Friday, 27 November 2009

Sophie...always in our thoughts.

Sophie Lancaster would have celebrated her birthday yesterday, but sadly her family and friends could only commemorate her life as it was taken from her, purely because she looked different.
Illamasqua a makeup brand i truely love, have supported the s.o.p.h.i.e foundation since they started and they commissioned this hauntingly beautiful animation that shows the last moments of sophie, who died to protect her boyfriend. You can also buy the sophie pencil and wristband from their site.
the sophie lancaster foundation website is here, please take time to have a look.

As a goth myself, this crime touches me as i have seen and felt hatred towards myself, purely for the way i look at times. One day i hope Sophies family help to get the law changed to include subculture along with attacks on say race to be seen in the same light - as a hate crime.

Friday, 20 November 2009

E.L.F. review

I recently decided to give E.L.F. a try after seeing their new studio range reviewed. I really like the look of the packaging and had heard the quality of the product was very good.

i bought from the studio range-
Complexion Perfection
Bronzer in 'Warm'
Studio Blusher brush
Waterproof Lengthening And Volumising Mascara
Eyebrow Kit in 'Dark'

and from their standard range -
Eyelid primer

the site wont let me link direct to the products but you can find them easily on their site!
The complexion Perfection is a quad compact of 4 pale powder shades, green, lavender, pink and yellow. Mixed together they work to brighten the face and fix any problems with tones in the skin. green reduces redness, Lavender, pink and yellow all brighten and even skin tone. The quality of the powder is excellent, really soft and light. I use it now instead of neutral setting powder after ive applied foundation and before any illuminating powder.

Bronzer in Warm, is a quad of 4 complimenting bronzer shades. I thought id give warm a go as they looked the peachier of the shades. The bronzers are alot more yellow than the site and very shimmery. Nice shades though, more for summer as they suggest. Not too dark, so good for pale skin that wants a bit warming up in the summer.

Blusher brush - hmm quite small, but VERY soft bristles. Good for specific blusher application, rather than soft bloom effect. Good quality construction and no shedding too. bargain for price!

Waterproof mascara - cant review this one as it didnt arrive with the package - but theyre sending me a new one asap , cant fault that service! Speak to the sales people direct and theyre very fast to fix problems.will edit this post when i received it and try it out!
EDIT- received!!! Very fast sending of replacement, so really cant fault them for customer service! Now so far, my favourite waterproof mascara is by BarryM. I have very watery eyes so can only use waterproof mascaras that also are tear proof and sweat proof. Ive yet to find one that is TOTALLY all proof, but BarryM's one feels the nicest, doesnt flake like some do and lasts long enough without creating any sort of panda eye.
E.L.F. wp mascara comes in an elegant thin tube with a eliptical shaped, spiral bristled wand(I hate those brands that produce HUGE tubes for their mascaras to try and sell that their product is thickening, all i find is they take up too much room in my makeup bag!! The amount of product in both fat and thin tubes is usually the same, all it is to make you 'think' your buying a thickening product). E.L.F's mascara claims to lengthen and volumise your lashes too. It did seem to create thicker lashes, but mine are already very long and i didnt notice much difference there.It was a very nice decent black. Best test though was last night. I watched a Bill bailey dvd and was crying with laughter and yet no panda eye!
Id highly recommend this one!!

Eyebrow kit in Dark - very dark wax and medium dark powder. comes with little double ended brush,which is a bit of a waste of time being so small and fiddly, but gives the user an idea of what brush types to use. Wasnt sure the powder would be dark enough, but when its combined with the wax it goes much darker. This is very good for give my dark brows shape and definition. I tend to apply clear mascara on top, to really fix the hairs in place, but again, pretty much identical to Smashbox eyebrow wax and powders.

and i thought id try their standard eyelid primer, as id thought id try something im always on the look out for - primer that really stops my eyeshadow from creasing and allowing me to use mineral pigments.
This one comes in a vial, with a sponge applicator in the screwtop lid. I'ts a creamy liquid that you blend over the whole lid. Im really impressed with this as i wore deep rich colours on my eyes after id used this and even at the end of the night there was no sign of creasing, bleeding and smearing anywhere! Excellent for the price and best one ive found for my oily eyelids!

So all in all, i'm very impressed! I'll definitely buy from them again and already have a list of other things i want to try. For the price the quality of the products is excellent.
There are some good reviews on Youtube, so going to try some of their recommendations

studio range -
Eye Transformer
Transluscent matt powder
powder brush
Mineral Infused face powder
Blush - Candid Coral
eyeshadow 'C' brush
(also bought a customs eyes compact as ive heard they fit Mac shadows!) i spent over £25 on an order ill get one of their studio makeup collections, so ill review that, if i dont part with it as an  xmas pressie!

my modelling and costuming - own MUA

Since ive modelled and costumed on a semi professional level, ive done my own makeup, and learnt along the way different techniques and tricks. i love reading other artists work and learning from them

Here ive included links to my Modelling portfolio and Costuming portfolio


These are brands i love the most and you'll see these often reviewed!

High End brands -
Illamasqua - Amazing ethos, makeup and colours!
Sleek - their eye palettes are well reviewed and i love them too, also love their gel liners, 'One' powder and pigment pots
M.A.C - The daddy of professional makeup, although i do have issues with a few of their products!! shock horror.
SmashBox - Love their light foundation primer! 
Benefit - Some really useful products

Low End Brands

Barry M - fantastic nail varnishes and really like their waterproof mascara
E.L.F. - recently bought a few things from both their studio line and normal line and im very impressed.(this will be my first review)
GOSH - Some fantastic products in their range and affordable quality brushes

Indie mineral makeup companies -
Aromaleigh - as soon as i found these guys i was hooked!
Meow minerals - just adore the name first, but the quality is ace too.
Lili Lolo - great Uk brand

Hi, my name is kristen and im addicted to makeup

Seeing as i do have an addiction, ive decided to create this blog so i can ramble about my latest find, review products and show off my makeup playtime.
people do ask me about what i use, and compliment me alot on my makeup i just hope i can photograph it well enough!

anyway keep an eye out.

ps this will be mainly a UK blog, although i do buy mineral makeup from the US and so on.