Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Geek Chic Cosmetics Win or Die Look

For a while, I was unsure as to which shades from my Win or Die collection I'd pair together for a look and kept coming up with different ideas. In the end, I decided to go for ALL of the colors.

I wanted the colors to not pop out too much as I was heading out so I just went for a general eyeshadow primer as opposed to a sticky based one. I really loved the way this mash of colors turned out. My only problem was that the imp clearly needed a tackier base for it as it wasn't vibrant at all and it felt like it just didn't want to apply on the lids at all. I would have topped it off with Sugarpill's Goldilux but the idea was to stick to the one brand. 

Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Geek Chic Cosmetics Across the Narrow Sea, Born In Fire, The Spider & The Imp
Urban Decay Liquid Liner & Pencil Liner in Perversion
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara
Illamasqua Hydra Veil & Skin Base Foundation
Kat Von D Lipstick in Lovecraft
Illamasqua Blush in Ambition

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Illamasqua Cream Blushers

As I've already mentioned, I have a somewhat large Illamasqua collection. It's been growing for a while so I haven't really reviewed most of it but I've started tackling the collection. For a long time, I could never understand the concept behind cream blushers, how do you even apply them and how do they even work. However, Illamasqua had a few cream blushers in various sales leading to a few impulse purchases.

L-R: Laid, Rude, Dixie, Seduce, Zygomatic

Laid is a bright rose pink.
Rude is a warm peach pink.
Dixie is a warm coral pink.
Seduce is a warm rose pink.
Zygomatic is a naked pink brown.

Laid was the most intimidating shade out of the lot but I found that applying a little gave a much more toned down shade of pink. I find Zygomatic barely shows on my skin as it's very close to my skin color which makes it excellent for a super subtle glow on myself.

As someone who is really into shimmer powder blushes, I found the dewy finish of cream blushers a nice alternative as I don't tend to use my matte blushers much. It's also perfect for winter time when the harsh weather dries out your skin. I found the cream blushers weren't as long-lasting as their powder blushers. The dewy finish lasted around 4 hours.

I apply this using a blush brush or with just my (clean) fingers. I love that it's multi purpose and you can use the blush as a matching lip color. The only thing I don't like about the blush is that it can look a little messy in the palette but that's mostly if you decide to use it as a gloss.

These currently retail for £21.50 which is a rather astonishing price to pay. It seems Illamasqua have recently had a price hike across their range. As a mild cheapskate I would wait until one of their sales are on or try your luck on Ebay rather than pay full price.

Have you tried cream blushers? Or are you strictly powder blushers only? 

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Beauty Spending Ban Wishlist

I've bought my IMATs London ticket! After years of wanting to go, I'm finally going! Needless to say, I'm quite excited for it. To save up for it, I've started a beauty spending ban at possibly the worst time ever as there are so many releases I have my eye on. I've been good and not spent any money on makeup since the start of the month, I admit I'm finding it a lot harder than I expected.

Beauty Spending Ban Wishlist

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet I find the color options are a little too safe for me and look somewhat boring but oh my god pretty packaging! Yes, I'm being superficial.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Loose Glitters As a magpie, I really need to include more glitter into my collection. I've mostly got my eye on the blue in the set.

Kat Von D Chrysallis and Monarch Palette More gorgeous packaging! I'm unsure which one to go for but I'm leaning towards the Monarch one as I really don't like the colors in the Chrysallis

Lime Crime Clueless Witch Velvetines Since I already own a black liquid lipstick, I figure I'll most likely end up picking up Wicked out of all 3 if any. I'm hoping to get this on discount at IMATs

Makeup Revolution Scandalous Lipstick Set These are so far the hardest thing not to buy because they're both colorful and dirt cheap! I'm trying hard to wait either way though.

Revlon Spiderman Super-Powered Nail Polish My main appeal to this is the fact that it's Spiderman themed. In my opinion, this is also the only really pretty color in the collection.

TheBalm Instain Long-Wearing Blush This isn't a recent release but it is on discount and I love the magazine themed packaging.

Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks Also not a recent release but is constantly out of stock. They've been given a new look and have a few new shades in the collection, I have my eye on l.u.v.

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Varnish I'm currently obsessed with cobalt blue lately. My main disappointment with this shade though is that it doesn't seem as bright as the electric palette.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Lip Products I Regret Buying

It's common for us bloggers to rave about products, so I'm going the other way by talking about a few items I regret wasting my money on. This was meant to be a general products I regret buying post but when it came to making my choices, it turned out I had a lot of lip products. So I thought I'd do a lip edition for now, an eye edition later and possibly a skincare edition later.

Kate Moss Lipstick in 04 - I included this lipstick in my fall favorite lipsticks post because I loved the color and it was my first purple lipstick. However I just can't go beyond the nasty scent it has each time I apply it. I'm unsure if it's just a matter of preference but the smell is unpleasant.

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams in Birthday Suit and Petal - I'm surprised to say that out of all 3 shades I picked up, it was the two subtle/normal lip colors that I get the least use out of. I find I just end up reaching for lipstick dupes of these shades instead of bothering with these two.

Maybelline Baby Lips - These were so hyped when they came out in the UK and now? Nobody cares apparently. I find that these dry my lips out more than moisturise them.

Lime Crime Babette & Great Pink Planet - Babette was an impulse buy as it was new at the time and it didn't look like the promo pictures either. I find the two look off with my skin tone but I can imagine them suiting others quite well.

Kat Von D lipstick in Celebutard - I purchased this off of ebay so it wasn't too expensive. I find that it's a little too nude and sheer for my liking, making it look rather meh on me.

Which lip products have you bought only to regret later?

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