Wednesday, 29 February 2012

MAC Shadow: Moon's Reflection

Definitely a great blue from MAC!


Moon's Reflection is a mid-toned blue with silvery shimmer. It definitely falls into sky-blue territory, but is a little darker than what I'd call a true sky-blue. It's one of the really good Veluxe Pearls in that it's very smooth and quite soft in texture.


This is actually quite pigmented on its own! However, as is the case with most MAC blues, this will fade to grey on my lids after a few hours if I don't use a primer. Urban Decay Primer Potion will keep it looking nice and bright all day. It doesn't need anything too sticky to last and look good but it's going to look pretty amazing if you've got something like a NYX Jumbo Eye Crayon underneath this!

MAC Shadows are available from MAC (website/stores/counters):
-Pro pans are £10.00
-Pots are £12.00

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Review: Sleek Eye Dust "Tigress"


I think the Sleek Eye Dusts are a very underrated item in the brand line-up! There's quite a good range of colours available, including a few mattes. They're around £3.00 from selected Superdrugs and the Sleek MakeUp website. You get 6.5g of product, which is loads! The packaging is basic, just a clear jar with a black lid. It does mean though that you can see the colour of the pigment if you have a few stashed in a drawer.


The Eye Dusts do come with a sifter and sticker seal. However, when I opened most of mine the sticker seal has come off. I remove the sifters in these. The powder is somewhat clumpy so it doesn't come out of the sifter without a lot of shaking. There's a good seal around the lid and jar so there isn't mess without the sifter.

Tigress is a bright, metallic bronze-gold. The jar photo is a little washed out.


Tigress is quite pigmented but it's also quite flaky and chunky in texture. It actually reminds me a lot of MAC's Crushed Metallic Pigments in texture and this Eye Dust does need "squishing" a little to apply. It goes on very smoothly when applied with fingers but requires a little work with a brush. It does have some of the creamy texture common to some other Eye Dusts but it's not as creamy as some. With a primer it will last all day on me and looks awesome on the lid with a deep, chocolate brown in the crease.

Monday, 27 February 2012

FOTD #36: 27/02/12

Found some unused Fyrinnae samples in a basket so obviously I had to use them today! Also doing a little experiment with the primers - using the Benefit instead of the Urban Decay Primer Potion. It actually held up quite well and was only showing minimal creasing ~14hours after application.


I used:
-Black Radiance Shine Control Primer
-Sassy Minerals Foundation "Cool Light"
-Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer "Fair"
-Vivo Cosmetics Baked Blush "Cinnamon Glow"

-Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow "Tattle Tale" - over lid as primer
-Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
-Fyrinnae Shadow "Calavera Cupcakes" - over lid
-Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Shadow "Are You My Mummy?" - in crease
-L'Oreal Hip Cream Liner "Black" - top liner
-Vivo Cosmetics Eye Liner "Green Lagoon" - lower liner
-ELF Studio Single Shadow "Sand Dollar" - highlight
-Mascara of some kind


Sunday, 26 February 2012

£50 Wahanda Voucher Giveaway!!! CLOSED!

I've got a little treat for you today! The lovely peeps over at Wahanda Spa Days have given me a £50 voucher code for one of you to use to treat yourself with!

Congratulations to: Jo Y!!!!

You can find the nearest Spa to you on their site and see what you fancy.

Rules and stuff:
-UK only, you must be able to get to a Spa!
-Comment and tell me what Spa treatment you'd have if money was no object!
-Comments that just say "enter me" will not be counted, show me that you've at least read the rules!
-No anonymous comments will be counted, sorry!
-One entry allowed per person. Tweeting, blogging, skywriting, etc won't get you any more entries.
-Winner must email me within 48 hours of the winner being announced or the prize will pass to another person.
-I'll probably use random.org to pick a winner.
-Spa voucher code expires on 21/03/12 and will be delivered by email.
-Giveaway closes on 04/03/12 at 9pm, winner will be announced within 48 hours.
-I'll change the rules if I've missed something!

