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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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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KIKO Milano Haul

A KIKO store has just recently opened in the centre of Glasgow, and it was having a huge sale! So, you know, it would’ve been rude not to go and have a look…

I was so giddy walking around that shop, and I felt all fancy carrying the bag around afterwards! I hadn’t heard a whole lot about KIKO, but I’d seen some bits and bobs – enough to get me excited. So here’s what I got:

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Eyeshadow in Pearly Golden Green – £1.40 | Full Price £2.90

I decided that since the shadows were £1.40 each (!) and since at the moment I’m absolutely loving anything that’s got a slight duochrome to it, I’d just go a bit crazy with the colours I picked, hence this bright green. Swatches of all the products will be at the bottom!

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Eyeshadow in Dark Sea Green – £1.40 | Full price £2.90

I thought this was blue until I double-checked the website for the exact shade, but either way, I love it. I feel as though these shadows claim to be a touch more pigmented than they are, but at £1.40 (and even at their full price), they are more than worth it and still go on just fine.

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Water Eyeshadow in Grapefruit Pink – £4.40 | Full price £8.90

I really love this one. I love the packaging, which feels nice and sturdy, and I just love the 3D shape, it feels so expensive and fancy! I guess that at almost a tenner for a single shadow is it edging towards the more highly priced, but you get so much product, and it’s so iridescent and beautiful. Again, swatches at the bottom, but although this shadow is advertised as being usable wet or dry, I have only swatched it dry so far.

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Smart Eye Pencils – £1.20 each | Full price £2.50 each

I deliberately haven’t included the colour names of these pencils because although the numbers on them match up to similar enough shades on the website (i.e. the silver one isn’t claiming to be red), I feel as though there’s still some error somewhere, as the silver one is described as grey and the brown one is described as amethyst. Nevertheless, they are very pigmented eye pencils and I’m excited to try the silver in particular.

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Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Mauve – £3.40 | Full price £6.90

This is the only one of these products that I have actually used so far, as opposed to just swatched and admired, and it is fantastic. It goes on like a dream, it blends so easily and it produces a very strong colour with very little effort. I will definitely be looking into getting more of these because this product is honestly fantastic.

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Supergloss in Pearly Peony Pink – £2.40 | Full price £4.90

I’m level-headed enough now, two days after the fact, to recognise that this was one of those “I just want to buy everything in sight” purchases. Also, I’m extremely attracted to glitter, and I’ve been described as a magpie by two people in the last 24 hours. But, although this isn’t quite what I’d normally go for, the blueish-purple sparkles still make me want to keep staring at it, and I think it could go over a slightly darker lipstick to give it an extra dimension.

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L-R: Eyeshadow in Pearly Golden Green, Eyeshadow in Dark Sea Green, Water Eyeshadow in Grapefruit Pink, Smart Eye Pencils in brown, green and silver, Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Mauve and Supergloss in Pearly Peony Pink
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Top-bottom: Supergloss in Pearly Peony Pink, Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Mauve, Smart Eye Pencils in silver, green and brown

So far my favourite is the Golden Mauve eyeshadow stick, but that’s also the only one I’ve worn properly, so we’ll see. What are your favourite KIKO products?