Thursday, 30 April 2015

And That Was April...

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 April was such a fun month here on Porcelain Queen, I blogged about everything from forgotten about products to makeup hacks to beautiful and magical eyeshadows - click on the links below to read the full posts.

One // the drug store alternative to NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

Two // My holy grail eye brushes

Three // Comparing drug store and high end lip pencils

Four // Makeup Geek foiled eyeshadow collection and swatches

Five // March beauty favourites

Six // Monthly makeup bag mix up

Seven // The Balm's Nude'tude palette

Eight // My top five under £5 products

Nine // ELF UK cosmetics closing down sale

Ten // NARS Dual Intensity Callisto eyeshadow

Eleven // Tips and tricks for pulling off the perfect matte pout

Twelve // Introducing a new brand & a new product

Thirteen // One from the Porcelain Queen Archives

Fourteen // Forgotten about products

Fifteen // How to make your own lip colour - mini tutorial

Sixteen // My top picks for Spring Eyes

I will be carrying on with the frequent blogging, and you can find out more here.
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

NARS Kabuki Ita Brush

NARS Ita Kabuki brush
I am sure that the NARS Kabuki ITA is one of the most popular and sought after brushes of all time. It has been branded as revolutionising contouring so anyone can use it to achieve Kim Kardashian style cheek bones.

When I first heard about this brush and the read the reviews I knew I had to have it, sadly it was out of stock everywhere in the UK, so like any beauty obsessive I put my name on every waiting list available, and patiently bided my time. After well over half a year I started nosing around for it, and was horrified to find it had been restocked with a ridiculously hefty price increase. At £43 I was put off by the price and was doubtful any brush could be worth that amount of money, so I put the brush to the back of my mind...until recently.

I found out a NARS counter had opened at a John Lewis in Sheffield City centre, and my love for this brush was reignited, so I took myself to town and checked it out.
NARS Ita Kabuki brush
NARS Kabuki ITA Brush £43

This is the most beautiful brush I have ever laid eyes on with a uniquely threaded and split handle design. The narrow brush is easy to use, hold and move comfortably around my face. The bristles are dense, and extremely soft and fluffy goat hair - I believe these are dyed as the colour ran slightly when washed.

This brush picks up and holds onto just the right amount of product making contouring easy peasy. The fluffy bristles make blending a dream, it blends as you swipe, making it fool proof. The shape of the bristles means you can use it with the bristles facing horizontally for a dramatic shaping contour, or with the bristles vertical for a soft and subtle bronzed look.

I have washed my brush several times and apart from the dye running from the bristles I have encountered zero problems. It lathers up like a dream with it being natural hair, and dries like new, providing you reshape it whilst wet, and lay it with the bristles suspended - I typically lay mine on a windowsill.

Although I was initially upset over the hike in price, it's all forgotten about now I have the coveted NARS Ita brush in my life.

What are your thoughts on this cult brush?
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Instagram Diaries | April

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Here's all the makeup looks I created and shared on Instagram this month. If you do not follow me you totally should, you can find me here - @porcelainqueen1

One // Double layered eye liner

Two // Wearing my favourite pigment in an alternate way - tutorial on how can be found here

Three // Introducing Spring into my eye makeup

Four // A twist on a classic red lip

Five // Switching up my inner corner highlight

Six // Who doesn't love blue lips?

Seven // Ultraviolet lower lashline

Eight // Makeup Geek Insomnia is everything

Nine // Trying out lower false eyelashes

Which is your favourite look?
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Monday, 27 April 2015

How to Make your own Lip Colour | Mini Tutorial

Do you ever fancy trying a daring lip colour but don't want to part with the money on something you know you'll hardly wear - well this mini tutorial is perfect for you.

All you need for this method is a clear thickish lip balm, and an eyeshadow or pigment in your chosen colour. I chose to use a LUSH Charity Lip Balm, and Goldilux Pigment by Sugarpill - because who doesn't want gold lips?
how to make your own lipstick

Step One // find yourself a clean, none absorbent surface - you could always use a mixing tray, I use one that came with a Makeup Revolution Awesome Metal Eyeshadow.

Step Two // Scoop out a 'pea' sized amount of lip balm and place on your chosen mixing surface.

