Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Mon Ennui cosmetics - Mega epic swatch post of the eyeshadows i own by them

I recently stumbled across Mon Ennui via a makeup artist friend who had used one of the eyeshadows in a look she had posted. It was called Oilslick and it had the most wonderful colour, a colour i always go gooey for -teal blue with purple reflection. I wondered if there were more shades this company did so headed on over to http://www.monennui.com/ for a look. A one woman company she make some beautiful shades. I've purchased from her a few times now and have quite a collection of her deluxe samples which i have repotted from screw top jars to my personal preference of clamshell pots (these are thinner so i can store them easier for travel and i find if opened carefully i lose far less product than with screw tops which no matter how tight i screw them, some product will always end up in the srew part!)

click for all the swatchy goodness!

New beginnings and review of MesmerEyez contact lenses

Been a while since i've been here, but now i'm back with renewed vigor and new hair ;D Yes i am now blonde, though the final shade is still to be created. Going from Blue black to white blonde takes a while and isnt something anyone should rush.

I recently bought 3 sets of coloured contact lenses by the British company MesmerEyez .
Their main online shop is - http://www.colouryoureyes.com/ and there is a link to their facebook page on that site. They have a HUGE range of lenses from natural style ones to change the colour of your eye to special effects lenses for halloween or cosplay. The 3 i bought were all colour change lenses although one pair was to be for a cosplay i'm doing.

To start with this is my natural eye colour - a sage green colour, very cool toned green.

All lenses came in sealed blister packs within a cardboard box.They came with a case and I also received all in one solution to keep them clean and lubricated.
The first set i'll review is the Forest Green from their Natural Blendz range. (click to enlarge image. If you have Chrome you can enlarge image further by opening image in new tab. Same for all images on here)

I have naturally green eyes but i wanted a lense that would accentuate what i have naturally. These work really well at that as the dark outer ring gives a slight unusual look to my eyes. They add a little warmer green aspect to my natural colour but nothing dramatic. I don't know how these would look on other eye colours but the Natural Blendz are for a subtle change to the eye colour. I wore these after soaking them in solution over night (always do this, never wear them straight from the pack!) and the lenses are incredibly comfortable to wear. I forgot i had them in.

The next set are Violet in the Illusionz range. This range is a dramatic change and gives the illusion of bigger eyes (like the asian circle lenses, just not as big i found)
I LOVE these lenses. I've always wanted good purple lenses that hide enough of my green eye to not look too weird (previous lenses gave me a half purple /half green eye!) Obviously you can see some of my green colour showing in the inner circle but not enough that it stands out from a distance. I had many compliments whilst wearing these lenses. I wore them for 6 hours after soaking them over night in solution and again, were very comfortable to wear. They did make my iris look slightly larger but it wasn't overly anime in scale compared to some of the asian lenses. These i think would work on any colour eye.

The last pair are the Royal Blue from the Illusionz range

Same style of lenses as the Violet. A very strong royal blue shade that look very similar to the Violet and only really show up as blue on camera. Same effect of making the iris look larger. These would work on any colour eye.
The only problem with these was they dried my eyes, i had to keep using eyedrops every hour or so to keep them comfortable. I always follow the same regime with new lenses - Inspect case to see if there is any damage (no damage) remove each lense and let soak in case with cleansing solution over night. when wearing, make sure hands, especially fingers are totally clean, dry and have no fluff on them. Make sure lenses are right way round when worn. I did all this but no matter what i did with these lenses they felt the same when worn. I've contacted MesmerEyez and they have offered a replacement, which is great,as i dont think i can wear these again and certainly not for the cosplay i had planned, so we shall see how that goes.

All in all i do like this company. It's nice to have a British company with such a huge range of lenses and good customer service. I will be buying more from them in the future as there are a few other lenses that look interesting.
I hope this review is helpful to anyone searching for photos of these lenses actually on the eye and what they really look like. All contact lense companies seem to use photoshopped images of the lenses which doesnt help much when choosing which would work on different coloured eyes. I do like that MesmerEyez include photos of customers wearing the lenses they have bought, though not ever lense has that, I think a photo of the actual lense in the case (like i have here) is also very useful in seeing how opaque the lense is or what kind of pattern or how big the inner clear centre is. All these i look at when choosing lenses. I have quite a collection of contact lenses and i think i might do a master post of all of them to show how they actually look in real life.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The news today is good but Not as great as you'd think

SO in the news today is this announcement on various anti vivisection charities and groups sites - 
EG BUAV -
"Victory for Animals!