FOTD #35: 25/02/12

This was what I wore yesterday but didn't have time to post. I had to go and get the bus right after I took these photos. This was a look that consisted of trying to hide how tired I looked and was easy to apply. Thankfully I had Fyrinnae and taupe lying around!


I used:
-Black Radiance Shine Control Primer
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation "51"
-Copious amounts of Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer "Fair"
-Laura Geller Balance & Brighten "Fair"
-Benefit Coralista

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Fyrinnae Shadow "Snow Leopard" - on lid
-ELF Studio Shadow Single "Sand Dollar" - highlight
-Urban Decay 24/7 Liner Pencil "Stash" - lower liner
-Stila Sparkle Liquid Liner "Starry" - top liner
-Maybelline One by One Mascara

-Lips - who knows? Something.


Review: Sleek Eye Dust "So Sleek"


I think the Sleek Eye Dusts are a very underrated item in the brand line-up! There's quite a good range of colours available, including a few mattes. They're around £3.00 from selected Superdrugs and the Sleek MakeUp website. You get 6.5g of product, which is loads! The packaging is basic, just a clear jar with a black lid. It does mean though that you can see the colour of the pigment if you have a few stashed in a drawer.


The Eye Dusts do come with a sifter and sticker seal. However, when I opened most of mine the sticker seal has come off. I remove the sifters in these. There's a good seal around the lid and jar so there isn't mess without the sifter.

So Sleek is a pink-fuchsia with a hint of blue iridescence.


So Sleek isn't as clumpy and creamy in texture as many of the other Eye Dusts. It's much more of a typical loose powder eye shadow texture. This also means that it's not quite as pigmented as other Eye Dusts I have. As it lacks the creamy texture that other Eye Dusts have, it doesn't stick quite so well and definitely needs a primer.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

MAC Shadow: Lucky Green

Throughout February I'm going to be clearing out a backlog of photos so I can start fresh with swatches and product photos in March! I've got photos that have been hanging around in my folders for 18 months at least!

One of my all time favourite MAC shadows that was finally made part of the permanent line up!


Lucky Green was released a few years back and was a definite stand out shade of whichever collection it was in. Mine is in bronze limited edition packaging but now you can buy it as a pan or in the usual black pot. It's a really juicy golden lime green. It's gorgeous! It's part of the Veluxe Pearl line and is one of the better of the finish. It's very soft and smooth.


Even without primer there's plenty of pigmentation. But, as always with MAC eye shadows, a primer really does show it as its best. Without a primer the shimmer is more evident than the base colour but with the primer the shadow looks much richer. As is usual with MAC eye shadows, I get a full day's wear out of the shadow when I wear it with something like Urban Decay Primer Potion.

MAC Shadows are available from MAC (website/stores/counters):
-Pro pans are £10.00
-Pots are £12.00

Friday, 24 February 2012

FOTD #34: 23/02/12

This was yesterday's and I was a little lazy when I got home from work!


I used:
-Fyrinnae Velvet Gel Silica Primer
-Laura Geller Balance & Brighten "Fair"
-Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer "Fair"
-Benefit Coralista

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Silk Naturals Stick 'Em Shadow Enhancer
-Silk Naturals Shadow "Spell Bound" - over lid
-Fyrinnae Shadow "Steampunk" - outer lid
-ELF Studio Shadow Single "Sand Dollar" - highlight
-Vivo Cosmetics Liquid Liner "Brown" - top liner
-Urban Decay 24/7 Liner "Stash" - lower liner
-Maybelline One by One Mascara

-Buxom Gloss "April"


Blog Of The Week 24/02/12: Reenie.nu


This week's Blog Of The Week is Reenie.nu!

Well, I just had to feature the blog belonging to one of my all time favourite YouTubers! I adore Irene, she's someone I really appreciate having in the beauty blogging world! Her video reviews inspired me to become a better reviewer. She's honest and fun to watch.

Her blog is more of an "along side" to her YouTube channel. On her blog she reviews the things that don't quite need a full video, along with things like her favourite gold eye shadows or something that she wants to buy.

