Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Monday, 29 December 2008
For those of you that don't know, this all-natural herbal scented cream is applied to the face and then polished off using a muslin cloth soaked in warm water. This gently exfoliates the skin and removes all traces of makeup leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean. I loved this product so much I went on to purchase Liz's entire range of products, but that's a story for another post!
Sunday, 28 December 2008
I had never come across this brand before but the colours were so appealing and prices so reasonable (£2.95 each!) that I had to give them a go. Somehow I managed to limit myself to just four; after testing them out I regret not picking up more.
After wanting this product for months and months I finally got myself down to the MAC Pro store in London and picked this up. I love a nude lip and hate the way my natural lip colour sometimes shows through glosses and lipsticks so this seemed like the perfect solution as I have never really liked applying concealer or foundation to my lips.
Lip Erase comes in two shades; Pale and Dim. The Makeup artist advised me to go for Dim as Pale would be too light for me.
I'm not usually a January sales goer but decided to hit the shops anyway and on my way into Debenhams out the corner of my eye I glimsed the blue rinse perm and bejewelled spectacles enticing me.
I know I'm weak and am conned by gimmicky packaging but I couldn't resist the lure of the lilac compacts.
The eyeshadow colours in the trio compacts are lovely apart from one which I'm a little dubious of and don't think I'll use (the turquoise one). Both highlighters are really pretty but I don't think they will stay looking lovely for long.
I'll test them out tomorrow and post some swatches and looks. What does everyone think about this collection?
Saturday, 27 December 2008
I was really looking forward to Mac's latest luxury line, Monogram, the packaging is of course gorgeous and usually I'm sucked into packaging ploys but this time I managed to restrain myself.
I'm glad I did, after watching mixed reviews on YouTube I decided not to splash the cash but wait until my sucker friend did.
The colours are gorgeous and the packaging is to die for but in my opinion not worth the expense. The eyeshadow/highlighters are around £22 and lipglosses around £17, if you collect Mac then these are for you but if you're looking for useful makeup this collections not great.
The eyeshadows don't have much pigmentation and are difficult to work with. The texture is dry and lumpy, the glitter doesn't last long on the lids and ends up on your cheeks within ten minutes. All this said the colours are gorgeous and the compacts are some serious eye candy great for showing off in the Ladies'!
Although not impressed with the eyeshadows or mystery powders the lipglasses live up to expectations.
Lipglass in Distinguished
After much hard work scraping away at the eyeshadow here's the finished look. To complete the look we also used Clinique cream shaper eyeliner in Deep Cobalt and Mac Mineralized blusher in Love Joy.
Has anyone else indulged in Monogram? What do you think, worth the cash?
Snow bunnies will love the icy pinks and frosty greys, on screen the collection doesn't look like much but in reality the colours are simple, wearable and just plain pretty.
I bought my favourites as a christmas gift for a friend, unfortunately she won't be hitting the slopes this year but I thought this might compensate for the lack of snow.
Here are all the products used for the look, not all are from the Chill collection as I also bought her the lipstick in Snob and the 249 eye brush but they were used for this.
This resulted in a YouTube investigation and I discovered that there was a technical term for this process, known to makeup junkies as DEPOTTING. After watching many dubious and somewhat dangerous attempts I've taken bits and created my own foolproof method.
Here's my failsafe step by step guide to the art of depotting.
Essential equipment needed:
3. Place the pan onto the heated plates making sure you protect the straighteners with a piece of greaseproof paper. Leave it for about 30 seconds or so.
4. Using the safety pin, push out the metal pan. The black plastic should be soft enough to pierce easily. The pan should just fall out; be careful it will be very hot.
5. Whilst the glue is still sticky quickly place the square of magnet onto the back of the pan.
6. To remove the label place the pot onto the straighteners. After another 30 seconds the label should just slide off and can be stuck directly over the magnet.
Et Voila! The depotting is done and the shadow is ready to be transferred straight to palette.
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