Step Three // Add a good amount of pigment, or eyeshadow to your lip balm and blend well with a synthetic lip brush - if you want more colour add more pigment/eyeshadow. If your chose eyeshadow is in a pan, scrap away a small amount with a clean knife, this is what I do - please don't chop off your fingers.

Step Four // Apply to your lips. If you want a matte finish, pull apart a piece of toilet roll so it's only one sheet thin, hold it to your lips and gently pat translucent powder over the toilet roll.

You can see some the lip art I created on my Instagram - click here
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Saturday, 25 April 2015

A Blog Post Schedule Change

Porcelain Queen Blog Schedule
Starting in May I will be altering my blogging schedule slightly. I will be blogging Monday through to Friday right here on Porcelain Queen, and Sundays I will be uploading to my YouTube Channel.

My first post in my new pattern will be Sunday 3rd May and I will be kick starting with a YouTube Tutorial.

I hope you enjoy my new schedule and welcome the more frequent blogging pattern.
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Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring Makeup Must Haves | Eyes

Winter is finally behind us and summer is looking more reality and less dream like. Today I want to share with you my make up must haves for Spring - now's the time to break out the pastels and going to town with highlighter.
Left - Right | Pearl | Wisteria | Violet | Caitin Rose

MUA Eyeshadow // Pearl // £1
Pearl is the perfect shade to add a subtle wash of colour over your lids, and the frosted pastel is perfect for Spring.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow // Wisteria // £4.04 (exchange rate dependant)
Wisteria is Spring in eyeshadow form, its such a pretty matte pastel violet. It works great as a transition shade to add a sublte hint of purple to your eyes.

MAC Cosmetics Pigment // Violet // £17
I love this pigment for creating pop of colours and adding a wash of purple over the centre of my lid. MAC Pigments are definitely on the pricey side but there's no denying there gorgeousness. 

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow // Caitlin Rose // £6.75 (exchange rate dependant)
I have been completely obsessing over this foiled eyeshadow goodness since the day I got it. I've been applying it heavily on my lower lash line to add a fun pop of ultraviolet purple.
Left - Right | China's Groove | Razzle Berry | Mango Tango | Cupcake | Girlie | Indian's Lifestyle

Essence Effect Eyshadow // China's Groove // £1
China's Groove is a subtle coral peach shade, which looks gorgeous worn alone and as a base.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow // Razzle Berry // £4.04 (exchange rate dependant)
I don't think you get more vibrant and pink than Razzle Berry, it's such a fun colour which looks perfect worn as a pop of colour on the lower lash line.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow // Mango Tango // £4.04 (exchange rate dependant)
I've been wearing Mango Tango in my crease to add a subtle hint of peach to a neutral eye look.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow // Cupcake  // £4.04 (exchange rate dependant)
Cupcake is one of my favourite transition shades all year round, but the matte dusky pink is especially perfect for Spring time.

Elf Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow // Girlie // No Longer Available
Sadly this beautiful frosted silver pink is no longer available to purchase, but if you do have it, crack it out, it's perfect for Spring.

Essence Effect Eyshadow // Indian's Lifestyle // £1
I've been wearing this none stop as a base for MAC Cosmetic's Expensive Pink eyeshadow. Its the right amount of pink and the right amount of peach, it looks gorgeous as a base or worn alone.
Left - Right | Pixie Dust | Rose Gold

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow // Pixie Dust // £4.04 (exchange rate dependant)
Pixie Dust is definitely for the more colour adventurous beauty lovers. It makes a great alternative to a traditional gold shade. 

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metal Eye Foils // Rose Gold // £4
Rose Gold is a great alternative to the Stila Magnificent Metal eyeshadows at a fraction of the price. It looks gorgeous worn all over the lid, or patted in the centre to make your eyes pop.

What are your Spring eye must haves?
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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Products I Always Forget About | #1

We all have products that don't we don't reach for daily, but we don't regret buying, and I am no exception. Here are the products I always forget to use...

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter // Wild Watermelon // £7.99
I don't know why I always forget about this gorgeous lipstick, as every time I do wear it I love it. It gives my lips much needed moisture and has great colour pay off.

