Showing posts with label eyeshadow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eyeshadow. Show all posts

Monday, March 24, 2014

Makeup Shake Up!

Hi guys! How is March treating you so far? Has there been any March Madness you'd like to share? Or has it been a calm but cold transition into 'Spring'? I've been a little MIA from here but you can always find me on Twitter / Instagram or Tumblr if you need to get in touch!

I have been on a bit of a journey this past month or so, I've been helping a few makeup newbies take their first tentative steps into the world of 'doing yourself up', as I liked to call it.

First up let's talk about Lindsay, a great girl in her 20's from the Mid-West in the United States. She and I have been blog buds for some time now, and once I learned that she never really had experimented with makeup or skincare in the past (She's now in her early 20s!) I was itching to help her discover this side of things. It took a little gentle convincing (or, you know, firm but loving pushes in the right direction, either or...) to get her to open up to the idea that she could wear makeup and look amazing, it could feel natural and not like a mask of madness on her skin, and it could make her feel more confident. We talked over a lot of her fears too which I think are beyond important, when first starting to experiment with anything you're unsure of.

"But what if I look like a drag queen" - says She.
"Trust me you won't!" - says I. 
"Are you sure ?!" - says She.
" I swear, we'll teach you how to blend!" - says I.

 We started off with basic skincare, cleanse right, and moisturise day and night - now is the time to start investing in your skin so twenty years from now your skin won't look like it's fifty years from now. I suggested something light and natural, and she settled on +Aveeno Cetaphil skincare to start with. We then moved on to makeup, I wanted her to experiment at first, to see if it felt like something she'd want to continue, so we decided to go with cheap & cheerful - just in case she never used them more than once, I was conscious of a budget for beginning.

I decided to try a middle of the road - budget wise - Foundation. For me the key elements to a good face of makeup start with the moisturiser, or primer, and the foundation. Everything else can be as budget friendly as you like, depending on how you use them. For this I suggested my favourite foundation - the holy grail of high-street makeup - +BourjoisUK  Healthy Mix. However, we discovered that this wasn't widely available in the states, and if it was, it was for almost triple the price that we pay for it here in Ireland/ Uk. So, that was a no go. The next stop for us was +Boots UK  and their US site. Here we settled on their own brand No.7 for foundation, ordering it in the palest shade they had, because like me and many of us Caspers, Linds is a pale girl. So, without me being there in person to swatch for her, I sent in her right direction, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best come delivery day.

Then came tools, and the only ones I could suggest to her in good conscious was the +realtechniques core collection to start. I've been a massive fan of the +Sam Chapman creations for ages now, and only seemed right to start her off with the best - and the best value for money too - because as hard as it was to rein me in, budget, budget, budget!! 

Next up we hit +e.l.f. Cosmetics for just about everything we could think of, and well, she went a liiitttle crazy!

And it was amazing.

 I was attempting to welcome her gently, thinking, hey there's a half price sale, maybe she'll see one or two things she'll like. Nope, it turned out she was a natural and demanded almost one of everything they had on offer! I was doing my Chandler happy dance, and was so excited for her to dive in and have a play around with all this stuff!  It sounds strange, I suppose but I knew that she would benefit so much from it all. Not just from the superficial fun aspect of it all, but from the other side of the coin too.

The side that most people can relate too.

That, no matter how beautiful you are naturally - and let's face it, when we're being objective, we've all got something naturally beautiful about us - but when you get that new product that enhances your already epic lashes or compliments your freckles or makes your amazing eyes stand out just a little bit more. There's a moment of empowerment that comes with that, something that puts that extra little pep in your step.

So my excitement and pride was pushed aside as we waited for her to receive all her goodies, and when she did, she was just as excited to try things out. Lindsay started off slowly, spending time blending and perfecting her foundation *which was a perfect match!* and moved on from there. She most importantly was having fun with her new adventure, and I was happy she was happy. I had in a weird, roundabout way helped a person thousands of miles away, even in a small way, it was an amazing feeling of accomplishment - even with something as 'silly' as makeup.

I'm not a 'guru' or an 'expert' or even someone who gets it right every time. I'm not the girl that wears ten pounds of slap, fake tan and hair extensions every day, but I'd never judge those who are! If I had the time or notion to do this everyday, I probably would, because whatever floats your boat, right?

I think that starting to feel comfortable with yourself and within yourself starts with finding even the littlest of ways to make yourself feel like your best self. If it's going for a run, or going window shopping or starting a new diet, or buying that new lippy, whatever it is that makes you feel like the best you, I say go for it! 


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MUA Makeup Palette - Undress Me Too Review.

Looking for an excuse for a Tuesday Treat? This could be it! The Undress Me Too (naughty!) palette from MUA is cute, compact and beyond affordable no matter what budget you've promised yourself you'll stick to. At £4 you can't really complain right? And for all these shades, and textures, you'd be a fool to pass it up. It's been deemed the 'dupe' of a certain other, more expensively priced eye-shadow palette on the market right now and I have to say that it really shapes up to look that way. Majority of the shades are very similar to the more expensive product, and if you've wanted to try out the shades without forking over a fortune, this could be a great way of doing so. As you can see mine has got some serious use since I picked it up a few weeks ago! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen my first impressions.


