Monday, 31 October 2011

My Halloween Look with DIY Black Lipgloss!

Definitely not the most creative of titles, my brain doesn't seem capable of more than simple speech right now! But hopefully the look I've created will make up for that a little bit. I'm not actually going anywhere this Halloween, I'm sat home doing some work, but I couldn't help but to get lost in the fun of it all and come up with this. I really really enjoyed creating it, so here's to hoping I can get a little more creative juice running through this blog! Anyway I hope you enjoy this look :)

Also apologies for only having two pictures of the look, unfortuntly I've managed to lose them in the depths of my computer, but luckily I still have these to that I'm pretty pleased with to share with you. Sorry if that sounded a little big headed, I didn't mean it to?

Anyway I also edited these pictures a slight bit to make my skin slightly whiter as I only had a white eyeshadow to make my skin white and it didn't quite do the trick! I know other products exist but it wasn't worth my money to buy one just for this though!

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer - 53
  • Sleek Au Naturel Palette - Nougat Eyeshadow (all over face)
  • Sleek Curacao Palette - Espresso Martini (contour)
  • Sleek Curacao Palette - Purple Haze (blush)
  • Sleek Curacao Palette - Singapore Sling (blush)
  • Models Own Powder Eyeshadow - White Pearl (highlight)

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Accessorize Eye Pencil - Black (don't like this so used it to draw on my face!)
  • Topshop Kajal Pencil - Crushed Charcoal
  • Barry M Fine Glitter Dust - 23 Black Purple (foiled on lid)
  • Sleek Curacao Palette - Espresso Martini (pressed over eyeliner)
  • Sleek Curacao Palette - Purple Haze (top edges)
  • Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara
  • Collection 2000 Glam Crystals Eyeliner - Shake It Up!

DIY Black Lipgloss
As Halloween only comes around for one day a year I didn't want to go out and buy a black lipgloss, so I made one using products I already had. You might not want to do this, but I'm personally happy doing it and wanted to share for others who don't mind. It was very easy as I just used a black eyeliner (Accessorize Eye Pencil - Black) to colour in my lips. And then added a clear gloss (BeautyUK Lip Lust in Diamond) over the top using a lipbrush. 

Thats your basic gloss, but you can go a little funky by adding some glitter/colour etc etc to the centre of the lips using a fluffy brush, which gives a really kool effect (I'd didn't do that here though, but did have done whilst playing around for this post)

Anyway that's enough of what I didn't do for Halloween this year! What did you guys get upto? Any funky costumes or face painting? I'd love to hear :) Anyway I hope you enjoyed my look and thanks so much for stopping by, H :)  

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Review + Swatches: Too Faced Fun in the Dark Palette

I don't always buy from the drugstore. Very occasionally I deviate and go for something a little pricey. But always when the products come in sets and at a great price. This little palette I have to share today usually sells at around £20 from what I can see on the internet, but I manged to pick it up for a bargainous £15 from a website called BuyaPowa. 

A Quick Word on BuyaPowa
It's a website that manages to offer really cheap prices on a couple of products at a time through cobuying. The products are sold usually for around 2 days from what I can see, but aren't always make-up. Sorry I hadn't mentioned the website before, but I didn't want to recommend something I haven't tried, but now I have I can thoroughly recommend it! I can't help checking back to see what they have on offer every day! The website can be found here.

What does the palette include? 
  • Pin-Up Eyeshadow (0.9g)
  • Peep Show Eyeshadow (0.9g)
  • Full Frontal Eyeshadow (0.9g)
  • Lucky Charms Eyeshadow (0.9g)
  • Papa Don't Peach Blush (2.5g)
  • Sun Bunny Bronzer (2.5g)
  • Girls Dig Pearls Lipgloss - Tropical Pink (1.28g)
  • Lip of Luxury Lipstick - Free Love (1.28g)

The Packaging
The palette is made up of a magnetic closing cardboard palette, it's sturdy though and covered in cute designs and pictures (sorry I didn't get many pictures of the prettiness as this post has pictures galore already!). Inside there's a reasonable sized mirror, which has 6 LED lights surrounding it. The lights can be turned off/on but personally I think they're a bit gimmicky. The layouts quite nice, but theres the age old complaint of the cream/powder product combination, in the end the cream products will be messy from powder fallout! 

