28 Dec 2013

My Favourite Neutral Palettes

As much as I try to step outside of my comfort zone and try wearing some colourful eyeshadows I just feel a little 80′s. I don’t posses the skills needed to make fun eyeshadows work, they end up looking like a mess. So I always retreat back to my beloved neutral shadows where I am comfortable. I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite Neutral Palettes.

Neutral Palettes

So first up is the Vivo Colour Block Unprotected Palette – This has 12 shades and has a good mix of matte & more shimmery shades. You will need to wear a primer with these shadows for them to last throughout the day. I have worn every shade in this palette but I especially like the 2nd row, that has seen alot of love. This Vivo palette is a bargain and you can pick it up for £3.99 in their online store

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette $4.99 – This is one amazing palette. The shadows are very pigmented and soft, they are easy to apply and blend. There are no matte shades in this palette but it does have pretty metallic and shimmery colours. You get eight shades in this palette and once again every shade is wearable. I haven’t used the light green as much as the other shades but I have worn them all at some point. The left hand side shades get the most wear & in particular the 2nd shade from the top I wear all over the lid on days I want to wear as little makeup as possible. It’s like a rose gold shade and is very pretty. This is an American Brand, but often you can find it on Amazon or eBay.

Naked 1 Palette – Since my collection has grown this old faithful doesn’t get as much love as it used to. Its such a trusty palette and you can achieve so many looks with it. You get 12 shades and I love all of them apart from Creep, which I never seem to wear. I love Smog & Toasted the most out of the twelve shades. You get two good matte shades a few metallics and some shimmer so a little something for everyone. Now I’ve blogged about it I’m going to use it a little more and fall back in love with it.

5 Neutral Palettes

BarryM Natural Glow Shadow & Blush Palette £6.49 – This is the newest addition to my palette collection and although it says it has a blush in, the blush is not good at all and I never use it. It is chalky and has very little colour pay off. The shadows on the other hand are nice. You get six eyeshadows and there are two good matte shades. There is a little fallout but nothing you can’t work around. I just wish the blush wasn’t in this palette.

Last up is the MUA Undress Me Too Palette £4 – This has 12 shades in and has been compared to the Naked 2 Palette, I don’t own that palette so can’t say if it holds up as a dupe but I love this palette. The packaging might feel a little cheap and plastic but it is thin and easy to travel with. I have never used the black shade but it is SO pigmented (it scares me). You get some good mattes and a mix of metallic finishes and shimmers. A primer is well worth using as these shadows are not the longest wearing and would benefit from a little help. Everytime I use this palette I can’t believe how little it cost. For £4 everyone should own this palette.

So they’re my 5 most used neutral palettes – I’d love to know if you have any favourites.

30 Aug 2012

It’s All In The Eyes

As some of you may know I’m a real neutral eyeshadow addict. I’m drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I seem to wear them the most. I rarely go for anything too bright & I think that a lovely brown / warm eyeshadow suits me best. So I won a giveaway a little while back and this Maybelline quad was one of the prizes & I have to tell you its a great quad

Maybelline Eyestudio quad eye shadow Coral Drama

I don’t own too many Maybelline products. I’ve a few nail polishes and I’ve tried a couple of their mascaras but it’s not a brand I tend to pick up. I think this quad has persuaded me to give Maybelline a second chance . I’ve found myself reaching for this Coral Drama quad  day after day. The shadows are so creamy soft and easy to apply and blend. Before I was sent this I hadn’t seen anything about these quads anywhere & now I discover they have a few different colours available. I will be picking up a few of the other ones too.

I’d describe the shades as a Soft Champagne , Light Gold, Peachy Pink, Copper Brown.

The only downside to this quad is there isn’t a matte shade but apart from that there isn’t a bad thing to say. These have a little shimmer to them and the peachy pink and the copper brown shades are my favourite. They just pop on the eye and they aren’t powdery at all. I’m seriously impressed with this. It is so handy to take with you on the go, its such a compact quad & really versatile.

Have you tried any of these quads? Let me know how you liked them or if there are any other Maybelline products I have been over looking.

You can pick this up from Superdrug for £7.19 – Although I have seen it on this site for £4.29.

27 Aug 2012

My Freedom System Palette

Whilst I was in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago I popped into their Inglot store. I have never been to one of their stores before but I have seen so many reviews and blog posts about their products and in particular about their Freedom System Palettes. Where you get to pick and chose exactly what products and shades to put in your own palette. It’s such a good idea. 

So I decided on a 10 pan Freedom System Eyeshaow Palette & I set to work picking my shades whilst my lovely hubby sat and played angry birds to keep himself from falling asleep. If you’ve made your own palette in Inglot then you will know you are so spoilt for choice and it can take a while. That’s me  trying to decide & it’s only a tiny part of the shop! Its heaven for a beauty junkie & hell for your man :o)

With this being my first Inglot experience I wanted to make a palette that I’d get a lot of wear from and really use. So for me that meant I had to get more neutral tones as that’s what I seem to wear the most and I was really drawn to all those shades anyway. I tried to get a mixture of matte and more frosty colours and tried to steer myself away from the really glittery ones as I do like them but tend not to actually wear them.