NYX Studio Perfect Primer // Anti-Redness // £11
I always forget about this primer, simply because I have become so accustomed to using my beloved Smashbox. I have no reason for not reaching for this, I've just stuck in a makeup base routine.

Body Shop Brow & Liner Duo // Brunette & Brown // £10
I do not reach for this simply because nothing can replace my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, but the shades in the duo would make great crease and transition shades, so maybe I should reach for this more.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil // Bourbon // £15.50
I only ever wear cream and black coloured eye liners in my tight line and waterline, although a brown shade like Bourbon would be a good middle ground, and a more natural way to darken my waterline without using black.
Left - Right | NYX Primer | Wild Watermelon | Bourbon | Bodyshop Brow & Liner Powders

What products do you always forget to use?
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Kiss Cosmetics Locked Lips | NEW BRAND

Kiss Cosmetics is a new brand on the beauty scene, with some gorgeous and exciting lip products. Kiss Cosmetics kindly sent me their lipstick locking 'Lip Lock' - *£3.50.

Kiss Cosmetics promise vibrant, original and exciting lip products, which will suit everyone's taste. There products are cruelty free, although I am unaware if they are Vegan.

The packaging is very petite, a small, clear, glass vial with a lock printed on the front. The applicator is similar to a nail polish applicator, with long, clear synthetic haired bristles designed to coat your lips with ease. For my first application I excitedly applied the product with the brush, this then resulted in my lipstick staining the bristles. Every application since then I have applied with my finger by patting on a thin layer, and it has worked perfectly. If you repeatedly apply with the brush I imagine it will colour the Lip Lock over time.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect with this product, it had a pleasant cooling sensation whilst drying, once dried it doesn't feel drying or tight in the slightest, I find it extremely comfortable to wear. I does not leave been a residue or trace that you've applied it, it feels like applying water. I admittedly spent half the day in fear that my lipstick had faded terribly, as I was chatting and drinking from a water bottle all morning. Once dinner time came around I ran to the nearest mirror to inspect my lips and I was shocked to see my lips looked the exact same as when I applied the Locked Lips top coat.

I have tried this product with other lipsticks, and liquid lipsticks, and it works wonderfully on increasing the wear time and preventing fading. It also stops horrible patchiness and flakiness which matte lipsticks are commonly known for.

Locked Lips is available from Kiss Cosmetics from 29th April 2015.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

How to Foil a Pigment | Mini Tutorial

'Foiling' can be a mystifying word thrown around in the makeup world, but how do you actually foil a pigment? It is such an easy way to really maximise the opacity and intensify the colour pay off of a pigment. It is also a great method to use if you have a pigment which is not finely milled, such as Utopia by Makeup Geek - which is used for the tutorial.

You will need eye drops for this method, but fear not if you do not have any to hand, you can use a makeup setting spray such as Fix + or a sealing gel such as Ingot Duraline. Do not use water as this does not have the same effect and your pigment will break up and fall away from your lid.

Step One // Find yourself a clean, none absorbent surface, this could be the lid of the pigment packaging, a small mixing tray, etc. I always use the lid as it causes less mess.

Step Two // add one single drop of eye drops to your pigment and mix with a synthetic haired brush until you have a paste - depending on how much pigment you have you might need to add another drop.

Step Three // Apply an even layer to your eyes up to the crease, wait for it to dry slightly and then blend with your chosen crease colour.

Step Four // If you want even more intensity use your finger to pat unfoiled pigment over your lid whilst the foiled pigment is still tacky. 

I hope this helps :)
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Monday, 20 April 2015

Porcelain Queen Archives | Illamasqua Sealing Gel | #7

Today I'm back with another post from my Archives series, I love writing these posts as I enjoy reading the original review and seeing if I still feel the same way about the product now, I also like to see how I am progressing with my blog photography.

Click the links below to read the previous posts in the series  

Real Technique Brushes #4 Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner #5
No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation #6

For today's post I'll be looking back at my old favourite Illamasqua Sealing Gel and seeing if I still feel the same. You can read the original review below

Original Illamasqua Sealing Gel Review

I bought this last year before the realisation that eye drops do the exact same job, for a fraction of the price. I still have a lot of this magical liquid left, as I tend to only use it when I'm foiling an eyeshadow for a special occasion.

