Thursday, 1 December 2011

Sleek Oh So Special Palette

I hope you've all enjoyed your first advent calendar window, I know I have (and so has the dog... yes mini dog has his own dog advent calendar) Happy December 1st!

I treat myself to this little gem the other day when I went to see Twilight, I've been looking for the Oh So Special palette for a while but it's been out of stock everytime I've walked into a Superdrug which stocks Sleek; you must all know by now that my local Superdrug doesn't stock Sleek so I've had to wait until I went out of town. I'd heard that this is THE Sleek Palette to own and I have to say some of the shades are really unique.

One thing I love about the Sleek palettes is the huge mirror on the inner side of the lid, in fact I love the packaging as a whole, it looks sophisticated on the outside with the Sleek logo and then the untouched shadows when you first open it look really good because they're waffled (if that's the word to describe them!) Ohh and can't forget the little sheet which tells you the names of the shades... shade names are a nice little touch I think. The double ended applicator isn't the most fantastic but I have eyeshadow brushes there for the using!

Top Row

Bottom Row

For me, the matte shades were a bit of a disappointment, it took me a while to get 'The Mail' to actually show on my arm, and in pan it looks like a colour which shouldn't take much building at all. The shimmer shadows, however, are beautifully pigmented; really easy to apply and build into some really intense shades. 

My favourite Shades: Organza and Wrapped Up
Least Favourite Shades: Noir - This seems to be a bit of a get out clause for Sleek, it features on all 3 palettes I own (au naturel and bad girl) and it's a shade I never use because it's just too much of an intense black; the only time I'd use it is to line my eyes (which is rare because I prefer Kohl liner)

You can buy this in store at Superdrug (where stocked!!) or from the Sleek Website at £6.49. For 12 shades I don't think that's bad at all, only just over 50p per shade!

I'm quite fancying the Contour Kit by Sleek now, I was eyeing it up when I bought this, as well as the pout polishes but I restrained myself!! I don't really fancy the new Berry Collection I just don't find the shades very wearable at all, it'd be a waste of money for me but for those who like red/plum lipsticks and bold blushers it would be one to try!

Do you think this palette really is 'Oh So Special'? What are your favourite Sleek Palettes?

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Liz Earle Skin System - Cleanse, Polish, Tone and Moisturise

Ever since I bought cleanse and polish I have harped on about how much I love it and how it makes my skin feel so clean and unclogged, I had to try the next 2 steps; it'd be rude not to! The next step after Cleanse and Polish is the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (200ml spritz bottle available in an ordinary bottle or spritz form this is a product which is for all skin types; one product suits all sort of thing like cleanse and polish. As most of you probably know, Liz Earle have a moisturiser suited to most skin types; combination/oily, normal/combination, dry/sensitive and very dry/mature skin. I have oily skin so I have the Skin Repair Moisturiser in Light (£18.25 for 50ml pump).

To see my first impressions of cleanse and polish click here

Instant Boost Skin Tonic

'Revitalises, Soothes and Tones for Instant Radiance'

I LOVE this product, the idea of it being in a spritz bottle is fab for me because it's just so convenient, I'll often go for an afternoon nap after university or before work so this product is ideal for just spritzing on my face to wake me up, it smells beautiful and doesn't sting my eyes (although I don't recommend squirting it directly into your eyes!). I have also tried this in bottle form, and although it's the exact same product I still prefer to spritz rather than use cotton wool. Like all Liz Earle products i've tried, this smells absolutely lush, so clean and not a chemical scent in sight; no wonder really seeing as it contains aloe vera, vitamin E, calendula extract, chamomile extract, hops, cucumber, geranium and a whole load of other 'naturally active ingredients' that make me want to use this product without fear that it's going to block my pores and break me out! It does take a little while to soak into your skin properly so it's a good idea to do something else before you put on your moisturiser just so you get the full benefits of using this toner; the non-spritz toner does dry a little quicker but thats all about application and which one you buy is totally down to personal preference but I defintely recommend trying this one if you've already tried the bottled one. If you're looking to try this but scared of committing £12.50 to a product that might not suit you can try a 50ml bottle or 30ml spritz bottle of this for just £5!

