Thursday, 28 July 2011

COSTCO - Borghese brush set review

I found out via some other blogs, that Costco had a great offer for high quality brushes by Borghese. they were priced at £20 (with vat inc) and normally cost over £50 for the set.

I was lucky enough to have a family member who had a Costco membership so went with them to see if these brushes are worth buying...and yes, yes they are!

Click below for more!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Game Inspired - Assassin's Creed games - LOTD

bare with me, this post is a big one!
I originally did one look based on iconic colours from Assassin's Creed. But then decided to do one from each of the games! SO here are 4 looks!
click below for LOADS of pictures!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Questions Questions....skincare and makeup questions answered

Saw these on another blog and they looked interesting to answer

-How many times do you wash your face daily?
Normally once a day, at night to take off makeup, but depending on my face, sometimes in the morning.

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
Mostly Oily, though my cheeks can be oily one second, dry the next.
-What is your current facial wash?Natio 'Young; facial wash. Just discovered this brand in Debenhams. Its an Australian natural company and seems to be good to my skin.
-Do you exfoliate?
Yes, around 3 times a week, my skin clogs up fast with skin cells, I have Keritosis Pilaris on my arms and knees and i think it causes the problems with my face skin too to some point. 

-What brand do you use?
I use my facial wash and an exfoliating glove. I also use a Hello Kitty branded peeling gel ( not to be confused with a peel mask, peeling gels usually have a mild glycolic acid in them and you use them on dry skin, as you apply and gently rub,blobs of dead skin start to rub off. very popular in Japan and Korea, they really cleanse the skin of dead skin without being harsh)

What moisturizer do you use?
Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser. Got it from Superdrug. It smells divine and seems to be good to my skin

-Do you have Freckles?
Eeesh yes and i hate them and try to hide or prevent them as much as possible!

-Do you use eye creams?
Sometimes. If ive worn some serious eye makeup, i have an eyecream/gel from Aldi which has aloe vera in it. It soothes the eye skin, without being overly sticky. Normally though i just use my normal moisturiser as there isnt much difference in skin creams to eye creams. It really is just beauty brand hype.

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
No thank goodness. i Get spots occasionally but that's different.

-What foundation do you use?
I use a BB cream by Missha called Signature Real Complete in shade 13. Its just fantastic for everyday makeup. I top that with Meow Minerals foundation Himalayan in pampered Puss. if i'm doing a photoshoot or something special for all day i'll use Illamasqua's Skin Base in Shade 2, topped with ELF HD powder.

-How about concealer?
Recently found LA Girl HD concealer which is good for natural looks. But Skin Base makes an good concealer as well as foundation.

-Do you know your undertone color?
Yep Very cool shade, with pink undertones.

-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I like them, but hardly wear them because i have long eyelashes anyway and i dont like fake lashes hiding my eye makeup as i have hooded lids.

-Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes and i usually change sooner than that anyway as im always on the hunt for my perfect mascara - Black, volumising, lengthening, waterproof, and most of all tearproof...Oh and of course cruelty free.
-What brand of mascara do you use?
AT the moment - Beauty UK waterproof. I used to love Barry M's waterproof mascara, but they discontinued it.

-Sephora or MAC?
Neither. Dont have Sephora here in UK anymore and dont touch MAC now.
-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
No, see above. I do have an Inglot procard though.
-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Various Brushes, Qtips ( always need them), occasionally will use sponge applicators for pressing on eyeshadow to sticky bases. My clean fingers for bb creams.

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Always. Either Two Faced Skin Insurance or Elf mineral primer. I also sometimes use Sleek primer palette as a base for some eyeshadows.

-For the face?
OCEight Mattifying gel.
-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
Ummmm Any shadow that is duochrome..just love the play of colour in light. Colour has to be a bright purple.
-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Iuse Gel eyeliner mostly, though i do use a gel eyeliner pencil by Urban Decay or GOSH on my waterline.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Never, that would be silly!

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Ah you mean like loose shadows. I prefer the ease of pressed shadows, but love the variety of loose. So i'm slowly pressing as many of my loose eyeshadows as i can!

-Do you use mineral makeup?
Yes, foundation and eyeshadows - Meow Minerals, Fyrinae, Venomous cosmetics, Morgana Cryptoria. Ie proper Mineral makeup, not brands that call themselves mineral makeup, yet still use Talc as their main ingredient.....(Most drugstore mineral makeups)

-What is your favorite lipstick?
Impossible, so i'll give a list!
These are all 'at the moment favourites'
Fav in your face Red - Illamasqua Box
Fav gentle red - MUA 10
Fav nude - NYX Round in Champagne
Fav Purple - Inglot's gel liptick shade 65.
fav OMG shade - Morgana Cryptoria Turquoise

-How about lipgloss?
Any by Illamasqua, but i also love at the moment Venomous Cosmetics Lip Poisons and NYX lip pot in London Hip.

-What is your favorite blush to use?
Nyx Blusher in Taupe is my favourite contour colour, I have a peachy pink blush by Marks and Spencers which i use alot that has lost its colour name, but its from their essentials range.

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?

Yes, some brands that i cant get in UK mostly either American or Oriental brands

-Do you like drugstore makeup?
Oh yes - Sleek, GOSH, Barry M, Collection 2000, Beauty UK, MUA, Prestige, Mememe,2True, I'm not a beauty snob. Plus all these brands do not test on animals.
-Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
Yes when i can, usually Inglots in London, also Screenface in London. Oh also pop into Sallys beauty and hair care stores if i'm close.