I would highly recommend the Illamasqua Sealing Gel, however eye drops do the exact same job, so you might as well save your self some money and buy a cheap bottle of Optrex - like I did.

If you are unsure on how to foil an eyeshadow or pigment I will be sharing a 'how to' foil an eyeshadow post tomorrow - be on the look out!
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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Peach Eyes with a Pop of Purple Makeup Tutorial | Youtube

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Products Used //
Essence Effect Eyeshadow E/S - Indian's Lifestyle
Makeup Geek E/S - Cupcake // Mango Tango // Creme Brulee
MAC Cosmetics E/S - Expensive Pink
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner - Black
Inglot Gel Liner - 77
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner - Perversion
Red Cherry Lashes - 41
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Chocolate
Essence Make me Brow - Dark Brown
L'Oreal True Match Foundation - DW1 
Rimmel Matte BB Cream - Very Light
Beauty UK Contour Kit - Darkest & Lightest Shades Used
Beauty UK Matte Bronzer - No. 2 Dark
Essence Silky Touch Blush - Summer Dreaming
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish - Lightscapade
Essence Effect Long Lasting Eye Pencil - 
Makeup Geek Foiled E/S - Caitlin Rose
MAC E/S - Nylon
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara - Black
ELF Lip Stain - Birthday Suit

Brushes Used //
Zoeva 228 Crease Brush
Sigma E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush
Zoeva 232 Classic Shader Brush
Zoeva 312 Detailer Liner Brush
Zoeva 322 Brow Line Brush
MUA Spoolie
Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
NARS ITA Kabuki Brush
Benefit Powder Brush
ELF Fan Brush
NYX B21 Eyeliner Brush
Zoeva 230 Luxe Pencil Brush
Zoeva 227 Soft Definer Brush

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Tips for Pulling off the Perfect Matte Lip

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Matte lips are becoming astronomically popular, whether it be a lipstick, a pencil or a gloss - matte lips are everywhere. I myself am no stranger to the lure of a matte lip, and here are some tips I have learnt to pull of a perfectly matte pout.

Prep your lips //
Matte lip products are famously unforgiving of dry skin, so any minute imperfection soon becomes the first thing anyone sees when they look at you. There are a few ways you can prepare your lips for a matte product, but the end result is the same, you want smooth exfoliated lips. You can achieve this by investing in a LUSH Lip Scrub, or you could make your own using a concoction of olive oil and brown sugar - or if like me that turns your stomach, simply spend a few seconds gently massaging your lips when washing your face with exfoliator.

Do not over balm //
Applying a genourous amount of lip balm might seem the rationale choice, but this can alter the way the product sits on your lips, you don't want it sliding around and looking glossy. I like to apply a balm that will leave my lips feeling moisturised even when removed, for this I always choose Carmex - the Cherry scented one. I massage a good amount into my lips and pat away right before applying my chosen matte lip product.

Always use a base //
I have found using a matching or similar lip pencil as a base and to line your lips will result in a longer wear time. It makes any patchiness less noticeable, and makes removing the entire lip colour a hell of a lot easier, as the mate lip product has not soaked into your lips and stained them.

What are your secrets to a perfectly matte pout?
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Friday, 17 April 2015

Save or Splurge - Lip Pencils

Lip Pencils
There are some makeup and beauty products that are of the same quality regardless of the price tag - in this Save or Splurge Series I'll be rummaging through my makeup collection and comparing my high end and drug store products to see if you can save your pennies or if you need to splurge.

You can read other posts in the Save or Splurge series below

It's only this year that I have truly come to appreciate the importance of a good lip pencil, they provide much needed shape to my otherwise lacklustre lips. I have pencils ranging in price from £15 to £1 - but which is the better investment?

