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Monday, 30 December 2013

Green and Gold LOTD with MAC and Sugarpill

My other half suggested a green coloured look and who was I to say no? I used Sugarpill Midori as the main colour for this, which just goes to show that even though Sugarpill colours look bright as all hell in the pan, they can be toned down really easily as well. Of course, that really goes for all colours – if you’ve got a good neutral palette with colours that suit you, you can make the scariest, brightest shades work on any level.
Old gold midori 4

old gold midori 2

Old Gold Midori

old gold midori 3

Eyes: MAC Old Gold Pigment, Sugarpill Midori, MUA Undress Me Too palette to blend/highlight.
Lips: MAC Subculture lipliner and Viva Glam Gaga 2
Cheeks: Sleek Suede, e.l.f Gotta Glow

I was so annoyed it was dark that day as I couldn’t capture how nice this look was. MAC Old Gold looks wonderful with greens and I was happy I managed to find a way to make VG Gaga 2 work for me. I really need to step it up with my makeup – I’m not allowed to wear coloured makeup to work anymore and it’s really making me lazy in the evenings and weekends!

What are your favourite green and gold shades?

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Quickie Review: Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadows in 22 and 70

It’s no secret that Inglot shadows are absolutely bloody awesome, but I’ve never tried any of their loose pigments before. A couple caught my eye on a recent makeup shopping trip so I grabbed them. Loving my Freedom System shadows as much as I do, I had really high expectations for these!



Simple, sleek packaging, very typical of Inglot.Glass jars, screw-top lid, no sifter. Not much else to say about them! The jars are pretty large – you’re not going to run out of these in a hurry! If you and a friend love a few of these, I’d recommend splitting them up.


This is shade 70, a gorgeous greeny-turquoise. It’s pretty similar to Sugarpill Darling, so I wish I’d gone for a different shade, but I really can’t fault it. It’s got goooorgeous pay off and applies smoothly with minimal fall out. No complaints!



And this is shade 22. In the pot, this looks like the most bizarre eyeshadow you’ve ever seen – like a flaky sort of tinfoil or something! Applied though, it is so beautiful and you get none of that chunky texture on the lid.  In real life it looks a little more pink. Totally in love with this little piece of gorgeousness – I think it’s beautiful on the lid with a lovely texture. There was a more purple shade with this sort of texture which I really want to pick up as well. Oooh, innit nice?!

I have an Inglot pro card, but without these are £12 each for 2g without one, and you can now buy them online here .

Monday, 23 December 2013

Quickie Review and Before/After: Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit

I’ve tried quite a few cult beauty products in 2013 and decided to see the year out with another, the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer. I’ve heard SO many wonderful things about Bobbi Brown concealers and correctors, and on a bit of a whim decided to try it out some of them! I kind of hate wearing under eye concealer so was hoping this would be light and lovely and still do the trick!

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
berbi bren
galaxy filter yo
The sales assistants at the Bobbi Brown counter, I have to say, were extremely lovely. She had me matched up and checked out in a couple of minutes and the store was absolutely rammed. Good work, lady.  This is the Concealer Kit in Ivory, which contains the Ivory Creamy Concealer and the Pale Yellow powder. As you can see, both items are peach/yellow toned to help combat the blue tones under the eye. Bobbi Brown does correctors as well, but I already have a cream pigment from Illamasqua –among other brands – that I really like for correcting.
I got excited with stupid filters, but you can see this is a really small little kit. More on that later, but the words ‘handbag friendly’ were made for this set!
Let’s do a couple of before and afters, shall we? I do apologise for the horror of the naked face, but I done a bit of smizing for you. I think that’s a good smize.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer before and after

before and after bobbi brown concealer

This a light layer of the concealer pressed in with my finger and then set with the powder, blended with the fluffy brush shown above. As I mentioned, I hate wearing concealer under the eyes because they always crease on me, so I don’t like wearing anything that feels too heavy. I have worn this with a little more layered on and it obviously conceals better, but I just honestly prefer not to wear much there. It’s not exactly dry, but it’s quite thick so I’d still recommend using your finger as opposed to a brush to help it ‘melt’ into the skin. The powder is possiblly a little on the dry side for my liking but you really do only need a touch of it to set the concealer - it does it's job.
You can still see some darkness afterwards but my dark circles are pretty nasty at the moment. I really like how this combats the both darkness and also the redness I have around my eye area – you can see on the second before photo I have redness in the corner of my eyes and some under my eye socket as well. So I’m pretty happy with the results! It works nicely on blemishes too, but I tend to touch my face a lot (I know, I know) so it does wear away a little quicker than I would like on them, but that’s probably my own fault.
It wears pretty well too – honestly, I’ve never worn a concealer that *doesn’t* crease under the eyes, and this doesn’t claim to be long wearing and it does better than some that do. I apply my makeup at around 7pm in the morning and tend to touch up around 3pm after my lunch break and this needs a little re-blending around that time, so not too bad at all.

