Eyes Like Angels

I recently got my hands on the Makeup Revolution Eyes Like Angels palette and I’m kind of obsessed.

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A lot of the Makeup Revolution hype has been around the Fortune Favours The Brave palette, and I feel like some of the others have been somewhat neglected as a result – not that that palette isn’t a work of art. Admittedly, I passed over Eyes Like Angels a fair few times without giving it a proper look as the disorganised nature of the colours wasn’t particularly aesthetically pleasing, but once I actually started swatching it, I couldn’t believe how beautiful they all were. I was having a hard day and honestly that little mint green at the bottom left (Green Envy) pulled me right out of it all on its own.

Anyway, here are some of my favourites!

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From the bottom upwards they are: Green Dream (which, confusingly, is a bright royal blue), Sophisticated Pink, Dream (which has more of a pink shift than you can see here), Emerald Night, Purpled!, Pink Frosted, Green Stars, Green Envy (probably my #1 fave with a beautiful pale golden shift!) and Bold Purple.

This palette contains some of the most beautiful and incredibly pigmented shadows I’ve ever come across, and I’m including all my high-end products in that. The shades and colours are incredible, and I couldn’t wait to start doing some bold looks, so I decided I’d finally get round to the pictorial I keep talking about whilst I was at it!

Something I was pretty keen to do was to include all my mistakes, not try to hide any of my stray eyebrow hairs or whatever. I wanted to create something quite real and relatable; not because bloggers and vloggers who present more refined images are not, but because it’s sometimes quite nice to see an interim, if that makes sense – something which looks good (in my opinion), but doesn’t feel unattainable. I’m still learning myself, about how to apply what and where and in what direction, and I didn’t want to hide from that. And also, I absolutely don’t pluck my eyebrows often enough, and I don’t plan to.

So, with all that in mind:

My first step to pretty much all my eye make-up looks is to apply MUA Pro-Base Eye Primer, and then blend it out with this fluffy (and in need of washing) brush.

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Then, more often than not, I’ll use my Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush to apply a generous amount of the shade White Chocolate from Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette – an excellent and beautifully fragranced base for any look.

I then blended Salted Caramel, an excellent transition shade, into my crease.

Using my finger, I applied Green Envy (still not shown to its full glory in these photos) to my lid. This is the best way to get the best colour payoff, but it is a little imprecise!

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I cleaned it up and blended it out a bit after.

Again using a finger, I applied Emerald Night to the inner and outer corners of my lid. I blended it out again using a fluffy brush.

With a liner brush, I lined my lower lid with Sophisticated Pink, and blended it out, before realising I wanted it bolder and applying another line over the top (hence the two pictures!).

Liquid eyeliner. The scary part where it could all go wrong. (I use a Rimmel one but it’s running out!)

Doing my eyeliner this way is completely new to me, and I always doubted that it would work, but… it does. I also, as I’ve mentioned before, always used to pull the skin taut before doing my liner, so doing it without that is taking some getting used to! I definitely made some mistakes whilst applying this but I managed to get the end product looking pretty good.

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Now for the brows!

I use a relatively blunt brow pencil to add a little colour and fill in the gaps, then brush and blend it all through with a spoolie brush.

Sorry for the blurriness of that first photo, I have no idea what happened! I use my newest brow discovery, NYX brow pomade, to outline the tail of my eyebrow.

I fill in the rest of the tail, not going far beyond the lines I drew, and then blend it out with a spoolie. A bit of Benefit’s Ready, Set, Brow! over the top and I’m good to go!

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Oh, and of course I added a touch of KIKO Milano multicoloured Glitter Liner in the middle of my lid and under my eyeliner wing, because who can resist a bit of glitter?

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So, I know I haven’t been very active on here, and I can only apologise. I have a lot going on between working and trying to find a new flat, and correspondingly my mental health has taken something of a nosedive. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to post on here for a little while what with all that and the fact that we’re moving next week, but I should still be relatively active on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for reading!

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Pink Hair & Mermaid Eyes

I finally got round to dying my hair pink!!

