Tuesday, 29 March 2011

TOUR HAIR!!!

I got my tour hair done :)

I havn't dyed it yet (that comes saturday) but I have a fringe again! YAY!

Check out my awesome sailor moon necklace too <3

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Packing woes!

I'm trying to decide what makeup items to take on tour with me. Its pretty tough :(

My DEFINITES are:

- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Fyrinnae Velvet Gel Primer
- Lily Lolo foundation in 'Warm Peach' (for stage)
- Sleek Creme To Powder foundation in Shell (for daytime.)
- Benefit It Stick
- E.L.F Waterproof eyeliner pen
- MAC Blacktrack fluidline
- Rimmel "flirt lash" mascara (hate the name....love the mascara).
- Body Shop Watermelon Lipbalm

I use these items pretty much every single day, so I need them. But I'm struggling with the more "changeable" things (eyeshadows/blushers/lipsticks).

What items can you guys not live without when you are away from home?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Review: Cosmopolitan Beautyblender Dupe (Blend Perfection Sponge)

Yesterday I was in superdrug and saw this little sponge hanging on the shelf priced at £4.95

I have been wanting to try the BeautyBlender for a while now but there was no way I was paying £15 + P&P for a sponge....so I sort of just put the idea to rest.

I decided to give this Cosmopolitan Dupe a shot though. Their version is called the 'Blend Perfection Sponge'.





The sponge is the same colour as the Beauty Blender, and the only noticeable difference is the fact that this one is contoured in the middle which would seemingly make it easier to hold.

I like that it comes in a resealable bag with a little plastic ring for the sponge to dry out on after you have washed it.

I used this sponge to apply Sleeks Creme to Powder foundation. I wet the sponge - squeezed out the excess water and then stippled it over my skin (I don't really like smoothing creme foundations on my face because it tends to emphasize dry patches.)



I was really pleased with the results. Its easilly the best I have ever managed to get this particular foundation to apply. The finish is really even and the sponge was easy to clean (I used E.L.F's brush shampoo to clean it.)

I would definitely repurchase. I'm interested to see how quickly this dries because with most sponges I have needed a couple of spares if I wanted to use it for everyday application.

This is available from Superdrug priced at £4.95 :)

Monday, 21 March 2011

Brand Spotlight: Fyrinnae

Ok, so I wanted to do a series of posts to focus on some of my favorite brands. For these I will be trying to swatch everything I own by that brand (which in cases like Fyrinnae, is a pretty big job haha!)

Fyrinnae (“fyeer-ih-nay”) is an internet based independent makeup company based in the US. You can read more about them here.



My fyrinnae collection recently had to move out of its drawer....and into a bigger drawer. Here is its new home :) I missed out my pixie epoxy from this picture and a sample of their powder primer (because they both live in my everyday items drawer.)

My Number 1 Fyrinnae must have item is their Pixie Epoxy. I wrote a massive post a while back declaring my undying love for it (that post can be found here.) I'm not going to repeat myself too much but basically, pixie epoxy is an eyeshadow adhesive (NOT A PRIMER) which helps to bring out shimmer/glitter/duochrome in eyeshadows. Here is a set of swatches to compare eyeshadows applied without pixie epoxy...to eyeshadows applied with:



Crazy right?! Discovering this product was like getting a whole bunch of new eyeshadows to play with! I don't know how I managed beforehand!

My other favourite items are:
  • Their Velvet Gel Primer. I use this every single day because it is so much more affordable than any other (good) primers that I have used....and it performs equally as well. I love that you can use liquid, cream or powder foundation with this primer because I hate having to have multiple products to essentially do the same job.
  • Oil Control Finishing Powder. I use this to set liquid foundation. I used to use Lily Lolo's Flawless Matte but at £12.50 a tub it was a fairly expensive option. Fyrinnae's alternative is only £3.44!
Sooooo onto the Fyrinnae Swatches. One thing to mention about fyrinnae eyeshadows. They are a NIGHTMARE to photograph properly. Most of the colours have really strong duochromes which don't translate too accurately to camera. For this reason I have photographed each batch with and without a flash to try and give you guys a better idea of how the shadows actually look.

All of these are swatched over pixie epoxy (except for the blushes and the lip lustres at the end.)
Batch 1: Eyeshadows

(L to R: Calavera Cupcakes, Nijiro, Dragonmagic, Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat, Dark Magic, Platinum)





Out of these colours, Platinum definitely gets the most use from me. Its the strangest colour, I can't decide if its gold or silver :S I guess its sort of both. As expected, this photo hasn't really shown the colour at its best but it still does look very pretty :)

I only got Dark Magic recently and I havn't had a chance to actually wear it yet, but it swatches incredibly! I can't wait to find an oppertunity to wear this (I struggle to wear reds because of my hair colour :()

Batch 2: Eyeshadows

(L to R: Immortality, Nijiro, Calavera Cupcakes, Nevermore, Ashes, Pyromania Erotica)




Ashes is the only Matte Fyrinnae shade that I own. It is almost identical to Illamasqua's 'Matter' eyeshadow (which I am about to hit pan on so its nice to have found a cheaper alternative :))

Nevermore was actually sent as a free sample with my last order. Its probably the brightest purple that I own!