I’m going to say this straight – this shit is expensive. You get 5.9 grams for £24.  My last concealer I was using from Collection costs about £4, so it’s a bit ‘ouch’! It is good, but expensive. I’m fine with that because I really like the product, but if I find something else I like equally for cheaper, I’m going to go for the cheaper version! I do find I’m only using a small tiny amount of the concealer but I’m still concerned that I’m going to run out of the concealer way before the powder.

Are you a Bobbi Brown fan? What's your favourite under-eye concealer?

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Um…A Vibrating Sponge?

Yep, I'm totally serious. While buying cute nail polishes from Korea a while back I stumbled across this utterly bizarre thing and for some reason, found myself putting it in my basket.  The claims of “more strong 4D vibration”  were just too much. I don’t want 2D vibration. I don’t even want 3D vibrations. I want 4D. 4D VIBRATION. Please read the listing I just linked because it is a beautiful thing. They apply foundation on an orange.



The sponge comes in a shiny metallic packaging and looks rather cute - there's a choice of gold, pink or blue casing. Inside is your sponge, which is a decently thick, dense disc-shaped latex sponge on a plastic backing which clips into the egg. You can detach the sponge to wash it and you can buy three refills on eBay for a few quid.

And then, of course, there's a little button on the side to make it vibrate. I really don't know what the deal with this is supposed to be. I guess it feels nice (ON YOUR FACE, YOU VILE CHILDREN) and it seems to apply things a little more smoothly than a normal sponge, but I don’t see any major application benefits to be honest.

So. Its.... um... well, it's a sponge. And it vibrates. Yeah. I really don't understand this product! I mean, it's kind of cute and the listing is hilarious. If you're the type of person who uses a sponge, I guess it's nice to have one in a case that closes up and doesn't bum around the bottom of your makeup bag, collecting pencil shavings and miscellaneous lipstick smudges. Other than that.... well, I bought it because I'm childish, what can I say?

If you want to try this out, you can get it here on eBay for just under £5.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Quickie Review and LOTD: Loreal Paris Colour Riche eyeshadow quad in Trésors Cachés

Curiosity killed the cat… Having misplaced a lovely khaki eyeshadow my friend Wendy sent me, I went searching in Boots for something similar and picked up this little quad. I’ve barely tried any L’oreal products at all but somehow this found its way into my grubby mitts.
The quad is slim and compact – it’ll fit easily in your makeup bag. It feels very light – no heft to it at all really - and doesn't have a mirror, but I always carry one with me regardless so not a problem in my opinion.

Loreal swatches
The khaki colour was pretty much what I was looking for!  It didn’t have the olive sheen of the one I’d lost and was looking to replace, but I liked the shade and I  thought I could probably get away with it for work. The blackened cranberry colour looked interestingly vampy too. The black and gold colours I was less impressed with, but as this little quad was so compact I didn’t mind two colours I wasn’t overly impressed with.

Loreal LOTD 2

Loreal LOTD
Eyes: Loreal Trésors Cachés quad, just over primer.
Cheeks: Borjouis Delice de Poudre bronzer. Sleek Suede
Lips: L’Oreal Colour RIche Collection Privee Lipstick in Cheryl: Barely Greige
I don’t really know what to say about this quad… I kind of don’t have any strong feelings about it either way. The khaki and gold colours look lovely layered together, and the cranberry shade either has the bonus or the downside of blending out to a reddish brown, depending on your preference. Applied over a black base or brown base it retains its cranberry-ness, and is a decent colour to put in the crease if you're wearing a rosy shade on your lids. The charcoal colour is nothing to write home about at all. The texture of the whole set is pretty decent but again, nothing to write home about. "Trésors Cachés" translates into "Hidden Treasures" and for me that's not really true. "Alright for Work, Not The Worst" isn't such a catchy name really though, is it?
I have nothing negative to say about this palette, but I can’t find anything overly positive to say about it either. Do you ever feel that way?

L’Oreal Colour Riche Quads are £7.99 from Boots.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Quickie Review: Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB cream

I know. ‘Wrinkle Filler’ isn’t something I really want to see on my products at the ripe old age of 26, but bear with me. I got a sample of this lovely stuff with an order a while ago and liked it so much I promptly ordered a full size.

Missha Signature BB Cream 3
Missha Signature BB Cream
Missha Signature BB Cream 2
Look at that bad boy! It’s so shiny, and lo and behold, a sodding pump! Halleloo. I didn’t take a comparison shot, but this thing is massive – it’s about twice the size of a bottle of Revlon Colorstay, for example. The packaging seems to be the same style throughout the whole of the Missha Signature line. It looks metallic, but it’s plastic and is actually very light feeling. It looks more expensive than it feels, which is initially disappointing but considering the size, probably a good thing!