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I’ve wanted bubblegum pink hair for a while now, but I just never really got round to it, and then as my roots grew out, I knew I’d have to re-bleach and tone white and all sorts, and I just haven’t had the time. But then, totally on a whim, I picked up a bottle of Bleach London Rosé shampoo and just popped it on – my hair was pretty light after all – and it turned out better than I could have hoped! I’m so pleased with it. It’ll wash out pretty soon I think, but now that I know I like it I can just get round to dying it more permanently!

Anyway, I was headed to a birthday party that night and I wasn’t really sure how to do my make-up; pink hair is a whole new ball game, and I had no idea how to play… so I winged it. I knew I wanted something bright and different (that’s the end of the sports analogy) and I had something vaguely mermaid-y in mind, so I started with bright green.

I didn’t actually mean to. It was an accident. I was distracted, and the colour I had intended to start with was more of a sea green, but in retrospect, I think the bright green was actually a good base.

These are the shades I somehow managed to get confused. Never mind. I just popped some of the sea green shade over the top (I love KIKO but unfortunately this one shadow just isn’t very pigmented…), leaving a pop of the brighter shade in the middle, and then I moved to my Sleek i-Divine palette to continue with the vivid colours.

I wanted some more blue on there, so I added E10 and London Rain (the teal blue shade and the dark blue shade respectively on the photo below) to my inner and outer corners, and swept a mix of the two under my eyes as well; I wanted this to be a big kind of look that wasn’t necessarily contained to my eyelids – or at least, not as much as I can sometimes be guilty of.

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Once I was finished with the blues and greens, I felt like there was still something missing, and I was drawn to the bright purple shade Royal. So, on a whim and hoping it wouldn’t ruin everything, I added a light dusting of it to the area above my eye where the blues blended out to nothing, and then I added a bit more, and thankfully, it was exactly the finishing touch I was after. I added some of Chocolate Bar’s Candied Violet and Urban Decay’s Moondust in Intergalactic over the top – less because it was needed and more because I love those shadows so much that I never pass up a chance to use them – and I was all set to stare at my eyes in the mirror all night. Uh, I mean, finish doing my face and head out to the party.

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A sidenote: I know my liner is a bit wobbly here. But I’ve had to totally relearn my application method after I made the startling discovery that you’re not meant to pull the skin taut to draw the line, and I have very trembly hands thanks to my meds, so I’m doing my best!

I also want to talk about a couple of new things I did in creating this look.

The first is that I used my new Real Techniques Starter Set of eye brushes (which I got for half price at Boots!!), and honestly, I cannot believe their blending power. I’ve heard it said that make-up is 40% what you apply and 60% what you apply it with, but I always thought that was a ridiculous exaggeration until now! These brushes are fantastic and if you’re looking to get some relatively inexpensive, good quality brushes, whether you’re just starting out or not, I definitely recommend them.

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(Bonus photo: my lovely growing collection of brushes in their cute little holder! Not including face brushes…)

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And the second thing is that, on the same occasion I bought my RT brushes, I also picked up a brow pomade from NYX, and I am completely converted. I’ve only ever used pencils or powder, and I just absolutely love the extra sharpness you get from the pomade. I still use a pencil to fill in the gaps a little, but the pomade is the perfect finisher.

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I’m so pleased with this look, and I’m hoping that the brightness of my hair will inspire me to experiment a bit more freely with some really bold looks!

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So, I know a couple of you guys had asked me about doing a pictorial of sorts, and I haven’t forgotten, I promise! I didn’t have time while making this look (believe it or not, seeing as it’s so experimental) but I will get around to it soon!

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My Work Make-Up Staples

I’ve mentioned a few times that I can only wear minimal make-up to work, so I thought I’d make a post about the make-up that I do wear!

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Sorry about the photo quality! My camera is temporarily out of action, so I had to use my phone. But these are the products that I use regardless, as few and as humble as they are.

First up – Benefit’s Gimme Brow and Ready, Set, Brow!

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I’ve mentioned these products before. I got them as freebies in a couple of different magazines, and honestly, I don’t really know how I lived without them now – especially Ready, Set, Brow!.

Gimme Brow adds a bit of thickness and a touch of colour to my brows, and Ready, Set, Brow! keeps all the hairs in place. And it really, really does. I wear a forehead-wandering hairnet and a cap at work, and my brows still look fine when I take the cap off at the end of the day.

