Monday, 23 February 2015

Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Review

Maybelline Colour Tattoos have been talked about forever, but somehow I've never done a blog post on any. I've got a nice collection going on and I wear them pretty much at least once a week. So here are my thoughts on one of the most hyped up products out there!

I have the shades 'Timeless Black', 'Permanent Taupe', 'On and on Bronze', 'Metallic Pomegranate', 'Pink Gold' and 'Turquoise Forever' which are swatched below in that order. The first two are matte and the others are shimmery. I think these are all great colours, though admittedly I haven't worn the blue one very often. 

The only weak one of the bunch I would say is Timeless Black. It looks like it will come out super pigmented and smooth, but it's actually kind of chalky and applies a little unevenly, and it isn't as dark as you'd expect. I still think it's a good colour, however, as I find it pretty hard to find matte black shadows which aren't in a palette, especially cream shadows. 

Permanent Taupe is a really nice one if you're going for a matte look. It applies really smoothly - not unevenly like the black - and it can be sheered out or built up to be more of a solid colour. It's a really classic colour and it makes a great base but also looks good alone. I also sometimes use it as a base for Mac's Satin Taupe which is one of my favourite eyeshadows as it's a similar colour.

On and on Bronze (or Bad to the Bronze) is loved by pretty much every blogger out there and I have to agree that it's a beautiful colour. It's the type of shadow you can just throw on quickly and it'll look great but will also be an amazing base to any of your bronzes or golds. It can be great for an everyday look or could be used with darker shades to smoke it out.

I bought Metallic Pomegranate some time at the start of Autumn because I was on that plum/berry hype. It is really great if you want that look and you can tone down the colour a little by using more neutral eyeshadows. I admittedly don't wear this as much as the others but I still love it just as much.

Pink Gold is another favourite. It's a really nice subtle one which goes GREAT with the Naked 3 palette because it's so pink. It's really nice for Spring and I love to wear it alone for a subtle look. I feel like this colour is a little greasier than the others but it could just be my imagination or it could just be the particular batch.

And finally, Turquoise Forever. I thought this would be great for Summer, maybe to apply as a pop of colour over a black liner. I found it really hard to apply this way but I'm sure there are other ways of wearing it. Maybe you like blue eyeshadow, or maybe you want to be a mermaid for the day. Who knows!

So basically if I were to put them in order of how much I love them it would go: On and on Bronze, Pink Gold, Permanent Taupe, Metallic Pomegranate, Timeless Black, Turquoise Forever. They're all really smooth and apply nicely. They're similar to MAC Paint Pots but are a little more slippery / wet if that makes sense(?). They're easier to blend than the Paint Pots but don't seem to last for as long. They are long lasting, but I do find that they can crease a little, especially Pink Gold! They don't do that as much if you put a shadow on top, however.

I really want to try the other shades and I'm always tempted by the gold one. I know they have other shades in America which we don't have and I wish I could get my hands on those too!

Let me know in the comments what you think of these, and if you have any favourites, or any shades you want to recommend to me! I love hearing your opinions. :)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

I Drew Zoe London!

Sometimes I like to draw, and I was feeling pretty inspired yesterday. I'm trying to actually create more artwork since I've been really lazy this past year. I also want to expand my style and try different things, and this somehow didn't turn out the style I was planning but I'm still happy with it. I was aiming for a more cartoony look, but I'm stuck in my usual ways of having everything need to be perfectly realistic, and the result is sort of a cross between the two. Still, it looks a lot different to the last piece of work I posted on here which was a digital painting of velvetgh0st. In some ways I prefer it. Anyway, I decided to draw Zoe London because she's one of my favourite bloggers. She has great style, great hair, and great taste in music.

When I posted my drawing of velvetgh0st, a few people asked if I accept commissions so just to say that I do, however I'm unable to draw entire scenes in the velvetgh0st style, and I will also only draw if you provide me with a high quality image. If you'd like me to draw something for you, tweet me.

Anyway, as usual I'm afraid to post my work for all to see, but I'm doing it anyway! If you like it, let me know in the comments. If you don't like it, please go away or BE NICE. I know it has its flaws but I wasn't aiming for perfection. :--) P.S. I'm reviving my facebook page which I use to post my art, so please give it a like!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

NARS Mata Hari Blusher Review

NARS Mata Hari* may not seem like the most obvious shade to go for if you've got pale skin, but it's one I have a lot of love for. Over Winter, I've sort of toned down my makeup and have been using really pale and subtle blushes, usually with some sparkles in there. But Summer will be returning soon, so if you're looking for a brighter blush to expand your collection for the warmer months, this may be the one for you.

I must admit that I was a little afraid to use this when it first arrived as it's quite a bright, purpley-toned blush, but I found that I was pleasantly surprised. The NARS formula is always wonderfully soft and easily applied, and this colour is definitely a buildable one. I use the Real Techniques blush brush with it, which is quite fluffy so it doesn't pick up too much product, so it's great for applying this. It adds a nice amount of colour to your cheeks and works really well if you're going for less focus on the eyes and lips, more on the cheeks. It's also a matte colour so, though it is bright, it's not super sparkly and massively in your face. 