The palettes themselves are really great quality – the lid part is magnetic and very strong you just slide it on and off and the magnets hold it closed. Each eyeshadow pan has 2.7g of shadow which is really great – they have 158 shades to choose from. Inglot have so many options from lovely bright colours to neutrals they offer a real spectrum of colours. It looks really beautiful in the store seeing all the colours laid out.

The colours I decided on are mostly Pearl finish apart from 2 Matte shades.

Top row : 421 – Pearl, 409 – Pearl, 357 – Matte, 405 – Pearl, 407 – Pearl

Bottom row: 423 – Pearl, 452 – Pearl, 344 – Matte, 399 – Pearl, 397 – Pearl

These eyeshadows are so creamy and pigmented they are so nice to work with and Im already planning my next palette. There was one shadow which was sold out and I was gutted as I really wanted it & kept picking it up even tho’ I knew it was out of stock. Crazy how we are drawn to certain shades.

I made the mistake of letting the lady in the shop put my palette together in the shop & then you have NO idea what colours you have. Unless you take out each individual pan to see the number on the bottom — and thats a task which is easier said than done took me ages to get them out.

421, 452, 405 – swatches

They are all so pigmented are pretty and I can’t wait to use them and start creating some lovely looks. Have you tried Inglot. What other  products would you recommend from them? I really enjoyed my experience and am really looking forward to going to the store in London. I do wish they colours had names instead of numbers. I think it would be so much easier to remember colours that way. But  ho hum

25 Aug 2012

Amber Lights Eyeshadow

When I go on holiday I try to pick up some Mac items duty-free but this time I only picked up this one eyeshadow. I wanted some of the Heavenly Creatures collection but they only carried a few things from that collection and none of which I wanted so I settled with Amber Lights.

This is a lovely creamy shadow with great pigmentation. You can use it lightly all over the lid for a really nice light copper tone or you can also make it quite intense by using more product to give an intense deep copper colour.

This is a lovely warm toned colour and it fits well into my collection of Mac shadows as I’ve mostly neutral colours as these are the ones I wear the most. I’m so pleased with this colour and have been wearing it a lot. It makes your eyes pop and gives your lids a lovely flash of colour.

Not too much to say about this, other than that its a really lovely colour. It’s a Frost finish – I like this finish it looks nice on and gives a shimmer without having any glitter. It has great staying power after 6 hours the colour was still vibrant. You can pick this up from Mac online for £12 for 1.5g of product. I can’t recommend this enough.  Which Mac shadows have you been enjoying – do you have any to recommend?

24 Aug 2012

Depotting Mac Shadows

So today I will be attempting to depot my Mac eyeshadows into a palette which I recently purchased from Katy who has a blog called Rotten Otters’s Thoughts. I don’t have a huge collection of Mac shadows. I’ve been collecting them slowly and really trying to buy colours that I will get a lot of use of & for me that’s always neutral colours.

The colours I have at the moment are

Bisque

Amber Lights

Naked Lunch

Woodwinked

Satin Taupe

Nylon

I’m quite nervous to de pot them so was hoping someone has some words of wisdom or advice for me before I jump in and make a complete hash of it. Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated. Also if you have any suggestions as so what shadows I need in my collection to fill my palette. I have my eye on Time & Space and All That Glitters.

19 Aug 2012

Amsterdam Haul

This is just a quick post to show you what I picked up in Amsterdam. I really tried not to go to OTT & didn’t want to drag the hubby round too many shops. We had a lovely time & celebrated our 13 year anniversary <3

So I picked up a chemists own branded makeup remover (ran out of mine). I popped into Yves Rocher, they have a lovely store there and they were really helpful. I just picked up this Micellar cleansing water. Then i found the nicest Skincare shop called Skin Cosmetics it was heaven, they sell so many luxurious brands and it was a pleasure to browse. I did buy a really nice Aesop Masque and look forward to using that.

I picked up Mac Amber Lights, whata  beautiful colour that it. Also a mono Cartice eyeshadow in My First Copperware Party. And a smokey eyes eyeshadow from etos chemist. I look forward to trying all of these.

The first polish by ANNY I thought looked like a good dupe for the Chanel Peridot. I really hope so. I picked up this cute Essence glitter top coat in Circus Confetti. Also this NYC pink / purple glitter polish in Big City Dazzle. Lastly was this bright pink from Douglas which is a makeup & skincare shop the colour is called Lena 03.

Inglot is such a great shop / brand they have amazing choice in colour and products and I have a great time taking my time deciding. The staff in the Amsterdam store were so helpful and gave me tips and really leave you to browse you don’t feel rushed at all. This is a sneek peek of my palette as I want to do a whole post on this as it so pretty. I decided on a Freedom System 12 palette.

I will be reviewing my purchases in more detail over the next few weeks. Have you bought anything from Inglot or any of the other brands I picked up?

