Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Sleek Pout Paints - swatches and review

Sleek have come out with their version of OCC's Lip Tars. Called Pout Paints, they cost £4.99 each
These are utterly mixable, opaque lip colours that can be worn full on glossy or blotted down to a stain of colour.
I bought 8 shades (over a couple of weeks as Superdrug kept selling out of some of the colours because they had a buy2 get one free offer on)

163 Peek A Bloo / 154 Mauve Over / 159 Port / 157 Pin Up / 160 Pinkini / 155 Lava / 161 Minx / 153 Cloud Nine

The tubes contain 8ml of product, the same as OCC Lip Tars. The product is thicker than lip tars, which are very runny. This does mean you need to use more pout paint, but at the price that's not really a problem.
The Pout Paints have a fruity scent, which reminds me of pineapple. This is another thing i prefer over OCC, which have a cloying mint scent that does not fade.
Click below for swatches!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Morgana Cryptoria Lip Balms - Best of both worlds!

When i saw Morgana Cryptoria was releasing coloured lip balms i had to snap up a few to try. I picked up Galaxy, Anastasia, Countess Bathory and Nevermore. (Also bought a full size of Plumeria, my new favourite all time colour and i got Turquoise - a colour you have to ask for and only available to EU as the colour in it isnt allowed in the US, but is in the EU. She only has a few tubes of this left.)

more pictures after the cut

Friday, 5 August 2011

ELF Haul primer Trio, brown gel liner and duo fibre brush review and swatches

I took the offer of free postage recently and bought some items i'd been interested in with ELF
I picked up the Studio Duo fiber brush, Studio 'Coffee' cream eyeliner and the new eyeshadow primer  collection from the basic range.

The Eye primer Collection 
The collection includes the classic nude primer, Pearl - a white shimmer and Champagne - a warm nude shimmer.
The nude works pretty well as I've used this before in its single form. It works nearly as good as Two Faced Shadow Insurance. Pearl although isn't a heavily pigmented primer it does works well to brighten a colour or to use where you want a highlight colour. Champagne, is the harder shade to work with in terms of what you put on top. ie a cool shade will not work too well on top as the base colour dulls it slightly, but put a brown or warm shade on top and it makes it richer. Also of course matt shades don't really work on top of either shimmer shade.
In the photo above you can also see a swatch of the Coffee brown cream eyeliner.

here is examples of how different colours work on top of the primers -

a duochrome brown/green and a duchrome pink/gold
A blue and an aqua shade. See how they look horrible over the champagne primer. But The blue looks fantastic over the brown cream eyeliner as a base!

I think this set is a great option if you want to try different primers under your shadows..but i'd suggest testing what colour you want to use with the eyeshadow of your choice.

Cream Eyeliner in Coffee -
I have a few of these already and find they are pretty good at being well pigmented, long lasting and sweatproof. I bought the matt brown to use mainly as a base for dark smoky eye looks.
You can see the swatch of it in the pictures above. The little brush that comes with the product though is  too small to use properly, though i keep it in my handbag for emergency touch ups.

Studio Duo Fiber brush -
I bought this before i'd bought the Borghese brush set and to be honest i wish i hadnt bothered. I cant seem to use this brush to any effect. I prefer the Elf Studio flat top brush to apply powder foundations. I'll keep practising with this brush type to see what they are good for! If you do like this type of brush, then id say it compares to the Borghese one in quality.

brown LOTD with MUA Innocence trio

Been having some issues with Blogger recently. There was a javascript error and i could neither edit nor post. Seems to have now fixed itself so i can post again.
This is a look i did on Wednesday.

Eyes -
Two Faced Shadow Insurance as primer.
MUA Innocence trio - the golden brown shade was used from inner corner to middle of lid. green/brown duochrome shade was used from middle of lid to outer corner and winged out slightly. Also placed underneath eye. Cream shade used in under browbone and on inner corner.
Liner is Essence Gel eyeliner in Black.
Eyebrows shaped with Illamasqua Sealing gel and the dark brown from Sleek Storm palette.
Mascara is GOSH Amazing Length and Build in waterproof black.

Skin -
OCEight mattifying gel
Missha Signature Real Complete bb cream in shade 13.
Meow Minerals Himalayan Foundation in Pampered Puss
Barry M blusher in Terracota (very lightly hand with this blusher!)
Under eye concealer by Lacura.

Lips - Venomous Cosmetics Lip Poison in Paradise.