Buy it via the Liz Earle Website or from John Lewis stores

Skin Repair Moisturiser in Light (for oily/combination skin) 

'Light, Gentle and Balancing for Fresh, Naturally Healthy Skin'

When I received this I was surprised to see that this comes in a pump bottle rather than a screw top jar which is what I have seen on so many blogs. When Liz Earle say light, they really mean that this product is light as it comes out of the pump it's a lovely consistancy; one pump easily covers my face! Before receiving this I was using Good Things Skincare Miracle Mattifier... Liz Earle knocks spots off it to be honest. Everyone has been going on about how lush Good Things smells, and it does but it's a bit overpowering and sweet for me in a morning and it isn't a miracle mattifier, my skin was still greasy and shiny and my makeup ended up off my face in no time at all even after using it for about a month. I have noticed more of a marked difference in my oil levels since using Liz Earle for just a week! It smells so fresh and I keep getting a gorgeous whiff of it throughout the day; it makes my skin feel so clean! My skin seems to just drink this product, the Good Things mattifier seemed to leave a bit of a residue but this light moistuiser absorbs surprisingly quickly. This is a little bit pricey for the amount you get (£18.25 for 50ml pump) but I don't quite know how long this will last, judging by the fact I only use one pump per application I'm guessing it's going to last a fair while! Again if you're scared of committing to such a big bottle you could always get a 15ml tube for £7.

Buy it via the Liz Earle Website or from John Lewis stores

Would I buy either of these products when I run out?? 

I think Yes!! I struggle so much to find a skincare regime which truely fits with my skin type, I think I may have found one in Liz Earle! I shall keep you updated via Twitter with how I get on with these products!

I think the next step for me is to invest in some Sheer Skin Tint and some haircare to see if her expertise extends to makeup and hair!

Have you tried any of Liz Earle's skin products? Any Favourites?? 

Friday, 18 November 2011

Children in Need Nail Art

So sorry I haven't posted for a few days, I've been so busy with work and uni I either haven't had time to blog or I've been far too tired when I've actually got to sit down! So here's just a quick post to show you my nails for Children in Need, they aren't perfect and I don't really like the yellow shade but it's the only one I had!!

They could be mistaken for Twister nails but given the time of year most people have realised what they're meant to be!! And also a sight cheaper than the wraps you can get from Boots!!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours Nail Polish - Grape Fit

Before I bought this polish, I did have a bit of an 'ism' against Miss Sporty as a brand, the image I had in my head was a collection of makeup products which were used only by 12 year olds who got a fiver pocket money every week.

Clubbing colours nail polish has blown all that totally out of the water, my perception was completely skewed and I obviously hadn't moved with the times (and with Miss Sporty as a brand). As yet can't speak for the other products by this particular brand but I am so impressed by this polish.

The formulation is not really thin and hard to apply, it actually goes on quite opaque even with the first coat. This particular shade is really creamy in consistency (I need to try others to see what they're like!) The above photo was taken with just two coats. The only thing I will say about the product itself is that it stinks; I know nail polish doesn't smell nice in general but this has a really strong chemical smell! It does say that it's quick dry on the bottle but I have so far failed to find a nail polish which dries quick enough for my liking (i'm always in a rush) but as long as you remember to put a top coat on, you should be fine with this as it does dry pretty fast in comparison to some!

The packaging isn't fantastic, very plain and its feels like such a small bottle, descriptions are very minimal on the bottle but who cares with a brush like this...

It doesn't actually say on the bottle about this beauty of a brush, it reminds me very much of the new Rimmel polish Brushes nice and wide but not too wide so that it goes all over the sides of your little finger. Absolutely love it, this was the final piece of the product that has really sold Miss Sporty well to me.

How much is it & will I rebuy?
DEFINATELY! I will, without a doubt, buy more shades, theres a really nice pearl pink one called 'Tina Sparkle' and to top it all off, at the moment these are 3 for 2 in Superdrug. Unfortunately I can't get a link because there doesn't seem to be any of these on the website but they are around £1.99 where stocked. They are very much worth £2 and I can't wait to try some more Miss Sporty products, hopefully they won't disappoint!

Am I the only one who had a misconception of Miss Sporty? Any other product recommendations?

