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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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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June Favourites

My first favourites post! It’s not something I’ll be doing every month, because many of my June favourites are also all-time favourites and they’re not likely to change very much, but I thought it would still be fun to talk a bit about the products I’m loving just now.


Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

(Well, you knew it was coming, right?)

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I honestly don’t think I will ever be over this palette. From the packaging to the fragrance to the beautiful colours, there’s never going to be a time where I don’t get excited over this. If I’m ever in a bad mood, I google “Sweet Peach swatches” to help me calm down, or else go and do some experimenting with it myself. The phrase “holy grail make-up” has been tossed around a bit too often for me to be keen to use it, but if there was ever a product I felt was worthy of it, it’s this one. I’m so, so glad I managed to get my hands on it (as a birthday present from a close friend, in fact!).

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water

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I was introduced to Lush toner waters a few years ago when a friend recommended Breath of Fresh Air, but recently my skin has been breaking out for some reason so after my last Breath of Fresh Air finished, I picked this up instead. These toner waters come in spray bottles and the instructions advise that you can spray them either directly on to your face, or else on to a cotton wool pad; but the first time I tried to use Breath of Fresh air straight on to my face, I didn’t realise how much product would come out and I ended up completely dousing myself! Direct-to-face application is clearly meant to take place from arm’s length.

I haven’t noticed my skin clearing up all that much as a result of using this, but the feeling of freshness that comes from using it has yet to be rivalled by anything else I’ve found, so I would still classify this as a favourite.

(Sorry about my nails. I have to keep them unpainted for work and as short as possible because of my eczema…)

KIKO Milano Glitter Eyeliner in Multicolour

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This is a new find, but it made it into my favourites before I’d even bought it.

I was in the new KIKO store in Glasgow speaking to one of the customer assistants about where I might find the primers (I’m on the hunt for a new one), but I could hardly concentrate on what she was saying because her eyes were so glittery. I mean, so glittery. I asked her what eyeshadow she was wearing, most likely with a vacant, overawed expression on my face, and she directed me to this. It’s eyeliner, she explained, but it can just be applied wherever you want some glitter. When I got it home, I went a bit mad with it all over my eyelids, on my cupid’s bow, along my cheekbones. I didn’t take any photos of that occasion, but I have worn and photographed it since. I’m still just astounded by how intensely glittery this liner is.

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I wore just a little in the centre of my eye and I couldn’t stop looking at it in the mirror. It’s amazing!

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Mulberry 

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Not entirely sure why this one’s looking so messy, but this is a lipstick that I’ve just recently rediscovered. I picked it up in a pharmacy a while ago whilst I was waiting for my items and then it pretty much just lay buried amongst my other lipsticks until recently, when I realised what a beautiful colour it is and pulled it out again. We all know I love anything that has a bit of sparkle or iridescence, and this has what I think you could call golden micro-glitter throughout, so it’s perfect for me. It’s not the easiest to apply, but it looks beautiful once it’s on.

NYX Round Lipstick in Lala

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Again, not the greatest picture, but this lipstick represents the culmination of quite a long and extensive search. I hunted far and wide for something in this exact colour, but no matter where I looked, I kept coming back to this one. At only £4, you’d think that would be a positive, but regardless of how many times I checked and how many NYX counters I went to, they only ever had the testers left. So, eventually, I caved in and ordered it online, and I haven’t looked back. It’s easy to apply, easy to wear, comfortable, and exactly the colour I was after.

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Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit

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I already enthused about this lipstick in this post, so I’m not going to harp on about it too much, but this was another one that became a firm favourite almost immediately!

NYX Colour Correcting Concealer Palette

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This was my first foray into the realms of colour correction (other than a green concealer stick I had at the age of fifteen that I had no idea how to use), and it has also been my last, because after using this I’ve had no desire to look any further. I most often use the green, to cover redness and acne scarring, and the yellow, for my glorious dark undereye circles (made worse by my recent spate of 7am starts at work). The purple will likely go completely unused as sallowness is not something I suffer from, and the remaining three I’ve only touched on (literally) as I am not confident with contouring; but the effectiveness of those first two is such that I wouldn’t regret this purchase even if I never used the other colours again. I dab these on over primer with a finger and watch my skin magically become even.