The Eyeshadows
These eyeshadows are nicely pigmented and all have a shimmery finish with no glitter. The choices are nice and go well together, but I can't help feeling that none of them are anything I wouldn't be able to pick up at the drugstore... That aside they last really well, infact pretty much all day without creasing! 

Pin-Up -  This is a nice, but pretty standard slightly warm toned off white, creamy shade. It makes a nice all over wash on the lid or can work as a highlight if applied lightly. 

Peep Show - This one is a little sheer, but does apply evenly. The shade itself is a pale peachy shade, kind of like a less golden version of Urban Decay's X Eyeshadow - yes that is the actual name! 

Full Frontal - Probably the favourite for me in the palette. Its a gorgeous coppery brown, which isn't really dark, but stills works well in the crease - also looks really pretty with Lucky Charms

Lucky Charms -  This is a bright green, which verges on khaki making it more suitable for everyday wear. This shade did disappoint me a little though as by the end of the day it had pretty much faded into nothingness. 

Girls Dig Pearls Lipgloss - Tropical Pink 
This lipgloss has a very jelly like texture to it - if that makes any sense?! It does feel fine on the lips though, but does take a fair amount to get the nice glossy finish that I expect for a lipgloss. The colour looks pink in the pan, but applies as a clear gloss with a small amount of pink glitter, which is pretty subtle and very wearable. On my lips I find this lasts around around 3 hours, which is pretty good. 
Lip of Luxury Lipstick - Free Love 
In the pan this looks pretty similar, but lighter than 17's Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive. Free Love definitely has a better pigmentation to it and some nice pinky tones to make a great nudey lipstick great for everyday wear. Although unfortunately for me this seems a little frosty on the lips, due to the pale colour and gloss I think? However it's still really nice and lasts around 2 hours

Papa Don't Peach Blush
As the name suggests this blush is a peachy colour! No shockers there I suspect. It has a light shimmery finish to it, without any chunky glitter. The blush when swatched does have a nice strong pigmentation to it, but somehow the colour doesn't seem to transfer to the face much, it does give a nice glow to the skin though. But if you do want a proper colour from it you can apply a couple more layers to get some colour.
Sun Bunny Bronzer
I've only very recently got into bronzers so I'm not the most informed about them, but I can still give you a quick overview of what I think! This unlike the blush applies with a nice pigmentation to the skin, blending in really nicely. It again has some shimmer to it, so won't be to everyones taste. But it's nothing over the top and doesn't leave a glitterball effect! I personally think it's a teeny bit orange on me, but being so pale I can imagine it will work a lot nicer on those with a bit of a tan! 


In the pictures below I have the bronzer and blushes on as well as wearing eyeshadows just from the palette. In each one I either wearing the lipgloss/lipstick from the palette to show you what they look like on, in lip swatches. 

And sorry about my eyes looking so black, they haven't been edited, I'm obviously a demon at heart waiting to come out for Halloween! 

The Good - Great mix of products, pretty designs on palette, pigmentation and longevity is generally very good, good sized mirror, great for travel.

The Not so Good - none of the colours are that individual, blush applies fairly sheer, mix of cream/powder products can be messy. 

Who might like it? Those that like to have compact products to travel with. Also people that like nudey colours. 

Would I buy it again? Probably not as none of the colours are very unique, but it's definitely a nice thing to own. 

The Bottom Line - Nice quality, great for travel, but nothing is that unique. 

Sorry about the seriously long post today guys! I had a lot to say! But as I had so many products to talk about I may have not gone into the detail I usually do so don't hesitate to ask me any further questions you have. Tomorrow I have my Halloween look coming up, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by, H :)   


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Review: Yes to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter

I've had this lipbalm for getting on a year, but now that my lips need a little more care with the cold and wind I've started picking this up again and thought it was about time I shared it with you all. These are available from ASOS for £3 in four flavours - Berry, Mint, Melon and Carrot. The one I have to share is Berry. I must say the scent it quite artificial smelling, but pleasant and subtle at the same time. It also can't be tasted which is a definite bonus!