Monday, 3 October 2011

Sleek Au Naturel Palette - Swatches and Review

You may or may not know that I won a this from Sparklz and Shine's giveaway, I was so excited as it's the first Sleek palette to grace my makeup collection and when I say collection I think this palette has completed my assortment of nude palettes as I also have the MUA Heaven and Earth palette and Urban Decay Naked palette (I love them both dearly). 

Due to all the hype around Sleek palettes, I had to ask myself would this palette live up to all the rave reviews of previous Sleek numbers?

Well here are the swatches: (notice how I have labelled them for the first time, aren't I clever?! haha)

Top Row:

Bottom Row:

What about using the Product?
This really is a good nude collection, full of really gorgeous colours; perfect for autumn. For me these shades make thisa really useable palette as I don't like to go too garish for university. I found that the shimmer shades were a lot more pigmented than the matt shades but I like using them nevertheless. I will be using the bottom shades a lot this autumn as I think the shades are gorgeous. 

My favourite shades

Regal, Mineral Earth and Taupe

Will I buy more Sleek products based on this one?

I already have, I bought the Bad Girl palette from a blog sale and I plan to try a blusher or two in the very near future.

Finally, I have two questions for you:

What are your favourite Sleek Products?
Do you like my labelling or should I leave photos alone?

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Rimmel Lycra Pro - 393 Desire

Long wearing, chip resistant colour

I bought this for a night out last weekend, I was wearing a black dress and wanted a suitable colour to go with it. 'Desire' is a gorgeous reddy brown colour with a hint of shimmer, I took two swatch photos as without the flash I don't think it caught the shimmer very well, but I know how people appreciate natural sunlight photos too.

Without Flash

With Flash

I can tell you now, the coverage of this particular shade is absolutely amazing (I can't speak for the whole range as this is the only one I have tried). I was in a massive rush when I was going out so I only had time to do one coat, this polish looks amazing just with that one layer. Obviously if you layer it up, the colour will be darker and probably last longer on your nail.

The application of this polish is amazing, Rimmel have decided to use a 'Maxi Brush' for this product for 'Mistake Free Application'. I was in a rush and this brush made it so much easier to apply! 

So rather than faffing with a thin brush and having to do numerous strokes and re-dips, this brush means that you can apply polish in 3 strokes (or less, depending on the width of your nail) and I didn't have to re-dip at all! I do believe that the Rimmel 60 Second polish has also had a brush overhaul, but it's a 'precision' brush... I must try that.

Will I rebuy/buy more from this range?

Without a shadow of a doubt I will, yes. I did grumble to myself a little when I bought it as it was £4.59, I'm used to buying Rimmel I <3 Lasting finish at £2.99 but the lycra one is definately worth the price tag, I think.

You can buy this at Boots or Superdrug and they both have 3 for 2 offers on at the moment!

Monday, 26 September 2011

MAC Powder Blush 'Style' - Review and Swatch

This is the first of my posts featuring products from my Duty Free Haul; First up is the MAC Powder Blush in 'Style'. I've been looking for a peachy coloured blush for a while now, I was going to use up the rest of my No.7 one first but I couldn't resist the Duty Free offering. As I mentioned in the haul post, the lady at MAC was less than helpful, and I felt as if she really didn't want to assist me at all. I knew I wanted a peachy shade but I didn't know whether a matte look or a shimmer would suit me best. The lady said this was an 'inbetween' shade; not matte but not too shimmery. 

Here's the Swatch

I have to say, I do love it. It's just what I wanted; it doesn't go 'OOOSH' look at me I have peach on my cheeks... it does give a really nice subtle glow; a nice alternative to bronzer for paler ladies and a nice change for those with a darker complexion. The No.7 one was way to pink for my liking and I don't want to look like a pot doll. 

Everything about this blush is fab, the texture, ease of application; everything is good in my opinion; no complaints at all.

You can buy this from MAC's online store or Debenhams for £17.00 although I got mine for £14.15 (duty free bargain!)

My only personal issue is my lack of decent brushes. I apply nearly everything with a No.7 Kabuki brush (a crime, I know) I did buy some ELF brushes but quite frankly I found them pretty shocking! I need to invest in some good brushes!

