Sunday, 16 September 2012

Everyday EOTD Using MUA Heaven & Earth Palette

Hello my lovlies! Today I have for you an EOTD.
I tend to wear this everyday, even for work. I used to wear my winged eyeliner everyday, but this is much quicker and softer. Also, if I'm going out in the evening, I can quickly add some darker colours in the outer corner and I'm away! 
I usually use the sponge applicator that comes with the palette when using the Heaven & Earth palette, because I have found it gives a better finish, and it's relatively easy to blend colours into each other with it too. 
If you would like a tutorial or anything let me know! 
(Link to MUA Heaven & Earth Palette review & swatches post here, and my First Impressions post here)

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Catrice: Made To Stay Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Metall of Honor

Hello my lovlies! Today I have for you my first swatches and review from the Blogswap with Nina
The one I received is in 050 Metall of Honour, which is one of 6 shades (you can find them here on the Catrice website)
This is a gorgeous shade of bronze with gold flecks of glitter, I seriously love it!
I find this is best applied with my E.L.F Studio Line Concealer brush, and then I tend to pat on a shadow on top. Below I have added some of my BFTE pigments on top, (find my BFTE haul here). The first colour is Metall of Honor on it's own.
From left to right; 1) with out shadow. 2) Grape. 3)Meteor Shower. 4)Beam. 5)Cocoa. 6)Wizards Wand. 7)Errai. 8)Honey. (Bottom row is with flash)

I like how the base changes with different colour overlay. I can't wait to play with it some more. The colour pay off is great, a little goes a real long way, and it has long lasting colour too.
Until next time! 

Monday, 10 September 2012

NYC- High Definition Volume Mascara Mini Review & Photos

"Ultimate lash defining & eye opening mascara with plastic brush for perfect separation.
Immediate long lasting wide eye opening effect. Precise brush perfectly lifts, lengthens, separates lashes for the wide-open eye look." - Superdrug.
Hello my lovlies :) today I have another NYC mascara for you guys (here is the link to the other review). I bought this about 3 weeks ago, along with the other mascara, because this was £1.99 too. As I said in the other post, I don't like paying too much for mascara because they only have a 3 month shelf life before they need chucking. 
Like the other mascara I bought at the same time, this caught my eye because of the brightly coloured packaging, plus it was £1.99 on promotion, I couldn't resist.
The wand is plastic, which I don't tend to go for plastic wands but this is comfortable to use and doesn't irritate my eyes. 
Time for pictures. Do excuse the eyebrows! 
Here is my eye without mascara, all I've done is tightline and curl my lashes.

Here is my eye with one coat. As you can see I find this to be a bit messy, but you can see it's separated the lashes nicely and given a bit of length.

Here is with two coats. The lashes look long, relatively separated and got a nice bit of volume, just like it says on the tin! ;) Admittedly my lashes normally look more separated when using this, probably just having an off day! 

Overall, I like the formulation of the product, the brush doesn't get overloaded with the product so there is less mess and makes it easier to get on with, the price is also a bonus. The only bad point I have is the slight flakiness, which tends to get in my eyes and down my face during the day. It's not overly bad, but it's still quite annoying sometimes.
Will I repurchase? I'm undecided, I don't really appreciate the flaking but for £1.99 it would probably be alright if you're wearing it for a few hours.

It is currently back at the RRP of £3.99 and you can find it here at Superdrug.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Unbranded Neutral Palette Review & Swatches

Hello my lovlies, today I have a palette for you that I bought on ebay aaaaaages ago (find the haul here) and never got round to posting about, woops! I have this in my kit, so I've used it quite a few times now, so I can give you quite a good idea of how they are.

As it is unbranded, it has no colour names, so I've numbered them for your ease.

As you can see, there is a lack of pigmentation in this row accept for 7, which is unfortunate, however, I like to use 1 to blend crease colours.

As you can see again, 8,9,10 have a bit of a lack of pigmentation. 8 & 11 also have a bit of fall out.

Once again 15, 16 aren't very pigmented, which is a pattern in this palette, unfortunately!