Want to get involved?
It's simple! Leave a comment below with your favourite blog, your own blog or how ever many you want to share! Don't worry though if I don't pick your links straight away. I follow 400 blogs myself and there are only 52 weeks in a year!

Review: Sleek Eye Dust "Outrage"


I think the Sleek Eye Dusts are a very underrated item in the brand line-up! There's quite a good range of colours available, including a few mattes. They're around £3.00 from selected Superdrugs and the Sleek MakeUp website. You get 6.5g of product, which is loads! The packaging is basic, just a clear jar with a black lid. It does mean though that you can see the colour of the pigment if you have a few stashed in a drawer.


The Eye Dusts do come with a sifter and sticker seal. However, when I opened most of mine the sticker seal has come off. I remove the sifters in these. The powder is somewhat clumpy so it doesn't come out of the sifter without a lot of shaking. There's a good seal around the lid and jar so there isn't mess without the sifter.

Outrage is a deep, rich black with silver shimmer.


Outrage is so, so pigmented that it can be difficult to use! I have to be so careful when I apply to make sure that I don't get too much on and minimize fall out. The texture is really creamy, which is not unexpected when the ingredients are looked at (hi there, Dimethicone!). That does mean there can be some creasing without primer, with primer I get a full day out of it.

The Sleek Eye Dusts are pretty awesome, definitely worth having a look next time you're at a Sleek stand.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Review: MAC 130 Brush

I'm busy emptying folders of review photos on my computer so I can get going without a huge backlog. I thought I was getting there, then I found another folder of MAC brush photos!


I remember the MAC 130 brush as being a bit of a spur of the moment purchase. I definitely prefer the eye brushes from MAC to their face brushes but I saw this on a limited edition stand and it looked quite interesting. It has since been added to MAC's permanent brush line up and is available from shops, counters and the MAC UK website for £28.00.

It's roughly the same size as the MAC 188 brush, which us also a small duo-fibre brush. However, it is a bit denser and has much shorter white bristles. The black bristles are natural fibres and the white are synthetic.

I prefer this over the MAC 188 brush as I find that a little floppy to do much with, the white fibres are too long for the small brush. But the MAC 130 is pretty useful for cream blush, actually that's what I use it for 99% of the time! It's also pretty good for liquid foundation application but due to its small size, it can take some doing! Plus, I find that I get quite heavy coverage from my foundations if I use this brush to apply it.

I'm not sure that it's an essential brush to own from MAC, but it has its uses.

Review: Laura Geller Eye Duo "Sateen Fresco/Mystic Sea"

Still busy clearing out photos, some of these were taken in August 2010 so it's definitely time for a blog post!


I got this duo in a Laura Geller kit from QVC, that (and ebay) seem to pretty much be the only place you can find Laura Geller in the UK. In Atlanta I bought some from Ulta and saw a counter in Macy's. I blogged about the kit when I bought it and posted a FOTD using the shadows. I have used the shadows since then, the darker side has a definite dip!


I'm not quite sure on pricing as I bought this as part of a kit and the Laura Geller kits on QVC are always good value. In Ulta the duos are $23.00. You get 1.8g of product. The packaging is pretty much the same as the Balance & Brighten and the blushers that I have, just a smaller version. There's a tiny (and pretty useless!) mirror in the lid.

The shadow duo is split 2/3 and 1/3, rather than in half. The pink side, Sateen Fresco, is the larger side and is meant to be used as an all over lid shade. The dark blue side, Mystic Sea Eye Rimz is supposed to be used with a damp brush as an eye liner.


I found the texture of these to be on the dry side, baked shadows can be a little dry in texture. Sateen Fresco is quite sheer and really does need to be applied over a good, sticky primer to show the colour off. It has a very subtle blue sheen which I didn't notice until I applied it with Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. Mystic Sea is a blackened teal with blue and green sparks. It's quite dry and chalky if you don't apply it wet though. It really creates a gorgeous liner when you apply it with a damp brush, the blue and green sparks really show up.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Review: Laura Geller Ethereal Rose/Sateen Subtle Berry Blush Duo

Well, that's something of a long name! As with previous posts, these photos have been on my computer since August of 2010. This blush duo came with a kit from QVC that I blogged about when it got here. I took the photos to review the stuff in the kit straight away and then ignored them for 18 months! I'm not sure on individual pricing, Laura Geller only seems to be easily available from QVC in the UK. In Atlanta I found a stand in Ulta.