They say ' The Undress Me Too Palette embraces this season’s fresh-faced look and urges you to strip back and go nude! Made up of 12 warm and timeless shades, this palette will suit all skin tones and any occasion. The pearlescent flesh-toned finish of Shades Naked, Devotion and Shy are perfect for highlighting the eyes, while the shimmering bronze hues of Shades Fiery, Lavish and Dreamy give a sultry effect. There are even smouldering contour tones in Shades Tranquil, Exposed and Wink so that you can transform your minimalist day look into a sexy smokey eye in an instant. Featuring a shade range that runs from the palest champagne to the grittiest gunmetal grey, this isn’t just ‘shades of beige. Each shadow has a distinct look that works for everyone.'





They aren't wrong. I've been reaching for this product every day for work since I got it. The shades are a lot more day-time friendly than some of the previous glitter-happy eye-shadows I've seen, the three matte shades - as you can see get a lot of use in particular. Wink has been my go-to crease shade since I got it, and it's been one that adds that depth needed without adding a heavy smokey feel which is perfect for day time and even more perfect when you're working in a professional environment, where you still want to play around with your look but want to remain respectful and appropriate. The darker shades - the black - is great for a over eyeliner powder to enhance and seal in a cat eye line, or smudged just right if you need more depth or indeed want to go for the full on smokey eye. The glittered shades aren't over saturated with glitter that makes them impossible to wear, in fact for the price I was really pleasantly surprised how easy these shades were to work with - and how long they lasted without caking or creasing. I've also bought a creme blusher and a press powder from the MUA range, and I think I'll have a wee review on those up soon, if you'd be interested in reading! ;)

The #MUA Undress Me Too retails for £4 /E5.50 and I found mine in my local +S Loves SuperDrug.

Happy Smudging Peeps!

Till next time!

xo


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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoo – On and On Bronze (aka Bad to the Bronze) Review

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream/Gel Shadow – On and On Bronze (aka Bad to the Bronze)




I had been wanting to try the +Maybelline UK Colour tats for a while now, and I kept forgetting and forgetting every time I popped into the high-street to pick one or two of them up to give them a whirl. I finally remembered, and I picked up the bronze shade – On and On Bronze – to see if what all the fuss was about?
 I have had it a few weeks now, and I have to say, at first, I was not very impressed with it, I just wasn’t so sure if it was the over-all texture, or the getting used to blending or the shimmer or whatever it was, but at first I was like ‘meh’. Then, I was going away this weekend ( to Belfast actually, I did the Titanic tour and everything I may blog about it) and decided to pack it anyway just in case. 

Well, my tune has changed I have to admit. Given a little bit of time with this and the right eye shadow primer, it became a really great shade for a night on the town for me. It does all the work for you when it comes to the start of a ‘smoky’ eye, in fact it even appears that little bit darker in the eye crease so you don’t even have to have a darker shade at the ready to deepen the look in that area. So you can skip an entire step in the eye routine, and hey, who doesn’t want that right?


In the photos, you can see the packaging of course – and the product itself in soft lighting – and more helpful I hope, in bright day light. 

Maybelline’s promise with this product is that it’s a

  • Dare to wear 24HR shadow with Ink technology creates 24HR wear shadow for our most intense, long-lasting colour saturation 
  • A Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps colour vibrant. That it is also ophthalmologist-tested, safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers ( I can attest to this as I am both a sensitive eye having person ;) and a contact lens wearer, and it didn’t irritate me on either fronts, so well done there!)
Now one of the biggest problems I have with eye shadows, as a glasses wearer is the creasing – obviously it’s going to happen with the condensation / extra heat and what not around the eye area when I wear my glasses day-to-day, and that’s fine. However, even with primer, this happens sometimes and it is a bit of a nuisance to be honest. Therefore, when something comes along and says its twenty-four-hour long lasting AND crease free, best believe I want to try these babies out to see if they do what they say on the tin … er pot. As well as all the hype that they fall under pretty decent dupes for the MAC Paintpots, it all seems very positive! 

Does this?

Yes and no. 

With glasses on, there is still a little creasing, but not a lot and I can deal with that. It doesn’t really fade throughout the day either which is also great, so the only thing you need to top up is your mascara or eyeliner where your eye makeup is concerned, and with contacts the creasing was limited and it blended easily. On the other hand, I would use this sparingly unless of course a dark smoky is the effect you’re after. I find for super pale Casper-esq ladies like myself it can almost appear too rich for day time, and it took me a couple of days to get a hand of just ‘how much was too much’ as far as application was concerned.  Overall though this was well worth a second chance and I’m glad I gave it another go. I really want to try out the rest of the range now to see what they can offer me!


 The pots retail for £4.99 and are currently on 3 for 2 in +Boots UK !