Tuesday, 23 November 2010

US makeup haul - La Girl and La Colors

When Cherry Culture had another one of its big offers i decided to try some of the LA Colors eyeshadow sets as id seen some good swatches of them. I also picked up 3 more of the lovely LA Girl Creme Lipsticks.

I love buying from Cherry Culture in some regards as i ordered this batch a month ago, and sort of forgot about it, so its always a nice surprise when the package does arrive!
( CC always pack their items very well and ive not received a broken item yet).


M.U.A. Superdrugs bargain makeup brand - eyeshadows review

Superdrug have their own makeup range called Makeup Academy or M.U.A. and everything is £1. yep...£1!
( There was another bargain makeup range by the name Makeup Academy around a while back..but this is not the same one)

Ive not had a good look through the entire collection but i did pick up some of the eyeshadows as they looked like dupes for more expensive brands, that even Superdrug stock - Accessorize and Famous by Sue Moxley.( yeah not much more expensive, but when everything is a £1, anything will be more expensive!)

I bought shades 9, 10, 12 and 13. - 3 purples and a duotone brown shade that apparently is a dupe for a MAC shade...not that i know which one, as im not that big a fan of MAC.(.overpriced in my opinion - i only own some of the lipsticks and a couple of pigments before i discovered mineral makeup!)
All shadows i picked are called pearl shades. MUA also have mattes which i haven't tried yet.

Here are the shades Swatched -

below cut is review -

Monday, 22 November 2010

Eldora False Eyelashes review.

Disclaimer -
These eyelashes were sent to me to review with no payment. My opinion is an honest one.
http://www.eldora.co.uk/Eldora do many eyelash styles, all handmade and with a choice of synthetic and human hair, as well as fancy lashes made with feathers.
What the company say -
Eldora is about beautiful, quality and value-priced lashes. With its vast range from natural to extreme, there is a pair of eyelashes for everyone for any occasion. Be it for everyday use, nights out, costume parties or spoiling yourself, highlight your personality with our handmade, weightless, easy-to-apply collections.
Spoil yourself with more than 200 types of eyelashes to choose from.

I recieved two sets to try, one my choice and 1, the companies choice. I chose for myself a set of human hair lashes H101 (£3.90) and the company sent me a synthetic set B126 (£3.90)
the human set is on the top, the synthetic on the bottom.
They come packaged in a yellow card box with a light plastic slide out case holding the lashes A vile of their glue is inside the case. A useful packaging as they are easy to store.

The synthetic are fine feathery lashes that look like they'd blend in well to my own lashes without looking over done. As with any eyelashes i had to trim about 4mm off the inner edge to fit my eyelid. I have to do this with practically all full length false eyelashes, and trimming didn't mess up the design in any way which is good.
The main problem i had with them was the strip the lashes are attached to is very thick. I prefer thin strips as i can get the lashes much closer to the edge of the eyelid. Because of the thick line i could also feel the eyelashes on. I had to apply a thick eyeliner line to hide the strip.
Shame as the style is very nice and natural looking when worn. I think i might try and trim the thickness of the strip and see if that works better for me as they are a nice daytime style as well as a light definition for evening looks.

The human set though, felt totally different. I love these lashes! they are more in your face style, but they have a much thiner strip and i can attach these far closer to edge of my lid. ( ack my own eyelashes are not curled at the inner corners..)
These lashes would be perfect for going out and evening looks. They do not need as thick an eyeliner to blend them in either. Highly recommend these. They also felt alot lighter and were more comfortable to wear.

The adhesive that comes with the lashes is very good. Its a pretty opalescent blue that when dry is clear. I normally use Duo black eyelash adhesive but Eldora's own works just as well.
I'll definitely buy the human hair lashes again as they feel far superior to synthetic lashes...of any ive worn.
Going to buy H125 and H116  to try next!
At the price these are fantastic lashes as most human lashes start at £5.

Eldora's webshop -http://www.eldorashop.co.uk/

Sleek I Divine palette - Sparkle

Sleek's Party palette is here. Called Sparkle it has , obviously sparkly eye shadows! These are VERY glittery indeed and you need a decent primer and i add Fyrinnae's awesome Pixi Epoxy to give these shadows their full potential. The glitter though is fine and doesn't look tacky. Also comes with a gold and silver shimmer, these contain no glitter..
This palette is Limited Edition.

The palette comes in a carboard box and is again a black case.

The Colours are-
Cranberry - Cool toned matte red with fine glitter
Dream Maker -Grey satin with slight purple tint and glitter.
Galactic -Navy matte blue with  glitter
Twinkle -  Darkest matte blue with  glitter.
Star Light -Matt grey satin with glitter.
Noir - Matt black

Illusion - Darkest Purple satin with glitter
Festive - Warm dark purple matte with glitter
Mistletoe - Mossy Green satin with  glitter
Glitz and Glamour - Black satin with glitter
Gold Illusion - Shimmery pale yellow gold
Tinsel - Shimmery pale silver.

The glitter seems to be silvery and iridescent.

Hardest colour to work with on top row is star light as the base colour isnt very pigmented. My favourite shade is Dream maker, the purple tone to the grey make it a stunning shade.

When applied, it can be hard to tell the two warm purple apart. Mistletoe is my favourite shade here along with the two shimmery metallics.
Hope these swatches are ok. Its soo dull and dark here in the UK its hard to get a decent photo!

Sleek I Divine Palette - Bad Girl

Yeah i know Bad Girl has been out for a while, but ive not been too well to post until now.
As usual Sleek's palettes are a bargain to be had. Bad Girl came out along with its sister Good Girl ~( all pinks, peaches and a soft red - not my colours) and is a great  palette for the smoky eye trend.
It is very similar to the limited edition Graphite palette Sleek brought out, so if you are missing that one, then Bad Girl is a good one to get as i dont think its L.E.
The top rows of both palettes are virtually identical, but Graphite's lower row is mostly purples, where as Bad Girl has 2 of green, blue and purple shades. They are Very pigmented, almost inky. They are also not very shimmery, more a satin finish which is very suitable for smoky looks.

I really like that Sleek are now giving names to the colours, makes reference to them very handy. The palette comes in a cardboard packaging, which is handy to instantly recognise this palette from all the other black Sleek palettes. Wish they print the name of each palette on the sides of the box as i store all my palettes that way and its useful to pick out which one i need if they had names on the sides!  :)

I adore the Graphite palette so wasn't sure if id need this one, but I've come to love the inky textures of the colours. I can lighten them slightly by applying either Innocent or Gullible over them lightly, which also gives the shades a more shimmery finish.

Here are some looks ive done with the palette under the cut-