as it would have been very easy to overlook this in Superdrug.

ELF Lipstick in Seductive
Yes it's ELF and has that horrible smell to it but the colour is stunning on me. And so again this is included for the colour it gives to my lips. A cliche to say but 'It's like my lips but better'. This costs £1.50 and is available from ELF's website. There are swatches of all  products listed here at the end.

Lip Smackers - Cocoa-Cola Cherry
Yup you got it, it's a lip smackers! Love the stuff, it lives in my coat pocket constantly. The moisturization isn't perfect, but good. So mixed with the lovely scent and the fact I don't have to dip my dirty fingers into a pot when out, it's a winner! It's smells cherry/almondy to me, but still has the undertones of coke. Gotta love a bit of cola. This has a very subtle red/pink tint to it, you can't say wow red lips, but there is slight tint to the lips. I actually got this from Primark and it cost me a total of £1.50, not bad!

Sleek Pout Polish in Scandal
This is another product I have already reviewed on my blog, so if you want to read the full the review go here. But as an overview, smells good, amazingly pigmented for a tinted lip conditioner and does actually do something to help my dry lips.

No7 Smoky Eyes Pencil in Smoky Blue 
Love love love these pencils. I have 5 in total! But I think this is the most loved, deep shimmery blue. They stay on all day, not smudging or slipping. And comes of with my eye make-up remover, simples. Again I've done a full review of this on my blog before, which can be found here.

L-R: Sleek Pout Polish, Lipsmackers, ELF Lipstick, No7 Eye Pencil, MUA Eye Shadow

Nautical Inspired Look

Heya guys! If you have been on my blog before then you'll have noticed I've had a revamp. The new layout is much simpler, cleaner and lets you look at the pictures without being distracted by bright colours and daisies everywhere.

Today I was bit bored and wanted a break after reading about Owls for Uni for about 6 hours! So I came up with this Nautical themed look, it also has a bit of a pin-up/ 50's edge to it, with a modern twist of course!

As awful as the full face photo is, it is probably the best one that I managed to get, sorry for that. But look I wore my white red and blue t-shirt to match, yay! They do say simple things please simple minds....

The Body Shop Oil Free Balancing Foundation SPF 15 in shade 01
The Body Shop Pressed Face Powder in shade 01
ELF All Over Cover Stick in Ivory
Sleek Blush in Scandalous (apples of cheeks)
ELF Natural Radiance Blusher in Glow (Blush)
ELF All Over Colour Stick in Golden Peach (Highlight)
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
ELF Eyelid Primer
17 Glitter Eye Shadow in Style Queen (lid and underneath on crease, highlight)
Collection 2000 Poptastic Eye Palette blue in the middle (crease) darker blue on bottom row (darkening crease)
Barry M Dazzle Dust in 23 - Midnight (outer v)
No7 Metallic Eye Pencil in Smoky Platinum (inner corner on bottom lashes)
Prestige Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner in Azure
Fyrinnae Choco-cake Mix - brows
Sleek Endless Lashes Waterproof Mascara
Barry M Lip Lacquer Crayon on 1 - Scarlet Red

Just to end, a few tips on this look. With the 17 Glitter Eyeshadow theres a LOT of fallout so I suggest applying your face make-up afterwards so you don't end up like a walking glitter ball all day. Also to help reduce the fallout I foiled the shadow (applied with a slightly damp brush) which also intensifies the colour. The Pixie Epoxy also helps to do this, but is not so effective with cheaper pressed shadows. Also when applying Barry M's Lip Lacquer Crayons I would suggest using a lip brush as they can be almost impossible to apply neat when they've worn down from use.

If you don't have the Collection 2000 Poptastic eye palette check out my swatches that will give you an idea of the colours I used if you wanted to recreate this look.
As always thanks for reading my blog, I hope you enjoyed :)

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Sleek Primer Palette Review + Swatches

Around 10 days ago I got this palette, if you read my blog you would have seen that I was very excited about it. Although upon using it I was disappointed, to say the least, skip to the end if you wanted to read why I didn't like this product. Theres a lot of photos in this post, so I've made them smaller, but they can still be seen bigger if you click on them. I know that the newer Sleek palettes have names, but I am convinced that these names are wrong, the purple is called Pink Frost and the greens called Peach?! Strange huh? So I haven't referred to them in this review. The palette is layed out like a typical sleek palette, black with 12 pans and a large mirror inside. The only difference is it has a small double ended brush instead, but I found this useless and the brush now lives in the bin.