I only really ordered Pyromania Erotica because the swatch on the website reminded me a lot of my friend Emma's hair :) She is in a band called Vier who are coming on tour with us in two weeks time! You should definitely check them out! I have actually worn this eyeshadow and really like it. Its definitely the most wearable orange I have encountered!

Batch 3: Eyeshadows
(L to R: Velvet Vampire, Warrior Mage, Shingami, Dark Fantasy, Madame & Eves, Cupcake Sprinkles)





Warrior Mage, Dark Fantasy and Madame & Eves look quite similar in the pots, but once applied they are definitely different enough to excuse owning all three :) My favourite of these is Madame & Eves because its REALLY sparkly and every way you turn it seems to change colour completely.

Batch 4: Eyeshadows & Blush
(L to R: Winter Again, Seduce (Blush), Light Matte (Bronzer))



Winter Again is the only Fyrinnae eyeshadow that I own a full size of. This is because I use it A LOT! I use it as a highlighter. Some people would consider it a bit too intense for a highlight but it looks lovely if you are wearing brighter colours :) It reminds me a lot of MAC's reflects transparent teal pigment....except without the glitter. I love it!

Seduce and Light Matte are both excellent colours (light matte is the nearest I have found to a perfect contour colour for my skin) but I hate using loose powder products for my cheeks. I make a total mess with them. I am considering trying to press these to make them a bit easier to use because I do really love the colours.

Batch 5: Lip Lustres

(L to R: Sugar Coated Revenge, Lollipop-pop, Fanservice, Ghostly Voice )




Fyrinnae's Lip Lustres are potentially my favourite lip products ever. They apply like a gloss....but don't feel sticky at all. They are also completely opaque. I don't get how Fyrinnae have made a product this amazing and yet no other company has really tried to copy it :|

Fanservice is my favourite lipstick colour ever. Its the perfect periwinkle lilac colour. Every other "lilac" I have found leans a bit too pinky for my liking but this is just gorgeous :)

Ghostly Voice is a pretty awesome colour too, but maybe a little intense for everyday wear (saying that....I do wear it during the day if I am feeling brave haha!)

Price List

Rather than listing prices throughout, I thought it would be easier to pop it all in a list at the bottom. All of my eyeshadows that are pictured are sample sizes (except for Winter Again). The samples are EXTREMELY generous. All of the products on the Fyrinnae website (aside from the lip lustres) are available in sample sizes.

The lip lustres are unavailable at the moment (booo) but last time I ordered they were £2.81 each. That price could change slightly when they become available again.

I have listed prices in GBP but there is a drop down menu in the top corner of the fyrinnae website where you can change the currency that you are shopping in. This is probably my favourite thing about their website!

Full Size Eyeshadow £3.69
Sample Size Eyeshadow £1.25
Lip Lustre £2.81
Full Size Blush £4.06
Sample Size Blush 94p
Full Size Bronzer £4.38
Sample Size Bronzer 94p
Pixie Epoxy (Full Size) £4.38
Pixie Epoxy (Sample) 94p
Oil Control Finishing Powder £3.44
Velvet Gel Silica Primer £4.38

International Shipping is only $4 international (about £2.45) or $3 in the USA. If you buy over $40 worth of stuff then shipping is completely free anywhere in the world!



So....the moral of this post is that Fyrinnae is an awesome brand - and is very affordable. I can't wait to add more of their pretty colours to my collection!

Let me know if you decide to make a purchase based on this post :) I would love to know what you ordered!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Sorry for the lack of posting

Hey guys

I have been stupidly busy this week but I have loads of stuff lined up that I want to share with you! I promise I'll get on it at some point next week (unfortunatly coursework has to take priority....though I would rather be swatching :P)

I'm going to do some 'brand spotlight' posts to showcase some of my favourite brands over the coming weeks which will be quite time consuming, but hopefully will be helpful to you guys :)

Thank you for your patience ^_^

Lisa x

Sunday, 13 March 2011

FOTD: Turquoise & Pokemon White!

I got Pokemon White yesterday - I am a bit excited about it! I got up extra specially early today so that I would have time to play before going out.

