Sunday, 21 July 2013

Tips & Tricks: Shimmer Eyeshadow


Do you love shimmer/glitter eyeshadow? I do! The sparklier the better. Would you like to know the best way to apply shimmery, sparkly eyeshados for maximum impact? Or are you looking to introduce shimmery eyeshadow into your beauty routine? If so, this is the post for you!

Recently I've had a change of heart when it comes to eyeshadow application. I used to be all about the sparkle, everywhere. From lash line to brow bone, I would use whichever shimmer/glitter eyeshadows took my fancy (examples below).

Look 4 from the Naked Palette series,
Look 4 from my Naked Palette series

Look 6 from the Naked Palette Series
Look 6 from my Naked Palette series

That's still fine, but it's a very full-on look which doesn't allow any particular eyeshadow to take centre stage. That's why I've started to change it up. I realised that the impact of a shimmery eyeshadow is at its greatest when it commands all the attention in an eye look- meaning that some of the eyeshadows around it have to be less shimmery or even matte.

When I first started, I wasn't sure how to mix shimmer and matte shades so that it looked good. So here are my suggestions for combinations that will help your shimmery eyeshadow stand out.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Review and Swatches: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Envious


Do you love the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils? Do you wish there was an equivalent product for your lips? You've got it! Today's review is on Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Envious. I have to admit, I prefer eye look + gloss rather than lip look + barely-there eye makeup, so I don't have need for lipstick or lip liners all that often. I did go through a red lipstick phase, and it might just be creeping back up on me, so I decided to start testing out lip liners.

 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Envious
 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Envious

Here's the spiel:
"Smooch. Pout. Smack. Nibble. Lick. 24/7 stays put through everything (yes, EVERYTHING) you do. When you use our liner to fill in your lips completely, it primes them for lipstick or gloss, grabbing on to color to help it last.

Part of the 24/7 family, our long-lasting, waterproof formula glides on smoothly, stays creamy and defines your lips with gorgeous color. And unlike a lot of waterproof pencils (we won’t name names), 24/7 never feels dry or cakey. Moisturizing vitamin E, jojoba oil and cottonseed oil nourish your lips every time you reapply."

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

How To: Deal with Acne-Prone Skin


Do you hate all those makeup advice columns that assume you have perfect skin? Do you roll your eyes whenever a "natural" makeup tutorial assumes that a light application of tinted moisturiser/BB cream is enough to leave your skin flawless?

You probably have acne. Or rosacea. Or eczema.

This post deals with acne. Acne is thought by many people to be a skin condition affecting only teenagers. Mine didn't magically clear up on the stroke of midnight between my 19th and 20th years of life. It's still here.

I've held off doing a post like this for a long time, because there are so many out there and because I didn't feel I'd sorted out my skin routine enough to be giving advice to anyone. I'm very glad to say that that's changed! Makeup takes so much less time to apply when you have good (or just decent) skin.

It's been months and my skin is so much better than it has been in years. I don't need to spend 15 minutes just on covering up my blemishes, I don't need to go over my entire face in concealer and I haven't had cystic breakouts in 6 months. Major win!

This post will cover the basics about acne and the treatment options. I'll also outline some of the mistakes I made in trying to treat mine, and how I overcame them.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Snap Review: Polished London Dry Shampoo in Bristol Bloom


Today's review is on Polished London dry shampoo in Bristol Bloom.

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Bristol Bloom
Polished London Dry Shampoo in Bristol Bloom
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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Bright Eye Look usng the Lime Crime Aquataenia Palette


I just reviewed the Lime Crime Aquataenia palette and as I've said previously, I held off on reviewing it until I could think of a way to use all the colours in one eye look. The result is today's crazy bright eye look. This is definitely not an eye look for the faint of heart!

A very, very bright eye look done using the Lime Crime Aquataenia Palette.
A very, very bright eye look done using the Lime Crime Aquataenia Palette.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Review and Swatches: Lime Crime Aquataenia Palette.


Do you really love brights? If so, this palette is for you! Today I am reviewing Lime Crime's Aquataenia Palette. This came out a while ago, and it's been sitting in my make-up drawer for quite a while. Why? I found the colours intimidating!

Here's the spiel:

"Aquataenia is different from all previous LC palettes because it's completely *pearlescent*. Each oceanic shade is loaded with shimmer & glitter particles to create a wet, glistening effect -- reminiscent of a mermaid's tail under the moonlight -- and makes your eyelids sparkle like the sea! Can be used on eyes or cheeks. Arrives encased in a deluxe purple tin."
Lime Crime Aquataenia Palette
Lime Crime Aquataenia Palette.