Icona Milano Waterproof Mascara

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I received this product in my July Glossybox! I’ve never actually had a waterproof mascara before, but so far, I’ve been really impressed, which is how this has ended up in my staples so soon. I’m on my feet all day at work, rushing around and working with hot ovens, so I didn’t even think it was possible not to have smudgy mascara at the end of it, but I’ve been proven wrong.

Maybelline Matte Maker mattifying powder

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Obviously I’ve had this for a while since it’s not a ‘new’ product any more as it claims on the packaging, but it was buried in my make-up bag for a while and I’ve only recently pulled it back out. As I mentioned, it can get quite sweaty in my job, so I don’t like the idea of putting much on my face, but on days where I feel like I need a little help I reach for this. It’s very light coverage (and also a much lighter shade than it looks in the photo), so it’s perfect to lightly swish over my problem areas. I use it to set my out-of-work make-up too!

Blistex Lip Brilliance tinted lip balm

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This is another one I’ve had for ages, but it’s pretty reliable. It moisturises my lips, it smells lovely, and the very slight tint makes me feel just a tiny bit more made up.

Compact Brush

I bought this very recently to go on holiday, but I can’t remember where from, oops! I added the little stickers myself anyway so it was just a plain little compact brush, mostly likely from Boots or Superdrug.

I had one of these years ago and I loved it, and for some reason I never replaced it when it got broken. The little mirror is great for check-ups (or hurried on-train application of work make-up) and obviously it’s always handy to have a brush on you. The hairnet/cap combo I have to wear is not kind even to my short flicks, so this is a must in my work bag.

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It still looks like a fairly decent amount when the products are pictured together, but on my face it’s nothing! Granted, this photo is from after a day of work, so the powder and lip balm have all but disappeared, but I didn’t touch up my brows or lashes at all before this was taken, and I think they look just fine.

I don’t have a ‘before’ photo handy, but this is really a vast improvement on my completely natural brows. They don’t have much of a tail on their own and they certainly don’t hold this kind of shape through a day’s work!

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June Glossybox Unboxing

Contains June Glossybox spoilers!

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This is, I think, my fourth Glossybox, and although there have been some products that I won’t really use, I’m yet to be disappointed!

I actually got mine last week, but what with one thing and another, I haven’t had a chance to properly photograph it until today.

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So let’s have a look at what we’ve got!

1. Spa to You Natural Konjac Sponge | RRP: £6.99

I’ll admit, I’d never heard of this product, so I’ve done a little bit of research. The Konjac Sponge Company says that:

[t]he Konjac Potato or Konnyaku is a perennial plant native to Asia, and can be found growing wild at very high altitudes. A totally natural food source, Konjac is 97% water, rich in mineral goodness and low in calories. Naturally alkaline, Konjac is pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced.

According to the same website, the Konjac sponge is made of 100% natural vegetable fibres, is packed with minerals and antioxidants, is non-toxic, 100% free from impurities and pollutants, earth friendly, 100% cruelty free & certified vegan, naturally sustainable, environmentally safe, 100% colouring free, 100% additive free and 100% biodegradable!

And the Spa to You website itself mentions how hydrating and moisturising the sponge is, so this will hopefully be perfect for me and my poor eczema-ridden skin.

2. Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer | Travel Size | Full Size RRP: £24

If there are two things I’m in short supply of, it’s energy and moisture – the latter in terms of my skin, the former more broadly – so I was interested to try this product. And I’ve only used it a couple of times, but so far, I really like it. I can’t say much yet for what it’s doing for my skin long term, but it certainly does feel good after using it, and it also smells absolutely lovely which is always a bonus for me.

3. & 4. De Bruyère After Sun Lotion Monoï | RRP: £9.48 and Ladival Sun Protection Spray  SPF 15 | RRP £19.99

I’m squishing these two together, because… I live in Scotland. We don’t see the sun very often. So I really have no idea how good these products are, and I may not for some time! However, what I will say is that they are both full size, which means that these two products alone are worth almost triple the cost of the box. On that basis alone I’m quite impressed, and I’m really hoping that I get a chance to use these soon!

5. Emité Make Up Lip & Cheek Tint | RRP: £12.50

Another full-sized product! Skin care is great, but it’s always a little more exciting for me to find a make-up product in there. I’d never used a lip and cheek tint before, but as a friend of mine recently gave me a Benetint mini that she didn’t want (!!), I thought I’d try out both and do a little comparison.

