Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Persephone Minerals Sample Swatches

I got two very exciting packages in the post today.

The first was my sample order from Persephone Minerals. I have been wanting to try some stuff from this etsy based store for a while and when they had a 20% off code on their facebook page I decided that the time had finally come to place an order.

I ordered:

Taupeless Beach
Moon Prism Power
Spirit Realm

and recieved Pumpkin Head and Cemetery Dirt as freebies :)

In all of the swatches below, the top row is with no base and the bottom row is over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.

L - R: Taupeless Beach, Kore, Moon Prism Power, Kalifa, Spirit Realm, Pumpkin Head, Cemetery Dirt. (WITH FLASH)

L - R: Taupeless Beach, Kore, Moon Prism Power, Kalifa, Spirit Realm, Pumpkin Head, Cemetery Dirt. (WITHOUT FLASH)

L - R: Taupeless Beach, Kore, Moon Prism Power, Kalifa

L - R: Kalifa, Spirit Realm, Pumpkin Head, Cemetery Dirt.

Some of these were impossible to photograph because of the duochromeyness (<-- 100% a word!)

These shadows are lovely even without a base, but the pixie epoxy makes a HUGE difference. The sparkles in these are beautiful and SO much more noticeable over PE.

Taupeless Beach, Kalifa and Moon Prism Power are my favourites from these. I can see myself getting a lot of use with these ones in particular!

This order cost me $6.50 inc shipping which I thought was extremely reasonable. I will definitely be buying from Persephone Minerals again!

You can buy these products here ---> http://www.etsy.com/shop/VictoriaLynn85?page=1

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Illamasqua Skin Base Review

I am a bit late with this review but I wanted to give it a fair wearing time before reviewing it, as I think that skin takes a while to adapt to new products.

It took me ages to actually get hold of this. I didn't want to just shade guess from the colour swatches online because this stuff is pretty expensive, so I waited until we were in Glasgow on tour this summer and went to the illamasqua counter in debenhams.

To my dismay, they didn't have the shade that I wanted to try in stock - but the tester was still there so the nice SA colour matched me, and sent me off with a sample in a little jar to keep me going until I could order one online.

The sample she gave me was about the size of two little peas. I was a little sceptical at first because she had said that she would give me enough for a week (not that I was complaining at all, it was lovely of her to give me a sample at all - I just didn't believe that this amount would last me for a whole week!)

It was close, 6 days the pot managed! Considering the amount she gave me would last me about 2 days in any other foundation I was very impressed! You barely have to use any of this stuff to get the kind of coverage that I was wanting for stage wear!

The packaging is lovely (as always with illamasqua products!)

The shade I was matched to was shade 06. It is about as close to my skin tone as I could ever hope to get really.  If I'm being really pedantic it could do with being a tiny bit less pink toned but once it is on my face I can't really tell the difference.

This stuff doesn't feel like foundation - it really does just feel like bare skin! For everyday wear I set it with a light translucent powder (I'm using up my Lily Lolo Flawless Matte at the moment but my Fyrinnae one works just as well) and for stage I set it with MACs mineralize skinfinish natural in Light/Medium.

Here are some pictures of my face:

without flash

without flash

with flash

none of these photos are edited at all. Baring in mind the fact that my skin is dry, acne prone (to the point where I am actually taking medication for it) and I am using no concealer at all in these photos....I'd say that this stuff is doing a damn good job!

I apply this foundation with my ELF studio blush brush. I like this brush for applying foundation cause it is small enough to do under my eyes without ruining my eye makeup (which I always do before my foundation!)

It is expensive. £25 a tube (30ml) but I seriously think it is worth it. I use far less of this foundation than I would with any other brand too so technically you are getting way more product use for the money
The cute headband I'm wearing in these photos is from Claires Accessories :) I think I'm going to wear it all winter, it is so warm and lovely!

EDIT: I thought I should include a picture to show how well this stuff holds up on stage too :)

This was at the end of an extremely warm hour long set.... my skin still looks like skin! Its shiny yeah but that was to be expected - I don't think I look a total mess though (like I normally do haha!)

Kate Moss for Rimmel (Shade 03)

I have been looking for a dupe for my everyday lipstick (MAC - The Faerie Glen) for a while now. TFG was released as part of one of the Christmas collections last year and was a LE product. I wear this lipstick more than any other one that I own and am now about halfway down my second  tube :(

A couple of days ago I started to hear on twitter about the new Kate Moss for Rimmel collection of lipsticks. People seemed quite impressed by it, and having never tried a Rimmel lipstick before I was quite eager to try them out.

I was even more eager to do so when I saw that shade 03 was a potential dupe for my beloved The Faerie Glen!!!

I had a look in my (useless) local boots store and they didn't have them in stock, but luckily I was waiting for an hour in Liverpool Street station yesterday on my way to do a photoshoot for Attitude Clothings winter catalogue - and I managed to pick one up there!

This lipstick is the closest match I have ever found for TFG! I have pictured it below with Viva Glam Gaga II (which is the second closest match that I have, although it gives me concealer lips a bit.)

See for yourselves:

L to R - 03 by Kate Moss for Rimmel, The Faerie Glen by MAC, Viva Gaga II by MAC

L to R - 03 by Kate Moss for Rimmel, The Faerie Glen by MAC, Viva Gaga II by MAC

Shade 03 Kate Moss for Rimmel

Shade 03 Kate Moss for Rimmel

Shade 03 Kate Moss for Rimmel

Sorry for the rubbish lip swatch. I really am not good at these, need to practice!

This lipstick is fantastic. I would go as far as to say that the staying power is actually better than the MAC one (the faerie glen is a lustre, where I would say that the Rimmel one is closer to a creemsheen finish if I had to categorise it.)

They are currently on 3 for 2 in Boots (which is mix and match across all cosmetics) and retail at £5.49 which is a steal compared to the £13.50 you would pay for a MAC lipstick at the moment.