I find my more affordable lip pencils my favourite, they are creamy, smooth and hella pigmented and the price is obviously on point. However I also have some more expensive pencils that give the same effect. For me personally I will also choose the cheaper option, as I have so many amazing lip pencils that cost only £1, so it seems silly to spend money on MAC and other higher end brands when they give the same result as the more affordable alternative.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Bright Eyes - My Favourite Inner Corner Highlights

Eye Inner Corner Highlighters
 The perfect inner corner highlight is often a hard find within the beauty world, especially ones that show on such pale complexions, such as my own. Today I'm sharing with you my favourite inner corner highlights, both matte and shimmer - so too can have bright and open eyes.
Inner corner highlighter swatches
Left - Right | Vanilla Sky | Tickle my Ivory | Angelic | Porcelain
Innocent | Heavenly | Ice Queen | Nylon

Collection // Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil - Vanilla Sky // £3.19
This off white cream textured pencil leaves a gorgeous pearlescent finish, it looks gorgeous when worn alone and when layered with a powdered eyeshadow. 

Benefit // Eyeshadow - Tickle my Ivory // Found in most box sets
This is the least opaque of my favourites, however I like it for days where I have simple eye makeup, I find it complements the complete look better than a more intense highlight would. It's off white in colour and a true matte finish.

Eyes Lips Face // Mineral Eyeshadow - Angelic // £1.00
The frosted finish gives a pigmented and intense look - which works perfectly if you have dark makeup on the eyes. It is a pure white shade with a frosted finish.

Zoeva // Pure Glam Pigment - Porcelain // £5.00
This pure white pigment gives a gorgeous subtle shimmered highlight, which adds light without looking too dramatic - perfect for days where you want a more girlie doe eyed appearance.

Eyes Lips Face // Mineral Eyeshadow - Innocent // £1.00
This is the mos opaque matte white I have ever seen, it really opens up the inner corner of your eye without adding any shimmer, perfect for when you want a completely matte eye look, or when you've already over powder your eye with shimmer.

Makeup Revolution // Baked Mono Eyeshadow - Heavenly // £1.00
This has been my go to every day inner corner highlight for a months, it has the perfect amount of pigmentation for a work appropriate look, and it has a gorgeous pearl finish.

Makeup Geek // Single Eyeshadow - Ice Queen // £4.01 (dependant on the exchange rate)
This is the purest white out of my favourite picks, it has no hint of gold, cream or yellow, it is simply a snow white with a shimmer finish. It has small flecks of glitter which really add some intensity to the inner corners when your wearing very dark or black colours on the eyes.

MAC Cosmetics // Single Eyeshadow - Nylon // £10
Nylon is high impact shimmer shade with no glitter what-so ever it has a subtle golden undertone, so will brighten and add warmth to the inner corner.

What's your favourite inner corner highlight?

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Essence Effect Metallic Liquid Eyeshadows | Swatches and Review

Essence Effect Eyeshadow
Essence Effect Eyeshadow swatches
Left - Right | Brazil's Sunset | Stonehenge | Egypt's Treasure 
Indian's Lifestyle | China's Groove | Ireland's Nature

After purchasing some of Essence's lip pencils and absolutely loving them I decided to try out a few more of their products. I saw these online and was instantly intrigued by them, as they are metalic liquid formula which dries to a powder finish.

I was surprised by how runny and liquid like the eyeshadow was, it definitely caught me off guard, some shades are more runny than others but the pigmentation isn't affected. I was taken aback by how pigmented these beauties are, as you can see from the swatches they are completely opaque - this I wasn't expecting. If you apply a small amount you can sheer the product out, but applied in layers or more heavily will give you the full metallic finish. I was worried they might feel tacky and sticky on my eyes, however they dried to a completely powdered finish, they would not budge or smudge once blended. I wear mine without a primer and I am yet to have any signs of creasing or transfer.

The packaging is functional, having the squeezable tube means you can control the amount of product being dispensed and not product is ever wasted - unlike if it was to come in with a doe foot applicator.

I've worn the brown neutral shades none stop for work as they are so quick and effortless, I apply a small amount straight onto my lid, blend out with my finger and then hide the edges with a quick dusting of bronzer in my crease. I've also tested these as a base and layered MAC Cosmetics 'Expensive Pink' over 'Indian's Lifestyle' to really make the colour pop and it worked wonderfully - If you follow me on Instagram you can find photographs I took of this - my Instagram

I bought my Essence products through Wilkinson's, I had them delivered to a local store free of charge and collected them myself a day later. I paid only £1 each for these, they are stupidly affordable to the point that it feels like highway robbery - I honestly do not know how they make a profit on these products.