As you can see the colour range is reasonable, it does lack a bright pink colour and a true gold, but with the colours that are there I really don't think thats anything to complain about.

In Pan


Included here is a white, medium bright blue, true black and a champagne colour. I'm not really going to go into detail here with how the individual shades work as I have found them all to be similar and will give an overview of my thoughts on that at the end.

In Pan



Here is a blue based purple, a pink based pink, a green with a very slight hint of gold and a dark browny taupe. As you can see like with all these primers they blend out very very sheer, to the point where it's not much better than having a non-colour based primer.

In Pan



This end of the palette includes a selection of paler shades, whose colour is pretty much non-existent when it's been blended. Here theres a pale pink, silver, a pale yellowy gold and a shade that looks a mix between a gold and a copper.

I know with my reviews I usually end with a list of what I love and whats not so great, but to be honest with this palette theres not anything I really like. It doesn't work as a primer for me, infact it makes my eyeshadows crease more than without using a primer. I have tried using it with Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath but this product has even then made my eyeshadow crease a lot. These don't feel like your regular eye primers either, instead feeling like  mix between a primer and a cream eyeshadow. You know me, I hate to waste a product but all I can think of to do with this palette is to use some of the paler shades as a highlight where it won't crease. But this certainly won't be being used on my lids again, thats for sure.

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Friday, 25 February 2011

The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator Review

Phew, what a long name! I bought this item around a month ago when they were on half price deal on their website. So I've been giving it a rigorous months testing. To start of with, it's probably best to tell you about my skin type. I have combination skin, with an oilier t-zone and drier cheeks. This is what The Body Shop says about the product on their website.

'A mild and creamy, soap-free facial scrub. Effectively deep cleanses blocked pores and exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, excess oils, impurities and daily grime.Leaves the skin feeling cleansed, refreshed, soft and smooth with more clarified radiance. The massaging and exfoliating actions energise the skin to boost circulation for a glowing healthy-looking complexion.'

The product is clear, not too thick, not too thin, using Jojoba Beads and Olive Stone Granules to exfoliate with. As the name suggests there is seaweed as well, which is usually known to soften skin, but read my verdict below on that. The product at full price costs £8 for a 75ml tube.  So not cheap as chips but not like your washing your face in gold and diamonds either.  

My Verdict - Before I start with this I just want to make it clear that everybodys skin reacts in different ways, so my experiences with this product are likely to be different to yours. That out of the way, I really didn't like this product, every time I used this I got dry skin. And by dry I mean to the point where it was flaky. I wasn't using it every day or scrubbing any harder than I would with any other scrubs. I guess it's just one of those things. But hey-ho, this product is one thats gonna sit on the shelf and eventually get used up as a scrub on my legs or something. I hate to waste things! I found that it had a mediocre effect on minimising my pores. It did do it reasonably well, but the effect was only temporary after using. One positive thing to add is that this product did not cause me to break out.

As always thanks for reading my post, it's probably about time I got down to some work. Hope you found this interesting and come back soon :)

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Pink Look and Ramble

I created this look last week as a challenge to myself. I wanted to create a look using my new Sleek Good Girl Palette eyeshadows and no others. I turned out alright but due to the similarity between shades I think that it's a bit bland and could have done with more depth to the shades. But anyway here we go.

Believe it or not I used 6 of the 12 colours in this look! Just goes to show the lack of variation between some of the shades. However it's good that they can been used together.

Sleek Inkpot Gel Eyeliner in Dominatrix
Sleek Endless Lashes Waterproof Mascara in Blackout
Accessorize merged blusher in 01 - Bombshell

And onto the ramble! Which is more of a 'ThisIsWhatIWantToBuy' lust. MAC's Wonderwoman collection. Yes please. The eyeshadows haven't really caught my eye. What I am really lusting over are the Marquise d' and Spitfire Lipsticks. The first being a nude colour and the second a bright pink. And also the Pink Power Mineralize Skinfinish. Which looks beautiful, but is massive, larger than the normal MSF's. Although in reality I will probably only treat myself to one of these products, but I can't decide till I go and see them in store. And also depend on whats is there!