So Readers, I need your help!

Can you recommend me: 
A good Blusher brush (probably an angled one)
A must have Eyeshadow Brush
Other Nice Peach shade blushes

They can be high end or budget; I don't mind.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Nail Art | Aztec Nails

Last but by no means least in my guest blogging series is Paige from Nailsaholic, she has a wordpress blog (first one I've ever read, to be honest). If you're into nails, then this is definately a blog for you to watch!

Todays nail art is my absolute favorite nail design. Aztec/Tribal designs are so in right now, so why not give them a go on your nails?

I made these nails using a striper brush, dotting tool, and a small brush. Sounds pretty easy?
It is! 

I painted my nails with Sinful Colors: Snow Me White, to give a good base, I then used Essie: Lapis Of Luxury to paint my whole nails with.
I took a striper brush, and painted a stripe 1/4 of the way up from the bottom of my nail using a contrasting colour. I used China Glaze: Shocking Pink (Neon)
I then used a striper brush again to paint a black line above the pink, I used Sinful Colors: Black on Black.
I left a gap and then painted a white line using Sinful Colors: Snow Me White about halfway up the nail.
I left another gap and painted another white line, 2 black lines were painted around the white line.
The detail was then added with a dotting tool and a small nail art brush.

Aztec/Tribal nail art is one of the easiest nail arts to do, if you make a mistake, you can easily cover it with a line and make it look like it was supposed to be there. You can also change it to your personal preference and make it as 'in-your-face' as you want!

Hope you have fun trying to create some aztec nails!



Monday, 19 September 2011

**Guest Post** Daisy from Pretty Green Tea shows us how to Protect Dry/Sensitive Skin

The one and only skincare post by my guest bloggers is by Daisy from Pretty Green Tea, she has a lifestyle blog and takes amazing photos!

Hello everyone, Daisy here from the lifestyle blog; Prettygreentea. This is a guest post for Jade about what products to use if you have dry skin and sensitive skin. If you are from the UK you will know that we are already experiencing a little colder weather at the moment, though it does chop and change from day to day. When the weather gets cooler my skin becomes very dry, but also when it is really hot it also becomes dry, so my skin is always dry... So I tend to use really thick creams and moisturising products all through the year. I also am allergic to many products and chemicals, my skin reacts to them and becomes very sore. I have tested many different products in order to find ones that are kind to my skin. 

The products I am going to share with you are all products I have been using over the past year, purchased more than once and ones which I think are good value for money. 

Lovea Bio Burkina Shea Nourishing Body Balm
This is a very thick nourishing balm, it is by one of my favourite brands ; Lovea Bio. They are an organic brand so there is no fear of any horrible chemicals being in the balm which may affect your skin. The balm is very thick and fantastic for putting all over your body, I immediately feel my skin feeling soft and less dry, especially in the morning which is when it is at it’s worst point. I also use this before I go to bed, it’s smell is lovely and relaxing and I let it works it’s magic through the night.

I usually go for fragrance free products but as all Lovea Bio products are natural that means the beautiful smell they give off are perfect for my skin and I haven’t had any reactions thankfully. You can buy this brand from or if you live near me (a little town in Suffolk) there is a lovely little independent shop that sells all organic skin care products. If you do live in Suffolk I can give you the details of the shop. This tub actually arrived for me today, I made a little order of goodies from Mypure as I was running low on body cream. This nourishing balm is £6.49 which I think is a good price for a body cream which is kind to my skin, lasts a good few months (especially with the amount I use) and is made from organic products and not a chemical in sight. 

Day face cream : Botanics
I have used the Botanics range for quite some time, I usually try new products from the range when it is on 3 for 2 in Boots. I have found that this face cream with marshmallow and SPF15 in has been really good for my skin. It is another lovely thick cream which soaks into your skin to give it lots of moisture. People who do not have sensitive skin may find it too thick for a day cream. For those of us with dry skin and also sensitive skin this face cream is a dream. I have personally had no reactions to my skin from using this and I have been buying this for about a year now.

