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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Update on Urban Decay 'The Black Palette' - How to get true colour payoff

If you haven't read my previous post about this palette, then please read that first and then read this one. :-)

As you will know from my previous post about this palette, I was a little disappointed with the colours when applied to the eyelid over the original Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) and I said that I would have a play with the colours to see if I could get them to work better.

I wanted to try them over UDPP Eden, which came with the palette to see if it would make any difference and also over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, as it is a wonder product that really helps to make eyeshadows look like they do in the pan, especially where shimmer is involved.

Here are the results:
The main block of the six colours were applied over the original UDPP and Pixie Epoxy.
As you can see, the individual colours are very apparent and don't just look like various shades of matte charcoal like they did when I first tried them over the original UDPP alone. Also the shimmer now shows up on all five shimmery colours (The only matte shade is Black Dog, which has a beautiful velvet look).
As a comparison I applied Barracuda over the original UDPP and Cobra over UDPP Eden. As it is yellow-based, I figured that this would be the best colour to try it with, but as you can see, it doesn't do much for the colour.

Conclusion: This is a beautiful and interesting palette, especially if you like smoky eyes and dark colours in general, but if you want to get the most out of the colours, then I recommend using Pixie Epoxy underneath them ...and if you haven't already got Pixie Epoxy, you need it! I think the above has proved that.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Urban Decay 'The Black Palette' - My Initial Thoughts

So last week, I went to Debenhams during my lunch break, solely to buy the Naked Palette and instead of just picking it up and going to pay, I made the mistake of taking a minute to look at the rest of the display... Of course, I saw The Black Palette and instantly knew I had to have it! It appealed to me in so many ways: Firstly, the overall style of the packaging, the font used etc, the fact that it comes with a mini-size Primer Potion in Eden and a midi-size 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (my favourite pencil eyeliner), the shimmeriness of the eyeshadows themselves and the way that they appeared to be colourful, yet dark at the same time. I was so excited about all the smoky eye possibilities... 
I used it for the first time at the weekend and tried three of the colours (over the original Primer Potion), but all it looked like was a basic black smoky eye. I couldn't see any difference in the colours side by side on the lid, the individual shades didn't show up as anything other than black and the overall look wasn't very shimmery either. However, the shadows were easy to blend, didn't fade and I achieved a sexy, smouldering, smoky eye with no fuss.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Tutorial: Late Summer Plums

I wore this look to work recently and liked it so much that I filmed a tutorial, so that you can do it too!
 Keep in mind that you don't have to use the exact products that I use - 
any pinky-purple-plum colours will do the job!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Glamour Doll Eyes Twi-shadow Collection

Twi-shadow Collection - sample size jar set:
  • Mind Reader (Edward) - matte almost-black blue with gold and silver sparkle
  • Just Bitten (Bella) - shimmery burgundy with gold sparkle
  • Premonition (Alice) - dark greyish lavender with shimmer
  • Black Ice (Rosalie) - matte black with silver sparkle
  • The Perfect Cure (Carlisle) - medium brown with low sheen and a tiny bit of gold and green sparkle
  • Family Secret* (Cullens) - bright pearl white
  • Mood Swing (Jasper) - greyish blue with shimmer
  • Big Brother (Emmett) - greyish green with shimmer
  • Dear Mom (Esme) - a soft pink with a bit of purple sparkle
  • Skin of a Killer (Cullens) - pale pearly white with gold sparkle

Twi-shadows are available individually or as a set in both sample or full size jars from:

Sample baggies: 
  • Incognito - grey with gold and silver sparkle
  • Stellar - deep bluish purple with shimmer

Monday, 2 August 2010

Shopping with Sirvinya: The Haul!

Sleek's brand new Limited Edition iDivine Palette 'Circus'
Swatches from the palette (with flash)
Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Sun Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder '03 Pure Shimmer' (with flash)
(without flash)
A swatch (without flash)

 Watch the haul video to see everything I bought!

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Shopping with Sirvinya!

I met up with fellow blogger/youtuber Becky AKA Sirvinya for the first time today. If you watch a lot of makeup videos on YouTube then there's a very good chance that you will have seen her videos and also her blog Becky was one of the first makeup gurus that I came across when I first started watching makeup videos on YouTube, long before I started my own channel and still remains one of my favourite.
As you can imagine, it felt a bit a surreal at first, but that soon passed and we had a very enjoyable afternoon makeup shopping. Stay tuned for the haul video...