Michelle Thew, Chief Exexutive of BUAV and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments ( ECEAE) today met with Ronio Borg, the European Commissioner in charge of cosmetics regulations, who personally confirmed today that the import and sale of animal tested cosmetics products and ingredients is set to be banned in the EU on 11th March 2013

We have been at the forefront of the European campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics for 23 years - and we are immensely proud of this achievement. It has been a long and difficult journey to get here but we have there at every step of the way.
 Thankyou to everyone who has supported out campaign to end cruel cosmetics in Europe over the years, we could not have done it without you!"

While yes this sounds wonderful and a great step in the right direction, there are loopholes to this law which many companies will use to get around the ban
These loopholes i found via this excellent site -
http://www.beautywithoutthebeasts.com/Worldwide-animal-testing-ban%282845642%29.htm
  • Companies can continue to sell products in the UK and across Europe that contain ingredients that have been tested on animals in the past (i.e prior to 11 March 2013).(so that means if the ingredient was tested and passed by the 10th of March 2013..then it's legal to consider cruelty free!)
  • Companies (even if they are based in the EU) will still be able to sell products with animal tested ingredients outside of the EU, assuming that the animal testing was done somewhere else in the world. This opens up the theoretical possibility of a company conducting animal tests for ingredients in some markets, but using non-animal methods and existing data for the EU Market.
  • Some brands could still test on animals if their products can be proven to fall under the remit of drugs rather than cosmetics, for example face creams that claim to target skin problems such as acne or eczema.
  • Any company that wishes to import its products into China, MUST agree to animal testing of those products by the Chinese government before they can be sold in the country. (Does not include Hong Kong, which has a seperate law that means items sold ONLY there and not mainland China aswell do not have to be tested on animals)


Basically..stick with the various safe lists, dont believe the hype and check check check, Until these loopholes are closed.

In other news, i will be updating this blog with more makeup LOTDs and reviews soon. Up until recently i havent felt my makeup was worth posting about, i was in a style rut so to speak. I just kept my cruelty free list upto date. But soon you will see new posts with my new hair! :D

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

GOSH Long Lasting waterproof liquid eyeliner review (plus two others for comparison)

Sorry not been posting, but for the past few months i seem to have lost my makeup mojo and nothing i've done i've felt worthy to post. So in order to not totally neglect this blog i've decided to do a review of my favourite liquid eyeliners.
GOSH long lasting liquid eyeliners are well, just brilliant. They are waterproof , not leaky eye proof (but ive yet to find one that totally is) opaque in colour and stays looking true to colour. I have all bar one shade, which is a metallic bronze brown, shade 003 i believe. The shades i do have in order are 
001 - Green - A deep forest green with green shimmer
002 - Turquoise - A bright metallic turquoise that i swear has a duochrome ability as its sometimes shines with a blue/purple reflection
004- Grey - Gunmetal with silver sparkle
005- Purple - dark metallic warm purple
006- Black Brass - a soft black base with lots of brass, gold and copper sparkle
007- Navy Blue - opaque dark navy blue
008 Carbon Black - Ultra opaque pure black.
 For this review i will also include my two other liquid liners - Urban Decay 24/7 in shade Retrogade and Illamasqua's Precision Ink in Scribe.
How do the GOSH liners compare to the Urban Decay and Illamasqua , as they are very alike in packaging and feel? Well the GOSH liners have a felt nib, where as the Urban Decay has a brush nib, where the hairs can splay and this is not a good thing when trying to get a fine line. Illamasqua's liner has a long fine nib which is the same as GOSH's nib.
All 2 types need to be given a good shake before opening to mix the pigment with the liquid its suspended in. They all have a little ball inside that helps mix them.
The colours of the GOSH liners tend to be more subdued, except for the Turquoise which is a perfect match to Urban Decay's turquoise shade - Siren. U.D.s Retrogade though, is a unique shade, a really sparkly royal purple which has no match in the GOSH range.
What the GOSH colours do have is intensity, each shade is either a perfect opaque cream shade or a dazzling metallic with sparkle. 
Comparing to the Illamsqua is tricky as i bought Illamasqua's Scribe because of it's uniqueness of a long lasting white liner. For opaqueness they are the same and they come off in the same way( they all roll up into little bits rather than thin out and smear with normal liquid liners) One thing though. Scribe dries down quite matt, where as GOSH's Carbon Black and Navy both dry to a sheen finish.