You can get this for £6.12 in Boots, which I think is a good price for a face cream, I often alternate what I use and sometimes spend more than this on a face cream, so I think this is quite cheap for really good moisturising cream. I recommend waiting for the 3 for 2 offers, there is always others things you need so saving a little money is a bonus.

Night cream : Comvita Replenishing Night Moisturiser
It took me a while to decide if I was going to include this night moisturiser, it is a little more expensive than the other products I am recommending to you, but I only use this or the Estee Lauder Night repair gel which is also another expensive product. I decided I would share this with you because I know what a pain and upset it can be when you wake up in the morning with dry and sore skin. Comvita Night Moisturiser costs £30.00, which is expensive but it has lasted me a good few months and I use quite a good few squirts of it each evening before bed. This is another thick cream (I bet your sick of reading that, but it has to be when you have dry skin) which quenches your face as soon as you put it on, it works it’s magic through the night and my face feels less tight when I wake up in the morning. I am always open to trying new night creams, as I mentioned before, I find that if you use the same products for over a year then your skin can become used to them, so I try to mix it up a bit and use other products (such as the Estee Lauder gel). If any of you know of other fab night creams then I would love to know which they are.


General cream: ASDA Dry skin cream protect
I think this cream is about 70p, you can pop it in your handbag and use it through the day, I always wear tights and of course that can dry your legs out, so sometimes I have to go and pop a bit of this on and it is just so handy and cheap. I use it as a hand cream mostly, when I don’t have any hemp cream (which is from the Body Shop). I am waiting for that to go on offer actually, then I will stock up on it for winter. 

I decided to keep this post simple and just focus on body cream, face, night and hand cream. I do have some favourite eye creams and a cream I use before swimming, but I didn’t want to bore those of you who don’t have sensitive skin. I can always give you more information for anyone who is interested; you are welcome to email me.  
I hope you have all enjoyed my guest post for Jade and can take away some useful information from it.


Sunday, 18 September 2011

**Guest Post** Erin from To Blush or Not to Blush does Fall (Autumn) Trends

Day 5 and my one and only American guest blogger is here, shes only been blogging for just over a month and she's doing a fab job; blogging about everything from Sephora hauls to Orange people. Take a look at her blog over at To Blush or Not to Blush

Hello Lover,

Ah, my favorite season is upon us…autumn. It’s just the perfect season. It’s a season for snuggling, boots, and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING. I love my pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, etc. Is anyone else’s mouth watering right now? What the hell was I even talking about? …………… Oh yeah, autumn. 
Besides being the great season of the pumpkin, it also happens to be my favorite makeup season. Everything is darker, vampier, smokier. In my opinion it is the single sexiest makeup season of the year. And my opinion counts, because I’m writing this. So there ;).
Because autumn is upon us (yay!) and because I’ll use any excuse to play with my makeup, I wanted to showcase three fall trends for this year. These trends aren’t really anything new, as with fashion makeup trends are often recycled. But they are fun all the same and I am seriously crushing on what’s hot this coming season.
Mixing metals
Don’t stop with jewelry! Mixing metallics on the eyes is equally as fun. I used a pewter-y silver on the lid and up into the crease and a vibrant gold on the lower lash line and inner corner of the eyes. For some extra intensity, layer metallic liners underneath to really amp up the trend. I think it is perfect for a night out or a party. Speaking of, people always talk about makeup for parties. I must never get invited to parties. Have a party and invite me, kay? I’ll rock this look.

Vampy lips
Spring and summer is all about the pink and coral lips. In the fall, we get to take a walk on the wild side and get a little crazy. I don’t sport red lips often (probably because no one invites me to parties) but I love it all the same. Use a dark red liner and a blue based brownish red lipstick to achieve this look. I personally think a matte finish makes it edgier. A little trick to keep bold lips lasting longer is using a liner, applying lipstick, dabbing, dusting on a translucent powder, and applying more lipstick. This will keep your lips more kiss-proof and drink-proof :).

Bold brows
I bow down to the gods who decide what’s hot and what’s not for this one (anyone know who they are by the way? I have a few words to say to them about rompers). Embrace your freaking brows! Camilla Belle is a fabulous example of this. I don’t know why thin brows ever became a thing, but it is time to squash that now. Have big brows? Flaunt them. Have bitty brows? That’s why brow pencils and powders are for ladies. Bold brows give a strong, sharp appearance. They really do frame your face.