Friday, 30 July 2010

Glam Greens 'n' Chic Cheeks

Here are some photos that I took to go with my latest tutorial video, so that you can see the colours a bit better...

Full face and a side shot to show off the cheeks:
The eyes:
With and without flash:
Watch the video:

Monday, 26 July 2010

Clinique Update: 1 Week On.

Half-way through the two-week trial! Here's an update on how I'm getting on with the products and some info on the 3thingsbefore30 website.
Note: I have added a few annotations, as the 3thingsbefore30 website has changed since I filmed this and I am now a fully-fledged Clinique Ambassador :-), so they are there to explain things.
If you want to sign up to and use my code, then it is: FR16320730. I won't get anything for it, but it will tell them how you heard about the website.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

I've been chosen to be a Clinique Ambassador!

A little while ago, I was contacted by Clinique asking if I would like to be an Ambassador for them, which involves trying out and reviewing their products. Well, I jumped at the chance! After completing an application and a questionnaire to determine my skin type (Type 2 Dry/Combination), I received an email to tell me that I had been chosen and a package arrived containing their famous 3-Step Skincare System, along with instructions...

My task is use the products twice a day for two weeks, keep a video diary on my progress and write a review.

So I used the 3-Step Skincare System for the first time this morning and filmed a video of the experience:
Watch it here:

It's late in the evening now and I've got work in the morning, so I'm going to get ready for bed, which means using the products again. I don't normally use a moisturiser before bed - there's a lot of debate about whether it's a good idea or not, however the main argument against using a moisturiser at night is that the skin repairs itself during the night and the skin should be given a chance to breathe. However, in order to do this trial properly I'm going to have to use the moisturiser at night, as well as in the daytime.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? The website will be going live to the public soon and I can invite people, so if you would like an invite, send your name and email address to me at:

Friday, 9 July 2010

Face Of The Day: 9th July 2010

I'm loving my new eyeshadows and the Pixie Epoxy from Fyrinnae so much! Here's the look I created today. Who says blue and green should never be seen?! The photos really don't do the colours justice, but I tried my best...

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Face Of The Day: 8th July 2010

So I received my new Fyrinnae eyeshadows yesterday and really wanted to have a play with them today, however I had a bit of a dilemma... I knew that I would be going to my weekly Zumba class this evening and as that means getting very sweaty, I normally keep makeup to an absolute minimum. I couldn't resist though and so I went for this look. It's quite subtle I think and best of all, it was still in place after the class. Result!

Items used:
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation '100 Ivory'
  • ELF Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter 'Glow/Light'
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural 'Light Medium'
  • 17 Blusher 'Bramble Frost'
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Fyrinnae 'Stormbringer' (on lid and lower lashline)
  • Fyrinnae 'Monarch Butterfly' (in crease and outer v)
  • The Body Shop - 'Vanilla Cream' - I think! It's so old, that the print is unreadable. (on brow bone)
  • 17 Eye Liner 'Azure' (on lower lashline)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil 'Zero' (on lower waterline)
  • Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara 'Black'
  • Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick 'Good-to-go'

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

I got mail! My first Fyrinnae order.

The postman has been and I'm very excited to share some quick pics with you. This is my first order from Fyrinnae and without even trying them out yet, I can see that I am going to love the eyeshadows. The colours are so vibrant and multidimensional. They look a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I also purchased a tube of Pixie Epoxy, as I've seen it on other blogs and on YouTube and when you see what it can do, I know you'll want to get it too...

So these are what all the colours look like in natural daylight without flash, as laid out in the photo above:
...and with flash:

Here are some closer photos, showing the colours in more detail, first without flash and then with flash:

Top Left:  
  • Velvet Vampire (Arcane Magic collection)
Top Right:
  • Stormbringer (Arcane Magic collection)
Bottom Left:
  • Parental Advisory
Bottom Right:
  • Monarch Butterfly

Top Left:
  • Faerie Glamour (Arcane Magic collection)
Top Right:
  • Futuristic Glamrock (Arcane Magic collection)
Bottom Left:
  • Warrior Mage (Arcane Magic collection)
Bottom Right:
  • Mephisto [Free sample]

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

I can do blogging, me!

Well, I've finally created a blog. It seems only right that I should have a blog to go with my YouTube channel, so here it is!
Now I will be able to keep you up to date on things, especially when it's not always possible to make a video when I want to and I'll also be able to show clearer swatches of colours, as sometimes these don't show up accurately on film. I expect that I'll also talk about other random things in my life too, so you'll probably get to know me a little bit better. Is that a good thing? You tell me...