 

 

16 Aug 2012

I’ve Hit Pan On

I saw Essie Button do a post on ‘Products that have hit pan’ – so I dug mine out and discovered that the’re mostly face powders. There were only 6 products in my collection that  have hit pan. This must mean I don’t wear much makeup or I’ve too many products. Hmmmm I wonder which is true.

1. Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NW25 – This is my goto face powder. I use it on top of my foundation to give a little extra coverage and I love the finish it gives.

2. Pixi Eyeshadow Trio in Miranda - (gutted this is almost finished). I don’t think this is even sold anymore. It’s the old style packaging and I love it too. I’ve completely used up the lightest colour and am almost done with the other 2. It’s such a nice trio and I’ve enjoyed it a lot

3. e.l.f Clarifying Pressed Powder in Rosy Beige – This is just an easy alternative to using my Mac powder. I tend to pop this in my bag if I’m going out as I don’t mind if it gets damaged. It’s a nice powder and does the job.

4. Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque – This has been a great investment and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. I see such a difference in my under eyes when i have this on. It really makes them a lot brighter. I will be very sad when this runs out. I really recommend this if you suffer from dark or discolouration under the eyes.

5. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealor Kit in Warm Beige – This is an OK product some days I like it and others it annoys me. I think when my under eyes are a little dehydrated then it really settled in the creases & looks bad but when my skin is OK it looks really good. I’m still undecided as to whether I’m  going to repurchase. What are your thoughts on it?

6. Benefit 10 bronzing and highlighting duo – I use this so much. It is also the only bronzer / highlighter i take on my hols. It’s an old faithful and it never lets me down. I’ve hit pan on the bronzer side but its only a matter of days until I see pan on the highlighter side too. This looks so lovely on the cheeks. I will be re purchasing this for sure.

 What products have you hit pan on?

14 Aug 2012

Lovely New Things

Before I went to Amsterdam I’d made a few purchases that I forgot to blog about. So better late than never right. These are the what I bought.

Where I lived before in Dundee they had the worst selection of MUA products on the planet. Its used to drive me mental. I so wanted to see the full collection and instead had to put up with a few things from their £1 range. This did not go down well with me. So you can imagine my delight upon moving to Manchester & discovering the most well stocked MUA stand I’ve ever seen. I was in product heaven & may of even let out a little squeal of delight when I saw it. So excited when I saw this…….

Ok so after I calmed down I picked up two MUA palettes the Undressed palette and the Heaven and Earth palette for £4 each. Both are amazing. I’m sure most of you own them by now. I’m very late to that party. From MUA I also picked up their Eye Primer which I’ve heard lots of good things about which is £2.50.

BarryM had a deal on their nail polish in Superdrug where it was 2 for £5 i picked up the shades Block Orange 301 and Pink Iridescent 264. I had to pick up the orange shade as it was jut such a POP of colour. The pink iridescent is beautiful too and looks great as a glittery top coat. You can’t really go wrong with a BarryM polish.

I also picked up a Accessorize baked eyeshadow in Golden Brown it’s a lovely copper toned colour with a little golden shimmer. It’s quite pretty. I love baked eyeshadow and blushe. I can’t get enough of them.

Then ast but not least was the DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and i put the blame for this purchase upon Estee of Essie Button as i watched her YouTube video and she said how AMAzing it was and how long her lashes looked after using this & I though how good can this be. So I bought it in Selfridges for £23 and OMG its bloody amazing. It makes your lashes look super long and defined. I will be doing a whole blog on this little miracle worker so watch this space.

So that was my pre holiday haul – like I needed to be spending any money prior to going to Amsterdam! But I’m really pleased with all my purchases. Have you tried any of these things?

 

19 Jul 2012

Mac Nylon Eyeshadow

I have a modest collection of Mac eyeshadows, but I’m trying to purchase the ones I will get the most wear out of to begin with. I have Woodwinked, Bisque, Naked Lunch and Satin Taupe. So my next purchase was Nylon is a lovely frosted champagne shade, i don’t really have anything else like this in my collection so it fits in well.

Like most people i use this as a highlighter shade in my tear duct area and also under my brows. It’s quite a creamy textured eyeshadow and applies easily and blends like a dream. The colour is pigmented and can be built up to a really lovely bold colour – if you want a more dramatic highlight for evening. It makes your eyes look bright and awake (we could all use a little bit of that, right?!). I’ve not worn it as an all ove the lid eyeshadow yet. But when i do i will add an edit to this post.

Using this as a highlighter should mean it lasts for quite a while as you really don’t use much product doing that. I’m impressed with the colour and the frost finish makes it perfect for highlighting and it doesn’t have large flecks of glitter shimmer, it’s subtle shimmer and the shadow is very fine. So its not too OTT. You don’t want to go out during the day looking like a disco ball.

I think this Nylon eyeshadow is another great addition to my collection. What Mac eyeshadow should i pick up next time. I have my eye on All That Glitters. But i need to add some great vibrant colours into my Mac collection too. Nylon cost £12 for 1.5g