What do I think of the product?
Overall I think this is a great little balm, it's not the best I've tried, but it is the best I've tried that's in stick form. Which makes it great for carrying around in my pocket at work where my hands are way too dirty for potted lipbalms! It applies nicely and feels smooth on the lips, giving a slight sheen - but not too much that the man in your life won't borrow it! It's also one of those balms that not only prevents chapped, dry lips but works really well to get lips back in soft supple condition. 


The Ingredients
 I thought it was worth taking a minute to list some of the great things this product has got going for it ingredients wise, as I know theres a lot of ladies out there that look for certain things in their products! It is made from natural ingredients, with 95% of them being organic. This shows when reading the ingredients list as the first two ingredients are Coconut Oil and Olive Fruit Oil. with lots of other lovely lip softening ingredients such as Shea Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil too. It is also not tested on animals, paraben, petroleum and phthalate free. 

Would I repurchase this? Yes, but only if I was already ordering from a website that sells it, bring it to the UK shops!

Thanks everybody for stopping by to read my post today, I really hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful. But as I always say if you have any questions I haven't answered, don't hesitate to ask! But thanks again for taking the time to visit my bog, H :)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Grab a Bargain! 17 Femme Noir Kit, Review + Swatches

I really like the little sets and palettes that 17 put out as gifts with purchase, they're definitely a draw for me to purchase from the brand! And are always great value. And their most recent offering is no different! I'd love to tell you when the offers on until, but I couldn't find the information anywhere, sorry guys :( The offer itself is that you get the Femme Noir Set free when you purchase two items from the brand. But anyway on with the products, swatches and review! Hope you enjoy :) 

What does the set include?
  • Ultimate Volume Lipgloss - Very Berry (8ml)
  • Glitter Eyeshadow - Night Sky (size not stated)
  • Liquid Eye Liner - Black (8ml) 
  • Coupon for 100 Advantage Card Points when you spend £5 on 17

17 Liquid Eye Liner - Black
I'm generally not the biggest fan of liquid liners, but I've tried my best to give an unbiased review of this and I didn't think it was all that bad. It has a really great strong black colour to it, which lasts pretty well without flaking - unless you spend a long time in a hot environment e.g you work in a kitchen! It does take forever to dry down when you first apply it, but stays where you've applied it unless it gets very wet. The applicator is a brush style, which isn't my first choice, but it doesn't splay and applies evenly, but hard to work with though! 

17 Ultimate Volume Lipgloss - Very Berry 
This is where I'm going to have to eat my words! I did in a previous review say that I didn't like the Ultimate Volume Lipglosses but I actually really like this one, It's the colour I'm drawn to. It does last a good 3-4 hours on the lips though, which is really good. There's a horrible (in my eyes) buttercream scent to it that I haven't noticed in my other one of these in a different shade, bit of a mystery! Anyway the gloss is a well pigmented pearly red that is slightly deepened and makes a really good winter shade with smokey eyes. 


17 Glitter Eyeshadow - Night Sky 
As far as I can remember I haven't tried any of the glitter eyeshadows from 17 until now. But I'm really into this one as it's one of those shades you can apply a quick wash of to the lid and be sorted for eyeshadow in a hurry - it's also a great replacement to my No7 Eyeshadow in Comet that I finished up a few months ago. The colour is a medium grey with slightly golden microglitter and a very slight golden tinge to it. Where the eyeshadow's a let down for me is that it creases after about 5 hours even over my trusty Too Faced Shadow Insurance and also has a little fallout.

Would I buy any of these products again? 
I don't think I'd go back for the liner as it's really not for me, but this particular shade of ligloss I would definitely repurchase when I finish this one. And I'm undecided on the eyshadow, I really like how it applies. But I wish it was a little longer lasting which puts me off a little. But I still really like their regular Solo Eyeshadows. 

