Using Eyeshadow as Eyeliner

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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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):


Tanya Burr Hollywood palette


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.


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


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.


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.


Which eyeshadows are you guys loving just now?


I’m so happy with how this turned out!


This look wasn’t planned, and in fact only arose due to a conversation in which my boyfriend told me I still had half an hour to wait before dinner. “I’ll go and play with make-up, then,” I said, and this was the end result!

It wasn’t totally unpremeditated, I admit. I have had several ideas buzzing around in my head since starting this blog, and some kind of galaxy/space look was one of them, but I hadn’t intended on doing it just yet (and certainly not in the evening when the light was fading so quickly I had to be somewhat resourceful to get decent-quality pictures).

I didn’t really have an exact technique in mind, and in fact it ended up being so experimental that I honestly couldn’t recreate the exact order in which I did things, but I set out with some brushes and Makeup Revolution’s Day to Night eyeshadow palette, and started heaping on the sparkly blues and purples, just to see where I’d end up.

We know I’ve been relying too heavily on Chocolate Bar and Sweet Peach so this was a good chance to try something new!

Once I’d got down a good heavy base of dark blue/purple (using the shade above the “N” of “Revolution”, which comes out more purpley than it appears), I went over it using the shade one in from the left, which is much brighter once applied than it looks. I did this quite haphazardly on purpose, keeping in mind the array of mottled colours in your typical galaxy.

Then, I experimented. These are the colours I used!


I was keen to have some red and green in there as well as just purple, blue and black, but by the time it was all layered together, these weren’t as clear as I would perhaps have liked. I dotted on some stars with the Galactica liner, but although this took a couple of attempts to achieve the look I was after, I feel that the hastily blotted first tries actually contributed quite well to the overall effect. Wax ‘n’ Wane, my classic glitter fave, was added over the top to create the illusion of smaller stars in the background, and Colourpop’s Stereo is just too deep and sparkly to miss out of a look like this.

As I mentioned, I don’t remember the exact order in which these all went on – I was just having a bit of fun and seeing what would work. I think that the variety of shades was key, though, because I didn’t want this to be a uniform blue or black space scene (as pretty as those can be). Then, as a final touch, I painted some of the Galactica liner over the ends of my lashes, to create the effect of some extra stars.

I also used my MUA eye primer for the first time, with favourable results.

I had a lot of fun creating this look and I would definitely like to see what variations I can come up with in the future!

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.


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.


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!