Thursday, 15 July 2010

Illamasqua boring makeup amnesty!..also 50% off online!

Got to Love Illamasqua! They are holding a amnesty on any makeup that you have never use, or didnt get on with, or just cant stand but havent thrown out.

From their own blog -'Illamasqua counters all over the UK and Ireland are offering you the chance to ditch the make-up drudgery and embrace the extraordinary.

Bring in ANY make-up product [be it low end, high end drug store...] and we will take it off your hands and present you with 25% off ANY Illamasqua product in return.'

How cool is that!!!
I know i have some items i dont want to just chuck away, but know ill never really use.

The Illamasqua Make- up Amnesty will begin from 17th - 31st July and is available at:
Selfridges Oxford Street, Trafford Centre, Birmingham Bullring, Fenwick Newcastle, BT2 Grafton Street Dublin, Debenhams Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff

If you cant make it to any of these stores then pop to the Illamasqua website where in the 'last chance to buy' section you can find bargains with 50% off their price - see Explode, the sheer lipgloss that makes other glosses and lipsticks look amazing!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Illamasqua - An alt makeup lover's dream come true!

How i adore Illamasqua? They have the most unusual and awesome shades and are not afraid to try new colours and formulas.
Every time i walk past the counter i have to stop and play with the various goodies on display, chat to the MUAs (in the cardiff branch they know me well by now!) and nearly always (if finances allow) buy something precious from them!
They are a new company and mistakes will happen as they develop their brand. Formulas wont work...colours will fade etc, but what is fantastic about this company is they understand this. If you have an item that doesnt work then take it back, they will give you a refund or exchange, all they ask for is feedback on why the item didnt work. This happened to me a couple of times and every time no hassle, no problem. Due to this feedback for example, they have reworked their foundations, especially the Light liquid and improved them. I love the fact that they have a foundation TOO PALE for me!! hahaha normally that never happens

I have an number of items from them and im going to do a quick catch up review on them below the break.

OCC lip Tars - 5/10

Another hotly blogged item i bought from The Makeup Artists Boutique were 3 OCC Lip Tars -
(Fantastic web store, which i highly recommend. Great customer service!)

After reading so many wonderful positive reviews of the Tars i thought wow, i must give these a go.
They are touted as being long lasting, moisterising, mixable lip gunk that had the shine of a gloss but the wear of a lipstick.

Here is the official blurb -

A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. Ultra-saturated in color, OCC Lip Tar contains an unprecedented amount of pigment, so a little goes a very, very long way. An intense yet featherweight layer of color that stands up to the scrutiny of Hi-Def Video and Digital Photography, without ever looking (or feeling!) heavy. Meant to be mixed, OCC Lip Tars come in concise range of colors (and black and white!) for a limitless selection of shades made by you!
Like all of our products, OCC Lip Tar is 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and is also free of parabens and other harsh preservatives. A simple, elegant formula that contains Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E, OCC Lip Tar feels as good on the lips as it looks!

I bought 3, each £8.99
NSFW - a bright true pillar box red ( "Vivid Primary Scarlet, The Ultimate Red Lacquer")
Petty Beige - Yellow toned Beige ("OPAQUE AND TRUE, DEEP-TONED ECRU")
Clear - slightly yellow toned clear and runnier than colours ("CLEAR, GREAT FOR MIXING WITH LOOSE COLOUR & PIGMENT")

 NSFW - IS very true pure red. Lovely shade, Sadly feathers like hell. This photo below is taken is immediately after i applied it, with a brush and with can see the feathering already on the lower lip. Within a few minutes the feathering gets much worse. I have far better reds this shade that dont bleed.

Petty Beige - YUCK!!!!! This looks completly digusting on my lips. Its not nude,as many reviews had it, its...sickly yellow beige. One positive point, it doesnt feather!

Mixed together they form a cool toned rosy pink- Combining them stops the feathering of the red and gets rid of the horrid tones of the beige. This colour is pleasant enough and at least suits my skintone but isnt a colour i wear that often.

Sadly though, this isnt enough for me to want more (as much as the blue and black shades appeal to me!). They dont last that long compared to any other lipstick, they dry out my lips faster than most lipsticks and the Clear, which you are meant to mix with pure pigments still is far far too runny to work as a lip colour and bleeds very badly. They also have a strong scent of peppermint which ive never liked that much.

Yaby eyeshadows and EOTD.

I've referred to Yaby eyeshadows before in my recent top 10, but i thought id do a proper review of these gems.
You can buy Yaby  at their main site -

In the Uk you can get them at The makeup artists Boutique (where i got mine from)

Yaby Pearl Paints are said to be waterproof, i haven't tested that, but what i do know is that after a day wearing them in high heat and humidity they didnt crease or fade. They also blend really nicely, staying true to their own shades and not going muddy.