I used some of that time to have fun with my eyes too :D

I used Shiro's Banzai on the lid, Sugarpill's Midori on the crease and tako on the inner corners of my eyes, Fyrinnae's Winter Again as a highlight and lots of MAC Reflects Transparent Teal under my eyes :) Its both sparkly, and turqouise...my FAVOURITES.

Foundation is Lily Lolo - Warm Peach. Blush is Illamasqua - Katie.

I havn't done my lips yet cause Im drinking tea before leaving the house.






I can't believe my roots are coming through already :'( I thought I would be able to get away with not redoing my roots before tour but alas, I think I'm going to have to now.


Saturday, 12 March 2011

Shiro - Kawaiishadow Set


I have been wanting to pick this up for ages and finally bit the bullet and got it :)
Shiro's products never fail to amaze me and this set is no exception to that rule! Yet again - I LOVE the little stickers on the pots. I have a drawer for my shiro shadows and it makes me smile everytime I open is because it is filled with pokeballs, triforce logos, bear faces and now these cute little kawaii babies :D


These are PACKED full. I ordered mini-sizes of these rather than full sizes because the minis fit perfectly in my traincase - but being mini sizes doesn't mean that Caitlin is going to scrimp on filling them up!
Left to Right - Desu, Yatta, Kawaii, Lolita & Banzai

These colours are EXTREMELY pale. But I was impressed that you could still easilly distinguish the colours from eachother once applied. With a lot of pale colours you lose the undertones once they are applied and it just sort of looks like white - but not these - they remain colourful :)

I wish I had taken a photo of yesterday makeup - I did a pastel rainbow look and it turned out rather nicely. But my camera battery died so I couldn't take photos before I went out...and then I forgot when I got home. I'll have to redo it at some point and photograph it :)

My professional MUA kit in the making....on a budget - PART 2

I got a few more nice things through the post for my kit :) I'm really happy with everything I purchased and managed to get it all for pretty cheap wOOOOOOO!


120 Neutrals Palette - £7.33

I really like these palettes. I have an 88 Matte Palette too and I was really impressed with the pigmentation of it. I don't have many neutrals so I decided to pick one of these up to make up for the colours that I am missing in my kit.

I got this from here:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/New-Pro-120-Color-Neutral-WARM-Eye-Shadow-palette-4-/180595276279?pt=US_Makeup_Eyes&hash=item2a0c5139f7

I have had a play with this and while the pigmentation isn't as great as the 88 matte palette, it is still a really good product to have. The colours are easy to blend too which is lovely :)

66 Lipgloss Palette - £3.24

I wanted to get one of these for sanitary reasons more than anything. I have loads of glosses but they are all in tubes so it is hard to be completely clean when using them on other people. The lasting power on these isn't great but the colours are actually much more intense than I thought they would be (especially the blues & oranges.)

I got this from here:


10 Blush Palette - £4.06

From:

I should have swatched these really. I will probably do a full post on this one because I really love the product. The only issue I have with this is that the blushes are REALLY powdery so you have to clean the palette after every use because it gets very dusty.

The pigmentation is fantastic though - easilly comparable to Illamasqua blushes (which are some of my favourites!)

The dusty pink colour in the top left is probably my favourite colour from this palette - its really natural looking on my skin and the lasting power is fantastic.



Contour/Blush Palette - £4.24


From:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-6-Color-Contour-and-Blush-Palette-1-/180505645236?pt=US_Makeup_Face&hash=item2a06f990b4

I already have a blush/contour palette but the colours are different to this version so I decided to pick this up as well (you can never have enough contour colours!

The top right is the colour I use to contor on my own skin. Like the blush palette above - these colours are very pigmented and long wearing. If anything, I would say the contour shades are a little too pigmented - I find myself having to buff them out quite a lot. But for this price I can't really complain!



Graftobian Neutral #1 & #2 Palettes - £14.50

I got these from ebay (again) but I can't find the exact listing anymore.

Lots of people recommended these to me as being good foundations for photography/stage wear. After watching a few youtube videos I decided to give them a go.

The pictures online make these look like they are going to be far lighter than they actually are. I almost wish I had gone for the Ultra Lites palette instead of Neutral #2 because a lot of the colours in Neutral  #2 are similar to colours I have in my sleek palettes.

This is really great foundation though. Its a bit pricier than the rest of the stuff I have purchased for my kit but I am glad I have it because the formula is fantastic.

I apply this with a damp sponge (it shows brush strokes quite a lot when you use a foundation brush.) It is full coverage and pretty much negates the use for a concealer which is excellent - as I prefer to just use concealer under the eyes.

I definitely want to build up my collection with a few more of these palettes eventually because I love the product!

My shade is the lightest colour in Neutral #1 (Bombshell).

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

New E.L.F brushes and playing with my Mum & Sisters faces.