The packaging for Laura Geller is fairly standard. It's the same as the Balance & Brighten and a larger version of the eye shadow packaging. There's a mirror in the lid but it's tiny and I've found it to be pretty useless.


Ethereal Rose isn't intended to strictly be a blush, I think it's kind of a highlight powder as well. But I'm pale enough for it to work really well as a blush on me, it's too dark and pink to use as a highlight. It's a light neutral-toned pink with some pink shimmer and copper glimmer. The other side, Sateen Subtle Berry was a surprise for me. It's one of those pretty, marbled baked products but looked far too purple in the pan. I tried it anyway and found that it morphs into a pretty, purple-tinted mauve with a subtle glow rather than obvious shimmer.


And I forgot to label this photo, but I think it's fairly obvious which side is which! The Ethereal Rose isn't as pigmented as the other side but as it's more of a highlighter that's to be expected. The Sateen Subtle Berry is much more pigmented. I apply either side with my Illamasqua Blush Brush and the blush blends nicely into my skin. I don't tend to have too much of an issue with blush fading on me and they lasted all day.

Review: Vivo Cosmetics Mattifying Loose Powder


As far as I know, this is only available in Translucent right now. There aren't any spaces on the Vivo stand for any other colours. This is available from selected Tesco shops and costs £3.00 for 9g.

The packaging is pretty standard for loose powder, it comes with a seal over the holes of a sifter so you can either peel the whole thing off or poke through a few. Peeling the whole thing off allows much more of the powder to come through.

To apply you can either tip some into the lip and swirl a powder brush and apply or you can apply directly from the sifter. I find that even with the seal removed, not a huge amount of powder comes through.

The powder itself is a pale yellow-peach. While it blends invisibly on my skin tone it may give an ashy finish on darker skin tones.

It does work to keep some of the oiliness off my skin but I do need to apply a couple of times a day to keep from looking too shiny. The fact that it's loose powder does mean that it's not travel friendly so when I'm out and about I tend to use the ELF Studio version, which is pressed.

I'm not sure yet if I'll buy this again. I think I'd prefer something pressed so I can cart it around with me.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

MAC Shadow: Mancatcher

One of MAC's better purples and it's more lilac than a proper purple. But it was limited edition unfortunately.


Mancatcher was released back in 2006 so there's not really a lot on the blogs about it. It needs to be re-released as it's one of MAC's better versions of purple. It's a lilac with some pink tones and lilac shimmer. It's a Frost finish but it's more like a "good" Veluxe Pearl finish in that it's very soft and smooth.


It actually shows up quite well without a primer but it doesn't last on my lids more than 4 hours! With a primer the base colour is much stronger and it will last all day on my lids with some fading around the 10-12 hour mark.

It looks really good packed on the lid over Fyrinne Pixie Epoxy with a really deep blue or green in the crease.

MAC Shadows are available from MAC (website/stores/counters):
-Pro pans are £10.00
-Pots are £12.00

Review: Sugarpill ChromaLust "Hysteric" & "Magpie"

I really must be the last blogger to get round to reviewing Sugarpill! But anyway, I have two of the loose eye shadows to show you today! I remember the blogging world going absolutely crazy when these were first released. Rightly so, these are awesome.

ChromaLust loose eye shadows are available from Sugarpill for $12.00, you get 5g of product.


The packaging is absolutely gorgeous! There's clearly been a lot of thought and time put into creating a clear and cohesive brand image and it shows. The boxes are distinctive and so pretty! The jar lids are actually printed with the Sugarpill logo, rather than having stickers. The base has a sticker with the name and ingredients of each colour, along with a little logo for each colour.


