Thursday, 28 July 2011

Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Review and Giveaway

You may have noticed the Sigma banner that has appeared on the right hand side of my blog, I have now become a Sigma Beauty Affiliate. Sigma very kindly sent me an F80 brush to try and will also supply me one to giveaway to a reader.
I absolutely love this brush. I have been using it to apply my foundation and it really does give a flawless finish. It washes really well and has become one of my most used brushes.
You can purchase brushes from Sigma or learn more about the affiliate program here

As I said at the beginning Sigma have kindly said they will send an F80 flat top kabuki to one of my readers, so to enter the giveaway all you need to do is be a subscriber of my blog and leave a comment below with your email address and I will select a winner at random. The giveaway will close on Sunday 7th August at midnight and I will announce a winner on Monday 8th!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Face Of The Day - Some More Taupe!

You may have noticed that I have a slight obsessions with Taupe eyeshadow! I can't help it, there is just something about the colour that I can't seem to get enough of! I am going to do a taupe comparison post later this week, I am scared that I will end up with loads that look exactly the same! Anyway on to the FOTD!

Products Used:
Benefit Erase Paste
Misha M Perfect Cover BB Cream
Shu Uemura Colourless Setting Powder
Mac Rose Quartz MSF as blush
UDPP in Greed
Boots No7 Mink on inner corners
Shu Uemura ME Brown 850 on rest of lid, crease and under lower lashes
Mac Concrete on outer corners and crease
Mac Blanc Type as highlight
Mac Graphic Brown Fluidline on upper lashline
Rimmel Lash Accelorator Mascara

I am so happy to finally have Shu Uemura ME 850! I have wanted it for so long but it was always out of stock! Do you have an obsessions with taupe?

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils

I had some Debenhams vouchers and I used them to pick up a couple of Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils. I am a big fan of the normal 24/7 eyeliners and so I had high expectations for these, they didn't disappoint! I picked up the shades Sin and Rehab.

As you can see they are lot fatter then the regular eyeliners.
They look really nice applied heavily or blended out. They set very quickly though so if you want to blend it out you need to act quickly. I have been wearing these two together with sin all over the lid and rehab blended on the outer corner and as a liner. These do not crease at all! I am definitely going back to pick up a couple more shades! I just need to find a sharpener big enough for them!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

In the Nars set I purchased awhile back I got a sample size of the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. I was really excited to try this as I always use Urban Decay Primer Potion and wanted to see how this would compare.
As I said, this is only a sample size but there are still a good few applications inside. It comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator similar to a lipgloss.
It's a white gel type consistency and disappears completely when blended into the skin.
Over primer on the left and bare skin on the right.

As you can see it definitely enhances the shadow. I have used this a fair few times now and I can say that it does make shadows brighter and there was no creasing after 10+ hours of wear. I found it easier to blend shadows over this then UDPP which seems to grip the colour a little too well sometimes!

As much as I like it I think I will be going back to UDPP, you get more for your money!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

MUA Pro Palettes - Haul, Swatches and Eye Of The Day

I finally found a Superdrug that stocked the MUA pro range! I have been in about 5 and the one in Ilford was the first one that had them! They had a pretty full display of products. I was restrained and only picked up 3 of the palettes, I'm sure I will go back and get some of the trios and I am also really interested in trying the Matte foundation. Anyway onto the palettes, I got Glitterball, Heaven & Earth and Dusk Till Dawn.
I really am so impressed with these, they are £4 a palette and you get 12 colours. That works out to 33p per colour! Even if you only like half of the palette you are still getting value for money!

Heaven & Earth
I think this will be the most popular of all the palettes, its a palette full of neutral shades, if you wanted the Urban Decay Naked Palette then this isn't a dupe but it is a cheaper alternative. The swatches above are all on bare skin and you can see how pigmented the colours are. The majority of the shadows are shimmery though so if you prefer mattes then this might not be for you.
Don't be put of by the name! These colours are not glitter monsters but they are lovely and shimmery. I absolutely adore the taupe (3rd one on the bottom row) it is comparable to a lot more expensive shadows that I own. Again these are swatched on bare skin.
Dusk Till Dawn
I think this is my favourite of the 3, its just such a gorgeous mix of colours. The second to last colour on the top row is the most gorgeous purple/silvery taupe, its absolutely stunning! The purple on the bottom row is also beautiful. Also swatched on bare skin.

Here is a quick eye of the day I did using the Heaven & Earth palette

I honestly can't recommend these enough! Definitely worth £4!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Blog Sale - Nars, MAC, Sleek, Urban Decay, Barry M, Stila etc

Ok first the rules

- All items are sold as seen, no returns
- Payment by paypal only, please leave a comment stating the item/items you would like and your paypal email address and I will send you an invoice, please let me know if you are overseas.
- Shipping will be £1.50 for UK and £3 for overseas, if you buy more than one item I will work out the postage, it may stay the same depending on what the items are.
- You will have 24 hours to pay the invoice otherwise the item will go to the next person or go back up for sale!

So onto the goodies, these are all items that have been lightly used (apart from the ones that state they are new), they are just very unloved in my rapidly growing collection!