Last week I got my order of E.L.F brushes through for my professional kit



I was very excited to have a play with them so I managed to rope my mum and sisters into letting me colour in their faces :)

Rachael's Eyes

I did this using Matter by Illamasqua blended out into Immortality (Fyrinnae). I used MAC's Vanilla as a highlight.


Mummys Eyes

This was Shiro's Rapidash (highlight and inner corners), S.S Anne (Lid) and Everything is bears (outer v). This was so sparkly it was hard to pick it up properly on camera. LOVE this colour combination though :D



Nattys Face

I did Nattys whole face.

Foundation is Blondie by Lily Lolo, Blush is True Romantic by MAC, Eyeshadow is Shiro Meowth (highlight) and Dins Fire (Inner Lid) with Fyrinnae's Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat on the outer lid :)

The second picture looks photoshopped - its just the flash :)



Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Deals & Free Stuff This Week

Free Clinique Mini's With Glamour Magazine

information from moneysavingexpert.com

Get one of ten Clinique freebies when you pick up a copy of Glamour's April edition (out Thur 3 March, £2, Fearne Cotton on the cover). The Clinique products are travel size (exc. the below lipstick) and are worth £79ish in total, so it's worth stocking up!
The ten mini products to choose from are (we've calculated their worth based on the full sized products on the Clinique website):
  • Liquid facial soap 30ml - £1.95
  • Eye make-up remover 30ml - £3.48
  • All about eyes eye cream 5ml - £7.50
  • 7 day scrub rinse-off formula 30ml - £5.10
  • Long last glosswear 2.3ml - £5.37
  • Superbalm moisturising gloss 7ml - £6.07
  • High impact mascara 4g - £7.50
  • Dramatically different moisturiser 30ml - £9
  • High impact lipstick full size - £15
  • Moisture surge thirst relief 30ml - £18
The magazine will be on sale until Fri 1 April.

I love when glamour magazine do things like this....although it does mean I end up with tonnes of copies of the same magazine haha. Im about to go on tour so mini items like this could really come in handy!

Im probably going to try and pick up the Moisture Surge Thirst Relief, High Impact Lipstick, High Impact Mascara, 7 Day Scrub, Liquid Facial Scrub & The Eye Makeup Remover.

Thats £12....but if (like me) you have always been curious about clinique products - but have never wanted to shell out the money to try them out, then this is a great oppertunity to give them a go :)

MAC - Wonder Woman, Viva Gaga 2 & Jeanius Collections
These collections are already on the official MAC website. But are meant to go on sale in UK stores from tomorrow. It might be worth waiting til tomorrow to pick them up because Debenhams have 10% off all beauty brands until Saturday (with Free shipping, and the chance to earn points on your Beauty Club Card).

Also, House Of Frasier is set to start a 20% off EVERYTHING sale tomorrow (Thursday 3rd) - there are some exclusions which havn't been listed yet, but the last time they did this they still had 10% off all beauty brands. This sale is online & instore.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Review: E.L.F Waterproof Eyeliner Pen


I felt the need to do a quick writeup about this product. I didn't have time to take pictures though :( sorry.

I am TERRIBLE with liquid eyeliner. My favourite eye looks are ones with really strong winged liner - but I always really struggle to get the shape right because I find most of the brushes aren't precise enough.

I had one from Rimmel, which I bought ages ago, and really liked. The product name rubbed off so I don't know which one it was, but they don't seem to have it anymore. I bought another rimmel one with a felt pen type tip and it is so clumsy to use. The nib is too thick and you can't get any sort of point with it.

I was placing an order on E.L.F for a bunch of studio brushes (for my MUA Kit) whilst they had their 20% off everything sale on. I saw this on the site and figured that it was worth a shot for £1.50 (well...£1.20 with the discount.)

I LOVE it.

Pros

- It has a really thin felt tip style end. This means that you don't need to worry about a long brush not going precisely where you want it.

- Sleek looking packaging.

- The pen isn't too short - I find that most liquid eyeliners are really short which means that your hand gets in the way when you are trying to apply it.

- Price. SOOOOO cheap.


Cons

- Not black enough. I am willing to deal with this by going over it with a creme/powder liner though, because it gives me an amazing guide for where to put the darker liner. Theres no way I could get a shape as precise as this with a regular creme liner on its own.

EDIT: After a couple of uses it seemed to get darker in colour. I can now use it easilly on its own :) It just took a bit of working in.

- The lid is a bit hard to take off. I found myself drawing on my hand by accident cause I had to be really forceful with the lid. I hope this gets easier with more use.

EDIT: The lid issue sorted itself out too :)


Im going to give this a 5/5 rating. Its easilly the best liner for getting perfect wings that I have tried so far.