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
Only as a model. Its cheaper that way, you get to learn about techniques for free.
-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Some days i look at the finished look and despair..then grab cleansing wipes and start again!

-Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Visible lipliner that isnt blended into lipstick colour. Too much bronzer or fake tan..Yuck.
-Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I like both! but always some colour somewhere!
-Which celebrity always has great make up?
Dont really follow celebs, but i do admire Lady Gaga for her individuality and i like Katy Perry's looks, especially in the alien video, Wow! Oh and of course Dita Von Teese always looks flawless.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I could, but try not to lol

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
No, i look bland, not ugly, but not amazing either.

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
Hmmm Hard to say....not one company has EVERYTHING i could love, but Illamasqua, Urban Decay, Morgana Cryptoria, Meow Minerals, Venomous Cosmetics, GOSH and Sleek are some of the ones i go to first!

What do you think of makeup?
It enables women (and men) to create art on their skin. It acts as a mask to face the world, it can improve your emotional state and it can help let loose creativity.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

More Superdrug MUA eyeshadow palettes review and swatches

As i mentioned in my previous review of MUA's new eyeshadow palettes, i had bought some more.
Well they arrived yesterday (Superdrug online is very good and fast) and i've swatched them for you.

I got another two trio sets - Blue Babe and Passion plus a shadow Quad called Celebrity.

click below for swatches!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Nyx jumbo lip pencil review and swatches

I ordered a selection on Cherry Culture to try them out -

Iced Mocha, Chestnut, Iced Coffee, Fuchsia and Hera.

What Nyx say - 'It’s double or nothing with this lip liner and lipstick in one. Our masterful Jumbo Lip Pencils infuse lips with alluring, nourishing color, and help you create a precision pout. That’s line, define and color with one jumbo pencil.'
They also say " Plus the mineral oil formula does not dry our your lips and it goes on smoothly." although in the ingredients doesnt seem to include this...which is odd."


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

MUA eyeshadow trios and palette review

Popped into my local Superdrug and there were some new products from MUA, their bargain own brand.  Among some new crackle nail polishes, primer and eyeliners were new Trio eyeshadow sets and some 12 shadow palettes.
I picked up one 12 palette called Glitter Ball and 2 trio sets called Innocence and Eden.

click below for more!

Game Inspired - Portal - doing makeup, with Science!

My second look based on a game. This time, the excellent, mind blowing Portal. This is a pretty unique game in that you have to use your brain to survive, rather than lots of firepower.

The main colours i think of with Portal are, well, the portal colours - Orange and Blue. The portals glow with a light, so the orange goes from a fiery orange though an glowy yellow to a yellow white. The azure blue pales through a turquoise to a white blue. Then of course, the portals can only go onto white walls, so i added that colour in to along with the metallic grey of GLaDOS herself and the Aperture laboratories.
Of course the blue, orange and white are also evident in the gels from Portal 2 - Conversion, Propulsion and Repulsion!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Blix and morgana Cryptoria competition

Blix who runs Glitter is my Crack has got a beaut of a competition. With the promotion of Morgana's new 20 themed lipstick collection and Blix's stunning modelling for it, this comp has some fantastic prizes.

I want to

Friday, 1 July 2011

Illamasqua Skin Base foundation as good as BB creams? A comparison.

Illamasqua recently launched a new foundation it says is based on the phenomenon in Asia for BB Creams.

The official blurb -
Inspired by the cult Asian market Beauty Balm creams, Skin Base Foundation is a brand new, refined formula unlike anything on the UK market. Easily blendable, it effortlessly creates a perfect complexion, and like the entire Illamasqua foundation range, is undetectable in a professional HD environment. Suitable for all skin types, it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage.

Firstly BB creams stand for Blemish Balm not Beauty Balm as they were originally created to be worn by ladies whod had skin peels and treatments. It was a makeup that would help heal their skin and still give them something to wear makeup wise. It became a trend in Korea, when many of the young celebs there started wearing them. Beauty brands caught on and started making ones related to different skin issues, like spots, dry skin, mature skin and so forth.
Its true, the UK doesnt have any brands that sell bb creams, it's a shame, as the hardest thing about choosing a bb cream is knowing what colour and formula will work.
When i have bought them online, ive searched through various blogs to show swatches of the colours. I used to use a pale shade by Etude House, but even then it was ever so slightly too dark for me. Once blended it was ok. It was excellent, though, for my oily skin as it contained ingredients that healed blemished skin.
Of course the colour problem is because they are mainly made for asian skintones. But, some companies have realised that western people are starting to like bb creams and are making paler shades.

Missha is a brand i've found that does a colour that matches my skin almost perfectly. Shade 13. This brand has probably the palest colour ive found in a bb cream.

They do that shade in two formulas -
Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++
Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF 25 PA++

Now to compare, Illamasqua's Skin Base foundation comes in a very pale shade for cool pink tones called shade 02. They also do a white shade 01 which actually is more useful than you'd think. Its can be used for highlighting areas, where you dont want sheen, but do want to highlight areas like the top of cheekbones, above the cupid's bow and along the nose. of course it can also be used to blend out any of their other shades to make a completely custom shade.

Click below for review and swatches