Second theme of the ramble is my hair. I'm bored of being blonde, I know it suites me but I'm in need of a change. I've been a redhead before and am thinking of returning down that road. But then I have some Manic Panic hair dyes lurking in my cupboard as well and am really tempted to use them. For anyone that doesn't know Manic Panic do some awesome brightly coloured hair dyes for those of us that don't have to worry about having pink/blue/green etc hair. I have Ultra Violet and Atomic Turquoise although the Ultra Violet turned out pretty blue on my bleach blonde hair. The red that I have is Schwartzkopf Live XXL in Plum Perfection. A bit of a conundrum, I'm steering more towards the bright Manic Panic ones but don't know if I can be bothered to prebleach my hair and then foil the colours into my dreads. Anyway this ramble has go on and on and on. For anybody that hasn't heard of Manic Panic they're awesome, they also do some more 'normal' colours as well like deep reds and blacks. I bought mine from here if anybodys interested, I was very impressed with the delivery time.

Thank you for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed looking around my blog :)

Monday, 21 February 2011

Accessorize Eye Shadow Review/Swatch + Urban Decay Comparisson

Recently (well not that recently) I took a venture into the realms of the Accessorize make-up range. As a range I was fairly impressed. I have already reviewed the Accessorize Merged Blusher but thought I would do a review of their eyeshadow. I have three in total but the one I'm going to talk about today is Icon Eye Shadow 2 - Ultra Violet. Just for reference it cost me around £4.00 from Superdrug for 2.5g of product.

Don't you just love the cute little butterflies on the front. I really am a sucker for butterflies. Love them. But yeah this eyeshadow swatches very different to how it appears in the pan, so just as a precaution I would swatch these shadows before buying. In reality this shade swatch pulls pink, yes pink! To swatch it feels like butter on my fingers, so soft, definitely comparable to Urban Decay. After swatching this I realised how similar it was to Flash (Underland in the Alice in Wonderland Palette) by Urban Decay. Despite looking pretty different in the pan.

L-R: Ultra Violet, Underland/Flash.

It's gonna take to much space to caption the pic above sooooo. Top Left = Underland/Flash over bare skin, Top Right = Underland/Flash over the purple primer in Sleeks Primer Palette. Bottom Left = Ultra Violet over bare skin, Bottom Right = Ultra Violet over the purple primer in Sleeks Primer palette.

On a side note, I really don't think much of the new Primer Palette from Sleek, it actually makes my shadows crease more! But I will be getting a proper review and swatches up in the not too distant future. Disappointing :( Anyway this shadow is actually fairly sheer with a small shimmer but no amount of glitter in it.

Lovin' - Colour, packaging, price.

Not lovin' so much - Pigmentation,

Would I buy it again? I think I would tend towards the Merged Eyeshadows from Accessorize instead, in my experience they are more pigmented. Personally I am lusting like crazy over this brand, and they're so cheap too. A lipstick for £5 or a lipgloss for £3 I haven't tried them yet, will have to add them to the wishlist!

 As always thanks for reading my blog posts and I hope you enjoy looking around my blog and I would really appreciate it if you became a follower if your not already. Thanks again :)

Saturday, 19 February 2011

FOTD - Greens and Golds

Heya guys, sorry it's been so long. I've been having some internet issues. The one thing a blogger and student could really do without! This is actually a FOTD from yesterday but I wore it again today as well because I liked it so much. I was looking at my Alice in Wonderland palette (Urban Decay) and realised I had never used Wonderland (Maui Wowie). Such a crime, it's a beautiful shade! It will now be getting some much deserved love. Also talking about Urban Decay I hear that the UK is not getting the Fun, Dangerous and Feminine Palettes :( Although I'm not sure if this is just whispers or not? Anyway, enough rambling and onto the FOTD.

Accessorize Merged Blusher in 01 - Bombshell
Sleek Primer Palette - Moonshine 
Urban Decay Maui Wowie, known as Wonderland in Alice Palette (lid)
Sleek Original Palette - shade on bottom right side (outer lid) 
MakeUp Academy shade 7 (crease)
17 Glam Rock Eye Palette - black with gold glitter (outer crease) 
Sleek Original Palette - shade on bottom left side (highlight)
No7 Metallic Eye Pencil in Smoky Gold
Fyrinnae's Choco-cake Mix (brows)
Maybelinne Fruity Gloss 0 Peaches 'n' Cream 808.

Using this shade and loving it has got me thinking. I should really give some love to the rest of my make-up collection, not just whatever I've got recently. I'm thinking of starting a section on my blog to give some well deserved love to some stunning eye-shadows and other products that get shoved to the back of the drawer so to speak. I'm sure I can't be the only person. Challenge of the week, go out and use a make-up product you used to love some well deserved love. As always thanks for reading my blog and I hope to have more posts coming out in the next week.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

First Impressions: Sleek The Primer Palette

Finally Sleek have released a primer. And in a whole set of 12 highly pigmented ones at that! This was a love at first site product, although to be honest I probably would have brought it even if it wasn't just to try out. A great variety of shades are included, although they really seem to have the wrong names, the blacks called 'Money Honey' with another paler shade called 'Noir', peculiar. First impressions are that the product is smooth and well pigmented.