So, from left to right: no tint, Emité tint, Benetint. I didn’t try them on my cheeks right away because, honestly, they look so pigmented and dark on the applicator that I just couldn’t imagine it working, even though I know that’s what it’s made for. After I took the photos for this post I did then give it a go on my cheeks and after some initial uncertainty (putting on blush and feeling it go on wet is so odd) I actually think it worked quite well!

But anyway, back to the lips. To be honest, I haven’t really made up my mind about either of these. I feel like the Emité tint was a touch easier to apply, as it had a doe foot applicator as opposed to the nail polish brush-like one that Benetint had, but that may just be a case of preferring what I know. Benetint had the advantage in at least one sense though: it smells like roses!

I could see myself wearing either of these to work, though, as I’m not allowed to wear heavy make-up and these are both subtle and long-lasting.

6. Bonus product | Aussie Hair Care 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner | RRP £1.09

I can’t believe how much value you get out of a Glossybox – they quite often include a bonus product. Last month it was a little bag of popcorn (which I adore), and this month it was a small sachet of deep conditioner. I’ve never used any Aussie products before, but I’ve heard good things, and as my hair is bleached blonde a bit of deep conditioning would be welcome!

If you don’t subscribe to Glossybox and you have a spare £10 or so a month, I’d definitely recommend it! It’s like a little present to yourself with the added bonus of not actually knowing what it’s going to be.

What subscription boxes are your favourites? (I’m thinking of signing up to some more since I have a job now!)

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New Job Treats

I thought the time was right for a bit of a treat after the news that I finally managed to get a job!

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Popcorn bag: £9, Primark

This was actually bought for me by my boyfriend, because I spotted it and instantly fell in love. It’s cute and quirky and since I eat astonishing amounts of popcorn, it’s also very ‘me’.

PS… 3D Shine Lip Gloss: 50p, Primark

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I have to say, I’ve now tried this, and… it’s not very good. Which I suppose can be expected for something that cost fifty pence. It’s incredibly sticky and just does not go on smoothly at all. But it’s also very glittery. And it smells lovely. So I don’t overly regret buying it!

PS… Eyeshadow/Concealer Brush: £1, Primark

I didn’t even go into Primark with the intention of buying any of their make-up, but I’ve been after new brushes for a while and, frankly, my hand slipped. I’ve yet to use this brush, but it seems quite soft, and not too firm, like the ones I ordered from Amazon a while back.

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil: Free with Elle magazine (£4.10)

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Yep, I went out and got Elle magazine specifically for this reason. This product is smaller than I was expecting, but I guess that makes sense since they were giving it away for free! I’ve yet to give this a go, but I’ll let you all know what it’s like when I do. I’m quite excited, as I’ve heard good things about Benefit but never had a chance to use any of their products!

NYX Eyeshadow Base in White Pearl: £5.50, Boots

“But Lonna, you can’t use eyeshadow just now!”, I hear you say. Yes. I know this. But apparently that’s not stopping me. However, I do think that the eyeshadow primer I was using before may have contributed to the problem, so…

Sleek i-Divine Original Palette: £8.99, Boots

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I’m so excited about this palette. I’m not even sure how I was drawn to it, but I swatched Big Ben (third in from the left on the bottom row, in case you can’t read the label) on my wrist on a whim and what appeared was the most glorious gold-tinted pink I’ve ever seen – it almost matches Bellini and Just Peachy from Sweet Peach in its gloriousness. I knew instantly that I had to have this, but I kept swatching anyway and when I was done, my wrist looked like a peacock, in the best possible way. All of these shades, bar one, are shimmer shades, which is perfect for me. They’re not as pigmented as, say, some of the NYX shadows I also swatched, but they’re damn close, and for £8.99, I am more than delighted with them.

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I know that I didn’t need any more eyeshadow palettes – if not because of my current inability to even use eyeshadow, then because I just have so many – but I honestly couldn’t help myself. I already have a plan for this palette, so keep an eye out for something very exciting and colourful coming your way soon!

What new finds have you guys made recently that had you instantly falling in love?

