Monday, 11 November 2013

Mani Monday: Essie Angora Cardi and BeautyUK Posh Polish in Topaz


Essie Angora Cardi and BeautyUK Posh Polish in Topaz - Natural Light


Essie Angora Cardi and BeautyUK Posh Polish in Topaz - Flash


With the festive season just over six weeks away I fancied a more "festive" mani so plumped for Essie Angora Cardi with a Posh Polish in Topaz from BeautyUK.

Essie's description is "deep dusty rose polish and you’ll never want to take it off, it’s one stylish sweater for every fashion season". I totally have to agree. The colour is the perfect blend of rose and dusky-ness and lots super squishy and soft on the nail.

The formula is really good, the swatches are two coats. I purchased mine ages ago so it doesn't have the benefits of the fatter brush from the diffusion line but I didn't have any problems with application. I really love this colour, it's one of my favourites.

BeautyUK have an extended line of "Posh Polish" of which Topaz formed part of the Gemstone collection. BeautyUK's description is "Inspired by precious gemstones, these metallized pastels combine subtle hues with a light shimmer and superb coverage to bring a touch of class to any look.". I love this metallic taupe, I really have nothing else similar in my collection.

The formula of Topaz is also really good, the swatches are two coats. I purchased it from Superdrug when the collection originally launched and I haven't checked my local store to see if they still stock them. It is still available through the Superdrug website here and direct from BeautyUK here though. I'm really pleased with this polish and at £3.49 I could easily stock up on their other glitters!

Have you tried any of BeautyUK's Posh Polishes? Who makes your favourite glitters?


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Makeup: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows


Today I uploaded a video to my Youtube channel to give you an insight into my makeup collection, namely my Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows. Here are some closer shots of the shades I have and a few more details about each one :)

Each either 2.5g or 2.8g of product, I'm assuming it defers depending on the density of the pigment much like MAC pigments. They retail for £17 each, however, I purchased the majority of mine at my local Cosmetic Company Outlet (CCO) or during one of Debenhams frequent 10% off sales so have yet to pay full price :)

I have three types of finish, Shimmer Wash, Metallic and "Eys Shadow"!

The Shimmer Wash finish is described as "sheer, lightly pearlised shadow, which can also be used as a highlighter shade under the browbone".

The Metallic finish is described as "high-shimmer, high-pigment formula applies smoothly and evenly and stays crease free for long-lasting wear".

The "Eye Shadow" finish is described as "silky, matte formula glides on smoothly and blends easily".

The vast majority of shades I have are Shimmer Washes, although I really enjoy my solitary matte shadow. Let's move on to the shades and swatches.

Champagne - Shimmer Wash

Champagne is part of the permanent line and is a light golden peach. A perfect shade for all over the lid in the same vein as MAC All That Glitters. The texture is smooth and easy to blend

Cognac - Metallic (got it wrong in my video lol!)

Cognac does not appear to be available as part of the permanent line on Bobbi Brown's website but it is still showing on Debenhams. It is a metallic rich chocolate brown with red undertones. It’s very pigmented and whilst it has a metallic finish, I do not find it to be too shimmery. It would look amazing on green eyes!

Copper Cocoa - Shimmer Wash

Copper Cocoa, as far as I can tell, is not part of the permanent line. It is a light chocolate-y brown with a shimmer finish and is a light golden peach. The texture is smooth, extremely soft and it is easy to blend

Copper Sand - Shimmer Wash

Copper Sand is also not part of the permanent line. It's a deep golden peach and makes a beautiful lid colour when paired with Copper Cocoa, provided you don't mind the shimmers. The texture is a little harder than the others but it's still pigmented and easy to blend

Fawn- Shimmer Wash

Fawn is sadly a discontinued colour. It is a metallic beige brown with a lot of grey and gold undertones, it's quite hard to describe! I love me a good taupe and this one certainly fits the bill. It works wonderfully by itself with a bit of liner for a rock chick kind of look. The texture is smooth, extremely soft and it is easy to blend

Swatched from left to right:
Champagne, Cognac, Copper Cocoa, Copper Sand, Fawn


Heather Mauve- Shimmer Wash

Heather Mauve is part of the permanent line and is a silver grey brown. It certainly doesn't have any traces of heather or mauve in it! Like Fawn it makes for a great one shadow eye look. The texture is a little hard but it is still easy to blend

Snow- Shimmer Wash

Snow is part of the permanent line and is a pure shimmery white. It's wonderfully pigmented and the shimmer reflects the light beautifully to give a lot of lightness to wherever it is applied. It is buttery soft, silky smooth and easy to blend

Stone- Shimmer Wash

Stone is part of the permanent line and is a beaige-y silver-y brown. Another metallic taupe but more with silver and a deeper almost red toned brown. Again, this one is buttery soft, silky smooth and easy to blend

Taupe - "Eye Shadow"

Taupe is part of the permanent line and is just that, a warm taupe. In the same vein as the likes of MAC Wedge and Urban Decay Naked, this shadow works wonders by itself but it also works well as a "best friend" colour to blend out crease colours. Whilst it has a drier texture compared to it's shimmery cousins, it's still soft and blends easily

Navajo - Metallic

Navajo, as far as I can tell, has been discontinued. It is almost a metallic buttercream colour, a white with a hint of golden yellow. Like Champagne it makes for a lovely lid shade. Again, the texture is smooth and easy to blend

Swatched from left to right:
Heather Mauve, Snow, Stone, Taupe, Navajo


The great thing about Bobbi Brown eyeshadows is they pop out of their plastic casings so you can pop them into a palette. I don't have a palette, nor am I sure I will purchase one, but it's always nice to have the option rather than going through the physical depotting process yourself.

