Tuesday, 31 August 2010
I've been busily reviewing these but first some important swatches! Click on the image for a larger version.
And on my skin tone this is how they appear, again in natural light and no flash.
I found these pencils incredibly soft and very blendable, even when at room temperature. Perfect for smudgy and smoky looks. I wouldn't use these as an every day liner as they are a bit too smudgy, actually may be I would, they are just so attractive.
If you lock them down with a light layer of eye shadow then they don't budge. My favourites have to be Twinkle Teal and Plum Passion. I didn't expect Iconic Ivory to show up at all on my skin but it is pigmented, it will make an awesome base for vibrant eye shadows that don't normally show up on my skin.
If you'd like to see me using three of these pencils with the e.l.f eye transformer palette, see the video below!
These pencils were sent for review purposes and I am affiliated with elfcosmeticsUK.
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Swatches and my review will follow but here is a little look at the shades and a look of the day! Click in the images for larger versions.
Friday, 27 August 2010
Click on the images for a larger version. The photos were taken in natural day light and without a flash.
Mango madness is a bold bright coral with no shimmer. It is the colour of carrot and orange juice which I favour highly! Again I found this colour easy to apply, a high glossy shine and bold colour.
As with all non-toluene nail polishes they need to be shaken very well before use as they tend to separate. After a good shake they are fine to use.
Disclaimer: these were provided for review.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Thursday, 19 August 2010
My brother felt that both products used as he used them, his regime was once daily for the moisturiser and every other day for the scrub, both products would last about 6 weeks for relatively small tubes. He would definitely repurchase (and has asked if I have any more from the line!), the product offers value for money (at £10 each), he would buy more from the range and would recommend it to others. All high praise indeed, it's so nice when a product I recommend turns out to be something special!
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Getting the right finish using a mineral used to elude me until I started to use Boosters and Veils. I scoffed at these at first, thinking it was all just gumpf and nonsense. I preferred to use a normal pressed powder or silica powder.
I then received the new tinted mineral booster from e.l.f. One of the many parts of my work is to get all new items to familiarise myself with :)
I dutifully used it over a mineral foundation, grabbed my stuff and left the house. I was very impressed with the results. My skin did look smoother and there were no "blooms" or cling-ons - you know when you get product clinging on to dry bits you didn't even know you had... So I advise people who have issues with cling and dry bits to try a booster, there are three shades - shimmer (which is more of a pearl), tinted (suitable for more tanned, olive, asian and african-carribbean skin tones) and sheer which is suitable for caucasian skin tones. I use the shimmer as a highlight for day wear as it is very subtle and tinted around the nose and forehead where I need the smoothing as I have some open pores. For £3.50, I will buy these for friends and family with dry skin to use over foundation or alone to even out skin tone.
Monday, 9 August 2010
I swallowed my fear and vowed to practice until I felt comfortable about blending concealers over colour corrective ones. It's tricky stuff and not something we were really taught at college, we were taught the theory but it wasn't until I left and tried it that I realised that it's actually really difficult to nail and I wish we had practised it more. So which dark circle has been colour corrected, right or left?
Friday, 6 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
I recently swapped a few goodies with a new friend in Malaysia. I had no idea about the brands and products available so she kindly sent me a personal selection of lovely items. All of which are wonderful, but I thought I'd show you the two I got quite excited to try!
There are probably lots of dual ended lip products on the market but this one by SimplySiti is pretty good if you're on the go and just want to grab a reliable product! The lipstick is soft and pigmented and smells fresh (3.5g). The lip gloss is shiny and not too thick or sticky (5ml). In terms of size, the tube is about the length of a full size lip gloss and a bit thicker. I would say that the product sizes were roughly two thirds full sized products, still pretty generous though. The colour is called Cocoa Delight and is a perfect day combo. I would wear a light layer of the lipstick and gloss for day time and then amplify the lipstick with a few more layers and lots more gloss. It is a perfect handbag staple as is feels sturdy and easy to find! It is light feeling and moisturising, the colour is fairly neutral to my lips so it's a nice easy colour to wear every day.
The next exciting item is a Canmake eye brow liquid. This is essentially a liquid felt tipped pen. I was sceptical at first as applying it seemed to be too easy! But it works really well if your eye brows are really having a bad and desperately in need of threading day. There is no need to set with a powder as it dries very quickly. I use it as if I were drawing in individual hairs rather than like a pencil where you normally just draw an eyebrow shape. I don't think I'll be reaching for it every day but certainly something I'd use in between threadings!
Monday, 2 August 2010
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