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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An Experiment That Went Right

Have you ever done that thing where you’re going totally beyond what you’d normally do, picking colours out just because they’re in front of you (and because you can’t wear make-up to work and you’ve missed getting to use all your exciting products), and then somehow it all comes together and just works?

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Me too!

Originally, I was following a tutorial I found when browsing Sweet Peach looks (which you can find here, and even though I added my own elements I still think the original looks fab too!). I don’t get a chance to do make-up as often as I’d like lately, so I wanted to choose a look with care, and I knew I wanted to use my favourite palette.

I always feel slight disappointment when I get to the end of doing my make-up, no matter how good it looks, because I just love the process so much, I want to keep going! So, on this occasion, I did. And I definitely must do it more often, because grabbing the products I like looking at and just seeing how I could make them work was so much fun, and it paid off too since I ended up so happy with the look!

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Just a short post from me today I’m afraid; I’ve been feeling so burnt out lately that I just haven’t had it in me. But hopefully I’ll perk up soon and I’ll be back with more in-depth posts, including a pictorial of sorts on my sparkly purple halo eye from last week!

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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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Beauty & the Alps

When you’re in the French Alps, it’s alternately very hot and very rainy, and you’re spending your days doing walks around the mountains and rafting on rivers, it’s difficult to find time to do make up, not to mention that most of those activities would take it clean off! But, on a couple of occasions, I managed to grab half an hour do some experimenting.

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I was meant to be doing everyone’s make-up, but I accidentally spent too long doing my own…

But before we get to ‘make-up make-up’, I’d like to pause for a moment on ‘no make-up make-up’.

For the most part, as I mentioned, I didn’t wear anything on my face. On the sunny days, I’d put on some of my tinted BB cream, which is SPF 20, and a coat of mascara, but too much else and I’d feel like it was all sitting too heavily.

But one product I did find to be fantastic was Benefit’s Ready, Set, Brow!. I got this for free with this month’s Marie Claire (I now have three minis from Benefit’s new line thanks to magazine freebies!), and I’m now quite concerned about what I’ll do when it runs out, because I love it.

My natural eyebrows are nothing special, but combed into shape they’re just about passable for the daytime, and Ready, Set, Brow! managed to hold them there all day – literally no mountain high enough (sorry).

Anyway, the first day that I had a chance to sit down properly with the make-up I’d brought was the day that we went out to celebrate my boyfriend’s dad’s birthday, and I was excited, because I had new toys to play with too…

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I took a leap of faith with this palette, because there were no testers around anywhere – I only had the often-inadequate illustrations of the shades on the back of the box to go on – but I’ve been on the hunt for the elusive Perfect Red for a while now and I suspected that it might be in here (not to mention that my sparkle obsession had hitherto led me away from matte palettes).

I was not disappointed. This palette is excellent, not only for its reds but for everything it boasts – light nude shades, darker nude shades, and lovely smoky violets I didn’t even know I needed.

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The names are a little off, especially since some of them pair with the ones next to them to make a phrase, leaving you with single shades called things like “Two” and “Flaw” (the lightest colour up there on the top left, with the one to its immediate right being “Less”), but I’m hardly going to complain about that, particularly since Flaw is one of my most used shades so far.

I wanted to go for something muted and understated, something nice and subtle and softly blended, but predictably, I got carried away and ended up with something a shade bolder than I’d intended.

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Photo courtesy of my boyfriend’s brother, who was our unofficial photographer for the holiday. 

As I’m sorely lacking in experience of doing make-up on others, and as I’d done J’s sister’s eyeshadow once with moderate success, I agreed to do everyone’s that evening (I offered to do J’s brothers’ too, but they didn’t seem keen); but unfortunately, I didn’t leave nearly enough time and instead conducted a hands-off lesson, calling my suggestions and recommendations out to J’s sister over our glasses of wine.

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It wasn’t exactly what I’d intended, but it was a lot of fun. On myself, I meant to go for a neutral look with a little bit of a darker shade used on my outer V, but as you can see, that transformed into something more quite quickly. I do need more practice on other people, because I’m still quite nervous about it, but I think I still managed to teach them something, and we all looked fab that evening.

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We’re a match for the beauty of the Alps themselves, in my opinion.

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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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