Well that’s all for now ladies, I’m off to find something pumpkin flavored to stuff my face with. It was great filling in for the lovely Jade. Enjoy your fall and embrace the fab fall trends we’ve got this season. And fill up on pumpkin flavored everything before winter kicks in and life sucks again. Tootle loo!
Erin <3

Saturday, 17 September 2011

**Guest Post** Andrea from Beauty by Andrea on her August Faves!

Today we have Andrea from Beauty By Andrea posting her favourite products from August, she focuses mainly on reviews and swatches of beauty products (hence the name of the blog!) and to say she has only been blogging since July she has some fab content, we all know how hard it is as a new blogger so pop over and support her!

Hey everybody! So first of all I really like to thank Jade for inviting me to do a guest post for her because I love reading her blog!  I decided that seeing as another month has come to a close that I would show you all my August Favourites!

These are products that I have been loving throughout the past month! I thought I would divide them into hair, make-up, and nail products to tell you a little more about them.

Favourite Hair Products:
[Andrea did provide a photo for this part but I could not for the life of me get it to upload properly, Sorry! -Jade]

Two hair products which I started using during the month of August are Bed Head Superstar Shampoo and V05 Miracle Concentrate. Superstar shampoo is a sulfate free, volumising shampoo.  Firstly, it smells gorgeous, like sweets! As well as that, it lathers up very well (some sulfate free shampoos don't) and my hair feels so soft after using it.  I wouldn't say it gives my hair massive volume but it does give it a little boost!  It is the best shampoo I have come across in a long time and I can't see myself straying too far from it any time soon! 

I also finally got my hands on the VO5 Miracle Concentrate after seeing good reviews of it on a few blogs and needless to say it didn't disappoint! I put a few drops of this into the ends of my hair when wet and it leaves my hair feeling very soft with far less frizz.  I also use a tiny bit in the ends of my hairs and through my layers to tame any frizz or fluffiness after styling too and it works a treat for this.  I will definitely be repurchasing this.

Favourite Make-Up Products

There are a lot of make-up products that I have been using throughout August but I just thought I would pick out 3 items which stood out for me this month.  First of all, the much talked about Sleek Storm Eyeshadow Palette.  I purchased this in July and I have found that I have been reaching for this ahead of my Urban Decay Naked palette.  It has all the colours I need to do my favourite everyday neutral eye, as well as a gorgeous pink/burgandy, green and blue shades for a bit of variety! The eyeshadows are really pigmented and stay in place all day once I use my Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath.  They are easy to blend and I have also tried using some of them wet with great results.  Best of all the Sleek palettes are so affordable.  I need more of them! 

The second make-up product I love at the moment is Benefit Hoola Bronzer.  There isn't much to say about this except that I use it every single day for contouring as it is the perfect matte brown colour, and I have not come across a nicer bronzer than it!

I have also loved my Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara this month.  It has a curved brush that seems to catch all of the lashes, giving length, volume and curl. It is also not crispy or flaky at all and is one of the best mascaras I have used,  The only downside to it is that the formula is quite wet at first but it is beginning to dry up slightly now and it is perfect!

Favourite Nail Polishes

My favourite Nail Polishes this month have been Barry M Berry Ice Cream and China Glaze Pink Voltage..  Barry M Nail Paints are such good quality and so affordable, and Berry Ice Cream is a lovely pale lilac shade.  It is a colour that would look good any time of the year!

China Glaze Pink Voltage is the most gorgeous bright neon pink with a blue pearl to it.  I have done a NOTD with this recently on my blog if you want to check it out in more detail but it is a beautiful and fun colour.  Best of all it dries fast and wears very well!

So that's it for my August favourites, hope you liked my post and thanks again to Jade!

Friday, 16 September 2011

**Guest Post** Amy from Paperbacks & Postcards does Smokey Eyes

Day 3 of my blog takeover, today we have the lovely Amy, known for her funky outfit posts, gorgeous makeup looks and her cool little profile picture. 

