Monday, February 23, 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, February 17, 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, February 05, 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?