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Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Makeup | 7 comments

Urban Decay – Eyeshadows in S&M and Chopper

Urban Decay – Eyeshadows in S&M and Chopper

I’ve had these Urban Decay Eyeshadows for a while, they were given to me by a friend, and they’re two of Urban Decay’s most popular eyeshadow colours – gunmetal grey ‘S&M’ and sparkly copper brown ‘Chopper’. Fans of Urban Decay will know that these two are sporting the old packaging, their eyeshadows have recently had a funky new makeover and whilst they’re still in silvery grey round plastic pots they now look just a little more classy: The new eyeshadow packaging has been created so that the actual pans of colour can be removed from the plastic pot and added to the Nirvana Build Your Own palette. Anyway, whilst the packaging pots have changed the eyeshadow colours haven’t, so I will go ahead and tell you about the shades S&M and Chopper. S&M is a mid gunmetal grey shade with a shimmer – it looks quite dark in the pot but if applied sparingly it gives the effect of a pale silver, whereas layer it up and it gives...

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Makeup | 3 comments

UK Launch of Essence Make-Up

UK Launch of Essence Make-Up

Essence make-up has been around overseas since 2002 but has only recently been launched in the UK. Unfortunately I was unable to make it to their launch party but I was kindly sent a selection of Essence make-up to try. My first impressions of Essence is good, the products and packaging remind me a bit of Rimmel London and I feel they are aimed at girls aged 12-18 although they would suit anyone looking for make-up on a budget. I will be reviewing 3 Essence make-up products today, and I have another couple of items (including a glitter nail varnish) that I will be reviewing over the coming weeks. The first product that I tried was Essence Pureskin Anti-Spot Moisturizing Make-Up*, a light foundation designed to help fight spots and blackheads which contains Clearderm Complex that fights spots and also zinc and bisabolol which help speed up the healing process. The product is fairly light, a bit like a cross between a foundation and a tinted moisturiser and it...

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

e.l.f. – Baked Eyeshadows in Pixie & Dusk

e.l.f. – Baked Eyeshadows in Pixie & Dusk

It was only fairly recently that I discovered budget New York make-up brand e.l.f. (stands for Eyes Lips Face), but I like what I have seen so far and today I am reviewing their Baked Eyeshadows in Pixie and Dusk. These cute domed single eyeshadows have actually been baked in an oven to give them their blendable powder finish! e.l.f.’s nice, simple black and clear packaging suggests that the brand is more premium than it is, and each of these Baked Eyeshadows comes packaged in a cardboard box. The ingredients within the Baked Eyeshadows include Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to help nourish and hydrate the skin. I have been using these eyeshadows dry but they can also be used wet for a more intense, vibrant colour – just apply them with a damp eyeshadow brush. Pixie is a strong mid-pink colour shadow with a gold shimmery undertone, you can clearly see the shimmer on the close-up image above. Dusk is a very dark grey colour shadow with...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

Clarins – Crayon Khol in Intense Blue & Platinum

Clarins – Crayon Khol in Intense Blue & Platinum

Another Clarins make-up review, this time it is the new Crayon Khol pencils in Intense Blue and Platinum*. Both are very subtle colours, I do find that Clarins make-up tends to err on the cautious side with nothing too bright or ‘in your face’. Both Crayon Khol pencils come in cardboard packaging in the classic Clarins red colour. Each pencil has a lid at each end, one end has the pencil nib the other end has a useful brush that can be used for blending and smudging the pencil colour to create different effects on the eyelid. Both Intense Blue and Platinum are quite dark colours, and give lovely dense long-lasting coverage. Intense Blue is almost a navy blue, but is a slightly softer colour than a black pencil.I have been wearing Crayon Khol in Intense Blue on my lower lash line, you can see from the image below that it is a dark colour. It would also look good inside the lower lashline, or on the upper lashline...

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Makeup | 1 comment

MUA – Undressed Eyeshadow Palette

MUA – Undressed Eyeshadow Palette

I know what you’re thinking… ‘Not another review of MUA’s Undressed Eyeshadow Palette…’. Well yes, apologies, it is another review of MUA’s bestselling Undressed Eyeshadow Palette, but I’ve tried to make this review a bit different from everyone else’s by actually creating 3 different looks using the palette. I think the reason that this palette has been reviewed so much is firstly because it is just such great value and everyone can afford to buy it, and secondly because it contains such a great array of neutral colours. The Undressed palette contains 12 round eyeshadows in a range of nude beiges, browns and greys with a mixture of shimmery and matt finishes, and a small double ended sponge applicator (I know some people don’t like sponge applicators, but I don’t mind them and I find you get less powder ‘drop off’ with a sponge applicator than you do with a brush). The shadows are all named ‘Shade 1, Shade 2….’ etc which is an MUA trait that I’m not...

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