Hi guys! I’m Amy from Paperbacks & Postcards which is primarily a make-up blog but I also post about fashion and books/films too – basically all the things that a 22 year old girl likes! At the moment I’m really enjoying posting new eye looks that I’ve come up with when playing with my vast collection of eye shadows, and thought I’d show you my favourite eye shadow today and a few ways that you could use it.
The eyeshadow in question? MUA Shade 13. It’s one of the pearl finish shadows and is a lovely deep blackened purple/aubergine. It looks black most of the time but the purple shines through in some lights and looks really pretty! It blends really easily too which is always a bonus!
Yep, my favourite eyeshadow is one that cost me £1. Bargain. 

Look 1
First up I did a dark smoky eye which is my favourite type of make-up to wear on nights out.

What I did:
1. Pack Shade 13 all over lid up to the crease.
2. Take a Black shadow and place this in the crease & Outer V.
3. Blend this out with a fluffy brush so there are no harsh edges.
4. Take Shade 13 under the lower lashline and blend this out a little.
5. Add a tiny bit of a pale purple shade in the inner corner - to highlight this area.
6. Apply black eyeliner to the waterline and upper lashline.
7. Curl Lashes and apply black mascara.

Look 2
For the next look I decided to create something a bit more interesting, using a gold shadow all over the lid and the purple in the crease. I really like this look as it’s still smoky but bright at the same time.

What I Did:
  1. I packed Woodwinked by MAC all over the lid, but any old goldy type shade would be perfect!
  2. I added Shade 13 in the outer v and blended this into the gold.
  3. I took the purple into the crease a little and blended this out too. Make sure that you don’t go too far in towards the inner eye.
  4. I repeated this until the purple was intense enough for me.
  5. I then placed some of the purple along the lower lashes, again not going the whole way along the eye.
  6. I blended the edges of the purple colour to give a smoky effect.
  7. I used a bright gold pigment on the inner corner of my eye to highlight.
  8. Finally I added black eyeliner to the waterline and some black mascara.
So, there we have it. Two eyeshadow looks using my favourite eyeshadow – MUA Shade 13. I hope you liked them and if you’d like to see more eyeshadow looks do check out my blog – Paperbacks & Postcards.
Thanks to Jade for letting me take over her blog for a bit!


Thursday, 15 September 2011

**Guest Post** - Daniella from Madame Gourmand does MUA Lipstick

Day 2 of my guest blogging series and here we have Daniella, if you like a blog with a bit of everything on it then Madame Gourmand is definately one for you to follow! She posts about anything from food to complementary therapy - some really interesting stuff!

Hello, My name is Daniella and I write the lifestyle blog Madame Gourmand, I was thrilled when Jade said I could write a guest post for her readers, I will be writing about lipstick today and I hope you enjoy reading it!
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t heard of the brand MUA, if you’re a beauty blogger you will know that the brand is very active on both twitter and facebook and are quick to interact with customers.
MUA certainly found a niche in the market when they launched their range of affordable products including the professional range.  I’m a bit of a makeup snob and prefer higher end products like Chanel, Dior and YSL, having said that I do like a bargain and whilst browsing the stands at Superdrug picked up this MUA lipstick in shade 2.

I‘d prefer the colours to be named rather than numbered but that’s just personal preference and has nothing at all to do with the actual product.
The packaging is very simple, a black tube with silver detail, surprisingly it doesn’t actually look cheap and you certainly wouldn’t be embarrassed getting this out of your makeup bag to apply in public.  If you have ever purchased one of the MUA lipsticks you will know that the compartment at the bottom of the tube which looks like the colour indicator houses a small sample of the lipstick which you can apply with your finger.

The colour is a cross between a plum and a pink, I guess this will look different on each skin tone, at the time of application I was wearing tinted moisturiser only and looked quite pale.  In my opinion the plum tones seem to be more prominent on my skin however when I wear false tan the colour looks slightly pinker.
The pigmentation is good however the staying power is not great and I found the product was quite drying. 

For £1 I guess you get what you pay for, I would personally prefer to pay more for a pigmented, moisturising and longer lasting product.  If you’re on a tight budget this would be perfect for you.
The MUA lipsticks are available from Superdrug for £1 at the time of writing, 10 shades were available online.
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