 Bare Minerals Multi-tasking Concealer Bisque - Used once, just doesn't work for me £8

 Mac Pigment vials in Gold Mode *sold*, Pinked Mauve and Melon*sold* - These came as part of the little darlings sets and are just colours I never reach for £3.50 each.
 Urban Decay Book Of Shadows Depots - These are in an ELF magnetic palette and all come with a magnet and label on the back, the colours are Uzi, Sphynx, Last Call, Sidecar, Half Baked, Smog, Midnight Cowboy, Goddess and Perversion. £6*pending*

 Mac lipsticks in Racy*sold* and Plum Dandy*sold*. Mac Tricolour Lipglass in Triple-Yum £6
 Front Cover Easy On The Eye Cool Palette - £2
 Jemma Kidd Vintage Glam Palette - Usage can be seen in the photo £3

 Mac Night Violet Mattene Lipstick - Only used a couple of times £6
Bare Minerals Full Flawless Face Brush - Brand new and sealed, I already have one of these! £6

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Face Of The Day - Golden Purple

I went for dinner with my boy and wore a new purple dress I picked up in the sales, I wanted to include purple in my makeup but in a wearable way so I came up with this. It's a really pretty gold and purple look. Even if you don't feel comfortable wearing purple I'm sure you could pull this off!
With Flash
Natural Light

Products Used:
Bobbi Brown Corrector Light Bisque
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
Shu Uemura Colourless Setting Powder
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Topshop Cream Blush in Flush
Mac Vanilla Pigment used wet on lid
Mac Trax in crease, outer corners and under lower lashes
Mac Blanc Type as highlight
Mac Blitz & Glitz fluidline on upper lashline
Covergirl Lashblast Mascara
Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake Peek
Mac Marquise'd Lipstick

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

MAC Semi Precious Haul And First Impressions

I had resisted looking at the new Mac collections but I went back to work today and with Selfridges 5 minutes up the road it would have been rude not to go and have a look! I ended up coming away with 3 products from the Semi Precious collection that I am really looking forward to trying.

Swatches from left to right: Outer pink colour, Centre colour, Mixed together
MSF in Rose Quartz, I only own 2 MSF's so can't really say if this is similar to any of the previous ones available. The outside is a gorgeous pink that will make such a nice blush on its own or mixed with the centre portion, the center is a mix of green, pink and gold which can be used separately as a highlight.
Swatched dry on top and wet underneath
Mineralize eyeshadow in Clarity, this is such an unusual colour. In the pot it looks...odd. Its a mixture of black, green, blue, pink, white with a ton of shimmer. It's completely unique. Can't wait to wear this one.
Swatched dry on top and wet underneath
Mineralize eyeshadow in Rare Find, this is a gorgeous purple/taupe/brown and it is such a me colour! It is similar to Earthly Riches mineralize duo but not an exact dupe which is my justification for having both! I can see this becoming a staple product of mine! This one is much smoother than Clarity and a lot more pigmented. This has more of a sheen then obvious shimmer.

There were a couple more eyeshadows I was tempted to get so don't be surprised if there is another Semi Precious haul in the near future! Did you pick up anything from this collection?

Monday, 18 July 2011

Nails Of The Week - Mac Rain Of Flowers

I picked this up at the Cosmetic Company store a couple of months ago as I missed it when it was originally released. It's a gorgeous dark purple with blue shimmer. It does have a tendency to look black in some lights but under bright lights the shimmer is absolutely beautiful.
The wear time on this wasn't great, it lasted a couple of days before I got some major chips and had to take it off!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Face Of The Day - Silver and Brown

This look was inspired by one of my favourite girls on youtube, I have been subscribed to Haley (colormemakeup) for a couple of years now and was really happy to see her pop back up in my subscription list with a new video! This made me go back and look through her older videos and I had to do this look. It's a gorgeous silver and brown smokey eye.

Products Used:
Bobbi Brown Corrector Light Bisque
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow as a contour
Topshop Cream Blush In Flush
Shu Uemura Colourless Setting Powder
Mac Emphasis Highlight Powder
NYX Silver all over lid and under lower lashes
Mac Tempting in crease
Mac Sable in crease and outer corners
Mac Charcoal Brown in outer v
Mac Blanc Type as highlight
Stila Smudge pot in black on upper lasline and waterlines
Covergirl Lashblast Mascara
Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake Peek
Mac Creme Cup Lipstick

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation First Impressions

Illamasqua very kindly gave me some samples of their new Skin Base Foundation. I was matched up to shade 2 but they also gave me shades 1 and 3.

Shade 1 on the left and Shade 2 on the right, as you can see shade 1 is pure white, this makes a great matte highlighter and is also really useful to lighten other foundations. Shade 2 matches me pretty well, it's a little light but workable.

Blended out in the same order as swatched, as you can see shade 2 pretty much disappears into my skin. Shade 1 just lightens my skin slightly.

I have been testing this out for the last couple of weeks and I have to say I have mixed feelings. I haven't tried any BB creams so I can't compare it to one. What I can say is I feel this is a medium to full coverage foundation. You really do only need a tiny bit, less is definitely more as I have found if you have too much on your brush it can be really hard to blend. I have combination skin and I do get oily on my nose after about 3 hours with this and need to powder. I do like the finish but it's just not really what I was expecting.

Would I recommend it...that depends, I do like the product and will probably buy a full size once my sample has run out but I would say for those with oily skin you might want to try it before you invest.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Sad Times

I just wanted to put up a quick post to explain my absence.

My uncle passed away recently, he was only 47 and it was a big shock to all of us.

Because of this I really haven't had much time for blogging, hopefully I will be getting back to it next week.

Thanks for sticking with me!


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