How To: Bright Eyeshadow Looks

When Spring was coming to an end I vowed I would start using some of the gorgeous eye shadow palettes that I own, and just don’t reach for. I’m obsessed with the gorgeous colours, but seem to leave my eyelids bare in favour of a colourful lip or cheek. But thankfully this summer I have had reason to use some of the colours, and formulas and now I’m going to share two of these with you!

I promised a post on the eye look I wore to be a bridesmaid a while back, but since I didn’t actually have any photos from that day where you could see my eye look, a post hasn’t materialised. So instead I’m going to show you one look I wore to a family wedding and another I wore to EDC recently.

The first look was to go with a green and navy dress from Karen Millen and used the UDxGwen and UD Electric eyeshadow palettes.

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I primed my lids and went in with Skimp from the UDxGwen palette all over the lid.

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Next I patted Freak from the UD Electric Palette all over my lid.

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I then added Fringe into the crease and to the outer C and blended it into Freak.

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Next I took 1987 from the UDxGwen palette and starting from the inner corner brought the gold colour near to the centre of the lid, blending it in with Freak.

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Once the colours were blended in, I wet my brush and went in with the colours again, patting them in until I got the vibrancy I wanted. And here’s the finished look!

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The next look was for EDC which needed to be neon and crazy. I wanted to use as many of the colours as I could, without looking too mad!

I started by reaching for my eye primer and then applied a white UD 24/7 eyeliner all over my lid. This created a white shimmery base to apply colours from my Electric Palette, which really helps to make the colours pop.

I started the colours by applying a small amount of ghost tape to the corners of my eyes. This helps create a nice line and prevent the ‘I’ve been punched in the face’ look I so often get when I apply shadow too wide.

I went in with Urban first on the crease of my eyelid and bringing it out a little towards the tape.

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Next I added Gonzo to the outer half of my lid, blending it with Urban.

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Next was Freak blended into the other half of my lid.

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Then Thrash on the outer corners. All of these colours were patted carefully for maximum colour impact.

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Next I added savage along the top of the Urban ‘flick’ on the edges of my crease to blend and create another dimension.

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To finish off, I applied a thin veil of Revolt across the whole lid which added a little sparkle and brought the whole look together.

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And here’s what it looked like!

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The day was very warm and humid but I was impressed with how the colour lasted a good 13 hours, with only a little transferring from the bottom lid to the top (which you couldn’t even notice just by looking at me).

So what do you think? I really can’t wait to create some more looks, and hope to use my UD Vice 4 palette more next. What looks have you created recently? I’d love to see them!

Lip Service

I tend to go through phases with make up where one particular product is what I’m into at a time. At the moment it’s lip products (though I’m still very much loving blushes!) I wanted to talk about some of my current favourites.

I’ve mentioned previously that I have incredibly sensitive skin and my lips are no exception. As soon as I change lip balm, lip sticks, anything really, my lips balloon and go itchy. I get blotches and dry patches and it’s all bad. Anyway, I try to train my lips to like certain products if I just can’t get enough of them. All of the products I’m talking about today have no negative effects on my lips. They’re all fabulous!

My lips are so dry, that I’m always applying lip balms. If I don’t have a lip balm to hand I know I’m going to have a bad day, to the point where I have one in my hand bag at all times, one in my living room, one by my bed, and if for some reason I’ve switched hand bags and forgotten to put a balm in I have to find the nearest Boots and pick one up.

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This lip balm by Dr Bronner’s Magic is OMG amazing. I’ll be honest, I picked this up from ASOS when I had to make up the basket total to get free postage. I can’t remember how much it was, but it can’t have been more than a couple of pounds. This is an organic lip balm in Lemon Lime flavour, but instead of being balmy it’s made from oils. This contains avocado, jojoba, cannabis seed, lemon and lime oils. That’s a lotta oils. It glides on smoothly and hydrates my lips to the point that I don’t feel the need to reapply as often as normal. It’s not thick, so light and smells just like key lime pie but fresher. I’ve been keeping this as my at-home balm so I don’t go through it too fast. I love putting it on before liquid lipstick. It leaves my lips hydrated enough that matte lipsticks don’t sink into my dry bits too much. It’s just awesome.