How do the three products work together as a set?
I think the choices here are really great and the products work well together. Although you wouldn't really be able to get the look of the model on the box, but all in all a great little set - especially for free! Spot on 17! 


Thanks for stopping by to have a read I really appreciate you all, I'm a little overwhelmed by the amount of followers I've had recently, so thank you everyone for wanting to read what little old me has to say, It means a lot to me :) 

And as always if you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask as I know these reviews were quite compact! Thanks again, H :)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Top Picks: Autumn Lip Colours

The colder months are well and truely upon us now in the UK, which means it's the perfect time to bring out some deeper red, berry and more vampy coloured lips to match the season. So today I thought I'd pull out some old favourites and some newbies too that are great for the autumn/fall months to share with you all. I've included everything from lipsticks, to gloss and stains. With lip swatches and normal swatches too. I hope you enjoy my picks :) 

What makes a good autumn lip colour for me?
For me when we start to get into winter I prefer to wear some deeper colours on my lips such as deep reds and pinks. But also more berry and vampy toned colours. I've only included products with vibrant colour here but if you wanted a more subtle colour you could try Benfits Bentint, MeMeMe's Pussycat Lip Tint or Models Own's Blackberry Lipbalm all of which have a more subtle colour to them. 

  • 17 Ultimate Volume Lipgloss - Very Berry
  • 17 Supreme Shine Lipstick - Deep Secret
  • Topshop Gloss - Volt
  • Sleek Pout Paint - Port
  • GOSH Long Lasting Lip Marker - Berry

17 Ultimate Volume Lipgloss - Very Berry (RRP £3.99)
This is a very recent addition to my lipgloss collection, currently coming free when you buy 2 other 17 products. I haven't been much of a fan of these glosses in the past, but this one is really pigmented and has a really nice glossy  finish to it. It's a really nice red colour for the colder months as it's not a deep red, but definitely not a really bright one either. I do hate the strong smell of buttercream it has to it, really not something for me as I don't eat dairy! Oh and this works pretty well at making the teeth appear whiter. 


17 Supreme Shine Lipstick - Deep Secret (£4.99)
The Supreme Shine Lipsticks from 17 are a new addition for the brand, and when I saw this shade I knew I had to have it! I will be getting a full review up in the next couple of weeks but for now I'll talk about the beautiful colour and finish. Like the name suggests it has a really nice glossy finish for a lipstick, but not quite as much as the Mirror Shine ones. The colour is a medium-deep red with slight pink/purple tones. Really great against pale skin tones with some dark liner. 


Topshop Gloss - Volt (Previous Limited Edition Product)
This shade's the more vampy of my choices, having a strong wine colour flowing through it and also being quite deep toned, with a lovely glossy finish. I wouldn't say it applies as evenly as I'd like, but it works amazingly over the 17 Lipstick I just talked about above. It works really well with deeper bronze and burgundy eye colours, to complete the look. I have reviewed this fully in the past, so if you wanted to read more, the review can be found here


Sleek Pout Paint - Port (£4.99)
The pout paints from Sleek are a slightly different product, much like the OCC Lip Tar's. They have a very strong pigmentation so you only need to use the teeniest amount to get strongly coloured lips. The Port shade in particular is a really pretty fuchsia pink colour that verges on the deeper side. Whats really great about the paints is that you can mix them together to make your very own custom colour. This also lasts for hours and hours on the lips, but for more information my review can be found here


GOSH Long Lasting Lip Marker - Berry (£6.99)
If you've been a follower of my blog for a while, you may remember me raving about these lip markers a lot over the summer. But this particular shade - Berry is perfect for the winter months with a berry scent to match. It has a velvety finish with a minimal amount of sheen. The colour itself is a perfect mix of pink and red, making a really pretty strong berry colour and being in a pen form makes it really easy to apply. Swatches of the other colours and a full review can be found here


Thanks for taking the time to read my post, and well done if you got to the end, it was a little long today! As always if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask and I'd love to hear what products your loving for the autumn months :) Thanks again, H :)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Review + Swatches: ELF Cream Blush in Seductress

ELF's Cream Blushes appeared on the UK site a few weeks ago and I was keen to pick one up straight away. I do have to say the price really surprised me as it was a lot more expensive than other ELF products - £6.50. So I only picked up one shade, I really like it though so I'll definitely be going back for more! Probably when they have an offer going on though! 