The jars don't have sifters. That isn't an issue for me, but I know some people prefer them. Due to the lack of sifters, be careful when you first open them! There can be a little puff of powder since they're shaken up from shipping.

-Hysteric - is a bright purple shimmer with turquoise sparkle.
-Magpie - is a deep, shimmery teal with a black base and blue sparkles.


When applied, they are absolutely gorgeous!!! Seriously, some of the best loose shadows I've come across. However, they are a little on the floaty side and need something to stick to. They work nicely with a primer such as Urban Decay Primer Potion but it is quite easy to over blend them. However, they just turn into amazing, complex gorgeousness when used with something sticky (or foiled). I like them with Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy or NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils to really show them at their absolute best!

I don't have a FOTD posted yet with Magpie but you can see Hysteric below.
-22/01/12
Isn't that lid shade beautiful!

You get a glittery Sugarpill sticker with each order! I'm planning on ordering again soon, I just need to narrow down which to get!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Review: MAC 219 Brush

I'm still clearing out folders full of blog pictures and just found one full of MAC brush photos! My computer tells me I saved this in September 2010. That's pretty much why I'm emptying folders right now!



The MAC 219 brush is available from MAC shops, counters and the MAC UK website for £19.00. I should imagine it's available world wide, wherever MAC is sold.

This is an interesting little brush that I've had now for quite a few years! I don't have any absolute definite use for it in my routine and I can easily go a few months without even picking it out of my brush holder. MAC calls it a pencil brush and that name is definitely true for the shape! It's quite small and pointed, much smaller than the MAC 217 brush. The bristles are made of white goat hair (the same as the 239 and 217 brushes) and it has a good firmness to it. I find that the bristles don't splay out after cleaning as long as I reshape them.

I use this brush for a few different things. It can add a touch of highlight to the inner corner of the eyes to brighten up the eye area. I have used it in the past to add a very defined crease, it's definitely useful for creating a sharp cut-crease look. I do mainly use this for smudging eye shadow on top of pencil liner on my bottom lash line. Though I'm much more likely to use the MAC 214 for that these days.

It cleans up just as easily as my other goat hair brushes, I just use MAC brush cleaner to give them a good clean. It can stain with highly pigmented blues, pinks and greens but I find that it will slowly rinse out over a few cleanings.

I have got the Sigma dupe, the E30, but I have found that it's a much softer brush and doesn't work quite so well for me.

MAC Shadow: Knight Divine

Throughout February I'm going to be clearing out a backlog of photos so I can start fresh with swatches and product photos in March! I've got photos that have been hanging around in my folders for 18 months at least!

This one was on my wish list for ages! I just kept forgetting to buy it but finally got my hands on it during one trip to London.


Knight Divine is a dark grey with silver shimmer. It's one of the Veluxe Pearl shadows and feels like one of the slightly drier versions of the finish. It's still nice and smooth but it's not quite as soft as Shimmermoss, for example.


This is definitely one that needs a primer! It just doesn't want to stick onto bare skin and needs the primer to show anything really! With a primer you get the deep grey base colour coming through and plenty of the shimmer. This will last through a full day for me when I wear it with something like Urban Decay Primer Potion with no creasing and only minimal fading after 12 hours or so. It does make a great smokey eye!

MAC Shadows are available from MAC (website/stores/counters):
-Pro pans are £10.00
-Pots are £12.00

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Haul: 18/02/12 - Lincoln

Why yes, this is my 4th blog post of the day! I did a little shopping with Cosmetichameleon yesterday and finally spent some Debenhams vouchers I was given for Christmas.


I bought a few staples that I use all the time! Everything seemed to run out at the same time.
-Lush Whip Stick Balm
-The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
-Urban Decay Primer Potion


We had a good look in our TK Maxx but the pickings were very poor. The whole beauty section was a bit grubby and very picked over. I did find a few Leighton Denny nail polish duos for the grand total of £9.99, which is just under the retail price of one Leighton Denny polish. I dug through and found the best duo of the pile!
-Leighton Denny Polish "Liquid Silver"
-Leighton Denny Polish "Daylight Robbery"


The pink Look Beauty box contains something that had clearly been dropped so I'm going to *try* and get a replacement next weekend. Even when make up is broken, getting it exchanged is really not easy!

