Wednesday, 29 February 2012

... beauty: EOTD - Everyday bronze featuring Laura Geller Baked eyeshadow review

I will be honest, today's look is tres similar to yesterday, but warmer and slightly deeper in tone.
I have also applied the MUFE Aqua Cream liner a little bit heavier on my waterline so that you can see how it looks :)

In (bad) daylight:

Under artificial light:

- Too Faced Shadow Insurance on lids
- Laura Geller Baked Eyeshadow "Tiramisu" applied wet on my lid
- MAC Satin Taupe through socket
- MUFE Aqua Cream liner on upper and waterline
- Laura Geller Wonder wand as brow highlight

These eyeshadows are so much better when wet! They are decent enough when applied dry but, if you really want to make the most of them, wet your brush and prepare for sparkliness :)

Would I recommend?
This one, yes. I have a couple that are a little chalky, but Tiramisu as a lovely, shimmery golden bronze with great colour payoff.

Thanks for reading :)

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

... beauty: EOTD - Pop of Purple, featuring MUFE Aqua Cream Liner review

Today, I decided to add a little kick to my fall back eye look, purple eyeliner!
I haven't used this one very much because it is quite a dry formula which can make it a bit harder to achieve a smooth line than if I was using a creamier formula.
I love applying a soft black line of eyeshadow, with an angled brush, on days when I want good definition but not a full on cat eye. For some reason though, lately, eyeshadow liner will not stay put on my lids. WIthin a couple of hours the fallout is ridiculous and, frankly, embarrassing.

Step forward the newly useful Aqua Cream Liner!

On a whim, I decided to try it out again yesterday and it works brilliantly with an angled brush because the texture is firm enough that the brush doesn't sink in too far as it has a tendency to do with the creamier liners. This means that I don't end up with a bloody great clump on the brush and that I can achieve a subtle, smooth line just as easily as I previously could with eyeshadow - dab in the pot, dab on the lid!
But wait! The genius of this product doesn't stop there! With that same angled brush I can dab in the pot and dab along my waterline, creating a line that lasts pretty much all day - amazing!

Here it is in action:

- Mally Lid Primer
- MAC Innuendo eyeshadow blended through socket
- MAC Relaxing blended over lid
- MUFE Aqua Cream Liner No5 on top lash line and waterline
- Laura Geller Wonder Wand as a brow highlight

Not sure if these pics do the product justice but the purple gives a lovely soft definition to the eyes. I haven't applied it very heavily on my waterline today but yesterday, as part of the experiment, I applied it quite thickly and joined it up with the top liner to make a more dramatic look and it worked just as well.

Would I buy this product again?
Hell yeah! If I can find more colours in the UK my make up bag will welcome them with open zips ;)

I hope that was useful :)

Saturday, 25 February 2012

... fitness: Amy Childs Fit in 30 Days - Zero to Hero in 30 Days

I just found this on Amazon. That's right, sometimes I actually spend time looking at new workout releases....
Anyway, I don't watch TOWIE but I know a lot of people love it and would definitely want to know about this DVD.
I have to admit that I am very tempted myself. I love interval training and the workout description sounds challenging and fairly exciting. Will it tempt me away from Jillian and The Firm? We shall see.......

Friday, 24 February 2012

... beauty: Party ready!! Teal and gold EOTD

First of all, my apologies for being a bit of a sh*t blogger lately. Time and picture lighting have not been my friends.
However, I promise that I will pull my bloggy socks up so you can expect more regular posts in the future, including more EOTDs and a bumper, two months worth, Project Blade update!

I would also like to say a big thank you to my new followers - you are most welcome here :D

But now, regardez........

It's the same style of application as the Valentines look but I wanted to see how the technique could be used with different (brighter!) colours.

Mally lid primer on lids.
MUA eye pencil "Forest Green" along upper and lower lashes and into outer socket.
Max Volume (teal shimmer) from the Bare Escentuals Ready palette "The Playlist" blended over the green pencil
Remix (gold) from the same palette on the inner part of the lid and socket
MUG Shimma Shimma as a brow highlighter

Simple, wearable and a little bit festive!
I hope you like it :)

Friday, 10 February 2012

... beauty: EOTD - Black and Gold smokey eye for Valentines Day!

Seeing as everybody and their uncle is doing a Valentines Day look I decided to jump on the bandwagon with this:

1. Apply lid primer, I used Mally Beauty

2. Smudge some black kohl along upper and lower lashline, I used MAC Smoulder

3. To blend further (and set if your lids are oily like mine) I applied a dusting of black shadow (I used MUG Corrupt) with a fluffy brush along the lashlines and slightly into my socket.

4. For warmth I applied a warm brown (MUG Cocoa Bear) very lightly through my socket

5. For added definition I put a layer of black cream liner  ( Clinique True Black) along my top lashline and added extra kohl pencil to my waterline

6. For the gold, I used Napoleon Perdis glitter pigment No.37 on the inner part of my lid, blended out in an upside down triangle shape.

7. Brow highlight, Laura Geller Wonder Wand

8. Lots of mascara! I love Maybelline Falsies.

I paired it with a peachy blush (Laura Geller Tartufo - I love this blusher!!!) and a warm nude lip.

Hope you like it :)

Monday, 6 February 2012

... fitness: Brand New - Jillian Michaels Body Revolution!!

So maybe this is not the ideal post for a cold and possibly snow covered Monday morning but this amazing looking program was just brought to my attention and, frankly, I had to share!

I adore Jillian's workouts. They are tough as hell and they get the job done. That is exactly what I want in a workout DVD and this new batch looks to provide more of the same.
It includes 15 DVDs to be done over a period of 90 days, along with a couple of the usual bonus gifts that you tend to get with infomercial fitness products. Although the resistance cable pictured on the website does look decent quality, 'cuz you can tell from a publicity picture!!

Are you interested????
I am.
Check it out HERE!