As always I have included a summary at the end. 

The Basics
Like the studio conditioning lipbalms ELF does, these come in huge containers, this one being even bigger, but of the same style. Inside it has a whopping 15g of product, which in all honesty I'll probably never get through! Personally I'd rather have less product at a cheaper price. The range consists of 6 different shades, which from the images on the website seem very pretty. The texture of this is not your average cream, but I'll talk more about that below! 


The Texture
This doesn't have the texture you's normally associate with cream products, I've heard it described as a mousse too. But I'm not sure that quite describes them either? The best way I can describe them in a compressed, more solid spongey consistency. It blends absolutely beautifully to a great even finish. Once applied it sets to an almost powdery finish - quite like the Topshop Cream Blushes - with the ELF one starting of drier. 

Application and Wear
This can be applied with the fingers but I personally prefer to use one of my brushes - the ELF Studio Stipple Brush. It with this blush to give an absolutely beautifully blended finish. As I mentioned above this has a more powdery finish after application, which helps make the product last a lot longer. On me I find that it literally lasts all day, but there is a small amount of fade, so if you only wear a teeny amount then it might not be so long lasting. But this is coming from a girl whos blush has usually disappeared by lunchtime!

Colour and Pigmention
As you can probably tell from the pictures this is quite brightly coloured. But the pigmentation is just right so that you apply a good amount with one application, without looking like a clown. It is buildable though so more intensity can be achieved if that's what you want and likewise it can be applied very lightly whilst staying even. The colour itself is a good mix between red and a deep fuchsia pink. And as the finish is matte it gives a really pretty flushed look to the cheeks, great for the Autumn and Winter months! 

Wearing ELF Cream Blush in Seductress
The Good - plenty of product, colour gives a pretty flushed look, lasts all day on me, even though it's expensive for ELF it's still not what I'd call really expensive, applies really easily and evenly. 

The Not so Good - huge packaging, colours on the website aren't as accurate as I'd like. 

Would I buy it again? Yes, but I'll probably wait until theres a promo code going as £6.50 from ELF seems steep (I'd happily pay £6.50 though as I love the texture/wear.)

Who might like it? Those looking for a long lasting blush. And for anyone with pale skin looking for a naturally flushed look, this shade works really well. 

The Bottom Line - Great product, but I'll never get through 15g of it so I'd rather have less product and a cheaper price tag! 

Has anyone else tried any of these blushes? I really liked it and am completely open to shade suggestions! But anyway I really hope you found this post interesting/helpful, but if you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask. I really like hearing from you all, Thanks so much for stopping by, H :)   

Friday, 21 October 2011

Fallen Leaves - Autumnal (Fall) Inspired Look

The days are getting colder and the evenings darker. I can't believe it's this time of year again already! Autumn has well and truely started and the colours of the leaves are as beautiful as ever. So today I put this little look together inspired by the bronzey, deep greens and slightly orangey colours I associate with this time of year. All pulled together with a berry lip - something else I associate with the cooler months. I hope you enjoy this look :) 

  • Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer - 53
  • ELF Mineral Foundation - Fair
  • The Body Shop Pressed Face Powder - 01
  • ELF Cream Blush - Seductress
  • ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder (just bronze side)

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Sin (lid) 
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Deeper (crease)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow - M.I.A. (deepen crease)
  • Sleek Paraguaya Palette - Persimmon (inner crease)
  • Sleek Au Naturel Palette - Nougat (highlight)
  • Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eyeshadow - Warrior Mage (bottom lashline)
  • The Body Shop Eye Definer - Rich Brown (waterline)
  • Topshop Crayon - Equinox (inner corner)
  • 17 Falsifeye False Lash Effect Mascara - Brown Black

17 Supreme Shine Lipstick - Deep Secret
17 Ultimate Volume Lipgloss - Very Berry 

 I apologize for the truly unforgivable application on my lips here! I do have a post that I'll hopefully be getting up in the next few days of my favourite autumn/fall lip colours - so keep your eye out for that (with better lip swatches I promise!) 