I have a a mix of the pearl and normal eyeshadows and even the normal shadows last ages, although they are of course not as intensely pigmented as the pearl paints!
You can buy ready made up palettes, but these work out very expensive compared to buying individual pans. You can buy one of their empty palettes to put the pans in, or do like me and just use sticky back plastic and an old palette you happen to have.
The colour examples they give on the site aren't very good, I had to google search for swatches of colours to find the ones I liked.
Here are 2  blogs with great swatches
I put my pans into an empty bronzer palette I had bought especially for them (cheap no name bronzer from discount shop) and i have managed to fit 22 pans in it. The pans ARE tiny..smaller than a 5p piece, but i like them because you can fit many shades into a small palette to take with you when travelling. I also rarely finish a large pan so to me its ok they are small. Each Pan comes wrapped in bubble wrap and is inside a clear plastic clam shell packaging

 Click for larger pics!

(pp stands for pearl paint, Es stands for eye shadow)
1st row-  pp082 Hematite, pp080 First Snow, pp052 Platinum, es339 Fairytrail, pp040 Cappuccino Dream, pp048 Chocolate Smoothie.
2nd row- pp066 Butterfly Blue, pp036 Summer Night, es371 Tropical Dusk, es382 Aqua Dream, pp001 Midnight Blue.
3rd row- pp015 Sea Turtle, pp025 Spring Garden, pp071 Psychedelic Caterpillar, pp019 Antique, pp013 Pink Diamond.
4th row- pp047 Eggplant, pp064 Violet Crystal, pp060 Geranium, pp037 Amethyst River, pp049 Purple Iris, pp056 Dragon fruit.

Now a few simple looks with these shadows
1st using Sea Turtle, Psych. Caterpillar and Spring Garden. (eye liner - Gosh extreme art liner 01 dark purple on upper lids and Styli Style line and seal 12 in mauve)

Last photo shows same shadows at the end of a long hot humid day, still in place with no creasing ( i do always use primer on my eyes, but even then not all shadows stay un creased like these)

2nd eye - using Amethyst River, Chocolate Smoothie and Fairytrail plus Antique to lower lids (eyeliner - Gosh extreme liquid liner in 07)

So i would recommend these if you want - Long lasting, intensely pigmented shades, where you can choose the colours you want.

Edit..i bought they are with what i already have in a small palette.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Nyx Black Label lipsticks

I love trying brands you can't get over here just a sucker for punishment and let down lol. Nah sometimes i do find a good product, though it can be be tough getting the right one.
This time i thought id try the Nyx Black Label lipsticks as Cherry Culture had another one of their promotions. Id heard wonderful things about these lipsticks, so really wanted to try some.

 I love the packaging with the black lace over a gunmetal base. Also like the fact the colour of the lipstick shows at the bottom so you can easily pick them out of your stash.
I bought 4 lipsticks in the end -
Nude, heiress, Seductive and Bitter Sweet Chocolate. Anyone who buys from Cherry Culture knows their swatches can be off, though this time i cant blame them as theyve taken the swatches direct from the Nyx Website
If i hadnt done hours of trawling makeup blogs looking for accurate swatches id have been thinking i was getting these shades -

What i got were these shades - First too are close to above swatches , but last two are not the same!

Nude -  WAY too warm peachy for my skin..close to swatch now i think about it, but not what i was expecting from seeing photos of it on blogs. Very pigmented, but hard to get a nice even coat on lips even when blotted. ( for swatching i always remove a small amount off the stick and apply with brush from my hand ) Ugh...not a colour for me, so shall go into blog sale im sorting out soon, as some people love this shade according to some of the blogs ive seen! I'd say suitable for more tanned skin.

Seductive. Gorgeous deep purple with silver shimmer shade. Again pigmented, but hard to get a smooth application as its a little too creamy. Once blotted it true to swatch shade comes through and i think this is the way to go with these lipsticks. I think it needs the classic blot and reapply technique to make it work AND last.

 Straight from tube with brush -

Blotted below -

Heiress - a Slightly more intense than lip shade. A nice natural pink shade. Darker than Nyx swatch though, cooler toned too.
This is the only one of the ones i have that i can apply direct from tube and it looks ok.

Bitter Sweet Chocolate. WAY darker than Nyx swatch and a warmer brown than it too.It has a very slight pink shimmer on the stick, but that hardly shows on my lips.
I thought this might have been similar to Rimmel's Coffee shimmer (which i cant and wont wear anymore) , but sadly its not. Its not unwearable, but not what i expected. Again best worn blotted.

So do i like them enough to buy more? Call me a sucker, but yes, i want to find more shades that i like as they do feel lovely on the lips and last well for a creamy lipstick. They are not as drying as MAC and are cheaper per lipstick. The downside is the lack of accurate swatches, making picking colours a bit like lucky dip.