and now for some swatches so you can see the yummy colours
Turquoise is my favourite colour from the GOSH liners as well, its just gorgeous! But i love all the colours as some of the not so in your face colours give a slight change from the usual black, giving just a hint of colour instead. If Urban Decay's liner had a nib instead of brush, i'd think better of it, but that brush is awful. Illamasqua has a felt nib and works beautifully and is a very opaque white. The GOSH liners win because they are the cheapest of the 3 brands and behave in the same way as the more expensive brands!

Friday, 6 July 2012

HOT OFF THE PRESS _ Urban Decay decide to NOT sell in China!

This is great news and I'm glad for what ever reason made them change their minds (probably partly due to a shed load of their customers writing to them telling them they would never buy from them again, might have had some impact).
Urban Decay have decided it is not the time to sell their products in China because of their laws on animal testing, it conflicted too much with Urban Decays policies.
This is their official statement -
http://www.urbandecay.com/Animal-Testing-Policy/animal-testing-policy,default,pg.html

Good decency has seen over profit. well done Urban Decay (not sure about Two Faced if they are owned by Urban Decay or not..cant find anything on their website).

Monday, 2 July 2012

LOTD Lux purple matt eye look (inspired by Aria T'Loak from Mass Effect)

After buying my new Barry M pencils and Sleek Ultra matt palettes i had to try them both together to see how they would work. By laying on a strong shimmery base a matt shadow can have an almost velvet look.
The look i've chosen is inspired by a character from my favourite computer game series - Mass Effect. The character is Aria T'Loak , the unofficial queen of Omega, a former mining facility and now the place for those wishing to hide from the law. She is sexy but dangerous and i wanted to give my look a dark look. Even though Aria is blue skinned, like most Asari, she has a purple toned blue skin and it often looks more purple due to the lighting in her environment.



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Barry M's new pencils

Barry M has come out with 2 new pencils that i immediately knew i'd need. The Eyeshadow Pencil and Bold Waterproof Eyeliner pencils. Oh Barry M, how i love you! These are my new favourite pencils to use and thank goodness for them coming out now that i wont be buying any more Urban Decay pencils. These are on a par , if not even better than UD's  pencils in quality and texture. Both pencils cost £3.99 each, but Barry M often do offers that's how i got all mine!
I have at the moment 3 eyeshadow pencils and 3 Bold eyeliners
Eyeshadow pencils - Gunmetal 04, Midnight Blue 06 and Purple 07
Bold Eyeliners - Black, Silver and Purple.

The eyeshadow pencils are intense, creamy pencils with the shades being metallic and shimmery. They all go on easily either direct from the pencil or via a brush (i prefer a brush, so i've 'decanted' the pencil waxes into little pots) I like to use these as a base for eyeshadows as they make shimmery shadows stand out and make matt shadows appear more luxe, like velvet. I hope Barry M bring out more colours as so far there is also a green , brown , copper and a white gold pencil. I'd love to see more primary shades and a pure black and white in the same formula.

The Bold eyeliners are just gorgeous, The black is black hole black, no light escapes from the dark depths! The silver is pure molten silver and the purple is a wonderful glittery royal purple, the glitter being microfine and also purple. The texture is gel like and they set quite fast. These can also be used a a base or on their own. Barry M also do a glittery green, Blue and metallic gold and copper colours.

Now for more swatches to show off their lovelyness!