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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This Week’s Looks

Sometimes I feel like there are so many things I want to try that I’ll never be able to get through them all!

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This was my first real attempt at a proper, sharp cut crease eye, and whilst I don’t think that’s exactly what I achieved, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out nonetheless.

I still wasn’t home from my holiday when this was taken, so I used only the two palettes I took with me – Make Up Revolution’s Flawless Matte 2, and Sleek’s original i-Divine palette. I definitely need to work more on this, but for now I’m happy!

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(Also, there was a tiny rainbow in J’s sister’s room.)

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Once I got home, I wanted to open up all my eyeshadow palettes and just stick my face in them, to be honest. I really missed them! So I sat down with my faves (Chocolate Bar and Sweet Peach, of course) and a couple of my newer purchases and basically just loaded glitter on to my eyes.

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No picture I took could do this look justice – although I’ve been playing with my camera settings for make up pictures so hopefully I might be able to capture things like this a little better! – but this one came closest. A happy mix of purples and golds from Chocolate Bar and Sweet Peach, a generous dusting of Urban Decay’s Moondust in Intergalactic and an extra pop of glitter from KIKO’s multicoloured glitter eyeliner, and I honestly just wanted to look at myself in the mirror all night.

I was really happy with how this blended out, too; I think it might even be my most seamless blending to date.

I used Sweet Peach’s Talk Derby to Me as liner for this look too and I really like how it worked out. I’ve been experimenting a little more with eyeshadow-as-liner looks lately and I love that it adds a softer line that emphasises my lashes. And I love how there are now so many options for coloured liner that I didn’t even realise I had!

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This Week’s Looks!

I didn’t feel like any of these looks were interesting or bold enough to warrant their own posts, but I was happy with them, so let’s pop them all into the one!

Night Out Eyes

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I recently went out for a friend’s birthday, and wanted to try something a little different. Originally I’d intended for the darker colour to be black, but on impulse I put on a little sea green coloured KIKO shadow in the middle of my lid, and then some of my KIKO glitter liner over the top, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Purple & Gold

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This was surprisingly difficult to photograph – even this one doesn’t do it justice!

I swept on some light pinks from my Sweet Peach palette, and then I used my KIKO eyeliner in amethyst; but I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. The ‘lead’ of the pencil is very soft and very crumbly, and I had to go over the line several times even to get it to this intensity, sharpening in between to make up for the product lost to crumbling.

Then, I turned to my trusty Chocolate Bar and used Creme Brulée to add a pop of gold in the centre of the liner. I enjoyed the effect it created, but I’ll have to try it with another liner because unfortunately the KIKO one just didn’t hit the mark.

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Nice & Simple(ish)

I felt like doing something a little more understated after having done a bit of experimenting lately.

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How can it be just in looking at this picture that I’ve realised I need a haircut?!

Of course, I’m perpetually excited by eyeshadow, so I ended up doing a little more with it than I’d envisioned (I was pretty much trying to emulate a girl I’d seen at work the day before, who’d done the most beautiful barely-there understated eyeshadow look!), but I’m still pleased with how it turned out on the whole.

For one thing, it’s been a little while since I last did winged eyeliner, the one style of make-up that’s been my staple since I was thirteen years old, so it was a fun challenge trying to get that right again. Have you ever noticed that it just never goes on right the second time, after you’ve wiped away your first, failed attempt? One of these two eyes has been almost completely redone from scratch following a failed eyeliner wing. (In all honesty, I can’t even remember which one.)

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I also used a new purchase for this look – The Body Shop Sparkling Black Mascara, which I picked up in the sale for £3! The sparkles aren’t very prominent, though, which is a bit of a shame, but I wouldn’t say that I’m disappointed, especially since I usually go for so much glitter that mega glittery lashes on top would just look ridiculous.

Have any of you done anything interesting or creative with your make-up lately?

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My Best Friend Graduated Today! (And here’s the make-up I wore…)

So today, my boyfriend graduated, and I’m very proud of him. But also, it was an excellent reason to get dressed up and do nice make-up! (Not that you need a reason.)