I really enjoy all the shades I've tried so far, have you got any recommendations for others I should look at?


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Makeup: MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow


Today I uploaded a video to my Youtube channel to chat about my latest obsession, MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadows. Here are some closer shots of the shades I have and a few more details :)

Each contain 3.4g of product, compared to the standard 1.5g in regular MAC eyeshadows. They retail for £17 each, however, I purchased the majority of mine at my local Cosmetic Company Outlet (CCO) or during one of Debenhams frequent 10% off sales so have yet to pay full price :)

MAC describes these as:

A unique longwearing Eye Shadow with a silky, creamy texture formulated for maximum colour impact. Easily blendable and buildable; lids are visibly smooth no matter how intense the application. Lasts 8 hours.

I certainly find the ones I have to have a creamy, soft texture. In my opinion, Sweet Satisfaction has the best texture of the bunch. Whilst these aren't the most pigmented eyeshadows on the market, I find them easy to blend and build up colour intensity. I think wear time is dependent on your own lids and if you choose to wear a primer or not, I have not experienced any issues with creasing though.

Hot Paprika

Hot Paprika is described as a mid-tone burnt red, I find it to be slightly orangey in tone with a pinky shimmery flash despite it's satin finish. I love to pair this with red browns and cranberry-type colours.

Keep Your Cool

Keep Your Cool is described as a dark grey brown. As I mentioned in my video, I find it difficult to find greys that don't turn blue on my skin. Fortunately for me, this shadow has enough brown in it to prevent that but not enough for it to be classed as a type. I like to pair this with taupey silvers or wear it by itself smudged out along the lashline for a rock chick look.

Lie Low

Lie Low is described as a dark frosted golden brown. To me it has almost a metallic finish, you can really see the golden undertones flash in the light. This shade pairs beautifully with golds and peaches but also looks lovely as a "one shadow" look.

Mauveless

Mauveless is described as a dark dirty mauve. This shade is the most unique to my collection, I have nothing else like it. It's really hard to describe as it's kind of a pinky red purpley grey. I love to use this shade to blend out crease colours to add a pop of interest. I do have to be a little bit careful with it though as the matte texture and red undertones can make my eyes look a little tired and bruised.

One To Watch

One To Watch is described as a light warm brown. I love the orange undertones in this shade because it really makes my blue eyes "pop". It pairs wonderfully with bronzes, golds and other warm shades, as well as deeper plums for a super autumnal look.

Sweet Satisfaction

Sweet Satisfaction is described as a soft neutral biege. I love this shade because it's quite similar to my beloved, but discontinued, Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Ruthless. This shade has more gold in it but I find it to be a great substitute. As it's quite neutral it pairs beautifully with a whole spectrum of other shades but it also looks beautiful with some black winged liner and a bright lip.

Below are all the shades swatched together so you can compare them :)

Swatched left to right:
Hot Paprika, Keep Your Cool, Lie Low, Mauveless, One To Watch, Sweet Satisfaction


There is a whole array of shades in this line, although I am admittedly drawn to the more neutral colours. I do keep my eyes peeled every time I pop to the CCO to see if another one of my wishlist shades has appeared, after all, who doesn't like to get a wishlist item at a bargain price?

I'd definitely like to have a look at the other Pro Longwear lines, have you guys tried anything? If you have do you have any recommendations?


Monday, 4 November 2013

Mani Monday: Essie Midnight Cami


Essie Midnight Cami - Natural Light


Essie Midnight Cami - Flash


I fancied a darker mani as we've moved into the colder months so I choose Essie Midnight Cami.

Essie's description is "shimmering, deep twilight blue lacquer moves in shadows, glistening in the night, couture-ready dark blue has the depth of the best black nail lacquer, with more heat". I totally have to agree. I love black manis but this deep shimmery blue adds a bit more depth.

The colour is gorgeous and the formula is really good, the swatches are two coats. I purchased mine ages ago so it doesn't have the benefits of the fatter brush from the diffusion line but I didn't have any problems with application. I love this colour, it just looks really sophisticated to me.

What's your current mani colour?


Friday, 1 November 2013

Music: Matt Cardle at the Live Music Launch at Kensington Roof Gardens




On Friday 18th October I was fortunate enough to go to the Live Music Launch at Kensington Roof Gardens.

The venue was lovely although we did feel a little out of place and somewhat poor considering it was £12 for two beers!

Our main reason for going was to support Ant's pal Matt Cardle. He did a stonkingly good acoustic set doing singles from all three of his albums as well as some of his favourite covers. It was also a lovely opportunity for Ant and him to catch up :)
I just wanted to share a few photos of the night, hope you enjoy them :)








 

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