Ted Baker Mascara 

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This mascara was part of a set that I received as a Christmas present, and it is absolutely the best mascara I’ve ever used. It’s not massively lengthening or even volumising, but as my eyelashes are quite long anyway, it’s perfect for when I want something a little more natural-looking – it’s not clumpy, and it separates lashes out whilst still allowing them a natural fluffiness. I’m not sure it can be bought separately, which is a massive shame, because I don’t know what I’m going to do when I run out.

As I mentioned, most of these products have been favourites longer than a month so this won’t be a monthly feature, but I still enjoyed talking a bit about them, and I hope you enjoyed reading about them!

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A sidenote: I’m going on holiday next week, so I’m going to spend this week writing up some posts to queue for whilst I’m away! I’ll be gone for a week, but I have plenty of ideas for posts to fill that time.

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Blue Wings

Firstly I’d like to apologise for the quality of these two photos – my camera decided to pack it in half way through so I had to take these on my phone!

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I’ve suddenly found myself with a lot less free time since starting work, so I wanted to make the most of my one night off and do something quite bold. I wasn’t entirely sure what exactly to do, even after scrolling through Pinterest for a bit, until I opened my new i-Divine palette and was immediately drawn to the shade called E10.

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E10 is the teal shade on the top row, one in from the right.

As you’ll have seen if you’ve read any of my recent posts, I’ve been just dying to give this peacock-bright palette a go since I got it, but with my skin playing up and my minimal-make-up job, I haven’t had the chance!

I started off with my new NYX Eye Shadow Base in White Pearl. I found that the MUA eye primer I was using before was quite fussy to apply, and irritated my skin besides, but the NYX one goes on just lovely, and quite shimmery too.

Then I covered my lid right up to my brow bone in Peaches ‘n’ Cream. Although I’d already decided to do a soft cut crease with matte shades, the White Pearl base is meant to give everything a bit of sparkle, which was fine by me. I swept Georgia on to my crease and blended upwards as my transition; then I applied Pureé, not blending up quite so far, followed by Summer Yum, which I kept mostly in the crease alone.

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Then, I switched to the i-Divine palette and applied E10 all over my lid. It’s incredibly pigmented, I was taken aback even after having swatched it before! As much as it looked amazing on its own, I decided it needed a touch more going on than just the blue, so I used London Rain, the darkest blue in the palette, on the outer and inner corners to create a soft halo, then emphasized it even more with Sweet Peach’s Talk Derby To Me on the very outermost corner and out into a wing, and a pop of Topshop’s Wax ‘n’ Wane in the centre.

I then decided to go a bit mad with Wax ‘n’ Wane and use it as inner corner, brow, cheek and cupid’s bow highlight too! It’s not particularly clear in the photos but it gave the whole look quite a celestial undertone that I enjoyed.

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I always feel as though my descriptions of how I’ve done my make-up leave something to be desired, so I was wondering – would anyone be interested in a more step-by-step description, with pictures to go along rather than just finished product pictures? I’ve been a little apprehensive about doing this in the past because I’m not always sure I’m doing things the ‘right’ way, but I’m usually happy enough with what I achieve and in any case I’m sure there are people out there who can give me some tips!

Also – this is somewhat of a tangent, especially because I don’t tend to use my phone to take photos for posts – I found a new photo editing app and it’s incredible! The effects are so much fun to play with.

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Anyway, please do let me know how you’d feel about more in-depth descriptions with pictures!

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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?

A Quick Update!

I took my camera and laptop with me on my trip to Harrogate, fully anticipating keeping semi-up to date with posting… and managed to leave my charger behind.

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Hence poor-quality photos.

So, here I am, posting from mobile and hoping that it turns out okay.

I was particularly happy with my highlight in the bottom right photo – I do have my eye on a Sleek highlighting palette, but Chocolate Bar’s Champagne Truffle is still working beautifully.

In the photo on the left, I’m holding a glass of prosecco I was given for free whilst my boyfriend tried on a suit in Paul Smith!

And the teacup (which I just thought was pretty) contains a peppermint tea all the way from Australia, courtesy of my boyfriend’s sister who has just returned from there.

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I’ve been continuing my eyeshadow ban, for the most part, (though I’m desperately missing my beautiful Sweet Peach palette) but on the occasions I did cave in and wear it anyway, I at least had my camera with enough juice left in it to snap some photos, which I’ll be able to post at some point in the near future!

I return to Glasgow tomorrow and am heading straight into celebrations with some friends, but I should hopefully have some time to write a proper post on Friday!

How have all of your weeks been?