Missha Signature BB Cream 1
The box claims all sort of gumph – the white part of the formula claims to fill in your wrinkles and there’s also a load of yak about this foundation containing ‘fullerenes,’ which are a type of  structure  that won a Nobel Prize. I asked my boyfriend, who is a boffin extraordinaire, and wasn’t really listening to his explanation but he couldn’t see why they would have any benefit to your skin. I always take any science, pseudo or no, on beauty products with a huge, huge pinch of salt but seeing the words 'Nobel Prize' on my foundation did make me chuckle.
As you can see, this does come out not mixed - I would advise mixing it before applying it! A word of warning with this foundation, it’s pale. It’s also, like many Asian BB Creams, slightly grey toned. I found on application I look a little off, but leave it for  around 15 minutes or so, and then it’s all good. I got this in shade 21, which as far as I can tell is the palest it comes in and I can only find two more shades, so if you’re not relatively pale you’ll struggle to find a match. Luckily samples are cheap and easy to come by on eBay.
Missha Wrinkle Perfecting BB Cream Before and After
I think you can tell which side is the before and after, no? This is just the BB cream alone, no base, concealer or powder. I’m really happy with the coverage of this and I’ve just been wearing it alone most days – for work, I really don’t care about a little under-eye darkness or small blemishes! One pump will do your whole face - if I’m having a horrible skin day I may use a little extra over the more red areas of my face, but it still doesn’t cake or look heavy. It feels very lightweight on the face for the amount of coverage it gives. I prefer to apply this with my fingers as it’s a very creamy texture and it's easier than applying it with a brush. It's a lovely finish - it's not dewy and it's not totally flat. With the texture of this, I find it looks too matte if you powder over the top, but that’s my personal preference.

My favourite thing about this is how it wears – unlike UK ‘BB creams’ that wear for about two seconds, even on my dry skin,  this wears *really* well. I do prefer to use a setting spray rather than a powder if I need this to wear for a bit longer – if I do that, it’ll get me through my working day. If not, it’ll see me through until about 3.00pm which isn’t bad at all! I do find that it starts to separate slightly after that length of time, but that’s a problem I’m having with a *lot* of foundations at the moment (even ones that are normally fine on me, for reasons I can’t figure out yet) so take that as you will.   If you like an SPF in your foundation, this one boasts SPF37 as well.
As for the wrinkle filling claims? I have some fine lines but I wouldn’t say this improved them any. It doesn’t cake under my eyes where I have fine lines and doesn’t gather in my laughter lines, so that’ll do for me. I do think due to the light texture and natural finish of this foundation that it would play well with a lot of more mature skin, though. The one bad thing about this (if you can find a match and don’t mind massive packaging, that is) is the scent. It’s a fake, powdery rose sort of scent and it’s not subtle. Luckily it fades quite quickly but it’s not pleasant on application. Other than that, it’s a total winner. I love this BB cream!
This cost me just under £15 for 44 grams with free shipping from eBay. If you can wait for the shipping, I would recommending getting your Korean beauty products from eBay as most sellers will add a good amount of free samples.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Holy Crap: Topshop Velvet Lips in Raven

When I saw this in Topshop yesterday I had the biggest makeupgasm I’ve had for a VERY long time. I’m a huge fan of ‘velvet’ lip products, and am super happy brands like MUA, Sleek and drugstore brands over the world are now starting to carry this type of formula. But this, dear friends, is something a little special. This velvet lipstick is BLACK.


HOLY SHIT, IT’S BLACK. Most people would never reach for a black lipstick in their lives, but as a used-to-be goth and still a person-mostly-in-black, a black lipstick in this formula is a huge sodding deal. I owed it to teenage me to have this lipstick. Black is such an unforgiving shade when it comes to formulas, and sadly most blacks are too creamy and don’t wear well or aren’t black enough. Liquid and gel liners can crack on the lips and often black eye pencils are either too smudgy or too hard to drag across your entire lip. Enter Topshop ‘Raven’:

Topshop Raven

Topshop Raven


OH GOD IT’S SO BLACK. And is shot through with just the right amount of iridescence to make it not look super flat. Guys, I’m so in love. If you’re not familiar with this type of product, it’s a cream in the tube and applies opawuely, drying to a super-long wearing matte finish. As expected, it’s dry but not drying, and doesn’t smudge or flake once set. I haven’t worn it long enough to comment thoroughly on it’s wear time, but if it’s anything like any of the brands that do this formula, it basically won’t budge unless you’re eating something really oily. I’ll do a look using this soon, but I was too excited to share!

You can get ‘Raven’ for £10 at

Did I mention it’s black?!