 The brush is useless, I'd suggest using your fingers is much more effective. There is one thing I worry about with this set up is the product drying up after a while, we shall just have to wait and see with that though. I had a bit of a play using some of the colours with shadows from some of Sleeks other palettes over the top and so far very impressed with the intensity they add to the colour.

L-R: From Primer Palette - Money Honey, Pink Frost, Moonshine, Silver Lining

Bottom = primers as above with shadows from Original/Good Girl Palette over top. Top = Same shadows on bare skin
See what I mean about the names? They are definitely whats written in the palette? Overall very impressed on first impressions, will just have to wait and see how they fair after a day on the eyes. I can't wait to try them out tomorrow, I don't think I've been so enthusiastic about a product in a while!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Sleek Good Girl Palette Review/Swatches

As I mentioned the other day I have managed to get hold of this very pink limited edition palette from last year. Anyone that knows me personally will find it a bit of a shock that I have bought a pink eyeshadow palette. But really theres much more to this inconspicuous palette. 2 highlight shades, a couple of peaches and 2 reds. Old news I know, but I'm so pleased that Sleek has named their eyeshadows, it makes it so so so much easier for me, like other beauty bloggers to communicate better. Not to mention the cuteness of the names!

As you can see, very pink/girly orientatated, the box it comes in is also pink,a bit tacky really, but I've included a photo for your viewing. Be warned there's a lot of photos in this post, I got a bit camera happy!

Yup, a lot of photos. I guess what you really want to see is the swatches and my descriptions of them. The fun part! All taken in natural lift over a primer. Here we go.....

L-R: Lychee, Meringue, Strawberry Sorbet, Pink Grapefruit

Lychee - Very soft, white with a hint of pink. There is shimmer but no chunky glitter. Makes a good highlight shade. This and meringue are probably the ones with most shimmer in the palette.

Meringue - Again a good highlight shade or for in the inner corner of the eye. A pale pinky champagne colour. Shimmery but the colour doesn't show up well on my pale skin.

Strawberry Sorbet - Slightly shimmery pink, shows more intense than the swatch above suggests.

Pink Grapefruit - Very similar to strawberry sorbet, with a hint of peach in it. Also very slightly shimmery, almost but not quite a matte.

L-R: Candy Floss, Lollipop, Peach Melba, Papaya.

Candy Floss - Not as intensely pigmented as the other shades A slightly shimmery baby pink.

Lollipop - Again this shade is almost, but not quite matte. Inbetween Candy Floss and Cupcake.

Peach Melba - A beautiful peachy pink. Shimmery but no chunky glitter as with the other shades. 

Papaya - An orangey coral. The most coralist shade in the palette. Well pigmented, again steering close to the matte side of the shimmer spectrum. 

L-R: Pink Punch, Cupcake, Raspberry Coulis, Morello

Pink Punch - The brightest pink in the pod. Cute name, slightly shimmery. Can you tell I'm getting bored of describing all the shades of pink yet?! This one is not as pigmented as some of the others, but definitely buildible to an intense pink.

Cupcake - Similar to Pink Punch but slightly darker and better pigmented. Steers very close to matte. Some of these shades pretty much do look matte at a distance when on the eye to be honest.

Raspberry Coulis - A pink with definite red undertones. Very slightly shimmery.

Morello - Not as cherry red as the name would suggest. A good crease colour or for the lid with other products. Slightly shimmery. Not really much pink in this red.

Phewww. Done with the pink describing. I still love this palette just as much though. If you did want the shadows to come out more pigmented then Lychee is really good for layering over the top to add shimmer.

Lovin' - Incredible pigmentation, theme, usable even though similar colours, includes highlights/crease colours, value.

Not lovin' so much - Some of the stronger shades stain so use a good base, there is some fallout, understandably not for everybody with the limited colour range. 

Would I buy again? Obviously I'm not going to get through this palette anytime soon. But it definitely will be used although for single colours probably not a complete look. But I'm definitely going to be buying all the sleek palettes I can get my hands on in future. They are a favourite of mine. 

Thanks for reading this incredibly long post, especially if you read down to the bottom here. I'm pretty excited for the new Sleek Primer Palette being released tomorrow, I really hope they have some in my local superdrug!

Who else is going to be getting the new Sleek Primer Palette?
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