Also, there's a sample of the new Chanel foundation: Perfection Lumiere. I didn't want to spend £30+ on a bottle without trying it first!

Aaaaaaaaand, finally:


Yes, I know I said I wasn't. I had Debenhams vouchers and nothing else that I fancied.

Review: Vivo Cosmetics Baked Bronze "Healthy Glow"

I think this is one of the best products from Vivo Cosmetics. If you only get one thing from Vivo, get this!

Vivo Cosmetics Baked Bronzes come in a few shades and cost £5.00 each from selected Tesco shops. You get 12g of product. The other shades are much deeper, shimmering bronzers.


This comes in a larger version of the baked blush packaging. It's sturdy and should survive a little abuse (don't drop it on a hard floor!). There's no mirror or applicator, which means more product for your money! There's a sticker on the back giving all the product details and ingredients.


This is a lovely highlighter. It has some pretty veining which only adds to the "ooh" of the product, rather than having any effect on the applied look. Healthy Glow is a cool beige-cream shimmer with slight golden tones. I wouldn't say it belongs under the "bronze" label though. It applies a little on the sheer side, which is a good thing for this type of product. I definitely prefer more of the "glow" look, rather than some obvious shimmer. It's quite close to my skin tone so I get a really awesome glow when I apply this to the tops of my cheek bones. It really does give that "lit from within" look we try to attain.

I utterly failed to get a swatch of this. It was too close to the skin tone on the inside of my arm so I couldn't get anything to show! I can't find any FOTDs where I used this, but I know I have! Must have just forgotten to add it to the product list.

FOTD #33: 18/02/12

This was what I wore yesterday when I met up again with Cosmetichameleon for the day. There is a haul post coming up later!


I used:
-Black Radiance Shine Control Primer
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation "51"
-ELF Studio Translucent Matifying Powder
-Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer "Fair"
-Benefit Coralista

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
-Victorian Disco Shadow "Archduchess" - on lid
-Sugarpill ChromaLust "Magpie" - in crease & lower liner
-ELF Studio Single Shadow "Sand Dollar" - highlight
-Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner "Siren" - top liner
-Gosh Velvet Touch Liner "Majestic Sea" - lower liner
-Lorac 3D Lashes Mascara

-Bare Minerals Buxom Lips "April"


Review: L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows

I'm trying to clear out my product photo folders on my computer, there are things waiting to be reviewed that are months old! Like these L'Oreal Infallible eye shadows that I bought pretty much as soon as they were released. These have just been released in the US and Canada as well but I believe the colour range and names may be slightly different.

These cost around £7 from the usual L'Oreal stockists such as Boots, Superdrug, Tesco and other supermarkets. They seem to be on offer quite regularly at the moment, I've seen everything from 3for2 to £3.00 off. You get 3.5g of product for that price.


I spent ages picking out the first three I bought, I decided to go for the more interesting looking ones available (though most look worth buying!). The three I have do have some kind of shimmer but there are a few mattes available. The packaging is pretty good, fairly sturdy plastic with ingredients and colour names on a sticker on the lid. There isn't a photo to show the base but the colour of the product shows through, matching the sticker which I felt was a nice touch! Helps to find the one you're looking for when digging through.


Comparisons with Giorgio Armarni Eyes To Kill are inevitable. They both have the plastic to keep the product squished in the jar. I may get round to a comparison post some time before 2014 (but I'm not promising anything!) but briefly, they are a good drugstore/high street dupe but I wouldn't call them exact copies. The texture and pigmentation of the Giorgio Armani is a step above these, and the L'Oreal offering has some of the smoothest and richest shadows that have come out of a drugstore in a long time.


Oops, forgot to label that photo! Anyway, the three I initially went for are:
-Eternal Black - satin finish deep black with lots of silver sparkle,
-Permanent Kaki - very shimmery light sage green,
-Flashback Silver - shimmering grey with lilac tones.