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I’ve really started loving lip-oils as a result of trying the Dr Bronner’s balm, and so when I heard Barry M were bringing out some lip oils for £4.99 each I knew I wanted to pick them up. I got mine during a buy one get one half price promotion, so it was a no brainer to buy both! These look like lip glosses in the packaging and also once applied, but feel so hydrating and water-light on the lips. Coco Loco has coconut oil and camellia, smells like coconut and goes on clear. Berry Good has pomegranate and raspberry oils and smells like berries. This one goes on clear I think but is pink in the packaging. I haven’t noticed any tint when applying it, but that could be just me. I’ve been leaning more towards the coconut one, but that’s just because I’m obsessed with coconut scented things at the moment!

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Next I’ll talk about my current favourite liquid lipstick. Having dry lips, matte products aren’t the best on me, but Meet Matte Hughes by The Balm is so lovely that I just go for it anyway. Their Committed shade is a sweet mint scented lipstick that goes on so smooth and pigmented and dries down to matte in about 30 seconds. It’s budge proof (until you eat) and looks lovely. It does dry into the cracks in my lips, and I’ve been thinking about topping it with my NYX Butter Gloss and seeing how it lasts. Meet Matte Hughes has ruined me for other brand’s liquid lipsticks and I haven’t found another formula as good as this. Go buy one!!

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Lastly, let’s talk about Firebird. Urban Decay have just announced they’re clearing down their entire lipstick range, reformulating, re-packaging and then re-releasing a new staple range of lipsticks. This panicked me because I’d already bought their sell-out Ex-Girlfriend from the Gwen Stefani range, but wanted to pick up Firebird after having tried the sample they sent when I bought the eyeshadow palette. I soon found out that both Ex-Girlfriend and Firebird will be reformulated BUT I didn’t want to wait and love the Gwen Stefani packaging, so away I went. This is a BRIGHT pink with a slightly purple shift in it. It’s very pigmented and stains the lips (in a good way) but has a sheerness about it. I adore this colour and look forward to wearing it very soon. It’s way more adventurous than I usually wear, but you only live once and it makes me happy! Once the new Urban Decay range comes out, I intend on picking up Mrs Mia Wallace, which was first released in their Pulp Fiction range but I missed out on it. I’m so pleased it’s coming back in their permanent range!

So that’s it! I’ve become a little obsessed with Lipstick Queen’s range too, and very much want to pick up Frog Prince and Queen Bee – (I’m taking donations too…..)

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

February Favourites

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Despite February being a short month it’s been a great month for new things for me! This month’s favourites blog contains beauty, body, tech and tv so hold on tight – there’s a lot to get through!

I’m going to start with body products I’m loving this month.

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Starting with Nayobay’s Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner. This came in my February GlossyBox and I’ve used it once a week since I received it. The website says “This mask contains natural triglycerides that add density and volume to hair and features organically grown Shea Butter and Argan oil.” I’m not really sure what that means to be honest, but I know I love what it does to my hair. You leave it on for 3 minutes after shampooing and then rinse it off. Afterwards my hair and scalp feel cleansed for at least 4 days after, my hair feels manageable and not too soft. The only way to describe how my hair looks after using it, and drying naturally, is 70s hair. And I mean this in a good way. My hair has volume, but isn’t frizzy. It’s matte, but looks conditioned. I just love it. Oh and it smells kind of subtly orangey – love it.

The next body favourite was a Valentine’s gift from G-Man. Laura Mercier’s almond coconut milk honey bath. I’d been lusting over one of these for a while, and was delighted to be given this. The cute little honey dipper holds just enough product to then drizzle under running water. The quality of the bubbles you get is like nothing else, and when you’re in the bath it’s like you’re bathing in silk. It makes for a wonderful, luxurious bath and I can see this jar lasting for a long long time. Worth the cost? Definitely!

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Last for body products is this bath and shower gel I picked up in Tesco. I’m always a little put off by brands which market their products in a similar vein to other higher end brands. I had been wary of buying this as it looks at first glance like a Philosophy rip off. But I liked the scent and there was nothing else I fancied, so buy it I did. Honeycomb Secret by Treacle Moon feels luxurious enough for a drugstore price. Not as fancy as the Laura Mercier, I hasten to add, however this bath and shower gel feels nourishing on my skin and produces lovely bubbles.