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I mean… you can’t see my dress (which is fabulous) at all. But at least my jacket looks good! And I was happy with my make-up, too.

DSCN1694The ceremony started at 11am, but we had to be there at around 8.30, so for a face of make-up thrown blearily on at 7am, I’m pretty happy with this!

My dress is red, but as I’m still searching for my perfect red eyeshadow and as I was also going to be wearing the floral print you can see in the photo (which I took very hurriedly as my boyfriend was already running out to the taxi!), I decided to go for a sort of olive look that I’ve tried and loved before.

Are you perhaps thinking that my eyeshadow doesn’t look particularly olive, at this point?

You’d be right. I tried to mix Chocolate Bar’s Gilded Ganache, my initial colour choice, with Creme Brulée, in order to make it pop a little more; but what actually happened was that it turned out pretty much gold. I still felt like it worked, though, so I went with it. I applied it after going over my lid in white eyeliner pencil, which is something I think I’ll definitely do again, as it’s stayed on magnificently.

Also, I’m a little worried I’ve reached my eyeliner peak and that I’ll never attain these heights again.

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After straying from my Rimmel liquid liner in search of something a touch less watery, and testing the respective qualities of a Ted Baker, an Eyeko and a NYX felt-tip pen liner, I’ve returned with apologies to my Rimmel one. It can still be a little watery, but I don’t feel like the nib of the felt-tip liners holds or applies enough product, and they are on the whole less versatile. I’m still on the lookout for something a little bit thicker in formula, though.

Do any of you have any suggestions?

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Using Eyeshadow as Eyeliner

This is something I have no experience with at all, but I was excited to try something new!

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I wanted to go for a medium-dark matte cut crease to bring more attention to my lid, so that I could then line it with something sparkly and have it shimmer to its full potential!

It’s thankfully not too evident in the photos, but I just could not get the shades on my crease and above to blend smoothly. Whether it be due to the condition of my eyelids (I also forgot to use a primer, oops), the inadequacy of my brushes or some combination of the two, it remained stubbornly patchy. Similarly, the smaller brush I used to first apply Chocolate Bar’s Candied Violet as a liner refused to hold enough shadow to make a definitive line. It did however sprinkle glittery purple all over my lashes, so it wasn’t all bad.

At this point it occurred to me that the extra-buttery texture of my one Colourpop shadow might lend itself well to acting as liner, so I dipped into that and it worked much better. I ended up using a combination of the two – Candied Violet worked beautifully on my lower lid so I didn’t want to replace it entirely, but the two purples are not quite the same in tone so I had to layer them on top of one another to achieve a single shade.

DSCN1575As this was my first go and I was pretty happy with how it turned out, I didn’t want to potentially spoil things by attempting a flick, though when the idea popped into my head there was going to be one. Were I to do this again – and I fully intend to – I think I would add a wing, although I may put that on hold until I have some better quality brushes (which are the first thing I intend to spend my wages on when they come in!).

I also deliberately went easy on the mascara on my bottom lashes, because I really wanted the purple to pop.

In related news: I’ve experimented with a new kind of featured image for this post (as I figure it must be getting boring just seeing portrait photos of my face all the time!) and I was wondering if any of you had any feedback? I’m in two minds about it – part of me says it’s great, and part of me says it’s far too busy. I’m open to constructive criticism, but please be kind!

Eyeshadow Palettes & Swatches

I have so many beautiful eyeshadow palettes now (and a couple of gorgeous singles) that I thought I’d bring them all together in one post!

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I suppose it will come as a surprise to very few of you that these are not all of the eyeshadows I own. But this is most of them, and I thought it would be fun to do some swatches to show those of you that don’t own one or more of these palettes what they’re like. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to swatch Chocolate Bar or Sweet Peach. Trust me, I wanted to. But I figure you’ve all seen enough of those not to want to look at them on my arms as well!)