I bought a few more items from Essence which I will be sharing soon, but everything I've used so far has been utterly incrediable - Essence can do no wrong!

What do you think to these products?

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Winged Eyeliner Made Easy | Mini Tutorial

Here's a mini video on how I do my winged eyeliner - I do this method whether I'm using gel or liquid products.

My favourite Eyeliners are //
 Inglot Gel Liner #77
Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner
Natural Collection Liquid Liner
Urban Decay Perversion Liquid Liner

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Monday, 13 April 2015

April Beauty Wishlist

This month I'm only wishing for a few beauty and makeup products, and here they are...

LUSH // Jason and the Argan Oil Solid Shampoo Bar // £5.75
Last year I made the decision to drastically shake up my hair care routine and cut out harsh chemicals and plastic containing products. I have really noticed a huge change in my hair condition, so I wan to keep it in tip top condition and try LUSH's chemical free solid shampoo bars. Jason and the Argan Oil sood out to me as it contains Argan oil which I use to oil my hair regularly. I've read so many great reviews about the shampoo bars, so I'm excited to pick one up.

LUSH // Jungle Solid Conditioner // £3.50
I feel this conditioner would complement the shampoo bar perfectly as it contains moisturising cocoa butter.

Anastasia Beverly Hills // Dip Brow Pomade Dark Brown // £15.00
I already have and love the Chocolate dip brow, but recently I've been feeling chocolate is slightly too warm looking through the front of the brows. Hopefully the dark brown shade will look more natural, or maybe I should try taupe - what do you recommend?

OCC // Matte Lip Tar Memento // £14.00
I've wanted to try a Lip Tar for such a long time, as they have such a bizarre consistency and formula that intrigues me. They come in so many shades but Memento looks like a beautiful neutral pink shade to start my collection off. 

What are you wishing for this month?
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Sunday, 12 April 2015

10 Minutes Drab to Fab Makeup | YouTube


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Products Used //
L'Oreal True Match Foundation - DW1
Rimmel London Matte BB Cream - Very Light
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - 1 Fair
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Beaches & Cream // Crème Brulee
Makeup Geek Foiled E/S - In the Spot Light
NYX Wonder Pencil - Light
YSL Shocking Mascara - Black
Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade - Chocolate
Maybelline Brow Drama - Dark Brown
MAC Prep and Prime Finishing Powder - Transparent
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder - Golden Light 1
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks - Pink Cloud
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray
Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils - Minimalist
Makeup Revolution Lip Gloss -

Brushes Used //
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
Zoeva 230 Luxe Pencil Brush
Shu Umera Eyelash Curler
MUA Spoolie
Zoeva 322 Browline Brush
MUA F6 Brush
Benefit Powder Brush
ELF Fan Brush
MAC 275 Brush

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow 'Callisto'

I did not think it possible to love an item of makeup as much as I love this eyeshadow - it is pure perfection. When I saw 'Callisto' I knew I had nothing like it what so ever and would probably never see anything like it ever again so I had to have it regardless of the hefty price tag. I even broke my number one rule of not swatching before photographing and wore it on a night on the tiles later that night.
Left - Dry Swatch | Right - Wet Swatch

The colour is hard to describe, its one of those colours you just have to see to truely know. In some lights it is a pure silver, in others it is frosted lilac, and in others it shows a hint of taupe. It swatches almost as perfectly dry as it does wet - as you can see from the swatch the difference is minimal, however if applied with a fluffy blending brush you would have a more sheer appearance.

The packing is just everything, I could sit and gaze longingly at its beauty every second of every day. Now I am a person that has never owned any NARS products that have this style packaging so I was overwhelmed by its cuteness, it comes complete with a compact mirror and a magnetic fastening.

The price is hefty I wont lie I was taken aback at the cost, but I had to have it so obviously I parted with the cash. These gorgeous single eyeshadows cost £21 each, which is a stupendious amount for one eyeshadow - but once you have it you can bask in it's beauty all day long.

Have you tried any of the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows?
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