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Moving onto beauty products now, and you guys know my love for Gwen Stefani’s Urban Decay collaboration – I tried and then had to buy Ex-Girlfriend, a sheer nude in her lip range. It appears to be my perfect nude shade, feels wonderful on and lasts fairly well on the lips considering I’m a serial lip smoosher. I also picked up a tube of Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Hibiscus, which leaves a lovely subtle tint on the lips and again feels really moisturising and lasts really really well. It doesn’t look to much when you add to it either which is great. Both of these are great every day colours for a not-too-done-up look when I don’t want my lips to be bare.

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Another huge favourite of mine this month is the Gwen Stefani for Urban Decay blush palette. This palette is *amazing*. The shades you get are all usable, and I’ve been loving blending OC and Hush, then highlighting with Angel. You can see from the photo that the palette’s a bit messy, and that’s because I’ve been using it pretty much every day! Plus the palette itself is massively gorgeous!

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Next in beauty, well it’s kind of body but let’s talk about it anyway, is Lemony Flutter cuticle butter from Lush. This should have been in my holy grails post, but I haven’t bought it for years and decided last weekend I needed it back in my life. My cuticles have been a nightmare lately, and I have a bad habit of picking at them when they’re drying out. This stuff totally fixes it every time, so much more effectively than all the other creams and oils I’ve been trying. And it smells so good!

Next I picked up the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil. I needed something to set my under eyes and help to control my t-zone throughout the day. I’ve liked this powder so far, however it does still settle into the fine lines under my eyes, and I find I need to smooth those areas out throughout the day.

Now I’m going to talk about TheBalm’s Balm Shelter tinted moisturiser. TheBalm are fairly new to the UK and you can only really pick them up in very select London Debenhams stores and online. I visited the Debenham’s counter on Oxford Street so I could ensure I picked the correct shade. I love this product. It gives a really lovely natural finish, light coverage and doesn’t feel like I’ve got any product on when I’m wearing it. It’s a lovely satin feel to the skin and I love that it’s a sqiushy tube because I’ll be able to get every last bit of product out of it. I think this will be lovely in the summer too – plus it has SPF18! Win win! I really want to go and check out their Meet Matte Hughes liquid lipsticks, because I think they might be perfect for a couple of weddings I’m going to this year. I’m loving TheBalm!

Whilst I was at the TheBalm counter, I was chatting to the girl about brushes. I’d been looking at Sigma but they’re so expensive that I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to take the plunge. She recommended I head to Boots and check out Real Techniques brushes. So I did and boy am I glad! These brushes, I am told, are being picked up by professional make-up artists and I can see why. They’re soft, just dense enough, the bristles pick up the product (but not too much) and… they look so pretty! I’ve picked up the retractable kabuki and their foundation brush (which I actually use for contour and highlighting because I like the shape!). I intend on buying more….. eek!

And lastly, if you read my last beauty blogs you’ll remember I mentioned I’d never found my perfect mascara. Well this might have changed. Last birthday my bestie gave me a Lancôme 24hr Artliner and when she bought it, she got a free Lancôme Hypnose Volume which she passed onto me. I loved it so much that a few weeks ago I went and bought a full size. It’s lovely on my lashes, and even though I still need to curl them every time, it’s easy to build on, isn’t chunky and doesn’t make spider legs out of my lashes. Whoop!

Out of the world of beauty and onto tech now. I’d got some Tesco Clubcard points expiring so I had a look at their website and there wasn’t really much I fancied, but then I spotted I had enough points for a pair of Beats on-ear Solo headphones. So I redeemed my points and two days later I had these bad boys in my grubby little mitts!

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Look how pretty! They’re a great replacement for the red Skullcandy headphones that broke many years ago – and they were FREE! The sounds good enough on them, and now I can look like a loon with massive red headphones on once more 🙂

And lastly in my February favourites we move over to TV. My week’s holiday at the start of the month was scuppered by contracting a cold which did a very good job of mimicking the plague. As a result, much of the week was spent flat on my back watching Netflix. This is when I discovered Pretty Little Liars.

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I am addicted. I’ve managed to watch 4 whole seasons in about 3 weeks and I’m well into the 5th. I love the clothes, make up and the characters – it’s not the most intelligent of shows – it’s no West Wing – but it’s perfect for eye candy and passing the time. I won’t lie – there have been many times I’ve been screaming at the TV and sat bolt upright because I can’t believe what’s happening. In fact, what am I doing writing this?…… I could be watching Pretty Little Liars…

Just joking! So those are my (many) February favourites. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these yourself and what you thought of them – I’d love to read your comments!