First of all, my two favourite singles, both of which have featured on my blog before: Topshop’s Chameleon Glow in Wax ‘n’ Wane, and Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo.

Honestly, neither is done justice by a still photo. Wax ‘n’ Wane has so many shimmery colours and Stereo has got this crazy amazing depth, and neither can be shown properly whilst static. But, I’d say they still look pretty damn good in these. Also, Stereo has such a velvety texture – it’s incredible, and I wish that I didn’t have to shell out so much extra for shipping!

Next: W7 In The Night palette.

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I was super excited when I first got this palette. It was early in the year when I was just beginning to realise how much fun I found make-up, but before I had even thought of spending more than a tenner on a palette (this one was under £5 from Amazon). And, granted, it does look lovely in the palette – if you can ignore the slight mess I’ve made of it – but I’ve found that even the colours that look good in swatches are difficult to build to that intensity on the lids.

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I haven’t swatched these in any particular order – I decided when I first pulled all these palettes out that I was going to do random samples, rather than full-palette swatches.Whilst the second from the bottom shade here does look lovely (it’s fourth in from the right in the palette) and was comparatively easy to build, the shade below it, the second in from the right in the palette, went on flaky, as did a couple of the others.

I did however take a second picture of these particular swatches, because I felt that the colour at the top of my arm looked much nicer in reality and I wanted to give it another chance to shine.

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It is actually really quite nice – it’s the orange colour from the palette, second from the left – but again, it does take some building, and as much as I do love this effect in eyeshadows, especially with these colours, I have enough others similar enough which are better quality that I won’t be reaching for this any time soon, sadly.

MUA Luxe Paradise palette

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The way this palette is laid out annoys me (and also it’s much smaller than it looks here – maybe around four or five inches), especially because my favourite colour is that squished little red right along at the end! But, having said that, it’s been unfairly eclipsed of late by my shiny new Too Faced palettes, because, on swatching, I remembered just how great these shades are.

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Look at these colours! That payoff! I can’t believe I’ve let this palette sit unopened for so long. That pale colour at my wrist could be a very decent highlighter. And we all know how much I love a warm-toned eyeshadow – although that purple is also very lovely. I’m so glad I’ve rediscovered this palette and I’m definitely going to be using it again soon! In the meantime, here’s a dreadful-quality photo of a look I created a while ago using some of the reds in this palette (as well as some darker shades from others):

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Tanya Burr Hollywood palette

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I bought this palette around the same time as the W7 palette and I think I’ve maybe used it once. I just really didn’t think the colours were anything special, and I bought the palette mostly for the gold shade ‘enchantment’ but I couldn’t get it to go onto my eyes as anything more than a few pieces of scattered glitter.

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It looks better in swatches than I ever managed to make it look on my face (despite the fairly obvious fallout), but this seems to be the case for quite a few of the palettes I’m writing about today, so maybe I should give them another go – it’s entirely possible I was just doing something wrong before. The second palest shade in particular (‘gold coin’) looks just lovely here.

Sleek MakeUp i-Divine original palette

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I still haven’t had a chance to use this palette, but I’m still so excited about it, and even though I’d decided to do a bit of a pick ‘n’ mix in terms of swatches, it was difficult to restrain myself with this one. I’m not proud to say that I think I may have been spoilt a little by my Too Faced palettes and that therefore I’ve seen less expensive palettes as inherently worse quality, but Sleek has given me the kick I needed to nip that burgeoning snobbery in the bud.

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I’m absolutely infatuated! It turns out that I was wrong in an earlier post when I mentioned the beautiful rosy golden colour (above the green on my arm) – I thought it was Big Ben, but it was actually London Eye, so sorry about that folks! I love all of these colours and I can’t wait to try out some bold, colourful looks with them. Also, as a sidenote, anyone getting some Earl Grey (from Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons) vibes from the blue? Regardless, I truly love every colour in this palette and I am so excited to get some use out of it.

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Which eyeshadows are you guys loving just now?