Sunday, 17 October 2010

Illamasqua /Mizz Worthy / Muse competition - Entry 2

Had chance to come up with another look for the competition as mentioned in my previous entry. This time i went for an assemetrical look, using green and gold shades from the Art of Darkness range.

I call this one The cabalist, she who is skilled the arcane knowldge of alchemy. Flora and fauna are part of her
magic, echoed in the markings of her face.

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Illamasqua /Mizz Worthy / Muse competition - Entry 1

This look ive called -
Incanta, the sorceress. She is the dark sister of  Ceremonia. Where the former is full of light, Incanta embraces the darkness. 
She wears a mask of colours that in nature would show danger, which she admires for its beauty and cruelty.
She is the sorceress needed to create the magic of the Art of Darkness
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 Base - Illamasqua matt Primer , Illamasqua Light foundation 120, Illamasqua powder foundayion 120
Red base - Illamasqua Resolute liquid metal, Blue base - Superior Liquid Metal, Powder base Manic Panic Blush - Vampire. Blue metallic shimmer - W7 blue mineral eyeshadow and Sleek eye dust - Spell bound as contour

Matt black mineral pigment mixed with water to create liner. Light dusting of pale gold shimmer on cheeks and chin.
Eyes - over liquid metal bases, reds and golds from Sleek Sunset Idivine pallete and Blue from Circus Idivine pallete. Green detail from Original Idivine pallete. Barry M waterproof mascara and hand cut fake eyelashes

Lips - Barry M Bright Green lohl as liner, Illamasqua Stoic liquid metal mixed with a small amount of Superior in the corners and Solstice on the middle of the lower lip.

Yep i had to get the new Illamasqua 4-Colour Liquid Metal Palette 02, because the colours are incredible!!!!!

Monday, 11 October 2010

columbus day saving code for Meow Minerals

One of my favourite mineral cosmetics companies Meow Minerals has a discount code available-


with 20 or more samples bought , Int shipping drops to $7.95. 

I adore their multitude of foundation shades and types, and their various eyeshadows are so complex and interesting.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Urban Decay bargain makeup!

If you live near a T J Hughes then head on to it pronto as they have aload of Urban Decay makeup in stock with prices starting at £3.95 and i believe the most expensive item is a 3 packet of glitter liners. I've bought a number of the lipsticks (with their cutelittle daggers in the lids). They also have eyeshadows including the limited edition packaging,liquid eyeliner in Gash and i think another shade,  smudge eyeliner pencils, lip glosses and loose pigments. think ive got 8 lipsticks, 2 eyeshadows and a liquid liner for £30 odd.

Items are only available in the stores not on their website.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Other US brand lipstick swatches

These are the other lipsticks i got in a recent Cherry Culture discount haul. I thought id give some of the other brands a go to see if they were any good.
Brand i bought were Jordana Easyshine, Sinful Colors and LA Girl Luxury Creme lipsticks

Jordana Easy Shine lipsticks -

I bought 3 shades Sweet Strawberry, Sugar Cookie and Grape-tini. These lipsticks are sheer glossy lipsticks with a strong scent of what ever their name implies. The scent isnt offensive and does go away. They have a slightly sweet taste too. The colours are pretty and Sugar Cookie and Grapetini have slight shimmer.

Sweet Strawberry is a shiny pink red. Only on closeup do you see the patchyness of the shade, in general this is a nice sheer red to wear day to day and fades gradually. Smells of strawberry sweets.

Sugar Cookie is an almost clear shade on the lip with only a little pinky brown definition. It does have a slight shimmer. This is a better than clear gloss look for every day wear. Smells of..cookies

Grape-tini is the most pigmented of the 3, a pinky purple with slight shimmer. Smells of grape sweets.

Pros - sheer shades that are nice every day colours, easy to apply.
Cons - lipstick when new sticks out over barrel so you have to be careful when putting lid back on not to hit lipstick. Colour doesnt last very long on lips.

LA Girl Luxury Creme lipsticks

I bought two shades to try - Rendezvous and Forbidden Love.
As usual Cherry Culture's swatches are very bad and i had to search for swatches of this lipstick brand of which there are few. A shame because these lipsticks are wonderful! Very creamy, Highly pigmented and long lasting with a fruity scent that you can hardly smell on the lips.

Rendezvous -.
This is another of those better than lip colour shades - a warm mauve pink,. So pigmented and creamy.

Forbidden Love -
A light mauve pink, again very pigmented and creamy.

Iv'e realised i seem to have a lot of these 'better than lips' shades so ive done a comparison shot of all of them
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I feel the LA Girl beats the Black Label on one point - less scent. Both types are long lasting, pigmented and creamy, but the Black Label does have a stronger scent.
I think ill be trying a few more of these LA Girl creme lipsticks as theyre still reduced on Cherry Culture.

Pros - very pigmented, creamy, long lasting
Cons - hard to find accurate swatches, smaller bullet compared to Nyx Black Label.

Sinful Colors Lipsticks
I bought 3 shades Rendezvous, Rajah and Ricochet. As you can see one of these lipsticks comes in a different packaging, but it is the same lipstick. I think the square packaging is an older type. I hope thats the case anyway..ill come to the reason why in a moment.

Rendezvous -

A very light shimmery pink. I was expecting it to be slightly more mauve but on my lips its very pale pink. The downside of this lipstick is its cloying scent. It smells cheap and the chemical scent does not go away and its the kind that gets into the back of your throat.
This is only apparent on the square packaged lipstick, the ones in the round packaging dont have as strong a smell.  What is annoying is you cannot tell what you will get when you buy this lipstick. Sinful colors own website shows the square packaging but it also says its updating its website. I think ill email them to ask which is newer of the two.

Rajah -
Similar in shade to Nyx's Kona Coffee, a bruised brown base with pinky purple shimmer. More even to apply that Kona Coffee too.

Ricochet -
POW! an intense deep fuchsia pink shimmer. This is one coat and boy is it pigmented. Doesnt have the blue flash of Nyx's Pandora but it does apply better as is a deeper tone.

Pros - very pigmented, large amount in bullet, round packaging has good quality lipstick with little scent
Cons - square packaging has horrid scent in lipstick, Cannot tell what type you will get.

Hope this helps when buying US brand lipsticks.

Nyx Lipstick Swatches ( take 2)

Did another big haul over at Cherry Culture when they had a big discount offer and im still trying all the lipsticks out, so i wont review them properly until ive really given them a good go, but ill post up swatches so you can see their true colour - on pale skin and pigmented lips. Handy to have as Cherry Culture do not have the best swatches!
Took me ages to get these swatches as the weather in the UK has been so dull getting good accurate swatches has been a nightmare!
I've also done some comparisons of other shades and other brands so you can see how similar or different some shades are.
I bought round 11 lipsticks, 1 black label and 2 diamond sparkle glosses.