I've seen a lot of reviews and pictures of this blush used on darker skin, and it definitely looks great on them, but I also think it looks great on pale skin. As you can see from the swatch, it isn't as bright as you'd expect, and I've applied a good five layers of the product there to get that level of intensity.

I absolutely love NARS blushers, despite the fact the packaging gets dirty quite quickly (see top picture - oops) and I want my collection to grow. I've only got two at the moment - Mata Hari and Super Orgasm. I'm sure I'll have a review of Super Orgasm up soon. I would always recommend Mata Hari and I think it needs more attention in the blogging world!

Let me know what you think of this blush in the comments - would you wear it?

Monday, 12 January 2015

Showpo Jaywalk Dress In White Stripe OOTD

Today I'm giving you another fashion post. There seems to be a lot of that going on lately and I have another planned soon. I can't help it - I'm just really into clothes lately. Today I'm going to be talking about Showpo who kindly sent me the jaywalk dress in white stripe*. It's a pretty simple dress but one which I think is an absolute staple in any wardrobe since it's so versatile. They also kindly sent me a t shirt which was a nice surprise and I may feature that in another post soon so be on the look out.

I decided to style the dress with this coat from H&M. I seem to wear it in a lot of posts simply because it goes with almost anything and it's super warm. I promise it's not my only coat! I also wore these boots from Public Desire which I am obsessed with and wear at any opportunity. I think the boots change it from a really casual outfit to something a little bit more chic. Worn with a pair of Vans it would look completely different and for that reason, I love it and know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it all year round.

I like that it's got the block of black at the top because it changes it from just a simple stripey dress into something a little more interesting. The dress is made out of a really soft fabric that falls really nicely and it's an interesting shape with it being shorter at the sides than the front and back. (What is that bit of hair on the top of my head doing).

You can get the dress here for $30 or check out the rest of the site for a plethora of beautiful clothing. They really do have some wonderful products on offer and when I start searching for items for my Spring / Summer wardrobe I am definitely going to head to Showpo. I recommend them so much and they have so many products to offer there must be something for everyone!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

December Favourites

Am I a little late on the December favourites? I really needed to share my love for some of these products so I'm doing the post anyway! I've been so into all things sparkly lately, probably due to Christmas and it being Winter. I've also been into a matte lip because sparkly eyes, lips, and cheeks would probably be all a bit too much at one time. Anyway, here's some of my favourites!
The first has been the Too Faced Joy To The Girls palette which I got around Christmas time last year. According to the 12 month rule it needs to be thrown away now but I'm holding onto this puppy for as long as I possibly can. It's pretty much all I wore through December. More specifically, the shades 'Cheers', 'Prancer' and 'Chestnut'. A nice goldy bronzey sort of eye with a dark brown crease and a sort of brownish cream highlight (sparkliest shade EVER!). You can't buy this palette any more but Too Faced shadows in general are great. They seem to do really great super sparkly colours and also really great mattes. I also loved the Too Faced Christmas packaging last year. By 'last year' I mean 2013 Christmas, by the way. Since I just realised last year is actually 2014 now. HELP.

Still on the topic of eyes, I also found my love for Rimmel Scandaleyes again. I stopped using this for a while in favour of Too Faced and Revlon but I'm back to Rimmel again. I'd forgotten just how much thickness and volume this mascara gives and how amazing the brush is. It's super fat and super fluffy which is exactly how I like them. I have no problems with it like smudging and, to me, it's the perfect mascara. If you like a natural lash, this may not be the one for you but if you love thick lashes then this is perfect.

I also fell in love with the Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner. I'd been using L'Oreal before but it started to get a little dry so I purchased something new for the sake of trying it out. I think that I find the L'Oreal one easier for a thinner line but the Supercat is definitely easier for winged eyeliner, in my opinion. It's a really intense black and stays on all day so another perfect product for me which I really can't fault.

To go with my sparkly eyes has been matte lips. There have been a lot of matte lip colours I've been using but I think of them all, the Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Red Square has come out on top. It's insanely long-wearing so I find I can wear it all day and night and it still looks great even without reapplying. I love that it's a slightly more orangey red but definitely still a red because I tend to swing towards blue-toned reds so it's a really nice change for me. I've been wearing this a lot recently with plain grey / black / white outfits to add a bit of colour.

And what's a monthly favourites post without a bit of MAC? This month I've been loving a blush in the shade Well Dressed. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this in a favourites before. If I have, I apologise. It's a good one for pale skin and just gives a slight flush and a subtle shimmer so looks really natural. I've been having a lot going on with lips and eyes and sparkles lately so I've been toning down the blush. This makes a bit of a change from NARS Mata Hari which is what I'd been using a lot before.

And finally, it's Soap & Glory skincare. I've been using a lot of it in general lately but thought I'd mention The Righteous Butter as a standout favourite. I'm sure you've heard all about them before but I've just been really attracted to the smell rather than the usual fruity scents I go for.

And that's everything for December faves! I also did a yearly favourites video for 2014 so give it a watch. You will discover that I actually CAN'T COUNT at all.