Classic Smoky Eye…?

I’ll be honest, I knew that this wasn’t going to be classic anything the minute I picked my shade – Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo.

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My intention was to use my new book (Easy on the Eyes, by Lisa Potter Dixon of Benefit Cosmetics) and try out the first eye make-up look in there: the classic smoky eye, in five minutes or less. It really was. But the book recommended grey eyeshadow, and whilst I know that would be most appropriate, and whilst I do even have a decent L’Oreal shade in that colour… well, the book also said that the colour grey was optional, and my Super Shock Shadow has so far been most shocking in how little I’ve had a chance to use it. And I don’t regret this choice in the slightest, because I discovered (if by the happy accident of pressing my brush into it a little harder than intended) that this shadow is incredibly creamy and so very easy to build up to the shade pictured above.

All I had to do was pop on a few layers, applying the shadow to the middle of the lid and blending out to each side (but not too far), swipe some along the bottom lid with a small angled brush, then add some mascara – following the book’s excellent recommendation to coat the bottom lashes first – and I was pretty much done with my eyes. It did take me a bit longer than five minutes, but only because of the aforementioned happy accident and the fun I was having with it.

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Brows and the rest of my make-up took somewhat longer than five minutes, but by this point any intention of following the book’s guidelines had pretty much gone out of the window anyway; besides which, the book promises an eye make-up look in five minutes, not a full face of make-up.

Another interesting this about this look, for me at least, is that I very rarely go without liner of some sort, but the wonderful sparkling depth of this shade is just fantastic on its own, and in fact I’d go as far as to say that it could easily be spoiled by eyeliner (in my opinion) if not applied very finely. I have a feeling that a set of medium-length/volume false lashes would look excellent, but unfortunately I am yet to purchase any of those!

Speaking of purchases I have yet to make, I mentioned in my previous post that the quality of my brushes, particularly my eyeshadow brushes, can sometimes let me down. I have a couple that are of a nice quality, but the rest are from a set that I misguidedly bought online for about £1.50, and they’re just too stiff to work with. So, if anyone had any suggestions about better quality brushes, they would be much appreciated! I’m on a bit of a budget, and I’d been eyeing up some EcoTools brushes that I saw in Superdrug, but I’m open to all recommendations!

Sweet and Smouldering

Today I got to try out my new Too Faced Sweet Peach palette for the first time!

Since I was unfamiliar with the shades and only had about half an hour, I decided I’d try something from the How-To Glamour Guide rather than experimenting, and the one that jumped out to me was the middle of the three: Smoldering Peach. It used bright pinks, oranges and purples, but also had enough dark shades that I thought I could get away with it on a cloudy day in a mostly-black outfit.

The shadows went on like a dream and the colours were beautiful, but it was quickly apparent that the deep purple – almost black – in the illustration would be near-impossible to achieve with the given shades. So I got to have a go at experimenting after all, and immediately my brush strayed to Talk Derby to Me, since I’d been eyeing up that starry-sky shade since way before I even owned the palette. At this point my less-than-professional brushes let me down a little as the application was patchy, but I managed to darken things up and smooth it all out with a whole load of blending.

I also realised that the flash of Candied Peach along the inner corner of my lid, though sparkly and wonderful, just wasn’t achieving quite the pop of colour I was after, so I swiped some Bellini (another shade I’d been lusting after) over the top and immediately got the desired effect.

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It still didn’t go quite as dark as I’d intended, but I haven’t had a chance to experiment with much purple and I was enjoying the way it looked as it was. I also blended it into slight points curving up to meet the downward point of my eyebrows rather than blending it all around, which I think sets it off quite nicely. I also put just a dusting of Topshop’s Chameleon Glow in Wax ‘n’ Wane over the top to add a bit of sparkle (though you can’t really see it in the photo) – this is something I’m keen on doing because I could always stand to be more glittery and Wax ‘n’ Wane, though pinky in colour, is neutral enough to be lightly brushed on top for this purpose without altering the colours too dramatically.

I also happened upon this book today and I think it was fate’s doing:

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What are the chances of stumbling across this on the day you decide to start a blog about the very subject??

I’m really looking forward to having a proper flick through this and trying out some new looks. I’m sceptical about the “5 minutes” part, but we’ll see.