Monday, 23 January 2017

Dark Plum Smokey Eye | FOTD

Oh look... I've ventured away from my usual neutral and gold shimmer shadows I wore waaaay too much! This is a big deal (I mean not really, but definitely a massive step out of my comfort zone) I created this look using a few of my new favourite makeup items I've collected over the last few months and I thought I'd share it!

YSL Touché Eclat Blur Primer
NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia
NARS Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
Rimmel London Match Perfection Translucent Powder
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle
Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Palette
Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Urban Decay Shadow in Tempted for Transition
Urban Decay Shadow in Lockout in Outer and Inner Corners, and Under the Lower Lashes
Urban Decay Shadow in Lethal in Outer and Inner Corner (to create a halo eye effect) and Under the Lower Lashes
MAC Shadow in Honeylust in the Centre
Urban Decay in Bootycall on top of Honeylust for Extra Shimmer
L'Oreal Superliner for Winged Liner
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Leo

This look is quite different for me. I hardly ever wear plum shades, but the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette has completely changed this for me! This is much darker than what I usually wear, but I always think darker eyeshadow looks amazing in the colder months! Usually I wear a lot of gold and brown shades with a nude lip, but adding the more brown toned nude with the plum colours was a change I was surprisingly all about!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks

I've always been a little bit skeptical about Jeffree Star products. Not going to lie, after the scandal that happened with Kat Von D, I wasn't sure I wanted to ever buy any. After watching Caito Potatoes Jeffree Star makeup tutorial series from the beginning, I became more and more curious. What harm could buying one do?


'Masochist' was the first one I got. It's a very bright, raspberry pink shade and I fell in love with it instantly. Everything from the colour, the packaging, the applicator and the consistency of the product. It's got a velvety consistency, and applies amazingly with the slightly fluffy doe-foot applicator. One thing I did notice however, is if you don't apply with a lip liner, the colour does tend to bleed into your skin. The wear was amazing, so I decided to go back onto Beauty Bay and purchase a second.

I got 'Leo' because it looked like the perfect nude shade. Oh how I was wrong. Don't get me wrong, I love the colour. It was definitely a step out of my comfort zone. As much as I now love the colour, the products just aren't the same at all. This one had a funny, damp smell, which is a little bit of a put off when you're applying it. Once dry, you can't smell the damp smell anymore, but it just makes applying it a little bit uncomfortable to say the least. Also, the product is not the same as 'Masochist'. It's more watery, which again, makes it a bit of a pain to apply. Once you get a hang of the applicator, however, it does become a lot easier.

Overall, I noticed massive inconsistencies in the products, like the odour and the consistency of the product itself. Even though I'm a massive fan of 'Leo', it isn't the same product as the first one I got. I'd love to know if any of the other colours he sells has this same problem. Like I said, once the products dry down, they're extremely long wearing, however those slight problems highly put me off buying another colour.

Have you tried any Jeffree Star lipsticks? What did you think of them?

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette

I am a self confessed eyeshadow addict. I have so many eyeshadow palettes which basically have the same variations of brown/gold mattes and shimmer shades. When Urban Decay announced they were releasing a full matte palette, my immediate thought was 'hmm, all matte? That's definitely not for me!' Why would I want matte eyeshadow when I could have shimmer? Where's the highlight? Where's the glitter? After seeing a few blog posts and videos online, I thought I should give it a go. Everyone was creating amazing looks with it so why not give it a try?

(Yes I know the skin on my arms looks disgusting in this. Who knew when you got older you could lose the freckles on your face but not on your arms? Teamed with the fact I'm pale af, and the bad lighting, my skin looks questionable. Also, the spacing of the swatches annoys me as much as it probably annoys you. I'm sorry. I tried, but I had my mam shouting me down for my Sunday dinner and what was more important in that moment? Food? Yes. You guessed correctly.)

Anyway, I have mixed feelings on the colour range of this palette. I like how they included one blue and one purple shade. I'm much more likely to experiment with these colours if they're mixed in with other colours I like. One thing thad did slightly let me down a bit was with the other colours, there wasn't a huge amount of variety. 'Tempted' and 'Faith' are very similar once blended out, and 'Lockout' isn't far from those either. However, I do like that they added one satin finish shade in 'Blow' (can't really see the swatch, sorry) which helps for highlighting. It just makes the palette perfect for a full look. 'Lethal' is one of my favourite shades of the whole palette. It's a very dark plum colour, and unlike anything else I have. I have been teaming this up with my other favourite colour from the palette, 'Extra Bitter' and blending out to make a subtle smokey eye for day-to-day wear!

Overall, I would recommend this palette to people who love using matte shades. I do like using matte shades now and then, but I often find myself adding a little bit of my favourite shimmer shadow 'Honeylust' from MAC to make them a bit brighter. This palette will come in handy for crease colours, since the lighter browns work as transitioning shades, and the darker plum and black shades in the outer corner and through the crease.

Have you tried this palette? What did you think of it?


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Seventeen 'Mega Matte' Lipstick

The lovely people over at the Seventeen Blogger Network offered to send me some of their products, and in that was one of their new Mega Matte lipsticks in the shade 'Looking Buff'.

The colour is a darker pink/nude shade (even though on camera it's showing up as red). The formula is super matte, and therefore could become problematic for people who have dry or chapped lips. If you do have chapped lips, I would suggest putting a lip balm underneath. Therefore the product won't set as dry and it will still have a slight moisturising factor to it.

I did find the wear of the colour was amazing, however my only criticism is that when you eat etc, the product does tend to ball up on the lips and become 'bitty' (wow Rebecca amazing vocabulary). This can be avoided by applying the lip balm underneath, as it'll stop the product from drying out as much, however, this wouldn't create that super matte look it does without balm. This can also be resolved by using a tissue to blot off the bits of lipstick, and reapplying where it has been removed.

Overall, the product is amazing, as long as you're careful and make sure you can reapply throughout the day. If not, you'll be channelling the 90's dark liner and light lippy look.

You can get this lipstick here

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