Pink Hair & Mermaid Eyes

I finally got round to dying my hair pink!!

DSCN2319

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.

DSCN1539

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.

DSCN2321

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.

DSCN2325

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

DSCN2330

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.

DSCN2331

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!

DSCN2320-crop

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!

_____________

Thanks for reading! Follow me on: Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin’

Advertisements

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:

DSCN1633 (2)

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!

DSCN1632 (2)

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.

DSCN1634 (2)

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.

DSCN1615 (2)

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.

DSCN1616 (2)

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.

DSCN1617 (2)

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.

DSCN1629 (2)
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
DSCN1630 (2)
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?