Flashback Silver is definitely the stand out shade of the three. It's something that I've not come across in pretty much any range of make up and it's absolutely gorgeous. I have been searching for something that's between grey and lilac for a long time and this just happens to be it!

The texture of these is interesting. They are pressed pretty solidly but it's easy to dig out a chunk. They apply with the creaminess of a cream shadow and do require application with either a synthetic brush or your ring finger. A densely packed natural haired brush will apply them, but not as well as the other two options and you've got pretty much no chance with something softer.


Pigmentation is really good. I've had eye shadows that cost double the price with less pigmentation than these! The grey-lilac and green are very smooth and creamy in texture, it's easy to apply almost too much in one go! The black is slightly drier feeling due, I expect, from the sparkle it contains! One thing you do have to be careful of is product clumping! I find this is less of a problem if you apply with your ring finger but I just don't really like doing that. I'm not a fan of sticking fingers in products, no matter how recently my hands were washed (mmmm, Staph. aureus). Blending isn't too much of an issue either.

Now, I haven't tested the 24 hour wear promised but with a primer, I've had a good 14 hours wear out of these without any fading or creasing. Without a primer, it was getting creased at around 6 hours. My lids are getting oilier (who decided skin dried out as you got older, mine's turning into a grease pit) but those of you without oily lids shouldn't have too many issues with the length of wear from these shadows.

Overall, it's most definitely a product win from L'Oreal. They're proving a massive hit all over the blogs and I'm definitely planning on buying a few more!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Nails: OPI Merry Midnight

Oh, why must I torture myself by trying to photograph purple based nail polishes? This still hasn't come out right but this was the best of the bunch. Hopefully when there's more light in the evenings I can get better pictures.


I bought this ages and ages ago from ebay. It's an interesting shade, a plum/purple with shimmer and flakies! However, it's so damn sheer. Which is why I haven't used it that much. Then I struck upon the genius idea of layering! This is one layer of Merry Midnight over one layer of Nails Inc Savile Row. The Nails Inc is a rich plum cream that I'm pretty sure came with a magazine. Anyway, prettiness.

Review: Vivo Cosmetics Diamond Sparkle Lip Gloss "Candy Floss"

I think this is currently the only Vivo Cosmetics lip product that I have. The lip range isn't as large as the eye product range and seems to be based on a few fashion shades. I'm not much of a lip product person so I'm not one to get excited over another nude lipstick. But while digging through the Vivo stand at Tesco, I found some glittery lip glosses!

I'm not exactly sure on the prices, I did have a price list and now I can't find it. Less than £4 I expect, given the price range of the rest of the brand. There are 3 or 4 shades available. You get 14ml of gloss, which is loads! (More research perhaps, Becky!)


The packaging of this is not my favourite. I much prefer the usual wand in a tube packaging for my lip gloss. This is a squeezy tube with a brush at the end. The gloss is quite thick so it can take quite a bit of a squeeze to get any gloss out. I found the brush doesn't apply the gloss very evenly. Fortunately the gloss is more of a sparkle than a dense colour so it's not as noticeable.


Candy Floss is a sheer pink gloss with a heavy filling of silver and pink sparkle. It doesn't feel gritty on initial application but that feeling develops as the gloss part wears away and the sparkle remains. I find it only lasts an hour or so on the lips but I'm not someone who can get lip stuff to last on me.

Here's a FOTD where I have used the gloss:
-02/01/12

Friday, 17 February 2012

Blog Of The Week 17/02/12: The Sunday Girl


This week's Blog Of The Week is The Sunday Girl!

I'm pretty sure I found The Sunday Girl through some blog roll hopping. But I was impressed with what I saw so I stuck around. She's rather prolific and has posted 70 posts so far this month! And 110 for January! Fortunately her posts are of high quality so there's definitely quality and quantity!

Her posts are easy to digest, with plenty of great pictures (I adore the backgrounds she chooses for the products!) and short bursts of information. A good range of brands are shown on the blog, with plenty of lipstick/lipgloss reviews. I always find a few posts to read when I'm looking through her archives!

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