This row was a lot better, however 28 isn't the most pigmented black I've used.. 22 suffered with a bit of fall out.

In this palette, there is a good variety of warm, cool, neutral, shimmery, and matte shades, which is good if you're starting out with playing with make up, or are after a cheap back up palette for your kit. I tend to use the light peachy shades as blending colours and colours like 22, or 8 as highlight shades.
The plastic of the palette isn't the strongest, so you need to be careful as to not be chucking it about, although I doubt you would anyway! 
I bought this march / april time, so unfortunately I cannot find the eBay listing anymore, however I do know it was £7.49 (I don't know if that was with or without P&P) and really, they are all much the same. You can find similar listings here.

PS. Please be careful with getting make up online, from places like eBay, and try and steer clear from overseas sellers, as other countries don't have the same rules and regulations as we do in the UK, when it comes to make up. 

 I hope this helped, until next time; 


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

NYC - High Definition Mascara Mini Review and Before & After Photos.

"How high can your lashes take you? With new NYC New York Color High Definition Separating Mascara the sky’s the limit for a knock-down price. It smoothly separates and defines your lashes – without clumping – for a 360° wide open-eye look. So apply, step out and take that elevator all the way up." - Superdrug

Hello my lovlies :) today I have for you the NYC High Definition Mascara in Carbon black.
 I bought this about 3 weeks ago purely because it was advertised at £1.99. I'm one of those people that doesn't like to pay a lot of money for mascara considering it has a 3 month life after opening.
This product caught my eye because of it's brightly coloured yellow packaging, and when I saw it was part of the £1.99 promotion (which is no more I'm afraid!) the temptation was too hard to resist. For £1.99 you can't really say no, can you? 

The wand is plastic and a nice shape. I don't tend to like plastic wands but I don't find this too irritating when I use it. The I do find that the mascara itself is very wet, and I get it absolutely everywhere. I find that when a mascara is a bit wet it tends to thicken up after a couple of weeks, but unfortunately this hasn't. 

Time for before and after pictures, please excuse the bad eyebrow day! 
Here is my eye with no mascara on, however I've tightlined and curled my lashes.

Here is my eye after one coat on top and bottom, however I use barely any product on my bottom lashes because they are really long and they don't really need it. 
As you can see the lashes aren't clumpy, it's not totally separating like the description states, but that's because the formulation is too wet, perhaps I picked up a dodgey one, who knows! 

Here is my eye after two coats, my lashes look a lot more separated and look lovely and long. However you can see the mascara I managed to get on my eye, there is even more on the top of my eyelid, unfortunately. For £1.99 I can't really complain.
I did apply 3 coats just to see how it looked, and believe me, don't do it. It looked so awful I couldn't bare to put it on here, my eye definitely looked a hot mess! 

Overall, the outcome after using 2 coats is pretty brilliant, I like the bright packaging. The only downside I have is, as I said before that I find the product too wet for me personally. I also find that it flakes off during the day, which isn't fun, especially at work when you don't have a mirror readily available.
Will I repurchase? I'm unsure. I don't tend to stay with the same mascara, and although it is good for the price, I'm still not totally convinced that it's the best.

It is currently back to it's retail price of £3.99 and you can find it here at Superdrug.

Until next time;

Sunday, 2 September 2012

My Catrice & Essence Swap With Nina's Bargain Beauty

Nina was ever so kind to agree to do a beauty swap with me after telling her about a Catrice lipstick I had seen that would be perfect for my prom. I sent her over some lush products, as her closest Lush is about 40 miles away (whereas its about 10 minutes away from me, traffic permitting) and she sent me some Catrice and Essence products, as we can't get them here in the UK. We agreed on spending about £20 on each other, excluding postage, and the above picture is what I got. I am so so so grateful to her for doing this with me, it really was fun shopping around in lush trying to find the perfect items for her. 
I am going to do separate posts for everything (as I'm still a little lagged on blog posts at the minute) and will link them on here so it's easier for you! 
Again, thank you Nina for being so fab!