I hope you liked this little look I put together, but if not feel free to pick out my faults - I am aware of the awful lipstick application though! As always if you have any questions on anything mentioned I'd be more than happy to answer them for you, Thanks for stopping by, H :)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Review + Swatches: Lush Christmas Lip Tints

As part of their Christmas collection this year Lush released 3 Lip Tints, 2 new ones and one that has returned from last years offerings. I was a little naughty and picked up all three as I have a bit of a thing for Lush and tinted balms! The three realeased are called Chilli Tingle, Celebrate and Snow Fairy, the last one being the repromote from last year. 

The Basics
These little lip tints all have different scents to them all of which will described in the seperate reviews below. But they all come in the same screw top tins with 10g of product. They can be a little hard to open, but if you put it in the palms of both hands and twist your hands it does the trick. They also all have different prices, but all are under £5, which is very reasonable considering the ingredients lush uses! From my experience they have all had a really good moisturizing effect on my lips.


Chilli Tingle Lip Tint (£4.75)
Don't let the name put you off this doesn't give a tingling sensation to the lips! It'ss is actually and orange that steers close to red, and surprisingly this actually looks alright against my pale skin and blonde hair, which really did surprise me. Theres no shimmer to this one but a subtle sheen and longlasting colour. The texture of this isn't gritty like some Lush balms can be, it is a little hard in the tin though. Unfortunatly I don't like the scent of this, it smells a bit like bitter style chocolate? But like I always say scents are a very personal thing. 

Celebrate Lip Tint (£4.75)
First off, whats with the gold stuff on the top - so annoying! That aside this one also surprised me, I wasn't 100% convinced on the colour to start with and to be honest I still think it's a little pale on me but oh well! The colour is a frosty pale pink nude colour with golden lustre running through it. Again this isn't gritty and actually has a lovely creamy smooth texture to it and feels really nice and moisturizing on the lips. I don't know what champagne smells like but this apparently smells like that according to the Lush website :)

Snow Fairy Lip Tint (£4.25)
Sweet, candy, fruity, bubblegum, girly! This is definitely a love it, hate it scent, very girly. Although saying that my OH likes the smell of the Snow Fairy shower gel! Anyway now we've established it doesn't have a sophisticated scent we can talk about the colour! It's a medium pink, looking very bright in the tin, but applying sheerly to be very wearable for anytime of day. I do find that this one can feel a little bit waxy and wierd on my lips after a while - but overall I love it and have already made a substantial dip in the product!

Which one do I like best?
Definitely Snow Fairy as I'm a massive fan of the scent and looove a subtle pink tint to my lips. Think less glossy than Sleeks Pout Polish with around the same type of pigmentation - so I can definitely justify having a pink of both!

What about the packaging?
I'm not personally the biggest fan of these little tins lush does as they can be a nightmare to open, I actually had to exchange one of these as I just couldn't get it open and they couldn't instore either! But whats inside is really great, so it's worth it I guess. 

How do they last?
 I can't speak for these particular lip tints, but I have found that a couple of my lush lip balms (not all!) have become a little gritty over time! It's also worth mentioning here that as these contain a lot of natural products Lush says they have a 14 month life to them - dates are printed on the tins. 

L-R: Celebrate, Chilli Tingle, Snow Fairy.

I must say that apart from these Lip Tints, I'm not overly wowed by the Lush Christmas offerings, a lot of it seems to be a return from last year, might try a couple of the bath bits though! Is there anything really great I should be trying? 

Anyway thanks for stopping by to check out my post, I really appreciate it and hope you found it helpful :)
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